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Burot Beach Travel Guide

Let me try to create a sort of “travel-guide-but-not-really-a-travel-guide” for the brothas and sistahs out there who might be interested to have a sight and experience with Burot Beach. Besides, I’ve got a couple of messages in my inbox asking me about the breakdown of expenses and whatnots of this beach getaway.

TRANSPORT

Burot Beach is located in. Brgy. Silang, Calatagan, Batangas. For consistency, let me assume that you’ll be coming from Manila that is approximately 3-4 hours away. Having said that, there are three possible ways (that I know) to get to Calatagan (or Burot Beach in this matter).

  • via public transportation (or commute)
    • via van– The van terminal, adjacent the Kabayan Hotel, is located behind the Metropoint Mall which you can reach via LRT line 1 (EDSA Station) or MRT (Taft Ave. Station). It is the same spot where you take a van heading to Balayan, Batangas. Be sure to make it clear that you’re heading to Calatagan because there are different routes. Drop off will be at Calatagan Market.
    • via bus– Grand terminal heading to Calatagan is located beside the Coastal Mall in Paranaque. Ask the condcutor to drop you off the Calatagan market.
    • NOTE: Fares for both modes will be P180, one way. Earliest trip for van will be 5:00-6:00 A.M. and 4:00 A.M. for buses. When in Calatagan Market, there are a lot of tricycle drivers offering a 15-20 minute ride to the beach. Negotiate if you can but typical fares ranges P150-P200 for two people.
  • via private vehicle
    • From Manila, drive all the way to Tagaytay through SLEX or Cavite. You will reach the Nasugbu rotonda and drive until you reach the Nasugbu-Lian intersection. Take the Lian route (if Nasugbu, you’ll reach Balayan) until you arrive at Calatagan Municipality. From there, you can ask the locals (they know the best way tbh) of where to head to Burot.

When in the vicinity, there will be a check point by two guards (in SM uniform) and will give you guidelines of the do’s and dont’s in the beach. They will hand you a large garbage bag as well. Lastly, you’ll be paying P20 each (one time) for the maintenance of the private property. Continue Reading

Adventures, Batangas, Philippines

Burot Beach in Postcards

I think it was second week of February when I found myself constantly browsing Maldives photos, Maldives volunteering jobs, Maldives couchsurfing, etc. in the internet. But reality slaps that I can’t just teleport to that pristine island right there and then.

Although Burot Beach isn’t as “paradise” as the Maldives, its seawater and semi-fine cream sand would suffice my long-time beach thirst. Likewise, it’s a perfect weekend escape (Valentine’s day celebration) for people who want a quick break from the city and just appreciate the sea’s natural form and beauty.

I’m quite sulky with mother nature because this is the second time I hit the beach without the sun. No sun means gloomy skies and bye dramatic sunsets. Boooo!

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The long stretch of semi-fine cream sand beach shore touched by the calm sea water. Continue Reading

Adventures, Batangas, Philippines

Mt. Batulao: Experiences and Issues

Let’s set the facts straight this early that I am no member of any mountaineering club nor a semi-pro hiker and have the littlest knowledge about mountain climbing and stuff. But I have loved the adrenaline rush that this activity brings in to me that is why I planned this Mt. Batulao experience one hazy Sunday (January 11, 2015) morning.

Experiences

We left our place around 5:30 AM and after 30-45 minutes, we already found ourselves at the jump-off point at Evercrest Golf Club and Resort, Nasugbu, Batangas. We hired a tour guide because we weren’t confident enough with the trail despite the reviews that says Batulao is an easy climb. Besides, I am with a 10 year old kid who most probably needs a “guide.”

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We started to ascend by 6:30 AM and went through the old trail. We did a little stop over by the small stores before reaching the camp site. A 20 Php registration fee is required before continuing the hike. In the old trail, you have to traverse a harsher course, very much forest like. The hardest part for me was when we have to do rappelling for about 10 feet high. It wasn’t the most difficult to others but for me who’s shaking knees with heights, it was kinda trembling. Continue Reading