These Attractions will Make You See Batangas Beyond its Beaches

By Claire Marie Algarme – Ellry Writer


With only a few hours away from Metro Manila and with so many attractions to offer to adventurers, it is no mystery why the province of Batangas is the favorite go-to place of travelers from the capital. From its beautiful beaches to its magnificent marine life, Batangas is teeming with scenery that your eyes can feast on. But more than that, its various towns offer exciting activities that can let you forget of time and the world you left behind.

For years to come, a number of Batangas locales will always be on your list of places where you can spend a weekend getaway or a barkada escapade. Why not look at the best that these towns can offer and find out what’s brewing in this side of Luzon. We are giving you a rundown of activities we recommend you should try, as well as a few resorts where you can make your stay extra memorable.

Anilao, Mabini

Mermaid Swimming in Anilao Mabini

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Anilao is known to be a diver’s haven with the beautiful corals and other underwater landscapes that abound on its sea bed. Although it has some parts with white sand beaches, most of the resorts in Anilao are set on cliffs, mostly offering amazing snorkeling sites. But apart from snorkeling and diving, Anilao is fast-becoming a favorite destination for those who want to get their hands on windsurfing, which are available in many resorts in the area. Better yet, you can be a mermaid for a day and swim like one in the depths of Anilao. Another activity that you can include when you travel to Anilao is to trek Mt. Gulugod Baboy, which can be summited for about an hour, and enjoy the breathtaking view of Balayan Bay.


Diving and Snorkeling
Dive and Trek Resort and Marine Sanctuary
San Pablo, Bauan, Batangas
Contact information: +63 920 906 4123|+63 922 854 5573
Rates: P1,000 to P3,500 depending on package

Philippine Windsurfing Association
PWA Windsurfing Camp, Anilao, Mabini, Batangas
Contact information: +63 918 942 2384
Facebook: Team Philippines Windsurfing

Trekking Mt. Gulugod Baboy
Philpan Diving Resort
Ligaya, Anilao, Mabini, Batangas
Contact information: +63 999 994 4536|+63 917 569 8288
Facebook: Philpan Diving Resort
Rates: P100 to P200 per person

Mermaid Swimming
Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy
Odessa Mermaid Academy, Anilao, Batangas
Contact information: +63 915 179 8989
Facebook: OdessaMermaidAcademy
Rates: P2,000 to P6,000


Eagle Point Beach and Dive Resort
Barrio Bagalangit, Anilao, Mabini, Batangas
Contact information: +63 917 846 3958|+63 918 846 3958

La Chevrerie Resort and Spa
052 Barangay Ligaya, Anilao, Mabini, Batangas
Contact information: +63 998 556 7357 | +63 917 703 3320

Vivere Azure
Barangay Aguada, San Teodoro, Anilao, Mabini, Batangas
Contact information: +63 2 771 7777



Straw Hat Crafting at Balayan Batangas

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While most of the beach lovers fancy white sand beaches, Balayan offers you the opposite hue. In addition, the sand is rough, in contrast to the powdery texture other beaches have. But this is the kind of sand you’d like to scrub on your skin and wash it away in the clear waters of the sea. If it seems time has stretched too long and you are longing for some other activity apart from swimming and lying on the sand, Balayan has its Lechon Festival, a must-watch event every 4th of June, as well as its salakot-making industry, where you can learn how to weave the traditional Filipino hat, and the bagoong local businesses, where you see how anchovies are processed.


Salakot-making and Bagoong-making
Balayan Tourism Office
Plaza Mabini St., Balayan, Batangas
Contact information: +63 43 740 2389


Blue Dolphin Beach Resort
Brgy. Sanpiro, Balayan, Batangas
Contact information: +63 917 843 9169| +63 2 506 3525



Couple Rescuing a Turtle in Calatagan Batangas

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Another attraction next to Balayan is the town of Calatagan. It has crystal clear waters and off-white sand beaches, much to the delight of water aficionados. There are areas where the water is low, and it makes it ideal to take a dip and just roll on the shallow areas. The deserted Burot Beach is a great place to have the beach all to yourself. Off the coast of Calatagan are some snorkeling sites. Among the attractions of Calatagan is Lago de Oro where one can enjoy the thrill of wakeboarding. In this town, you can join concerned citizens rescue sea turtles at the Pawikan Rescue in Brgy. Talisay, Gulod, Tanagan; support dolphins in Bagong Silang, Balibago, and help whale sharks at Brgy. Hukay.


Lago de Oro Hotel and Cable Ski Park
Bo. Balibago, Calatagan, Batangas
Contact information: +63 917 504 2685|+63 917 504 7525

Pawikan and Dolphin Rescue
Calatagan Tourism Office
Municipal Hall, Ayala St., Poblacion II, Calatagan, Batangas
Contact information: +63 43 419 0150


Aquaria Waterpark
Barangay Sta. Ana, Calatagan, Batangas
Contact information: +63 2 553 8888

Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort
Brgy. Sta. Ana, Calatagan, Batangas
Contact information: +63 917 586 3343|+63 917 523 7777


Laiya, San Juan

Falls in Laiya, San Juan Batangas

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Laiya’s fine off-white sand beaches are the preferred destinations for those who love to get some tan under the sun. Apart from the beach, where you can also kayak and ride the banana boat, there are other attractions that the town of San Juan can offer. If you are a nature-lover, you might take interest on hiking Naambon Falls or exploring the Mt. Daguldol-Lobo mountain range. If you are more interested on cottage industries, you might want to try your hand on lambanog-making or pottery-making, which have been passed on from one generation to another. And if these are not enough, go to the pawikan sanctuary and witness sea turtles hatch their eggs before they are released back to the sea.


Hiking to the Mt. Daguldol-Lobo mountain range
Registration area, Brgy.Hugom,San Juan Batangas
Contact information: +639167664936 (Brgy. Hugom Chairman Boyet)
Rates: P400 per guide|P35 registration fee

Lambanog-making and Pottery-making
San Juan Tourism Office
San Juan Municipal Hall, Poblacion, Bayan ng San Juan, Batangas
Contact information: +63 43 575 4697 | +63 917 301 3129

Pawikan Rescue
Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region IV-A CALABARZON
PENRO Batangas, PEMICA Bldg., Kumintang Ibaba, Batangas City
Contact information: +63 43 723 69 56


Acuatico Beach Resort
Laiya, San Juan, Batangas
Contact information: +63 927 680 7835|+63 939 954 8463

La Luz Beach Resort
Brgy. Hugom San Juan, Batangas
Contact information: +63 916 258 8309|+63 927 805 3484

Laiya Coco Grove
Km.20 Brgy. Laiya, Aplaya, San Juan, Batangas
Contact information: +63 908 896 0776


Matabungkay, Lian

Floating cottages in Matabungkay Batangas

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Sauna Session in Matabungkay, Batangas

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Matabungkay in Lian, Batangas is another beach attraction because of its fine creamy sand, as some travelers regard it. Its shallow waters make Matabungkay a family-friendly beach, where adults can kayak and kids can swim and play in the water. Go on a day trip to nearby Fortune Island, play beach volleyball, or camp by the beach, which you can arrange with your resort. Don’t miss the floating bamboo rafts, or balsas, which Lian is known for. When the sun sets and you are still up for some activity, you can relax in a Turkish sauna or enjoy the beach parties or band nights in the resorts.


Turkish sauna
Matabungkay Beach Hotel
Brgy. Matabungkay, Lian, Batangas
Contact information: +63 917 834 1269

Island hopping & Balsa ride
(c/o your resort of choice)


Coral Beach Club
Matabungkay Beach, Lian, Batangas
Contact information: +63 917 901 4635|+63 919 822 0383

Matabungkay Beach Hotel
Brgy. Matabungkay, Lian, Batangas
Contact information: +63 917 834 1269



Cliff Jump at Nasugbu, Batangas

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Fortune Island in Nasugbu, Batangas

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Home of some of the finest beach resorts in the province, Nasugbu has a good mix of high-end and middle-range lodgings. Resorts and exclusive villas now dot its beach fronts and cliffs. Swim on its clear waters, play on its fine white sand beaches, go and do some deep sea fishing, and ascend on some of its mountain peaks, such as Pico de Loro, Mt. Batulao, and Mt. Talamitam. Those who can’t seem to choose between relaxing on the beach and trekking on the mountains can enjoy the best of both worlds in this town. A new attraction is the Layon Bilog River at the foot of Mt. Talamitam, where travelers can camp out and enjoy this serene hideaway. Fortune Island, which is still part of Nasugbu, is another attraction frequented by those who want to see this island touted as the Greece of Batangas.


Cliff diving at Tali Beach
Jo and Johnny’s Beach and Dive Inn
Sea Shell Drive Tali Beach Nasugbu, Batangas
Contact information: +63 2 807 3416|+63 928 988 9623

Island-hopping and Cliff diving at Fortune Island
Fortune Island Resort
Apacible Blvd, Wawa, Nasugbu, Batangas
Contact information: +63 906 380 5259|+63 916 350 3099
Facebook: Fortune Island
Rates: P300 to P400 per person

Mt. Talamitam and Layon Bilog River Hiking
Km. 83, Sitio Bayabasan, Brgy. Aga, Nasugbu, Batangas
Contact information: +63 947 711 8513 (Ted Calimag of Brgy. Aga)|+63 936 633 5493 (Brgy. Aga Police)
Rates: P20 per person (registration fee); P300 per guide


Canyon Cove Hotel and Spa
Far East Road, Piloto Wawa, Nasugbu, Batangas
Contact information: +63 2 908 1111

Club Punta Fuego
Peninsula De Punta Fuego, Balaytigue, Nasugbu, Batangas
Contact information: +63 43 729 0180|+63 43 729 0181

Pico de Loro Cove
Hamilo Coast, Nasugbu, Batangas
Contact information: +63 2 214 7888

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