Beaches in Batangas to Visit for the Weekend

Because weekends are meant for your travels.

A List of Beaches in Batangas Near Manila


Beaches in Batangas

We understand the struggle of vacation plans—from hunting down the perfect getaway destination to agreeing on a schedule when everyone’s absolutely free. But the weekend is always there, so there’s always an opportunity to finally push through this vacation.

Batangas is probably the best out-of-town destination for your next trip. Aside from its convenient distance from the metro, its famous historical landmarks, and mouth-watering lomi, another reason that makes Batangas an ideal getaway place is its pristine and clear waters along white shores.

Now that another incredible weekend is fast-approaching here are the beach destinations in Batangas you should consider for a quick getaway trip.

1. Anilao

Anilao
Photo by Francis Jimenez via Flickr Creative Commons

Home to many resorts and diving sites, this coastal village in Mabini, Batangas, does not boast white and sandy shores nor huge waves for surfing; but its teeming marine biodiversity draws attention from both local and foreign tourists. Being the “so-called” birthplace of scuba diving in the Philippines, Anilao has a flourishing underwater paradise that serves as a sanctuary to many corals and marine species, making it a well-known island destination for divers and non-divers alike.

HOW TO GET THERE: There are bus terminals located at Cubao and Buendia where you can catch daily trips to Batangas. Alight at the Batangas City Grand Terminal and then ride a jeepney bound for Mabini. Get off at Anilao Port and ride a tricycle to reach the beach resorts.

Estimated travel time: Three to five hours

WHAT TO DO: Scuba-diving, snorkelling, water sports, trekking to Mt. Gulugod Baboy, and island hopping to Sombrero Island, Tingloy Island, and other nearby islands.

WHERE TO STAY:

Vivere Azure Hotel
Mabini, Anilao, Batangas

Anilao Haven Resort
Brgy. Aguada, San Teodoro, Anilao, Batangas

SCUBABRO (former Anilao Outrigger Resort)
Solo, Anilao, Mabini, Batangas

2. Calatagan

Photo by: Cezar Ryan Ong via Flickr Creative Commons

Calatagan served as the primary trading port during the pre-colonial times. In honor of its rich cultural history, the notable sense of balance between development and environmental conservation in the town of Calatagan remained, allowing its beaches to stay as pristine as they have always been. This Batangas tourist destination is not as popular as Anilao or Laiya, but it probably has the longest shoreline in Batangas province that offers the best spots for bird-watching and sunset-viewing.

HOW TO GET THERE: You can find Calatagan-bound buses at various areas in Metro Manila including in Lawton, Cubao, and Pasay. Take a bus and upon arrival in Calatagan, hire a tricycle that will take you to the resorts.

Estimated travel time: Three hours to four hours

WHAT TO DO: Beach-bumming, wake-boarding, sunset-viewing, and stopover the centuries-old Calatagan Lighthouse.

WHERE TO STAY:

Puesto Del Sol
Bagong Silang, Calatagan, Batangas

White Castle Hotel and Resort
Aplaya Balibago, Calatagan, Batangas

Sunrise Cove
Bagong Silang, Calatagan, Batangas

Cortijo del Charro
KM 15, M. Apacible St., Calatagan, Batangas

Lago de Oro Hotel Wake Park and Resort
Balibago, Catalagan, Batangas

Nacua Sea Park and Fishing Resort
Brgy. Quilitisan, Calatagan, Batangas


3. Laiya


Laiya
Photo by: Jojo Nicdao via Flickr Creative Commons

Thousands of tourists choose to spend their vacation at Laiya during the summer season because of fully-developed beaches. For just a few hours’ drive from Manila, travelers can set foot on Laiya’s long and wide stretch of pure white sand, making it a great option for city dwellers craving for a relaxing change of scenery. With numerous high-end luxury resorts and budget-friendly lodging spaces available around town, Laiya has become a sweet sanctuary for all types of travelers.

HOW TO GET THERE: From Cubao or Buendia, take a bus going to Lipa City. From there, ride a jeepney bound for the San Juan Public Market, where jeepneys and tricycles will take you directly to Laiya Beach. However, if you are planning to bring a private vehicle, head to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and exit at San Jose. Drive to San Juan Municipal Hall and turn right; this route takes you directly to Laiya Beach.

Estimated travel time: Three hours

WHAT TO DO: Jet skiing, banana boat riding, hiking to Mt. Daguldol, climbing rock formations, biking, and water sports adventure.

WHERE TO STAY:

Estrella de Mendoza Playa Resort
Laiya Ibabao, San Juan, Batangas

Paseo Verde Beach Resort
Barangay Laiya Aplaya, San Juan, Batangas

Les Caraibes Beach Resort
Lot 7713-A Barangay Hugom, Laiya, San Juan, Batangas


4. Nasugbu


Nasugbu
Photo by: Oliver Mercader via Flickr Creative Commons

The beaches of Nasugbu were the first to have undergone major developments in the province of Batangas. Everything a traveler needs is guaranteed to be provided whenever you choose to stay at Nasugbu. This first-class municipality of Batangas, known for its uncrowded beach coves and rugged mountains, made itself an ideal choice for people who need a quick escape from the urban jungle. Although there are beaches in town still available for public use, Nasugbu has become a favorite among vacationers because of the top-of-the-line services offered in the area.

HOW TO GET THERE: Buses bound for Batangas are found at Pasay, Cubao, and Buendia, but there is also public transportation from Tagaytay. Tricycles are the main mode of transportation in Nasugbu. Hire one from the town proper and you can easily get to the coastal areas.

Estimated travel time: Three to four hours

WHAT TO DO: Camping, island-hopping, fishing, snorkelling, diving, trekking, and hiking to Mt. Batulao and Mt. Pico de Loro.

WHERE TO STAY:

Canyon Cove Hotel and Spa
Far East Road, Piloto Wawa, Nasugbu, Batangas

5. Fortune Island

Fortune Island
Photo by: Oliver Mercader via Flickr Creative Commons

This luxury island resort off the coast of Batangas is more than just an exceptional tropical landmass. Aside from boasting stunning clear waters and a long stretch of white sand, Fortune Island will make you feel like you’re in a Greek isle. It’s hard to miss those sturdy columns and statues that are standing on the peak of the hill even from afar. Many local tourists say that as much as it looks like Greece in pictures, the island also has a way of making you feel like it. No wonder travelers are mesmerized with its exclusive and picturesque beauty.

HOW TO GET THERE: Catch the daily trips to Nasugbu or Calatagan from Buendia, Cubao, Pasay, Coastal Mall, or Alabang and get off at Nasugbu Terminal. There are tricycles there that can take you to Barangay Wawa. From there, hire an outrigger boat bound for Fortune Island.

Estimated travel time: Five hours

WHAT TO DO: Non-stop picture taking, camping, beach bumming, snorkelling, and star gazing.

WHERE TO STAY:

Chateau Royale
KM 72, Batulao, Nasugbu, Batangas

Centro Royale Hotel
JP Laurel cor. F. Alix St., Nasugbu, Batangas

Sukitel Budget Hotel
JP Laurel cor. F. Alix St., Nasugbu, Batangas


6. Malibrigo Point


Malibrigo Point
Photo by: Jojo Nicdao via Flickr Creative Commons

You’d be surprise to discover that Malibrigo Point’s oceanfront is a bed of stones. Its shoreline has a therapeutic charm that’s only offered by beaches in Lobo, Batangas. Some people find this a little unusual, providing a surreal kind of exclusivity to the few brave souls who dare to visit this pebbly paradise.

HOW TO GET THERE: Ride the bus bound for Batangas City and get off at Balagtas. For shorter travel time, take the one with the sign that says CALABARZON to skip the cities of Lipa and Tanauan. Once you’re at Balagtas, ride a jeepney bound for SM Batangas. You’ll see there a Batangas-Lobo jeepney terminal. From Lobo, hire a tricycle to Malabrigo.

Estimated travel time: Three to four hours

WHAT TO DO: Beach-bumming, sunset-viewing, hiking, taking a day trip to Batangas City, checking out the Submarine Garden, and visiting the Faro de Punta de Malabrigo—a lighthouse declared as a National Historical Landmark.

WHERE TO STAY:

Amansinaya Mountain Resort
Brgy. San Gabriel & Sta. Maria, Batangas City, Batangas

Cintai Corito’s Garden
Sitio Pandayan, Malabanan Balete, Batangas City, Batangas

SM Travelodge Hotel and Restaurant
Tingga, Labac, Batangas City, Batangas

7. Matabungkay Beach

Matabungkay Beach
Photo by: Sarah Mae Salido

This beach located in Lian, Batangas, is known to have been discovered by German tourists during the 1950s. It has once been a go-to destination for families since then—especially during the 80’s and long before Anawangin and Caramoan rose to fame. Now, tourists from all over the world are rediscovering its beauty. Its ashen sand is sparkly from the sunlight and leaves visitors mesmerized.

HOW TO GET THERE: If you’re planning to go via public transportation, there are bus terminals located at Pasay and Buendia where you can catch trips going directly to Lian, Batangas. But if you prefer to bring your car for the trip, take the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and exit in Sta. Rosa. Drive to Tagaytay and follow the signs leading to Lian and Matabungkay. You know you’re only a heartbeat away from the beach when you see the sign of the Matabungkay Beach Club.

Estimated travel time: Four hours

WHAT TO DO: Beach bumming, lunch on the raft, camping, fishing, and enjoying water sports.

WHERE TO STAY:

The Pelican’s Resort
Sitio Ligtasin, Brgy. Luyahan, Lian, Batangas

8. Masasa Beach

Masasa Beach
Photo by: Roxette Gagahina

Masasa Beach has long been a secret getaway place from the beach-chasing crowd; until very recently when discerning vacationers from the metro discovered Batangas’ best-kept secret. It is located at Tingloy, the only island considered as a municipality in Batangas. It manifests an irony of being relatively remote yet quite accessible and only enjoyed by wandering souls who don’t mind switching modes of transportation and long walks under the sun.

HOW TO GET THERE: Board a bus going to the Batangas City Grand Terminal then head to the Anilao Port where you can join public boat trips to Tingloy Port. From there, take a tricycle going to Masasa Beach and ask the driver to drop you off on the start of the walking trail to the beach.

Estimated travel time: Four hours and forty-five minutes

WHAT TO DO: Beach camping, star-gazing, beach bumming, hiking to Mt. Mag-Asawang Bato, and climbing the rock formations.

WHERE TO STAY:

Eagle Point Beach and Dive Resort
Barrio Bagalangit, Anilao, Batangas

King Solomon Dive Resort
Barangay Solo, Anilao, Batangas

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