How to Get Here
Batangas is just 2.5 to 3 hours away from Manila and can be up to 4 hours of travel, depending on which part of the province you are going. The combined route of SLEX (South Luzon Expressway) and STAR Tollway gives 1 hour of travel time to reach Batangas City; while those who are going the Nasugbu, Lian and Calatagan towns, have to take the usual Tagaytay route.
For those who are travelling via public transit, there are air-conditioned and ordinary buses as well as vans going to Batangas. Here is a list of some bus companies that travel to and from the province of Batangas, with fare of less than Php 200.00 one way:
· Alps Bus
· Jam Liner
· Crow Transit
· Celyrosa Bus Line
· Ceres Transport
FX bound for Batangas have terminals in Cubao, Buendia and Alabang; fare depending on your point of origin and destination.
Passenger jeepneys and tricycles abound all over the province.
Best Time to Go
BEST TIME TO GO
Batangas is a good place to go all year round. Unless there is a typhoon, the towns are worth exploring wearing tropical garments, slippers and a hat. May, June and April are the hottest months, while lower chance of rains in the province are the months of February, March and up to April.
The province boasts of a number of festivals; each town has their own merry celebration and vibrant festivity. But it is during the month of June when throngs of people go to Batangas to take part in the anticipated ‘Parada ng Lechon’. Held every June 24, Parada ng Lechon in Balayan is an exciting celebration which highlights the lechon or roasted pig, dressed in different costumes, to the delight of everyone.
What to Do
Considering its nearness to Manila, Batangas is the number one beach destination for the city dwellers who just want to relax under the sun and play in the sand for a day or two. From soft, sandy beaches to raw, rocky coasts, Batangas has it for all the beach bum out there. There are first class resorts as well as budget-friendly accommodations to choose from.
Scuba diving is another popular thing to do in the 8th most populous Philippine province. Anilao, known as “Luzon’s premier dive destination” and considered as the “birthplace of scuba diving in the country” is the best diving spot in Batangas, along with Bauan, also in the town of Mabini. Anilao has an impressive marine biodiversity that can excite even the seasoned divers.
Admire the architecture
Old houses, colossal basilica and lighthouses. Not to mention the rich history that goes with the things that was mentioned beforehand. The ancestral houses that speak interesting past, grand historical churches that command attention and reverence, beautiful lighthouses that stand the test of time and the rich history of each town that gives Batangas good reasons to see and experience over and over again.
Gormandize in local cuisine
From bulalo to goto to lechon to fried tawilis... The list is long. Batangas prides itself for the many mouth-watering dishes one should try.
Conquer a mountain
The province has mountains perfect for the beginner and experienced mountaineers. Teeming with 14 peaks of different climbing degrees, Batangas mountains can be one’s weekend getaway to commune and appreciate Mother Nature.
Bus fare varies depending on the bus company and the place one is going to. But, one way in an airconditioned bus usually starts at Php 120.00. There are also vans going to Calatagan (it being famous for beaches) from Pasay City, and fare is PHP 180.00 per person. If using private transportation, be ready to prepare for tollway fees.
Batangas has budget-friendly accommodation that starts from Php 700.00 and can go as high as Php 5,000.00 a night, depending on the room type. For raw and underdeveloped beach getaway, one can bring a tent and pay for a minimal fee for staying overnight.
Depending on the place to eat, Php 150.00 to P180.00 is enough to satisfy that hunger. For a little luxury, a meal could cost Php 380.00 - Php 450.00 per head.
Tourist attraction entrance fee
Local museums doesn’t have entrance fee but donations are highly encouraged. For beaches, depending on its category if it’s developed or not, a fee usually starts at a nominal price of Php 30.00 and an environmental fee of Php 100.00.
Minimum Php 8.00
Average price per day
Php 800.00 - Php 1,000.00