Listen, we get it: sometimes, life in the city just becomes too hectic and you need to get away for the weekend. The awesome thing about living in Metro Manila is that there are plenty of hideaway spots not too far away from the city: and Masasa Beach in Tingloy, Batangas is quickly becoming one of the secret favorites among weekend warriors, especially for those who love to camp.
Why is that? First of all, Tingloy is the only island municipality in Batangas, where you’ll find the barely-disturbed Masasa Beach. Most people have absolutely no idea that it even exists, which is why it’s perfect if you’re looking for some peace and quiet with your significant other or your barkada.
Because not a lot of people know about this place (and if they do, most of them only visit Sombrero Island) the beach is relatively remote and serene. It’s the perfect opportunity to make arrangements to enjoy the beach and go snorkeling — for just P100, you can experience the rich, vibrant marine life and corrals available on the island. The waters are clear and sparkling, as you can see from the following picture:
HOW TO GET TO MASASA BEACH
Masasa Beach is simply 4 and a half hours away from Manila through public transportation. Simply take a bus going to Batangas City Grand Terminal either from the terminals at Buendia, Taft in Pasay, or Cubao and EDSA-Kamias in Quezon City. This should take you about 2-3 hours, depending on Manila traffic and where you’re coming from.
Once you get off at the Grand Terminal, hop on a jeepney going to Anilao port. The jeeps are a short walk away from the bus’ drop off point, behind the canteens and sari-sari stores. This should take you about an hour or so.
At Anilao Port, you’ll find public boats that will take you to Tingloy Port for P90. The first trip starts at 10:30am (but may leave earlier if the boat fills up quick) and the last trip is at 2PM. This ride should take about 45 minutes to approximately an hour, after which you can take a tricycle straight to Masasa Beach. You’ll be dropped off near the rice fields, which is about a 10-minute walk away from the sand.
WHERE TO STAY IN MASASA BEACH
Most of the people who go to Tingloy Island simply bring their own tents along the shore. This is free of charge, as Masasa is a public beach, which means that there are no entrance fees, no caretakers, and absolutely no facilities whatsoever. This means that the “Leave No Trace” rule is even more important!
Otherwise, if camping outside isn’t your thing, then you can rent a bahay kubo from Nanay Rosie (call her at 0919-686-4368 for details). Rates are P200/person and you’re provided with a banig, pillows and blankets for the night. If you want private accommodation with your own bathroom and kitchen, rates for these rooms start at P700 and are good for two people.
Be sure to bring all your food before heading to the island! It would be best if you purchase everything you need at Anilao Market. You could hire a private cook during your stay — contact them at 0929-2896348 for more information.
One thing to keep in mind is that electricity is completely unpredictable in the island. The official schedule is that it’s on from 12 noon until 12 midnight, but this isn’t strictly followed at all and sometimes the power is cut off as early as 10PM. So be sure you keep a powerbank or two with you so you can charge your cellphone during these hours.