Tips to enjoy Batangas in the Philippines
Batangas is located southwestern of Luzon in the Philippines It’s easy to go there since it’s only a two- to three-hour drive from Manila; it has a great variety of natural and manmade wonders; it offers a wide array of activities; and most of all, it has numerous places that serve delicious food. Whether you’re in the mood for some relaxing beach bumming, a rigorous hiking activity, a cultural encounter, or a simple food trip, Batangas has something to satisfy your wanderlust.
There are many things to see about the historical background of the province. Drop by the towns of Taal, Mabini, Lipa City and Batangas City, to see the basilicas and Old Spanish houses. And see architecture during the Pre Spanish Times.
The Batangas Port is considered the trading point in the Calabarzon region. It has a passenger terminal to different islands in the Philippines. These makes the province a halfway point to Puerto Gallera and other key cities of the Philippines Island.
What to Do
Enjoy the beaches
There are different types of beaches for different types of people. Some want to party the night away with friends and fellow tourists, while others just want to revel in silence. Some want to stay in luxurious resorts, while others prefer to camp out by the water. Either way, you’re bound to find a beach in Batangas to suit your needs.
Located in the northwestern part of Batangas, Nasugbu is one of the largest municipalities in the province and is home to exclusive subdivisions like Hamilo Coast, Punta Fuego, and Tali Beach. But a lot of areas are open to the public too, such as Fortune Island, Calayo Beach, and Pulo Island. Matabungkay and Calatagan are also popular beaches in this area.
Further south, Laiya has a long stretch of sand and a lot of resorts dotting the shoreline. It’s a popular destination because it’s well-developed and easily accessible. For those who want a quieter, more rustic beach, check out Verde Island, which is about 45 minutes away from the mainland ports.
The Philippines is filled with natural wonders on land, but wait till you see what it’s got in store for you underwater. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced diver, Anilao has over 20 dive sites for you to explore. Expect to see different species of fish, majestic corals, and other sea creatures. Most resorts offer diving lessons for those who are brave enough to venture into the deep blue sea.
Reach the summit
Batangas is home to several mountain ranges and lush forests. If you’re moderately fit and don’t mind hiking for a few hours, you’ll enjoy communing with nature and appreciating the beauty of God’s creations. Mt. Batulao in Nasugbu has a beginner-friendly trail that allows you to reach the summit in less than two hours.
Mt. Maculot in Cuenca has a long, rocky trail to the top, but you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view of Taal Lake. Mt. Gulugod-Baboy in Mabini is another easy hike, with its gently rolling hills. The wind can be quite strong here though, so it’s best to bring a jacket or windbreaker. Mt. Daguldol in San Juan is just a stone’s throw away from the Laiya coastline so you can hit the beach as soon as you’re done with the hike.
Where to Stay
The Farm at San Benito
The Farm at San Benito is a top-notch retreat located in Batangas (Philippines), with 48 hectares of land at the foot of Mount Malarayat. Within a former coffee and coconut plantation on the outskirts of the town of Lipa (about 8 kilometers from the center of Lipa and 2 hours by car from Manila), the focus on general well-being is evident both from the design of the property and from the tranquil lush gardens full of fountains and water sounds, perfect for calming and soothing the soul.
Basically designed for demanding travelers who love luxury but in a green environment, all the facilities at The Farm at San Benito are of the highest standard. The interior style is amazing because it lovely combines contemporary elements with a rustic design, each villa offers outdoor bathrooms and luxury furnishings and services. Suitable for single travelers but even for couples and groups, all the accommodations are suited to accommodate any type of guests, even numerous families.
The Farm at San Benito offers a real holistic approach to wellbeing and for this reason it offers different programs and packages aimed at this purpose. Daily fitness activities and sports include meditation, yoga, water aerobics sport, circuit training, callisthenics, plyometrics, Tai Chi lessons and aqua gym. Basically The Farm at San Benito is a holistic wellness destination, the only one of its kind in the Philippines. Choose this property to enjoy a stay of prevention, recovery and psycho-emotional detoxification.
Where to Eat
The Farm at San Benito is renowned for its genuine food, especially for vegan dishes. At restaurant ALIVE! all the dishes are prepared daily on site, most of the products on the menu come from the organic bio-garden of this property that also produces a selection of sprouts, which are obviously used in the dishes and fresh fruit juices offered at The Farm at San Benito. All the foods are dehydrated instead of cooked or served raw, because in this way it is more easily to ensure that the nutritional properties are not lost. Although almost the whole menu is definitely healthy, there are also delicacies like freshly ice-cream, homemade desserts and cookies.