Masasa Beach Itinerary Guide 2017
If you’re looking for a hidden gem here in The Philippines that’s a few hours away from Manila, then Masasa Beach is one up there. In this post, we’re going to give you an updated 2017 itinerary, some resort accommodation recommendations, and port schedules so you can plan ahead with your friends and give you a hassle-free adventure.
Masasa Beach is one of the best beaches in Tingloy, Batangas. Its main island is the Maricaban, at the top of Calumpag Peninsula separating Balayan Bay from Batangas Bay.
How to get to Masasa Beach
If you don’t have the luxury of owning a car or hiring a private driver, your only option is to take public transportation/commute. Here’s how to commute to Masasa Beach:
- Take a bus going to Batangas City, usually from one of the terminals in Cubao, LRT-Buendia and Taft. Fares range from P127 to P170 depending on where you rode the bus. Try to leave early in the morning to avoid the traffic.
- It is better if you choose a bus with a CALABARZON sign as it will take a shortcut and bypass several towns and cities. Travel time ranges from 2-3 hours.
- Take a jeep to Talaga or Anilao Port. Depending on which season it is you’ll need to go to one of the available ports. There are no scheduled on what port is available but you can call the Mabini Tourism Office to confirm: (043) 410 0607.
- From there, you can ride the public boat going to the Tingloy Port or directly to Masasa Beach or you can rent a personal boat if you’re in a hurry (day tour).
- Going to Tingloy Port is the cheapest because the fare is only P80. From there, you can catch a tricycle to your homestay or to the hiking trail towards Masasa Beach.
- If you want to go straight to Masasa Beach from the port, you’ll have to pay P100. But do note that there are only few boats that go there directly so you may have to wait long. Also, do note that the last boat will leave at 2:30pm.
- If you want to rent a boat, it will cost you P4500. If you’re going to go as a group, you can divide the whole price evenly.
Where to stay in Masasa Beach
Unfortunately, there are no resorts in Masasa Beach. Last year, travelers go there camping to stay the night but starting 2017, overnight camping is no longer permitted. You can still set up a tent but you’ll have to leave 7 PM.
The local government is also encouraging to homestay if they want to spend the night. You’ll see a lot of those when you get there. If you don’t want to homestay then your next options are the CianyBlanc Inn. (+63 905 451 6664) and the Maricaban Island Resort (+63 917 894 6742).
Since Masasa Beach can be reached with a boat, travelers also opt to just stay on the mainland where there are many beach resorts and just go on a day-trip to Masasa Beach. Here are some recommended beach resorts in Anilao, Batangas.
Anilao Awari Bay Diving and Leisure Batangas Resort
Eagle Point Resort
Seas Spring Resort
Things to do in Masasa Beach
Now here’s the fun part. You now know how to go to Masasa Beach and where to stay, time to have some fun. There are several things you can do here:
- Swim. Of course. Masasa Beach is one of the hidden gems here in The Philippines and it surely is a beauty to look and swim at. The waters are blue and the sand is nice albeit not white. Be sure to explore and not just stay on the main beach.
- Island hopping. On the beach itself, you’ll see a small store. Next to it are some boatmen that will offer you to go on an island hopping. Island hopping will take you to other islands like Osacar Beach and Sombrero Island. They have a rate of P1500 that can accommodate 3 passengers.
- Trekking. You’ll also see a rock formation atop a nearby hill where can you go to. The trek takes around 2 hours to finish and is welcome to anyone because it’s easy.
- Snorkeling. Tingloy is near the Verde Passage which is one of the richest marine biodiversity spots in the world. You can take a dive to experience the wildlife but be careful and not ruin them.
Masasa Beach Itinerary
Here’s a simple weekend Itinerary of Masasa Beach for those who are spending the night in Tingloy.
- 5:00 AM – Depart from Bus Terminal (Buendia or Cubao)
- 8:00 AM – Arrive in Batangas Grand Terminal
- 8:30 AM – Depart from Jeep to Anilao
- 9:30 AM – Arrive in Anilao, Breakfast, Grocery
- 10:00 AM – Depart from boat to Tingloy
- 11:00 AM – Check in at homestay/resort
- 11:30 AM – Go to Masasa Beach (via tricycle or trekking), swim, have fun
- 6:00 PM – Depart to homestay
- 7:00 PM – Dinner
- 6:00 AM – Get ready, Breakfast
- 8:00 AM – Depart from boat back to Anilao
- 9:00 AM – Jeep back to Grand Terminal
- 10:30 AM – Depart from bus to Manila
By now, you’ll have a good estimate on how much you’ll spend during the whole trip. We’re going to give you some breakdown but this is in no way perfect. This should only serve as an outline and you should always bring extra money in case of emergency.
- Bus from Manila to Batangas Grand Terminal: P170
- Jeepney fare to Anilao: P40
- Boat rental from Anilao: P4500 (10pax)
- Boat rental from Masasa Beach: P1500 (3pax)
- Public boat fare to Tingloy: P100
- Tricycle ride to Masasa Beach: P30
- Environmental fee: P30
- Sombrero Island Entrance Fee: P200
- Be a proper human being. Don’t leave your trash on the beach. Whatever you bring to the beach, be sure to take it back when you leave. Don’t destroy the environment.
- Charge up your devices. Electricity in the area is unpredictable as there are scheduled brownouts which can be early. Bring power banks to be sure and charge your devices at home.
- Check the weather. The weather here in Manila is different from Masasa Beach. Check your weather apps and be updated on the news. Otherwise, it won’t be a fun experience.
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