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Masasa Beach in Tingloy Island

Masasa Beach is one of the white sand beaches to go to in Batangas. Bask under the sun and refresh in the pristine and turquoise calm waters of the sea. Ride a ferry from Anilao to Tingloy Island and take the path to one of the nature’s finest. The Masasa Beach in Tingloy Island is one of the famous sidetrips among mountaineers and hikers after a breathtaking ascent and descent from Mt. Gulugod Baboy.

The golden sun dawned on us on the mountains of Mabini – Mt. Gulugod Baboy – where we spent an entirely windy and foggy night. It was a sign that we need to pack up and get going to our next destination – to the beach. On our descent at 9am, we were asked to log out from the registration booth, then hailed tricycles to catch the 10:30 trip to Tingloy from the Anilao Port. Each tricycle accommodated 3-4 persons. After 20 minutes, we arrived at Anilao Port.

Related Link: Climbing Mt. Gulugod Baboy

DAY 1

ANILAO PORT AND ANILAO PUBLIC MARKET

The Anilao Port is situated beside the Anilao Public Market, where you can buy food ingredients with less hassle. It has a wet market (meat and fish sections), dry market (vegetables and fruits sections), eateries (carinderia), bakery and a few tiangge. In our case, we intended to stay overnight in Tingloy so we bought everything we needed – cooked vegetable meals and steamed rice for lunch; rice (bigas), tilapia, bangus and lowland vegetables for dinner; hotdogs and eggs for breakfast for the next day; ice tube; and charcoal for grilling.  It is better to buy in Anilao Public Market than in Masasa Beach because prices are relatively cheaper.

We rested for some time at the Tourism Office while our colleagues bought our ferry tickets. I was not feeling quite well, maybe because my body adjusted to the weather, that is, exposure to cold throughout the night in the mountains, then hot weather in Anilao Port.

Because it was a holiday, many residents and vacationists lined up to get to the ferry that day. On regular days, the schedule of trips from Anilao Port to Tingloy Port is: 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 4:30pm. However, the management provided for continuous ferry services to serve the passengers better. Thus, we were able to board at 10:30am as planned.

The ferry boat could accommodate around 50 persons or more and provide sufficient life jackets for everyone. It was amusing to see mostly orangy passengers when we entered the boat. The boat ride takes about 45 minutes to Tingloy Port.

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This time, we were getting nearer to the famous Sombrero Island, that attractive tiny piece of hat-shaped land in the sea as viewed from Mt. Gulugod Baboy.

Schedule of Trips

Anilao Port to Tingloy Island 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm
Tingloy Island to Anilao Port 6:00am, 7:00am, 8:00am, 9:00am

TINGLOY PORT

After 45 minutes, we arrived at the Tingloy Port and hailed two tricycles to take us to Brgy. Masasa. I noticed that the tricycles fall in line to fetch passengers; they helped each other than compete for passengers.

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After 15 minutes, we were at the jumpoff to Masasa Beach and followed the cemented trails in the rice fields leading to the beach. The trek takes about 10-15 minutes depending on your pace. We walked at nearly noontime, but it wasn’t much of a good idea because it was too hot 😀

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ACCOMMODATION AT NANAY ROSIE’S KUBO

It was already high noon when we arrived at the public beach. It was scorching hot, but we had to bear with it and walked on the sands for approximately 20 meters to reach the small village where Nanay Rosie’s kubo was (prior to our trip, we called her up and reserved for a space). Good thing, we bought our umbrellas with us. There were many campers that time, and their tents were pitched along the public beach. Nanay Rosie’s kubo is situated farther east from the public beach.

Nanay Rosie’s contact number: +63919-686-4368

I’ve known Nanay Rosie from the Internet since several bloggers have availed of her assistance. Our team personally met her, a friendly and accommodating lady, but she was very busy that day accommodating a lot of visitors. It was a holiday, and since Masasa Beach is well-known today, many campers and tourists visit the place for adventure and relaxation. We met her son, Toto, who assisted us all throughout our stay.

The 2-storey kubo could be shared by four (4) groups since it has 4 neighboring compartments. Three (3) groups stay at the upper floor and the other at the ground floor. We were designated to stay on the upper floor. Aside from the al fresco design, the place has electric fans and a hammock. The kubo has two comfort rooms and continuous water supply. We were happy to have continuous water supply, because Toto warned us that water could become scarce due to the influx of visitors occupying the huts.

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Here are some tips regarding accommodation in the kubo:

  1. You can ask the tricycle drivers to drop you off near Nanay Rosie’s beach.
  2. The huts could be rented for P200/person good for 10 persons. Overnight camping at the “lagoon,” which I think is a private beach, is allowed. Tents are for rent at P200/tent. If you have your own, you may pitch it at the lagoon, however, reasonable camping fees are collected for maintenance purposes.
  3. You may cook your own food in the kubo with an extra charge of P150/day for the use of the gas. They are complete with materials such as stove, frying pan, casserole, barbecue grill, and kitchen utensils. They have an area for grilling. If you are staying overnight, you may bring your own cooler and ice (depending on the food you will cook) because they do not have refrigerators.
  4. If you are going with a group, it is better to bring enough mineral water (water jug) because on peak seasons, mineral water sold in containers become scarce.
  5. Stores are available so you do not need to worry when you missed buying from the Anilao Market. However, the products including ice and mineral water, are a bit pricey. So, if you have budget considerations, it is wiser to buy your ingredients in Anilao Public Market or from your place of origin.
  6. Few souvenir stores selling souvenir shirts, keychains, ref magnets and the like are available.
  7. On regular days, electricity shuts down from midnight up to 12nn of the next day. Hence, charge your batteries, gadgets and power banks from 12nn to 11:59pm. However, we had continuous electricity that day, perhaps, to give better services to the visitors.
  8. There are scheduled trips (public boat) from Masasa Beach to Anilao Port. Inform Nanay Rosie or her representative, especially on holidays, if you want to take the public boat so they could coordinate with the boat management and advice you of the schedule of departure. In November 1 (All Saints Day), the boat left at 7:30am and that was the only trip scheduled for the day.
  9. Private boats are available at P1,500 per boat for maximum of 7 persons (one way from Masasa Beach to Anilao Port).

EXPLORING MASASA BEACH

At 4pm, we decided to forego the Island Hopping Tour and just explore and enjoy the lagoon and Masasa Beach.

The Lagoon (Day 1)

We started with the lagoon. So from the kubo, we followed a 10-minute trail surrounded by palm trees and shrubs, until we reached a limestone cliff. The place is clean and preserved; you will not see trash there unlike in the public beach. From afar, you will notice an islet called Layag Layag Point. We headed back to the kubo at 5:30pm.

Photo Credits: Angelo Aguiling

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Camouflage… These species take the form of a lizard and fish.
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You will need to jump in the chest-deep waters to get here.

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View of the Layag Layag Point from the lagoon

The Coast at Nanay Rosie’s Place (Day 2)

The coast in front of Nanay Rosie’s kubo is adorned with rocks that are mostly grown with algae. Black birds came in the morning and rested or fed on the algae.  There are also sea grasses on the seabeds and black starfish. Early that morning, we watched a local, standing 5-6 meters from the shoreline with his net (lambat) and threw it on ankle-deep waters. After 5 minutes, he pulled it, and in it were tiny fishes good for a day’s meal. The presence of aquatic life marks that Masasa is a healthy coastal community.

Photo Credits: Angelo Aguiling

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Black birds… Raven? I’m not so sure.

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Masasa Beach (Day 2)

The public beach, located farther west from Nanay Rosie’s kubo, is open to all campers who wanted to camp or pitch tents for free. The attractions are the fine white sands and turquoise blue waters, man-made staircase, and rock formations. The water was calm and inviting, that you will soon find yourself swimming into it already.

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Masasa Beach has rocky parts.
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The Masasa Beach campsite
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The Masasa Beach campsite

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The famous man-made staircase
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Big rocks behind the man-made staircase

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It is sad to see trashes that pile on the camping site. It is everywhere and I think this is what ruins the image of Masasa Beach today. I hope the campers would possess the discipline and sense of environmental responsibility, and the local government would exert efforts to monitor and promote the cleanliness and preserve the beauty of this tourist destination.

DAY 2

LEAVING MASASA BEACH… ISLAND SIGHT-SEEING

We decided to leave Masasa Beach at 8am. However, Toto informed us that since it’s All Saints Day, there is no other public boat available that will take us back to the Anilao Port. The public boat left at 7:30am and we were left behind. So, with his suggestion, we hired private boats where each could accommodate at most 7 passengers. We were eight so we rented two boats for safety reasons.

According to the boatmen, we will be able to pass by the islets, which could likewise be seen during the island hopping tour. We were happy at that thought since we did not pursue island hopping the day before.

Initially, the water was calm and we were having a great time taking pictures of the islets. However, when we reached Verde Island passage, the waves became stronger and stronger as we were approaching the deeper portions of the seas. Can you imagine a tricycle passing by a rough road? That was how the boat looked like, it was like hopping against the waves. Water came splashing unto us; our life jackets were covered underneath our bags but we cannot get them.

The anxiety-provoking 30-45 minutes on the deep seas seemed like forever to me. 😀 The boatman remained calm and stood straight as he maneuvered the boat in the midst of the waves. So we remained calm as well. When we reached the Anilao coasts, the seas went back to its calm state. I realized that it is not wise to travel on the sea on November when the winds are unstable. It is still best to travel on summer months.

THE ANILAO COAST

We enjoyed the sight-seeing as our boat headed along the coast and resorts of Anilao, which is popular dive site in Batangas. Several people were wearing life jackets and snorkels, and some were board sailing.  We greeted some who were on the boats and they greeted back. Adventurers love co-adventurers 🙂

We arrived at Anilao Port safely at 11:30am.

THINGS TO BRING
  • Tent, sleeping bag, hammock (if you choose the campsite)
  • Swim wear/rashguard
  • Slippers/sports water shoes/snorkeling gear (optional)
  • Extra clothes
  • Food, water jug, cooler
  • Citronella oil/ Off lotion
  • Fan/umbrella
  • Camera, Power bank, Other Gadgets, Chargers (electricity is from 12NN to 12MN; so we can only charge our batteries within this period)
  • Light towel / sarong
  • Toiletries
  • Trash bag
  • Extra money
SAMPLE ITINERARY

3D/2N TRIP – MT. GULUGOD BABOY, MASASA BEACH IN TINGLOY ISLAND AND SOMBRERO ISLAND

Related Link: Climbing Mt. Gulugod Baboy

This itinerary is estimated for a group of 10 pax (*expenses are estimated based on the actual as of October 30-November 1, 2016)
Day 1: Mt. Gulugod Baboy
Time Activity Expenses Per head (in pesos)
6:30 AM Meet up at Buendia JAM Bus Terminal
7:00 AM ETD JAM Bus Terminal (Buendia) 165.00
10:00 AM ETA Batangas Grand Terminal
10:30 AM ETD Batangas Grand Terminal (Jeepney to Anilao) (45 mins) 37.00
11:20 AM ETA Anilao, Lunch (own baon), Rest, Prep for Hike
1:40 PM Take tricycle to Philpan Dive Resort (20 mins) 40.00
2:00 PM Start climb (registration fee) 40.00
Guide fee (P400 / 10 pax) 40.00
4:00 PM Set up camp, explore summit, sunset viewing
5:30 PM Prepare dinner
7:00 PM Dinner
10:00 PM Lights out
 SUB-TOTAL 322.00
Day 2: Tingloy Island, Masasa Beach, Sombrero Island
5:30 AM Wake up, sunrise viewing
6:30 AM Mini-breakfast / break camp
7:30 AM Start descent
9:00 AM ETA Philpan Dive Resort
9:20 AM Back at Anilao Port via tricycle (20 mins) 40.00
Breakfast, buy packed lunch at carinderia
Buy ingredients at Anilao Public Market
10:30 AM ETD Anilao Port 65.00
11:15 AM ETA Tingloy Port (45 mins)
Take tricycle to Brgy. Masasa (10 mins) 15.00
11:30 AM Walk to rice fields going to Masasa Beach (10 mins)
11:40 AM Check in at Nanay Rosie’s kubo
        P2,000/kubo for 10 pax 200.00
        P150 gasul 15.00
12:00 nn Lunch
2:00 AM Island hopping tour:
Sombrero Island, Sepoc Point, etc.
P2,500 for 10 pax 250.00
Registration fee @ Sombrero Island 200.00
4:00 PM Explore Masasa Beach
Chillax / walk along the beach
6:00 PM Back to kubo, prepare dinner
7:00 PM Dinner/socials/bonfire
 SUB-TOTAL 785.00
Day 3: Home, Sweet Home (via Masasa Beach)
5:00 AM Wake up, Breakfast preps
6:30 AM Breakfast, prepare things
8:00 AM Departure from Masasa Beach 100.00
10:00 AM ETA Anilao Port
11:00 AM ETA Batangas City Grand Terminal
        (jeepney from Anilao) 37.00
12:00 AM ETD Batangas City Grand Terminal 157.00
3:00 PM ETA Manila
 SUB-TOTAL 294.00
Total expenses (excluding food, water, souvenir items) 1,401.00
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