One of the finest beaches in Batangas has yet to be highlighted! That is the Masasa Beach in Tingloy, Batangas, Philippines. This trip was my last beach travel with my older sister before she went to the States for work. That’s why this trip is close to my heart. Let us take you there with you! Read our adventure below!
Aside from the white beach of Laiya in San Juan, Batangas, Masasa Beach is a new favorite for travelers who are also in search of a white sand beach and more serene and secluded beach. I asked the local people during our travel to Masasa about what is the origin of the name of the beach. Why “Masasa”? They said, before (or until now), there was a lot of “Sasa” around the area. “Sasa” is a broad-leaf bamboo. In Filipino terminology, we add the syllable “ma” that means “a lot” or “more” or “very” (it depends on the sentence or word connected to “ma”), correct me if I’m wrong though. LOL! So that was the origin of the name of the beach, “Masasa,” that was what I learned from the locals!
Our travel began from Lipa City, Batangas wherein we rode a jeep to the grand terminal which cost us Php33 each. We left Lipa at 5:45 am and arrived at the grand terminal at 7 am. From the grand terminal, we rode another jeep to Anilao Port. Price was Php37 and the ride was about an hour travel. From the port, we paid Php30 environmental fee. The passenger boat to Tingloy is only operational in the morning that is why it is best to be there early!
The passenger boat to Tingloy is at Php80. It was a weekday at that time and there are still a bunch of tourists that wanted to go to the underrated paradise in Batangas, Masasa Beach. After the 30-40minutes passenger boat ride, we rode a tricycle from Tingloy port to the jump-off to the beach. It was a very mountainous, steep and a bit bumpy ride, so better hold tight! It’s just a few minutes ride. Then we rode another boat ride on the way to the beach proper.
There are no hotels in the area. The beach is yet to be developed. We just got a contact from a locale in Lipa, Batangas who knows someone in Tingloy. We reserved our three days and two nights stay at Nanay Rosie’s Kubo and Transients. The three of us, me, my older sister Charisse and my boyfriend, Joel, contributed for the Php2, 800 worth of accommodation. But there are transient houses there that is only Php300 per head per night. You just need to find the best one you are comfortable with.
Activities to do at the Underrated Paradise: Masasa Beach
First is, eat! LOL! We brought our own cooked food-that is cheaper! Then we also bought a halo-halo and some snacks there. Best to bring your own drinking water because it is more expensive on the island.
Second, walk and follow the trail to the simple rock formations or lagoons near the residential area. It was a bit a short walk from our hut going there. We found a place for a fun photoshoot and a small cave wherein we dived in. The water there is very deep so be careful!
The third thing to do in the underrated paradise, Masasa Beach is to snorkel! The beaches are clean and a bit rocky (so wear rubber slippers with strap), but we found different kinds of small fishes. We literally swam with a small school of fish!
Fourth activity to do in Masasa is camping, which we didn’t do because we rented a place to stay. We wanted a comfortable stay because it’s the last beach trip in the Philippines of my sister. Camping is however until 7 pm so the homestay is what the government is promoting in Tingloy, Batangas.
We loved our stay at the island of Tingloy. It was a quiet place to get a good sleep. The beach is exceptionally clean, dirty white sand and clear water! It is just a bit rocky, which I slipped a few times. Haha clumsy me! On the last day, when we got to the grand terminal of Batangas, we enjoyed a bowl of Batangas’ best food; Lomi! You should really try this whenever you are in Batangas!
That’s it for this travel blog. Most of the photos are taken by my boyfriend, Joel. Visit his blog, Quint”essence”tial! If you want to see more, he made a short video about our trip. Here’s the link: Underrated Paradise in Batangas: Masasa Beach.