It was Tuesday morning when I got a message from one of my travel buddies. It was a short pm stating “Sat morning let’s go to Masasa Beach in Tingloy, Batangas, overnight lang” and I replied “What time are we meeting up? How much is the budget?” and that started our planning. 😀
According to www.choosephilippines.com, Masasa Beach is found in the southern portion of Tingloy, a fifth-class municipality in the province of Batangas. Tingloy mostly consists of the radish-shaped Maricaban Island, Caban Island, and other minor islets. It is located south of the Calumpang Peninsula in between mainland Batangas and the island of Mindoro. Being next to Anilao, Tingloy is known for its premiere dive spots and is found within a protected coral triangle. Mag-asawang Bato (600 masl), the most visited peak, and Pinagbanderahan are the island’s two mountains.
In a perfect world with no heavy traffic, Masasa Beach can be reached within 4 hours. But unfortunately for our group, we travelled for almost 6 hours (including waiting time for bus and jeepney passengers but mostly due to traffic!) — that’s 3 hours bus ride from Cubao ALPS Terminal to Batangas Grand Terminal, 1.5 hours jeepney ride from Batangas Terminal to Anilao Port , 1 hour boat ride from Anilao Port to Tingloy Port, 15 minutes tricycle ride from Tingloy Port to Brgy. Masasa drop off and finally, 15 minutes walk down the beach (usually, within less than 10 minutes, you can reach the beach, but we made a lot of stops to take pictures).
The beach area is a little “crowded” when we got there. People seemed to flock in here since the closure and privatization of Burot Beach. You can either pitch a tent in the beach front or rent a room in the transient houses in the area. For us, we have a reservation in one of Nanay Rosie’s Kubo.
It was starting to get dark when we reached the beach area. We proceeded to Nanay Rosie’s Kubo after paying the environmental fee of Php30.00. There were kids asking if you have reservation or none. Some are even asking if you are the specific person who made reservation in their house. I found that such a very good thing. You don’t have to ask around to find your inn, they will look for you.
The next day, we did more exploration on the island. And since Tingloy is known as a premiere dive spot, we rented a small boat and explored what lies underneath the blue water of the said beach (no, we didn’t dive, gang snorkeling lang kami. haha!) AND IT WAS A SIGHT TO BEHOLD!!!! It was just so annoying that my 5-year old underwater camera decided to give up on me … thus I don’t have any picture of the beautiful and amazing creatures found in the island.
After snorkeling for almost an hour, we walked our way to the lagoon.
You have to pass by rock formations similar to the stones in Kapurpurawan in Ilocos.