Batangas is not only known for its mouthwatering foods and delicacies. It is also a haven to escape that makes your heart lead closer to nature. Only a few kilometers from the Metro and you will find yourself heading through the land of Batangas where you can enjoy lots of activities!
Batangas is a must-go-to place if you want to take a break from all your workloads and get some sunbeam on one of the many beaches located in this province. Truly, it is a place that is rich in different landforms and bodies of water. But despite its popularity, there are still places that are not widely known by the public and waiting to be seen. So get your pen and list down these places and things to do in Batangas!
Strike a pose in front of beautiful sceneries, dive deep into the ocean, and experience the fun and thrill of discovering new places around Batangas. See and experience it for yourself!
Listed down are the names of the places to visit:
- Fantasy World
- Melie Bee Farm
- Sinsayan Sa Bayorbo
- Twin Lakes
- Masasa Beach
- Don Bosco Chapel on the Hill
- Mount Manabu
- Olo-Olo Mangrove Forest and Eco Park
- Fortune Island
- Maris Coral Garden
- Kay Butas Rock Formation
- Ambon Ambon Falls
- Kalumala Heights Bauan
- Taal Basilica
- Taal Volcano
Join us in knowing Batangas in its deepest form and discover hidden places and activities to do!
Take a photoshoot at Fantasy World in Lemery, Batangas.
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If you’re one of those people who fancy castles and gowns and have an eye for fantasy-related stuff, then Fantasy World located in Lemery, Batangas is for you!
This place is said to be an abandoned-themed park. The owner envisioned this land as a “Disneyland of the Philippines”, but because of high-production costs, the owner couldn’t reach the needed funds and left the place as it was today. A sad story to talk about, but Fantasy World as an abandoned themed park was one of the reasons why many tourists are flocking to visit the place. The curiosity it brings and the unique structure of the land will surely catch your attention. Because of this, many local movies had their shooting in this location, one of them is the Philippine blockbuster movie of Vice Ganda entitled Fantastica.
If you’re planning to pay a visit or do your wedding or debut photoshoot here, be sure to have an inquiry first. They have a different rate for that.
Have a tour of the Melie Bee Farm at Lipa, Batangas
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Learn more about the propagation and honey production of bees at the Milea Bee Farm at Lipa, Batangas!
Aside from its beautiful orchard farm, this place is also a spot for bee lovers. You can experience the life of beekeepers and learn how to take care of the bees. You can also try tasting the honey fresh from the bee hive itself! An amazing and life-changing experience that you can try and enjoy.
Learn the history at Sinsayan Sa Bayorbor
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One of the ancestral houses at Lipa, Batangas is Sinsayan Sa Bayorbor. The word “Sinsayan” is from the word “Sinsay” which means visit and Sinsayan means a place to visit. This is a family heritage of the Mendoza clan in Batangas. A house that preserved different kinds of antic collections and artifacts.
The said house was built around a hundred years ago. It becomes an evacuation area during the rainy season and the ground floor of the house serves as an elementary classroom for young Filipino back in the day. It is truly a place full of memories that will make you feel like you are back in the era of Philippine history where everything is simple and traditional.
Sinsayan Sa Bayorbor is now open to the public. They accept visitors from 9 AM to 6 PM, during weekdays.
Experience the luxury life at Twin Lakes
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After a long and tiring day, you may want to book a room at Twin Lakes Hotel in Batangas! The breathtaking overlooking view and the world-class European-inspired architectural interior of the hotel will surely give you a relaxing feeling.
Twin Lakes is not only a place for accommodations, there are also other businesses under the same name and owner, such as Twin Lakes Shopping Center and Twin Lakes Village. All of them will give you a luxurious feeling and will make you think that you are in a world of fancy and glamor.
You can book a room through their official website or on-site
Snorkeling at Masasa Beach
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One of the hidden gems of Batangas is Masasa Beach. It is located at Tingloy, the island of Batangas that is said to separate Balayan Bay from Batangas Bay. The sand is not as white as any other famous beaches in the Philippines, but what catches the attention of the tourist is the crystal clear water it has.
There are transient houses around that you can book. They also offer different kinds of activities such as island hopping and trekking at the Magasawang Bato. But one of the famous activities to enjoy in this place is snorkeling. Many locals and even tourists love snorkeling in Masasa Beach because it is located in the vicinity of Verde Passage which is one of the richest marine biodiversity in the Philippines. You can see the beauty of the ocean and lots of sea creatures in it. A wonderful experience for you to keep.
Wedding at Don Bosco Chapel on the Hill
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If you’re looking for the perfect place for your wedding that’s located in Batangas or do some sightseeing, then Don Bosco Chapel is perfect for you!
This chapel located on top of the hill became famous because of its beautiful scenery and overlooking view of Tagaytay. Many couples do their wedding ceremony in this chapel. Just imagine you wearing your beautiful wedding suit or gown, holding the hand of your special someone, and exchanging sacred promises in front of the breathtaking view of the Don Bosco Chapel; a dream wedding that comes to life!
Hiking at Mount Manabu
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One of the things that you should experience when you visit Batangas is hiking at Mount Manabu located at Santo Tomas. The word “Manabu” is a wordplay for Mataas Na Bundok that is once called “Pagligawan“ which means a place to get lost.
Many climbers and mount hikers recommend this mountain for beginners. So if you want to try hiking and mount climbing you can experience it for the first time here at Mt. Manabu. They say that it is easier to climb than other mountains and has a lot of stations where you can rest and eat. While on your way to the peak, you will be passing by Tatay Tino’s Civet Coffee stall that serves free civet coffee. You can sit and enjoy your coffee while chit-chatting for a while. You can also buy a pack of civet coffee from Tatay Tino if you want. A chill and enjoyable experience while appreciating the beauty of nature.
Fishing at Olo-Olo Mangrove Forest and Eco Park
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Another place in Batangas that is rich in biodiversity and makes us appreciate the beauty of mother nature is Olo-Olo Mangrove Forest and Eco Park.
It is a 21-hectares of land that offers different kinds of fun and adventures. You can do fishing, snorkeling, diving, paddle boating, kayaking, bird watching, and even enjoy the forest or the beautiful sand of their seashore. A one-spot place to experience lots of activities, right? Pay a visit and experience it on your own.
Try some water sports activities at Fortune Island
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An island in Nasugbu, Batangas is one of the hidden gems that is waiting to be discovered.
Fortune Island used to be a private island that has a luxury resort exclusive only for private visitors. But over time, the owner find it difficult to maintain and balance all the expenses and decided to cease its operation around 2016. Today, this island is one of the tourist attractions in Batangas.
To get there, you need to rent a boat at the Fortune Resort heading to Fortune island. Riding the boat is already thrilling as the waves are strong at times. On the island itself, you can do water sports activities such as snorkeling and diving. You can also do some trekking and sightseeing at the peak of the hill. Fresh air and water around you and a relaxing ambiance to be experienced.
Dive through the sea of Maris Coral Garden
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Maris Coral Garden is a paradise for divers. It is located on the Verde Passage and is dubbed “Center of the Center of Marine Shorefish Biodiversity” and is also known as the busiest part of the sea because many ships and vessels are passing through every day.
Meters from its surface and you will find the beauty of the ocean. A wide coral garden is one of the reasons why many divers are listing this as the top diving spot in the Philippines. It is highly preserved and protected under the municipality of Batangas. If you’re into diving and you still haven’t tried diving through Maris Coral Garden, then prepare your suits and try it out yourself.
Appreciate the rock formation at Kay Butas
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Another thing to do in Batangas is to feed your eyes with wonderful rock formations while swimming on the ocean shore. Experience it all and a lot more when you visit Kay Bukas Rock Formation, La Roca beach located at Pagkilatan Batangas.
Many locals and even foreigners are spending their vacations in this place. The mystery behind those rock formations and the breathtaking view of the ocean will make you fall in love with the island. You can also do different water sports hubs guided by their kind and polite resort staff. You will surely enjoy this place and it will make you want to visit it more often.
Have some falls massage at Ambon Ambon Falls
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A hidden waterfall that mostly only the residents get to enjoy is Ambon Ambon Falls located at Laurel Batangas. It is said to be the tallest falls that you can find in the province. A wonder escapade especially during the summer season.
Because it is located in a hidden spot of the mountain, you will be passing through different streaming rivers before you get into the falls. You will also pass by the spring that produces fresh water that you can drink. Giving you time to refresh before doing another long trek. Added adventure and experience to keep inside your memory core. When you get into the falls you can take a swim in the cold water and have a little massage from the falls themselves. A great time to relax and enjoy the wonderful nature.
Sightseeing at Kalumala Heights Bauan
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If you’re searching for a place to just chill and relax. Bond with your friends or family while enjoying the overlooking night lights of the city then head on to Kalumala Heights in Bauan, Batangas.
You don’t need to spend lots of money to get fresh air from the mountain heights city lights while drinking hot coffee from one of the food stalls around the area. A relaxing feeling to enjoy. Talking to your friends and reminiscing your memories together, reflect and clear your mind. You will feel the relaxation that you’re longing for with the right people to accompany you.
Attend the feast at the Taal Basilica
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One of the tourist destinations to visit in Batangas is Taal Basilica also known as the Minor Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours.
It is an old church that holds the title of the largest church in Asia. Even though lots of earthquakes happened at this church stands strong and is highly preserved by the locals. They celebrated the feast of Martin Tours which is the patron saint of Taal, every 11th of November. If you want to experience the feast and how the locals prepare for one of the important celebrations of their hometown, then be sure to visit the Taal Basilica on that date.
Picnic at the famous Taal Volcano
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Last and the most famous one is the Taal Volcano of Batangas!
With its oozing and jaw-dropping view, you will eventually understand why many tourists, locals, and foreigners, are wanting to take sight of this beautiful volcano. Even though this is the 2nd most active volcano in the country, it didn’t stop people from wanting to visit the place. It is like looking at the painting in front of you, looks unreal but true.
There is a Taal Volcano Protected Landscape in which you can do some recreational activities to enjoy; do hiking, day camping, picnic, and more! But if you’re not into these kinds of activities and you just want to relax while watching the beautiful scenery in front. You can visit some restaurants and cafes with overlooking views of the famous volcano. You can do some photoshoots or create your travel video to document your experience.
And these are the places to visit in Batangas and some exciting things to do while you’re on a trip. Enjoy and make the most out of your stay!