Sunday, January 22, 2017

Quick getaway to Masasa Beach, Batangas

January has always been a busy month for me, well aside from April which is hellish to describe it mildly lol! I think you will understand what I'm talking about if you're Accountant/Auditor who works for a big company. Anyway I don't want to bore you about my job so lets get to the good part. Considering this month is already the start of my busy schedule, I actually push myself to just getaway from draManila even though I wasn't really feeling well that day & I woke up late that morning but I still decided to go because maybe I just needed some vitamin sea to feel better.

My destination for that day was Masasa Beach, it is a public beach located in Tingloy Island in the province of Batangas. I don't think it's famous yet (for me at least) which I actually like because I personally prefer secluded beach, that 'away from the crowd' thing, yung lakas maka-The Beach choz so its more private. I've only knew about this island last year when I was searching for beaches here in Manila that are not too crowded & Masasa Beach came up along with Cagbalete Island (which I chose to go at that time) & many others.

Anilao Port
Batangas is always my go-to place if I am craving for a beach (malala na ata ako choz). I cannot count how many times I've been here because Batangas definitely have a lot of nice beaches but I do remember that the first itinerary that I ever made was going here, the famous Laiya beach. It was a success actually (ahem) & I never stopped since then.

Tingloy Port
How to go to Masasa Beach:
Jam Liner & DLTB bus lines in Buendia terminal offers a daily trips going to Batangas Grand Terminal. Travel time is around 2-3 hours depending on the traffic. From there take the jeep going to Anilao (the jeep will leave once it is full) & tell the driver to drop you off in Anilao Port. Travel time is 45 minutes to 1 hour. Upon arriving in Anilao Port, you will be asked to register your name before you can ride in the public boat going to Tingloy island. Travel time is almost 1 hour. Once you reached TIngloy island, there are a lot of tricycle available in Tingloy port so you can ride one & tell the driver to drop you off in Masasa Beach, Travel time is only 10 to 20 minutes. But its not yet the end though, there's a short hike going to the beach for about 10-15 minutes which I think was actually part of its charm. Don't worry the rice fields & lush mountains scenery is quite refreshing after those long travel time.

Rice fields on the way to the beach

Note: First trip from Anilao Port going to Tingloy island starts at 9:00AM. The last trip from Tingloy island to Anilao Port is at 3:00PM.

Where to stay:
Since the island is not yet developed, there are no resorts available in the beach. You can bring your own tent (free) if you want to stay overnight or you can stay in Aling Rosie's Bahay Kubo for Php200.00/person. You can contact her at 09196864368.

The water was very clear..all the more reason whyI like Batangas!

Here's a short clip of Masasa Beach. It's my first time to post a video though so don't judge haha

Breakdown of Expenses:
Bus from Manila to Batangas Grand Terminal: Php 157.00
Jeep from Batangas Terminal to Anilao Port: Php 37.00
Public boat from Anilao Port to Tingloy Port: Php 70.00
Tricycle from Tingloy Port to Masasa Beach: Php 20.00
Entrance Fee in Masasa Beach: Php 30.00
Tricycle from Masasa Beach to TIngloy Port: Php 20.00
Public boat from Tingloy Port to Anilao Port: Php 70.00 **
Jeep from Anilao Port to Batangas Grand Terminal: Php 40.00
Bus going back to Manila: Php 157.00
Total: Php 601.00

** In case you missed the last public boat going back to Anilao Port which happened to me (kc nman bkt maaga ang last trip, nagtatampisaw pa ako haha), there are private boat that can take you back to Anilao Port but of course it will be for a higher price. It's a good thing that there are also a lot of us stranded in Tingloy Port so who chipped in together & haggle to the boatmen. We agreed for the boat price of Php 2,500.00 to be divided for 15 persons so it will be Php 170.00 each. Be mindful of the boat schedule at wag ako tularan haha