CALATAGAN, BATANGAS, PHILIPPINES — Batangas has always been a perfect go-to place away from the city because of its beaches and its close proximity to Metro Manila. If you wish for an underdeveloped beach, Burot Beach in Calatagan, Batangas is definitely one of the top choices.
Still feeling the euphoria brought about by the summer getaway in Apo Reef, I did not feel a bit of hesitation when my “tita” friends invited me for a hike in Mt. Batulao and a consequent camping to Burot Beach. And that was just two days after Apo Reef. (In case you’re wondering whether I’m working: I do. Just got lucky to have a two-week vacation. Sweet!)
Last minute change of plans and we decided to do Burot first before Batulao because we’ve got additional company for Burot. If you’ll leave early in the morning, there is a van terminal in Zamora Street near MRT Taft Southbound (near Kabayan Hotel). The last destination of the van is Calatagan Public Market, where you could shop for your camping/food supplies.
I’d like to admit Burot may have been one of the best rugged beach getaway (for the non-luxury-type of beach-goers), if tourists would learn how to apply the Leave-No-Trace (LNT) Principle. I’m not sure if it’s just because it is summer, or the place have really been in such state since it became visible to the public’s reach.
Minus the tourists’ trash, Burot Beach offers cream white sand and small rock formations. Several starfishes may bring you shingles upon seeing them along the shore. However, our marine biologist tita, Kristyl, once told us that seeing them on the shore is an indication of a dying sea bed: either one that is devoid of mollusks for the starfish to eat, or one that was scraped by boats.
The area of Burot Beach is privately-owned by the SM Corporation but is still open for the public as of this writing. No accommodations (full camping) and electricity in the area. Aside from beach bumming, you may try “island hopping” to the nearby sandbar.
Let us help in preserving the raw beauty of Burot Beach: remember how to properly dispose your trash.
We left Burot before lunchtime and went to Tagaytay for a bulalo-heavy lunch. Next stop: our noob, half-day hike to Mt. Batulao!
TRAVEL GUIDE / TIPS
- HOW TO GET THERE. Ride a van from the terminal in Zamora Street near MRT Taft Southbound (near Kabayan Hotel & Hotel Shogun). First trip starts at 0400 am, travel time is 3-4 hours for P180/person. The end station of the van will be at Calatagan Market. Other option for transportation is through the Calatagan-bound buses in Coastal Mall. From the market, hire a tricycle for P200 (good for 3-4 persons). It is suggested to get the mobile number of the driver so that someone could fetch you from the beach back to the market.
- FEES. Entrance fee for day tour is P65/pax. Double the amount for overnight. Tent rental is P400, good for 2 persons (we fitted three!). If you brought your own tent, pay P20. Table rental is P200. Fee for a bundle of firewood is P250. Island hopping is P130 per head.
- There is no electricity in the area. If you are really drained in battery, there is a cellphone charging station at the guard house. Forgot how much.
- There is a sari-sari store near the beach, but I suggest you bring what you need if you are staying overnight.
- Bring an extra trash bag. LEAVE NO TRACE.
The author went to Burot Beach in April 7-8, 2015.