Two years ago I and my friends went to Fortune Island in Batangas to celebrate our friendship day. That getaway was really fun and memorable and so then we decided to go on another overnight beach camping last year in Masasa beach in Tingloy Batangas. We have read several blogs about Masasa beach that made us really excited but I guess their blogs hit the nature goers really fast because unlike their depiction of the place what we’ve seen is a crowded and untidy surroundings. There were even parts of the beach with foul odor. I heard that as of March overnight camping is not allowed anymore and I guess it is one of their ways to restore the true beauty of Masasa beach. For us it was overrated but nevertheless Masasa beach has its own beauty that will capture your heart. Their sand though not white is lighter than the sand in Laiya Batangas. The water is really clear and clean so don’t forget to bring your action camera. We also suggest swimming before the sun comes out because it was really hot. The locals offer several water activities that will be listed later. Hope you will enjoy our little video compilation of our 12th AnniverSaya in Masasa Beach
Masasa beach is located at Barangay San Juan in Tingloy one of the municipality of Batangas. It is situated in the southwest coast of Batangas. It is part of a fish-shaped and biggest Island of Tingloy called Maricaban Island where Masasa beach is the fish’s belly.
How to go to Masasa Beach from Metro Manila?
- Go to Grand terminal of Batangas. Choose the Bus that goes directly to Batangas Pier, they normally put the word (Derecho) in their sign boards it will take you 2 hours but if you ride the buses with CALABARZON signage it will take 3-4 hours because it passes to several towns. We recommend that you leave early to avoid the heavy traffic.
Please see below list of buses going to Batangas:
JAM Transit (BUENDIA) 2124 Taft Avenue, Pasay City P 157.00 JAC liner (BUENDIA) Donada st. cor Buendia, Pasay City P 157.00 JAM Transit (CUBAO) 831 EDSA, Kamuning, Brgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City P 165.00 RRCG Bus (ALABANG) 23 West Service Rd., Alabang, Muntinlupa P 127.00
- Once you arrived in the Grand terminal, ride a jeepney bound to Mabini Batangas and tell the driver to drop you off in Talaga port. Travel time is 45 minutes to 1 hour. Fare is 37 pesos.
- From Talaga port, ride a motorboat going to Tingloy Port for 45 min to 1 hour, fare is 80php. Then rent a tricycle going to Masasa beach drop-off point. From there you need to walk for about 10-15 minutes going to the shoreline. First trip schedule is 10AM but sometimes it departs earlier when boats are already filled with passengers.
- There are motorboats that go directly to Masasa beach but trip is unpredictable and depends on the availability of passenger. Fare is 100php.
- Last trip of public boat back to Anilao Port is at 9AM so you really need to stay overnight. But if you are on a day tour you can rent a private boat for P4,500 for max of 10 passengers but you can haggle too just like we did, we paid 3000 pesos for 10 persons including snorkeling and island hopping.
- Swimming – never leave Masasa beach without plunging in the blue clear waters.
- Snorkeling – If you have your own snorkel gears you can bring them but if none you can rent too
- Island Hopping – there are several islands and beaches near in Masasa such as Sombrero Island, Oscar beach and Sepoc Island
- Camping/Star gazing – you will enjoy the stargazing especially when you are in an open space without any artificial city lights.
- Trekking – you may trek in Mag-asawang Bato for 2 hours. Don’t worry it fits to beginners.
Where to stay in Masasa?
We brought tent and sleeping bags for our overnight camping to fully enjoy the night in the shoreline. But there are updates as of March 2017 that overnight camping is no longer allowed in Masasa beach but you can still set up your tent but until 7:00 PM only. Also there is no resort and hotels near in Masasa beach on the other hand there are some locals who offer a homestay for an affordable amount. You can try the very famous Nanay Rosie’s Kubo where most of my friends stay for only 200 pesos per person. Nanay Rosie also offers cooking for their guests but with charge of course. Their contact number is 09196864368.
What to Bring:
- Drinking water
- Sunblock or Sunscreen
- Sleeping bag (optional)
- Tent (Optional)
- Snorkeling gears (Optional)
- Extra clothes
- Extra money
- Personal First Aid Kit
- Trash bags
- Action Camera/Camera (optional)
Sample Breakdown of Expenses
- Bus fare from the list below to Batangas Grand Terminal
Buendia - P157 Cubao - P165 Alabang - P127
- Jeepney from Grand Terminal to Talaga Port – P 37
- Boat ride from Talaga Port to Tingloy Port – P 80
- Tricycle from Tingloy Port to Masasa beach- P 30
- Environmental Fee – P P30
- Snorkeling – P 100
- Island Hopping for 3 Pax – P 1500
- Sombrero Island Entrance Fee P 200
- Mag-Asawang Bato P 100
- Comfort/Wash Room P 35
- Homestay P 200
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