Batangas

A Unique Historical Site

A must-visit for any avid divers and beach lovers, Batangas is the place to be for “vitamin sea.” This has become one of the most favorite weekend getaway destinations as it is only a few hours’ drive from Metro Manila. From the popular Anilao to the renowned Verde Passage Island, Batangas is teeming with abundant marine life.

National Shrine of St. Padre Pio

Step back in time as you learn more about Batangas’ rich history and culture. Each town boasts a piece of the wonderful past worth knowing. Lipa City, known as the “Rome of the Philippines,” and Taal are must-visit places for its famous churches and heritage sites.

 

Fast Facts

  • Public Transportation: Tricycles, Jeepneys, Buses
  • Languages/Dialect: Tagalog, English
  • Payment Options: Cash
  • Known For: Taal Volcano, Kapeng Barako, Diving spots, Balisong

 

What to Know Before Visiting

Batangas diving spot

  • Be ready to get wet and drenched when you join the Parada ng Lechon in Balayan. Pack extra clothes in a dry bag if you want to change after the event.
  • The famous Batangas Lambanog (coconut wine/vodka) is said to be up to 90 proof liquor. Drink responsibly as it packs a mean punch.
  • Declared as the “Center of the Center of Marine Shorefish Biodiversity,” Verde Island Passage is a must-visit marine sanctuary in the country.
  • The Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours is considered the biggest church in Southeast Asia.

 

Best Time to Visit Batangas

January to May are the ideal months to visit Batangas to fully enjoy the beaches and the diving spots. However, it can get crowded anytime between end of March up until April, when summer officially starts and holidays like the Holy Week occur.

 

How to Go to Batangas

By Air

The nearest airport in Batangas is Ninoy aquino International Airport in Pasay. From NAIA, drive or commute to reach Batangas.

By Land

Driving to Batangas is the most convenient way to get to the province. You may take South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) then the STAR Tollway. If you’re commuting, there are several bus bound for Batangas in different bus terminals like in Pasay (Buendia-Taft) and Cubao (Araneta Center Bus Terminal) to name a few.

By Sea

The port in Batangas serves few ferries going to select provinces including Puerto Galera, Caticlan (Boracay), and Sibuyan Island. There are no ferries from Manila.

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