Batangas is located southwestern of Luzon in the Philippines. It has 31 municipalities and three cities. The Provinces of Laguna, Cavite, Quezon and Mindoro are its nearby neighbors. Most of the towns are surrounded with water, thus it is famous for its beaches, marine life, and flora.
The Batangueños (local residents) dialect is Tagalog, the main language most Filipinos use. English is well understood and spoken by most of the natives.
Local Metro Manila residents and tourists make it their favorite get away destination because its only 2 to 3 hours drive from Manila. Traveling to the attractive beaches can give you choices of the different activities you can do. Have a worry free vacation, play golf, go diving to the famous dive sites, wake boarding, jet skiing and wind surfing. And, if you are adventurous enough go explore caves along the shores.
Natural Tourist Attractions
Gerthel Beach which is located in the town of Lobo is one of the finest beaches of the area. The approximately one kilometer stretch of white sand beach has a gradually sloping ocean floor of up to about two hundred meters before the drop-off.
The garden consists of living corals near the shore of one of the beaches of Lobo. It can be clearly seen during the early mornings when the water is clear and the tide is low.
Mahabang Buhangin Beach
Located in the town of San Juan, the area has white sand and a living colony of corals.
The white sands of Hugon Beach is one kilometer long. Some parts of the sea floor have smooth rocks but most are sandy. There is a sudden drop-off about ten meters from the beach. The waters of the beach are also good for snorkelinh.
The falls is about 30 feet high with a pool made into a swimming area at its base. It is semi-developed with concrete steps built for access.
Munting Buhangin Beach
This small cove has become a favorite haunt with locals and tourists, and offers water enthusiasts with a fine stretch of powerdy white sand beach fringed with foamy blue waters.
Natipuan Beach bears a resemblance to Munting Buhangin, with off-shore sands and refreshing waters. It is located in another cove which is similarly accessible.
Taal Lake and Volcano
Taal Lake and Volcano in Batangas is Southern Luzon’s centerpiece attraction The gateway for most visitors is through Tagaytay CIty from the ridge of which can be seen a panoramic view of volcano island. The volcano is known to be the smallest in the world. Surrounded by a lake, the volcano is situated on an 8.8 kilometer islet, lapped by the 27-kilometer long lake. Both the lake and the volcano are situated on the crater of an extinct volcano. The volcano island is also ideal for trekking.
It is a two-kilometer long white sand beach situated in the town of Lian facing the China Sea. The are is deal for water sports, such as swimming, boating, yachting, fishing, and skin diving. Dotting the shoreline are several summer cottages.
One of the highest and prominent mountains in the province, Mt. Maculot is one of the favorite sites of mountain trekker. It is said that the mountain was the last stronghold of the Japanese in the province before they were defeated. Several tunnels built by the Japanese soldiers are present in the area. The name “Maculot” (meaning “kinky”) derived inspiration from the curly-haired aborigines of the place.
The attraction consists of two major falls and two smaller ones. One of the bigger falls is about 10 feet high with a great volume of clear gushing down to a shallow pool. The other one (also about 10 feet high) resembles a bridal gown. One of the two smaller falls is shower-like, while the other one forms a series of small caswcade. All the falls are located in an area of about 300 square meters.
Mainit Hot Spring
Mainit Hot Spring offers therapeutic waters and a refreshing dip for bathers. The spot is ideally located at the foot of a huge mountain with thick vegetation.
Locate on the island of Isla Verde, Mahabang Buhangin has an extensive of shoreline with a vast ribbon of fine white sand.
This is a spot where wind-tossed waves surge and slam against the rocky cliff supporting a long plateau. From atop the plateu, one can catch a breath taking view of the seascape especially when the weather is calm.
The site is an ideal place for picnics. Its main attraction is rock shelter that has always provided cool shade for visitors.
Ilijan is a unique waterfalss with water coming from a big spring at the top of a mountain gracefully flowing from one bowl to another. It has seven huge stone bowls carved naturally out of the mountainsides and beatifully arranged like a fl flight of stairs.
Located on the south western part of Maricaban Island, Sepok Point has white sand and shores typical cove. A good place for swimming and snorkeling
The area has about three small falls enclosed in a canyon, the highest of which is about 10 feet hugh with water coming out of the mouth of a small cave.