The first thing that pops into one’s mind when they hear the words “Batangas” and “beach” in the same sentence would probably be either Laiya, San Juan or Nasugbu. Little do people know that there exists a beauty located south of Batangas, and it’s an island called Tingloy.
Tingloy Island isn’t as famous as the other islands closely located to it such as Puerto Galera and Isla Verde but don’t underestimate because it has its own hidden paradise.
From Cubao, we rode a bus going to Batangas City Grand Terminal (TIP: Travel time is shorter if you ride a bus with signage that says CALABARZON). After about 2 hours, we arrived at the Grand Terminal. From there, we rode a jeepney going to Talaga Port then a boat ride to Tingloy island.
Talaga Port to Tingloy: 10:00 AM, 12:00 NN and 2:00 PM
Tingloy to Talaga Port: 6:00 AM, 7:00 AM, 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM
It’s important to remember that the boats leave exactly as stated above. We signed up for the 10 AM trip to Tingloy but when we arrived at around 10:02, the boat already left. It was sort of a bummer at first but it was our fault anyway so we kept a positive attitude and patiently waited for the next trip. Sabagay, sanay na kami mag hintay.
The boats that will bring you to the island can accommodate at least 60 people. There’s also plenty of room so you have nothing to worry about in keeping your things safe and sound. It even has its own comfort rooms!
So then we arrived in Tingloy Island. Our initial plan was to pitch a tent at the beach and camp out overnight. But we knew we needed a decent comfort room and since we bought raw meat and fish, we needed a place to cook too. We decided to stay at Tre Bale Vista Inn. And it’s definitely not bad for 200/pax a night.
Tre Bale Vista Inn is the closest inn from where we alighted, it’s actually located at the front part of the port. Ate Mikki, the owner of the place was very welcoming and accommodating with us. We didn’t really expect so much from a 200 a night inn, but man, we were wrong. The whole place was so clean and tidy, not to mention the comfort rooms complete with showers and bidets. The rooms were spacious and the beds are comfortable enough for a good night’s sleep. And to top it all off, what better way to enjoy a beach weekend but with a nice view like this?
This is what we had for lunch that day. Inihaw at its finest! We bought the fish from the wet market at Talaga port. Also, there are sari-sari stores in the neighborhood where we bought rice from!
A quick 10 minute tricycle ride from the port led us to the path going to Masasa beach. There’s a short trek to the beach but don’t worry, you won’t even break a sweat. Then you will be greeted by this view. Lush green surroundings, coconut trees and rice fields that are so pleasing to the eyes.
So let us tell you about Masasa Beach. First thing’s first, our expectations weren’t met. On the shore, you will see trash everywhere. And who else is responsible? Humans, of course. It’s pretty obvious why; people are allowed to camp there overnight, it’s open to the public, and there aren’t any fees to pay at all.
Now, let’s focus on the positive. How can we deny the beauty that we saw in all that disappointment? The water was clean, blue, and beautiful, the waves just right. On both sides of the beach, there are sights to see and explore and you won’t be disappointed. Unfortunately, we didn’t explore the beach enough. We were wrong for judging the book by its cover, or should we say, the beach by its shore..
One night is not enough to wander around the whole island. But overall, we enjoyed our stay in Masasa Beach! That is why it’s on our list of “places to visit again”.
If you’re planning to visit, please don’t contribute to the trash. Please help preserve the beauty of the beach. Leave nothing but footprints. It’s only a matter of time before you see trash floating in the water. Don’t leave it to the locals to clean your trash. We are all just visitors so let us respect the place. And this doesn’t apply to Tingloy/Masasa alone, but all the places we will go to. ALWAYS TRAVEL RESPONSIBLY.
Our whole Tingloy Island experience was great, and to be honest, we don’t have any regrets!
Goodbye for now and we will see you again!
We arrived at Talaga just in time for brunch, so we stopped by at Ashley & Susan Lomi House and Eatery located just beside the port. It was nice to have some Batangas lomi before heading back to Manila.
4:00 AM – Meet up in Edsa Cubao
4:30-5:30 AM – Kamuning Market
6:00-8:00 AM – En route to Batangas Grand Terminal
8:00 AM – Arrival at Batangas Grand Terminal
8:30-9:30 AM – Jeepney going to Talaga Port (Mabini, Batangas)
9:30-9:40 AM – Boat ride registration
9:40-10:00 AM – Talaga Market
Note: Seafoods here are cheap.
10:00-12:00 NN – Waiting game/photo op
12:00-1:00 PM – Boat ride to Tingloy Island
1:00 PM – Arrival at Tingloy Port, Tingloy Island
1:15 PM – Arrival at Tre Bale Vista Inn
1:15-2:00 PM – Settle, rest and explore the place
2:00-3:30 PM – Cook and eat late lunch
3:30-4:00 PM – Rest and change clothes
4:00-4:20 PM – Tricycle ride to Masasa Beach
4:20-4:30 PM- Trek to Masasa Beach
4:30 PM – Arrival at Masasa Beach
4:30-6:00 PM – Swimming, picture taking, etc
6:00-6:10 PM – Trek back to tricycle terminal
6:10-6:30 PM – Tricycle ride back to Tre Bale Vista Inn
6:30-7:30 PM – Shower
7:30-9:00 PM – Cook and eat dinner
9:00-11:00 PM – Bonding time
11:00-7:30 AM – Sleep
7:30-9:00 AM – Shower, pack, last photo op
9:00-10:00 AM – Boat ride to Talaga Port
10:00 AM – Arrival at Talaga Port, Mabini
10:30-11:30 AM – Lunch at Ashley & Susan Lomi House and Eatery
1:30-12:15 PM – Jeepney ride to Diversion
12:15-12:30 PM – Jeepney ride to Batangas Grand Terminal
Note: Only jeepneys that are full go straight to Batangas Grand Terminal.
12:30 PM – Arrival at Batangas Grand Terminal
1:00-3:00 PM – Bus ride to EDSA Cubao
3:00 PM – Arrival at EDSA Cubao
Bus fare to Batangas Grand Terminal – Php 132/head w/ student discount x 2 *roundtrip
Jeepney fare to Talaga Port – Php 37/head
Boat fare to Tingloy Island – Php 65/head x 2 *roundtrip
Tre Bale Vista Inn – Php 200/night, Php 25/half a gallon of mineral water
Tricycle fare to Masasa Beach – Php 60/ride x 2 *roundtrip
Jeepney fare to Diversion – Php 30/head
Jeepney fare to Batangas Grand Terminal – Php 7/head
TOTAL: Php 716/head (excluding food)
Lunch – Php 100/head (Tilapia, Sniper, coal, etc)
Dinner – Php 100/head (1 kilo of liempo and ingredients)
Rice – Php 55/kilo
Lomi – Php 55.00
TOTAL: Php 273/head
Watch our Tingloy Island experience here!
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