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Posts Tagged ‘Beaches of the Philippines’

Best Beaches of Batangas, Philippines

Posted by alainaflute on January 22, 2013

A popular destination near Metro Manila, Batangas is a province known for its gorgeous beaches. According to, these are the top 5 beaches close to Manila-Philippines (all found in Batangas):

Map of the Philippines showing the location of Batangas (© Eugene Alvin Villar, 2003)

Map of the Philippines showing the location of Batangas (© Eugene Alvin Villar, 2003)

Matabungkay Beach

Located in Lian, Batangas, Matabungkay Beach is popular among locals and tourists alike. The sea breeze is refreshing, and the waves are gentle, thanks to a small coral reef about 50 meters off shore from the low tide mark. Matabungkay is known for its bamboo raft rentals for swimming, snorkeling, or even picnicking on the water!

Matabungkay, Lian, Batangas, Philippines (Hyougushi / Hideyuki KAMON / Wikimedia Commons)

Matabungkay, Lian, Batangas, Philippines (Hyougushi /Hideyuki KAMON /Wikimedia Commons)

Calatagan Beaches

A popular destination of the elite, Calatagan is home to several beach resorts, some of which “have swimming pools adjoining the sea to give guests the choice of enjoying the pool, the sea, or bothColorful fishing boats also dominate the seascape and some are made available to tourists who wish to roam the shorelines for a fee.”

Map of Batangas showing the location of Calatagan (Mike Gonzalez/ Wikimedia Commons)

Map of Batangas showing the location of Calatagan (Mike Gonzalez/Wikimedia Commons)

Bauan Beaches

The town of Bauan, Batangas touts several great beaches that are great for swimming, snorkeling, and diving. Notably, the Portulano Dive Resorthas an ideal beach front and coastline conducive for good and satisfying dives.” Also, you’ll be able to find lovely places to enjoy “the cool and gentle waves of the azure South China Sea and ample grounds of fine sandy beaches for sun bathing, leisurely walking, frolicking, and picnicking.”

San Juan Beaches offer stretches of fine sand with great views of the “cerulean” sea (I had to look that up – it’s another word for azure). San Juan is also known for its beach resorts. You’ll have absolutely no trouble shedding your cares on these relaxing beaches!

Virgin Beach, Laiya, San Juan, Batangas, Philippines (Urville86/Wikimedia Commons)

Virgin Beach, Laiya, San Juan, Batangas, Philippines (Urville86/Wikimedia Commons)

Kabayan Beach

If you’re looking for affordable quality, Kabayan Beach is your destination for “clear water, gentle waves, fine and clean sand, comfortable amenities for sun bathing, some water sports, picnicking, and cooking…”

I don’t know about you, but I’m putting Batangas on my beachy vacation to-do list!  Sun, fun, sand, surf, and a reason to use the word cerulean!  Who could ask for more?


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Not a Beach Tally, but Tali Beach

Posted by E.G.D. on June 12, 2012

Tali Main Beach (Photo by Boxcar Designs/Bobbit Lim Photography)

Tuesdays are traditionally reserved for “Tallies and Tips” around here, but when I went searching for something along those lines today, I discovered that there is a beach in the Philippines called Tali Beach, and I’m running with it, even though I’m not sure how Tali would be pronounced in that part of the world.  Bwahahahahaha.

Tali is a private, gated, residential community in Batangas, about 2 hours drive away from Manila (the capital city), and by virtue of its private nature, it is known for being clean and not very crowded.  Apparently, the only ways to visit this beach are to visit a resident, to be or become a resident, or to rent one of the beach houses in the community, though it seems a visitor has plenty of rental options to choose from, and the price range varies pretty widely.  Any of the houses you rent give you total and full access to the whole beach, so you don’t need to be worried about any bit being exclusively private.

According to an article on, “whichever place you choose, you simply shouldn’t miss cliff jumping at Tali. Ask your hosts about the cliffs near the Villaraza house and they’ll know exactly what you mean: a bleached cliff accessible by a steep staircase beside manicured gardens. Braver souls launch themselves off the thirty-foot highest point, but sissies like me prefer swimming in the azure waters and exploring the caves underneath the cliffs.”

Tali Beach is popular for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, and a plethora of other traditional beach activities, though I could not determine whether or not it would be a good place for beachcombing/shelling.  Have any of you readers out there been to Tali Beach?  Did you find any good shells, or did you see some really cool fish?  Please let us know!  This article could use some first-hand information, and there is, after all, a comment space just below these words.

Mahalo, and may your summer be full of beach exploration! -E.G.D.

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