Batangas is often referred to by its ancient name Kumintáng is home to the well-known Taal Volcano
Batangas, officially known as the Province of Batangas is a province in the Philippines located in the Calabarzon region in Luzon. Its capital is the city of Batangas and is bordered by the provinces of Cavite and Laguna to the north and Quezon to the east. Across the Verde Island Passages to the south is the island of Mindoro and to the west lies the South China Sea. Poetically, Batangas is often referred to by its ancient name Kumintáng. Batangas is one of the most popular tourist destinations near Metro Manila. It is home to the well-known Taal Volcano, one of the Decade Volcanoes, and Taal Heritage town, a small town that has ancestral houses and structures dating back to the 19th century. The province also has numerous beaches and diving spots including Anilao in Mabini, Sombrero Island in Tingloy, Ligpo Island and Sampaguita Beach in Bauan, Matabungkay in Lian, Punta Fuego in Nasugbu, Calatagan and Laiya in San Juan. All of the marine waters of the province are part of the Verde Island Passage, the center of the center of world’s marine biodiversity. Batangas City has the second largest international seaport in the Philippines after Metro Manila. The identification of the city as an industrial growth center in the region and being the focal point of the Calabarzon program is seen in the increasing number of business establishments in the city’s Central Business District (CBD) as well as numerous industries operating in the province’s industrial parks.
Batangas is a province in the southern part of Luzon, the main island of the northern Philippines. It is the fourth richest province and the ninth most populous in the Philippines. It is also the cradle of the Tagalog culture. Being near to Metro Manila, Batangas is a frequently visited area in Southern Luzon, with its share of resorts and heritage sites. The province is also a growing destination for pilgrimages with its number of Roman Catholic churches as well as various pilgrimage sites. There are different types of beaches for different types of people. Some want to party the night away with friends and fellow tourists, while others just want to revel in silence. Some want to stay in luxurious resorts, while others prefer to camp out by the water. Either way, you’re bound to find a beach in Batangas to suit your needs. How to Get There? Batangas is only two to three hours away from Manila depending on which part of Batangas you are visiting, which part of Manila you are coming from, and how heavy the traffic is. There are airconditioned and ordinary buses to Batangas. Four of the most common destination signs you will see displayed in front of the buses are the following. All buses will use the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) but take different exits. There are also vans that take passengers to many parts of Batangas. Here are some of the bus companies that travel to, from, and around Batangas, and where you will find their terminals here in Metro Manila. ALPS Bus, CROW Bus, JAM Transit, RRCG Bus, TRITRAN Transit, Batangas Starexpress, and KL CNG Transport all in Cubao, Quezon City bus fare around 160 pesos. Where to stay in batangas? If you’re touring Batangas, where to stay will certainly affect your itinerary. Not all places in Batangas have hotels or resorts, or are ideal for camping. Picking where to spend the night will dictate the flow of your trip per day. If you wish to spend the night in the city, find a hotel in Lipa or Batangas City. If you crave an overnight stay at a resort by the beach, pick one in San Juan, Lobo, Calatagan, Nasugbu, or Lian. You might also consider one of the resorts in Anilao, Mabini. If you want to feel like traveling in time and experiencing how it feels to live in the Spanish era, there’s a hotel in Taal, smack in the center of the town proper just beside the town plaza, called Casa Punzalan Hotel that can give you just that. If you’re climbing Gulugod Baboy in Mabini or Mt. Maculot in Cuenca, you may choose to camp there. Your choices will dictate how your itinerary will flow. Always take into consideration the accessibility and the proximity of wherever you will be staying to the other destinations you will be visiting. Where to eat in batangas? Not many people realize it but Batangas is also a food destination. The abundant natural resources — lakes to seas, farms and forests, seas and mountains — have enriched the cuisine of the province. Here re some of the restaurants you shouldn’t miss in Batangas and their specialties. Bulalo at Rose and Grace, Sto. Tomas. Kaldereta and halo-halo at Casa Rap, San Jose. Pinoy seafood at Kainan sa Dalampasigan, Nasugbu. Cakes at Cafe Milflores, Batangas City. Batangas Lomi at Lomi King, Lipa City. Goto at Gotohan sa Barangay, Lipa City. Tapang Taal in Taal and Lemery. Kapeng Barako at Cafe de Lipa.
Places to visit batangas? 1st actvity. Visit Taal Volcano. One of our favorite Batangas tourist spots was Taal Volcano.You can reach the view point in an hour, while going down take around 40 minutes. If you want to go to one of the most visited places in Tagaytay and the Philippines, you should take a trip to Taal Volcano. You can get scenic views of Taal Lake with an entrance fee of 100 pesos per person to do the hike. You also have to hire the boat to get to Taal Volcano to start the hike. 2nd activity. Visit Mount Maculot has three available sites- Rockies, Summit, and Grotto. Out of the three, Rockies is the most famous for the hikers. It has an easy trail that hikers could follow. If you’re going on a weekend, there are a lot of locals selling food and drinks to the hikers. The view of Taal lake from above will reward your efforts more than you expect it to. From Manila, ride a bus going to Lemery from Buendia then drop off at Cuenca. The trip will cost you about 150 pesos. 3rd activity. Visit Monte Maria Shine statue of Mary is dedicated to the Peace and Unity of the people all around the world. It is made to be the icon and pilgrimage destination not only for the Philippines but for all of Asia. Interestingly, the monument is even bigger than the Statue of Liberty in New York, USA and the other famous Statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 4th activity. Visit Mount Pico de Loro has really amazing views because of its peak. It was rehabilitated to accommodate more hikers. However, you need to schedule your hike because the number of hikers is monitored so as not to damage the trail. The only entry point is through the DENR station in Ternate, hikers will get arrested if they are seen entering to other points. Ride a bus from Manila to Ternate for 100 PHP per person then ride a tricycle from Ternate to DENR. 5th activity. Visit Verde Island. Located between Batangas and Mindoro, Verde Island is a beautiful almost secluded island that has clean beige-sand beaches with lots of amazing seashells and clear waters. To get here, you must ride the boat that leaves Tabangao port by 9 AM or earlier if it’s already full, and it is the only boat that goes to Verde Island. Take it easy and just relax despite the 2 stops. The ride will cost about 130 pesos. Going back to the port costs about 2000 pesos for 6 persons. Electricity is only limited in the area, as it is only available from 6PM to 9PM. As the island is wide, the famous activity here is island hopping in a small boat for a cost of 1500 pesos. 6th activity. Visit Fortune Island having a lot of maintenance issues, it still remains as an amazing island to visit. It’s also possible for visitors to climb the limestone cliff that introduces you to the magnificent views of the sea. Activities on Fortune Island include swimming, snorkelling, diving and camping. Get here by paying an entrance fee of 350 pesos and rent a boat from Fortune Island Resort to Fortune Island for a cost of 4000 pesos for a group of 5 people. 7th activity. Visit Lava Walk and Bird Sanctuary. Tourists can enjoy walking atop the Volcanic Rocks from the eruption of Taal Volcano. The hardened black lava became a bed for the trees already but the lava is still scary to imagine after seeing it face to face. In San Nicolas, Batangas you could also try the Bird Sanctuary around the area to see the beautiful Philippine megapode and Little Egret.
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