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Batangas

Batangas province in Luzon is a thriving tourist destination most famous for its picturesque beaches, dive sites, and mountains. Located just two to three hours away from Metro Manila, the province is a favorite getaway for cityfolk itching to surround themselves with nature and soak up the tropical sun.

Since Batangas is home to many beaches and resorts, beach hopping has become a favorite activity among its visitors. You can go cliff diving in Nasugbu’s Tali Beach, try your hand at wakeboarding and snorkeling in Calatagan, experience the black sands of Lemery, visit the pebble beach in Lobo, or relax along the charming white sand beaches of San Juan and Tingloy.

You might want to go snorkeling or diving if you find yourself in Mabini. This municipality is home to many world-famous dive sites, mostly in Anilao, that are perfect for observing marine life. Take a plunge into Anilao’s waters by day or by night and swim among its stunning coral reefs and colorful sea creatures.

There are plenty of other things to do outside of Batangas’ beaches as well. You can immerse yourself in nature and history by visiting Taal, a municipality home to famous destinations like Taal Lake and the Taal Heritage Village. The village, founded by Spanish friars in 1572, is one of the two most culturally preserved sites of the Spanish colonial era in the Philippines.

When in Taal, a visit to Taal Lake should also be on the top of your to-do list. In the middle of this crater lake you’ll find the world’s lowest volcano, Taal Volcano. Ride a boat across Taal Lake’s waters and travel to the top of Taal Volcano Island to experience one of the most breathtaking sights in Batangas.

Other popular cultural heritage sites in Batangas are the century-old Malabrigo Lighthouse in Lobo, the Apolinario Mabini Shrine in Tanauan, and Casa de Segunda, which is also known as the Luz-Katigbak Ancestral House. This Spanish-era stone house is named after Segunda Solis Katigbak, who is widely regarded as the first love of Philippine national hero Dr. Jose Rizal.

If you’re a fan of hiking and the great outdoors, Batangas offers several destinations that are well-loved among mountain climbers. Book a day hike up the lush green forests and grassy plains of beginner-friendly sites like Mt. Batulao, Mt. Maculot, Mt. Talamitam, or Mt. Manabu and enjoy a rewarding view of the nearby seas and mountain ranges.

Don’t forget to sample signature Batangas dishes like kalderetang kambing, or “goat meat in tomato sauce,” bulalo, or “boiled beef shank and marrow,” and sinigang na tulingan, or “tuna boiled in earthenware pots,” during your visit. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can also try kapeng barako, a local coffee variety famous for its rich and intense taste.

Top Rated Restaurants in Batangas Browse All

  1. Antonio's
    5.0 Stars
    International
    122 Reviews View
  2. Sonya's Garden
    4.5 Stars
    Vegetarian
    152 Reviews View
  3. Mama Lou's Italian Kitchen
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    109 Reviews View
  4. Breakfast at Antonio's
    4.5 Stars
    Fusion
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  5. Balay Dako
    4.5 Stars
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    74 Reviews View
  6. Nonna's Pasta & Pizzeria
    5.0 Stars
    Italian
    29 Reviews View
  7. Purple Oven
    4.5 Stars
    Dessert
    65 Reviews View
  8. Rowena's Bakeshop
    4.5 Stars
    Bakery
    36 Reviews View
  9. Marcia Adams
    4.5 Stars
    Mediterranean
    111 Reviews View
  10. Bag of Beans
    4.5 Stars
    International
    357 Reviews View

Top Rated Hotels in Batangas Browse All

  1. Nurture Wellness Village
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    34 Reviews View
  2. Acuatico Beach Resort & Hotel
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    34 Reviews View
  3. The Boutique Bed & Breakfast Hotel
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    14 Reviews View
  4. Acuaverde Beach Resort & Hotel
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    23 Reviews View
  5. La Luz Beach Resort
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    39 Reviews View
  6. Pico de Loro Beach and Country Club
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    83 Reviews View
  7. Taal Vista Hotel
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    64 Reviews View
  8. Club Punta Fuego
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    24 Reviews View
  9. Moon Garden
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    11 Reviews View
  10. Hidden Valley Springs Resort
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    13 Reviews View

Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Batangas Browse All

  1. Taal Lake
    5.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    8 Reviews View
  2. Villa Escudero
    4.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    27 Reviews View
  3. Nuvali Taxi Boat Ride
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    10 Reviews View
  4. Padre Pio Shrine
    4.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    12 Reviews View
  5. Sta. Elena Fun Farm
    5.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    4 Reviews View
  6. Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    5 Reviews View
  7. Ilog Maria Honeybee Farms
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    3 Reviews View
  8. X-Treme Sports Philippines
    5.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    1 Review View

Top Rated Places in Batangas Browse All

  1. Antonio's
    5.0 Stars
    International
    122 Reviews View
  2. Sonya's Garden
    4.5 Stars
    Vegetarian
    152 Reviews View
  3. Mt. Pico de Loro
    4.5 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    47 Reviews View
  4. Mama Lou's Italian Kitchen
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    109 Reviews View
  5. Breakfast at Antonio's
    4.5 Stars
    Fusion
    273 Reviews View
  6. Balay Dako
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    74 Reviews View
  7. Mt. Batulao
    4.5 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    33 Reviews View
  8. Nurture Wellness Village
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    34 Reviews View
  9. Nonna's Pasta & Pizzeria
    5.0 Stars
    Italian
    29 Reviews View
  10. Purple Oven
    4.5 Stars
    Dessert
    65 Reviews View

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