Masasa Beach, Batangas: Affordable Weekend Getaway Near Manila

Finally visited one of my travel bucket list! Masasa Beach is perfect for group of friends and family looking for a quick getaway that won’t break the bank. For a budget of 1,500 pesos you will surely enjoy the beauty and wonders of Masasa Beach.

I was raving to go here for many months but was so hesitant to push through because of the photos I’ve seen. Since it beacame popular on facebook and it was peak season the beach looked so crowded and many trash scattered on the shore. I said to my self that there will be a perfect time to visit this place someday and I was right.

We had many choices for this workmates getaway and Masasa was our last option. Since most of our top options seems pricey and travel time will take so long we just finally gave Masasa beach a try. Budget wise, travel time, and the beach itself, why not? So here’s my travel tips if you are planning to visit here as well.

Pre Travel Guide

  THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO IN MASASA

  • Tent pitching is allowed until 7pm only.
  • Electricity only runs from 12 noon and shuts off as early as 10 in the evening.
  • Don’t forget to bring your underwater camera and snorkeling mask.

  HOW TO GET IN MASASA

  1. Take a bus at Jam Liner Cubao going to Batangas Grand Terminal. Bus fare is 165 pesos.
  2. At Grand Terminal take a jeepney going to Mabini Talaga Port. Jeepney fare is 37 pesos.
  3. At Talaga Port you have to pay the Environmental Fee worth 30 pesos. Then take a boat (55 passenger capacity) going Tingloy. Boat fare is 100 pesos.
  4. At Tingloy Port ride a boat (6 passenger capacity) going to the transient house. It was free since we also rented the boat for our island hopping, 25 pesos each if the boat will only take you to the transient.

Total Travel Time – 4 to 5 hours

For detailed direction, read How to Get to Masasa Beach, Tingloy, Batangas?

  WHERE TO STAY IN MASASA

Homestay

  • Tita Nady’s Transient House +63 919 290 3703 – Recommended for those looking for a front beach house. It’s between Masasa Beach and Blue Lagoon.
  • Tita Precy’s Kubo +63 949 836 3279 – The last but nearest transient to Blue Lagoon and no neighbor transient house.

Hotels and Resorts

If homestay is not your thing, visit Masasa on a day tour and stay overnight in one of the nearest resorts. Check here for Anilao hotel rates.

  WHERE TO EAT IN MASASA

There is no restaurant near our transient house. The only available is a mini sari-sari store wherein cost is 10-20 pesos higher than the normal price.

It is recommended to buy ingredients at Talaga or Anilao Port and just cook it in the transient house to maximize free use of gas stove and kitchen tools. Since day 1 was a busy and tiring day for us we just asked the owner of the transient to cook the meals for us. We paid 50 pesos for each meal. We spent a total of 150 pesos – 50 for rice, 50 for pork sinigang and 50 for the pork barbeque. Then the next day we fried hotdogs and the remaining rice on our own.

Activities

  THINGS TO DO IN MASASA

Day 1
Island Hopping – 300 pesos each for a group of 6
This is the first thing that you should do if you are planning to go here for 2 days and 1 night only. You’re time will be very limited if you will do it the next day since the last trip of the boat going to Talaga/Anilao Port is 12 pm.

Day 2
Roam around Masasa Beach picturesque sceneries and rock formations
Swim and enjoy Masasa beach’s crystal clear water

Island-hopping highlights

 BUDGET BREAKDOWN IN MASASA

  • Bus 165 x 2 = 330
  • Jeep 37 x 2 = 74
  • Environmental Fee 30
  • Boat 100 x 2 = 200
  • Transient House = 300
  • Island Hopping = 1800/6 = 300
  • Food and Drinks = 1000/6 persons = 167

    Suggested Budget
    = 1,500

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