With thousands of beaches across the country, Manileños are lucky that despite living in the concrete jungle, a quick beach getaway is less than a couple of hours away. If you can’t take a leave or take a flight, then why not head over to one of these Batangas beaches over the weekend?
This humble town in Batangas is ideal for travelers who are into camping and who enjoy exploring coves with crystal clear water, soft off-white sand, and breathtaking cliffs.
As an added bonus, you can take a boat to nearby Fortune Island which is home to a grand Grecian acropolis standing atop the island’s limestone cliff.
With a long shoreline and soft sand, Laiya houses a number of beach resorts. Travelers can opt to either kick back and relax or to partake in fun water activities such as jet skiing, or riding the flying fish and banana boat.
Laiya is also close to Mt. Daguldol, where you and your loved ones can bond over a session of hiking and biking.
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Matabungkay Beach is probably the most popular among the beaches in Lian. The sand may not be purely white, but you’re sure to appreciate the crashing sea waves and the cool wind blowing against your face. The area is also known for the floating rafts (or balsa) on the beach.
If you’re into scenic rocky beaches, Lobo is the destination to be. Every beach is oozing with coral-rich spots and marine life, making the area perfect for snorkeling and diving activities.
The Faro de Punta de Malabrigo or Malabrigo Lighthouse is not only another breathtaking reason why you should visit Lobo, but it also serves as a guide for sea vessels passing through the Verde Island Passage.
When thinking about the best beaches in Batangas, Anilao is difficult to ignore. Aside from beach resorts, dive centers are everywhere, attracting local and foreign thrill-seekers. It is probably because the town has a rich underwater ecosystem.
While here, you can also try island hopping and snorkeling at relatively budget-friendly rates.
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Bauan isn’t exactly the place to go if you want to chill on the beach since the beaches are rockier than usual. Bauan is more of a jump off point for snorkeling or diving.
Since most of the waters here are part of a marine sanctuary, you can expect a diverse and colorful underwater ecosystem – which is why disruptive water activities are out of question.
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In love with sunsets? Burot Beach in Calatagan is one of the best spots for watching the sky light up with relaxing hues of red, orange, and yellow. It also has one of the longest shorelines in the province, which means more spaces to stroll around and to chill.
When in Calatagan, make sure you visit the IG-worthy Cape Santiago Lighthouse, which is the oldest working lighthouse in the province.
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As its name suggests, Isla Verde or Verde Island is a lush island located between Luzon and Mindoro. This unassuming destination requires a boat ride of about 1.5 hours, depending on water conditions.
The best time to visit here are the months of January to May when the waves are relatively gentler.
There is no white or fine sand here, but the surrounding waters may be some of the clearest and bluest you’ll ever see in your life.
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