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==Understand==
 
==Understand==
  
This is a lovely province in Luzon's Southern Tagalog region, located south of Manila/NCR.  Here you will find Anilao (Mabini) which is famous for its dive sites, Taal Lake and Volcano - said to be the lake within the lake, old churches and houses dating back to the Spanish times in Taal, Calaca and Batangas City, and the Batangas International and Container Port. There is mountain trekking - in Mt. Maculot and in Mabini and Nasugbu towns.  There are fresh-water beaches in the towns around the Lake -- San Nicolas, Agoncillo, Cuenca, Balete, Tanauan and Talisay.  Salt-water beaches abound in Matabungkay (Lian town), in Nasugbu, in Calatagan, in Calaca, in Lemery, in Taal, San Luis, in Bauan, in Lobo, and in Laiya (San Juan town). There are also several island tourist destinations, namely:  Tingloy, Verde Island, Ligpo Island, Sombrero Island, and Fortune Island. There are also Industrial Parks and various manufacturing industries dotting the shoreline.
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This is a lovely province in Luzon's Southern Tagalog region, located south of Manila/NCR.  Here you will find excellent diving spots including Anilao in Mabini, Sombrero Island in Tingloy, Ligpo Island in Bauan, these areas collectively are more popularly known as Anilao.  It is home to Taal Lake and Volcano - said to be the lake within the lake, old churches and houses dating back to the Spanish times in Taal Town Proper, Calaca and Batangas City, and the Batangas International and Container Port. There is mountain trekking - in Mt. Maculot and in Mabini and Nasugbu towns.  There are fresh-water beaches in the towns around the Lake -- San Nicolas, Agoncillo, Cuenca, Balete, Tanauan and Talisay.  Salt-water beaches abound in Matabungkay (Lian town), in Nasugbu, in Calatagan, in Calaca, in Lemery, in Taal, San Luis, in Bauan, in Lobo, and in Laiya (San Juan town). There are also several island tourist destinations, namely:  Tingloy, Ligpo Island, Sombrero Island, and Fortune Island. There are also Industrial Parks and various manufacturing industries dotting the shoreline.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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*Batangas City is 2 1/2 hours away from Manila when using the old inter town route. Using the STAR Tollway route, one can reach Batangas City for just 1 1/2 hour.  Tanauan City is about 1 hour away and in between Tanauan City and Batangas City, one will find Lipa City.  '''ALPS The Bus, Inc.''' [http://www.alpsthebus.com] is one of many bus companies that travels the said route.
 
*Batangas City is 2 1/2 hours away from Manila when using the old inter town route. Using the STAR Tollway route, one can reach Batangas City for just 1 1/2 hour.  Tanauan City is about 1 hour away and in between Tanauan City and Batangas City, one will find Lipa City.  '''ALPS The Bus, Inc.''' [http://www.alpsthebus.com] is one of many bus companies that travels the said route.
 
*Travellers can take air-conditioned buses in going to Batangas City.  Those who want to go to Nasugbu, Calatagan and Lian towns (Matabungkay) can pass via the Tagaytay route.
 
*Travellers can take air-conditioned buses in going to Batangas City.  Those who want to go to Nasugbu, Calatagan and Lian towns (Matabungkay) can pass via the Tagaytay route.
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*Travellers going to Puerto Galera can take direct air con buses from Manila (Cubao) to Batangas pier. The best services are BLTB (every hour) and JAM transit (also every hour) from Kamuin Cubao bus station. Sometimes, esepcially during peak hours, buses run every 30 minutes. The last stop is Batangas pier (ask the conductor before hand) from where one can take a ferry to [Puerto Galera]
 
*When driving one's own vehicle to Tanauan-Lipa-Batangas City, travelers will pass through the South Luzon Expressway, then the STAR Tollway and can just follow the directional signs along the highway.
 
*When driving one's own vehicle to Tanauan-Lipa-Batangas City, travelers will pass through the South Luzon Expressway, then the STAR Tollway and can just follow the directional signs along the highway.
 
*For short trips in the desired destinations, passenger jeepneys abound, and then tricycles.
 
*For short trips in the desired destinations, passenger jeepneys abound, and then tricycles.
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==See==
 
==See==
*There are caged '''tigers''' you can see (but don't get too close because they have a tendency to spray their territory frequently!).
 
 
*'''Taal Volcano''' at Taal Lake.
 
*'''Taal Volcano''' at Taal Lake.
Having your own Taal tour is easy. Taal volcano tour is a an easy trek from the shore of the volcano island to the rim via the regular trail. If you're more adventurous, try also the Calauit trail. This allows one to go down to where the crater lake is and see the volcanic activities up close and personal. For more information email [mailto:tripinas@gmail.com tripinas@gmail.com] or view [http://taaltours.blogspot.com/]
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Having your own Taal tour is easy. Taal volcano tour is a an easy trek from the shore of the volcano island to the rim via the regular trail. If you're more adventurous, try also the Calauit trail. This allows one to go down to where the crater lake is and see the volcanic activities up close and personal.  
 
*Fire trees (caballeros), southeast Asia's answer to Japan's famed cherry blossoms, typically bloom during late summer (April) till the start of the rainy season (June).
 
*Fire trees (caballeros), southeast Asia's answer to Japan's famed cherry blossoms, typically bloom during late summer (April) till the start of the rainy season (June).
  
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* '''Swim'''. The reef is carved to create small swimming areas at the foot of the ladders.  
 
* '''Swim'''. The reef is carved to create small swimming areas at the foot of the ladders.  
 
* Kick back, '''relax''', and soak up the tropical ambiance.  That's what this place is all about!
 
* Kick back, '''relax''', and soak up the tropical ambiance.  That's what this place is all about!
*'''St. Martin de Tours Church''', located in the Taal section of Batangas, one of the biggest catholic churches in all of southeast asia.
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*'''Basilica Minor of St. Martin of Tours''', located in the Taal section of Batangas, one of the biggest catholic churches in all of southeast asia.
 
*lots of beaches, resorts with swimming pools, and restaurants.
 
*lots of beaches, resorts with swimming pools, and restaurants.
* Swimming and snorkeling around Sombrero island to see the corals. Beautiful colors!
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* Swimming and snorkeling around Ligpo Island, Sombrero island to see the corals. Beautiful colors!
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* '''Scuba diving''' in the entire strip of Balayan Bay is home to the most diverse species of marine life in the world being in the world's coral triangle. Try scuba diving with experience programs for first timers using reputable dive operators.
 
* Explore the mountains on a mountain bike with the Batangas Mountain Bikers, a group of local cyclists based in Batangas City.
 
* Explore the mountains on a mountain bike with the Batangas Mountain Bikers, a group of local cyclists based in Batangas City.
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* You may also go to Taal Batangas where it is rich in Pre Hispanic Houses, and Taal Batangas is also known to have lots of Beach Resort. - You can visit [http://www.thebestoftaalbatangas.com/]The Best of Taal Batangas
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
 
* The Barong Tagalog, one of the Philippines trademarks, as it is worn during special occasions.
 
* The Barong Tagalog, one of the Philippines trademarks, as it is worn during special occasions.
* Batangas is famous for the Balisong knife (commonly called Butterfly knives outside of the country). If you do buy these knives, and you live outside of the Philippines, it's better to mail the knives to yourself, rather than risk having the knife confiscated.
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* Batangas is famous for the Balisong knife (commonly called Butterfly knives outside of the country). If you do buy these knives, and you live outside of the Philippines, you risk having the knife confiscated.
 
*Batangas is famous for its panutsa (Peanut Brittle), Sinaing na Tulingan (small tuna simmered in a broth of water, rock salt, sampaloc/tamarind, and dried kamias), suman (rice cakes wrapped in banana leaves), and the longganisa and tapa made in Taal Town, the achara of Calaca, and Bagoong of Balayan towns.
 
*Batangas is famous for its panutsa (Peanut Brittle), Sinaing na Tulingan (small tuna simmered in a broth of water, rock salt, sampaloc/tamarind, and dried kamias), suman (rice cakes wrapped in banana leaves), and the longganisa and tapa made in Taal Town, the achara of Calaca, and Bagoong of Balayan towns.
 
* Sweets like macapuno, ube and pastillas are famous in the town of Malvar, particularly the Elsa's Sweet Candies in San Gregorio Malvar Batangas.
 
* Sweets like macapuno, ube and pastillas are famous in the town of Malvar, particularly the Elsa's Sweet Candies in San Gregorio Malvar Batangas.
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==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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*Taal Bayview Bistro offers pretty much all of the Batangas specialties like Tapang Taal, Tawilis, Adobo sa Dilaw, Maliputo (a fresh water fish found only in Taal Lake), Kalderetang Kambing Batangas Style, Bulalo. Taal Bistro, a branch, is located very near the historic Taal Church and the Public Market.
 
*Ask the locals about their "kilawin", it is fresh fish soaked in vinegar and acidic juices like lemon, lime, or the local kalamansi, with lots of tiny chopped onions, fresh garlic, and hot peppers, its really good when the fish is still very fresh, as in just caught and straight ahead to the chopping board.
 
*Ask the locals about their "kilawin", it is fresh fish soaked in vinegar and acidic juices like lemon, lime, or the local kalamansi, with lots of tiny chopped onions, fresh garlic, and hot peppers, its really good when the fish is still very fresh, as in just caught and straight ahead to the chopping board.
 
*Fried longganisa and Tapang Taal with Atchara
 
*Fried longganisa and Tapang Taal with Atchara
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*Bulalo and Halo-Halo at Almarius Grill in Lipa City
 
*Bulalo and Halo-Halo at Almarius Grill in Lipa City
 
*Lomi Noodles at Lomihan sa Bario in Ibaan Batangas
 
*Lomi Noodles at Lomihan sa Bario in Ibaan Batangas
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*Tapang Taal in ['''[Taal Batangas]http://www.thebestoftaalbatangas.com''']
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*tamales of rhemars in ibaan batangas.
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
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==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
  
The reputation of Batangas as a tourist destination has resulted in the sudden growth of charming one-stars, numerous bungalows over the water accessed by boardwalks, with wooden stairs leading down to the famous Philippine waters, to classy three-stars that offer rest and recreation at stunning prices that are dirt-cheap by international standards. Whether it's escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life, or seeking to invest in the Philippines' center of industrial parks, you will find accommodations to meet your every need in Batangas.
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The reputation of Batangas as a tourist destination has resulted in the sudden growth of one-stars, numerous bungalows over the water accessed by boardwalks, with wooden stairs leading down to the sea, and three-stars that are cheap by international standards.
  
*<sleep name="Lago De Oro Cable Ski Park and Resort" address="Bo. Balibago, Calatagan, Batangas, Philippines 4215" phone="(63)(43) 2132006" url="http://www.lago-de-oro.com" price="″>Facing South China Sea, Lago de Oro Beach Club is in Balibago, in the town of Calatagan, Batangas, a two-hour drive from Manila. The first cable wakeboarding park in the Philippines, the resort treats guests to nonstop adventures. The beachfront resort offers accommodations furnished with cable television, refrigerator, and mini-bar. They also have a balcony/ deck to spur your mood for relaxation.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Lima Park Hotel" alt="" address="Lima Technology Center, Malvar" directions="" phone="+043-981-1555" url="http://www.limaparkhotel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="PHP 3,996.00" lat="" long="" fax="+043-981-2555">Executive Suite or Deluxe Rooms, or opt to stay in Standard and Superior Rooms, all equipped with cable TV, IDD/NDD telephones and safety deposit boxes. Facilities and services are Salon, spa and massage services.</sleep>
  
*<sleep name="Days Hotel Batangas" alt="Days Hotel Batangas" address="Pastor Village, Pallocan West" directions="From the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, car rentals are readily available in the form of taxi cabs that is waiting outside the airport. The hotel is located at the Pastor Village, Batangas City." phone="+63-43-9807321" url="http://www.dayshotel.ph" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Days Hotel - Batangas City is in Luzon Island. Tours to centuries-old churches and communities in Taal, Lipa, Malvar and Tanuan can be arranged. Shop for native products like piña cloth and balisong. For the more active, head to Anilao Beach or Puerto Galera for snorkelling and scuba diving.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Canyon Cove Resort" address="Far East Road, Piloto Wawa, Nasugbu" phone="+632.908.1111" url="http://www.canyoncove.com.ph/" price="From PHP 4,754.10">Accommodations equipped with coffee/tea maker, mini-bar, cable TV, and electronic safe. Some of its facilities and services are swimming pool, massage and spa services, game room, and children's playground.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Anilao Outrigger Resort" alt="" address="Solo, Anilao, Mabini" directions="" phone="+632-890-6778" url="http://www.outrigger.com.ph" checkin="" checkout="" price="Lowest rates start at Php2,800.00" lat="" long="" fax="+632-729-6571"> The resort provides complete diving equipment and houses a restaurant and bar. Just note that there are about 185 steps down to the resort from the parking lot. Porters will carry your luggage up and down. But you have to climb all of those stairs after your visit, which if this includes diving is strenuous.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Lago De Oro Cable Ski Park and Resort" address="Bo. Balibago, Calatagan" phone="(63)(43) 2132006" url="http://www.lago-de-oro.com" price="″>Facing South China Sea, Lago de Oro Beach Club is in Balibago, in the town of Calatagan. The first cable wakeboarding park in the Philippines. The beachfront resort offers cable television, refrigerator, and a mini-bar in their rooms. They also have a balcony/deck.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Chateau Royale" address="Km 72 Batulao, Nasugbu" phone="+632-696-4374" fax="+632-696-4376" url="http://www.chateauroyaleresort.com" price="Best rates on official website start at US$60">Chateau Royale Sports and Country Club, fifteen hectares of prime real estate, is a world-class resort located in Batangas  Dozens of activities and facilities  revolve around comfortably appointed log cabins that offer the true Batangas country suite experience.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Days Hotel Batangas" alt="Days Hotel Batangas" address="Pastor Village, Pallocan West" directions="From the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, car rentals are readily available in the form of taxi cabs that are waiting outside the airport. The hotel is in the Pastor Village." phone="+63-43-9807321" url="http://www.dayshotel.ph" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Tours to churches and communities in Taal, Lipa, Malvar and Tanuan can be arranged.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Evercrest Golf Resort" address="Batulao, Nasugbu" phone="+632 733 9593" fax="+632 735 9353" url="http://www.evercrestgolfclubresort.com" price="Best rates on official website start at US$70">Conference rooms, tennis courts, swimming pools, and, of course, an immaculate world-class golf course, make the Evercrest Golf Club Resort a viable possibility for R&R in the heart of Batangas.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Anilao Outrigger Resort" alt="" address="Solo, Anilao, Mabini" directions="" phone="+632-890-6778" url="http://www.outrigger.com.ph" checkin="" checkout="" price="Lowest rates start at Php2,800.00" lat="" long="" fax="+632-729-6571"> The resort provides complete diving equipment and houses a restaurant and bar. There are about 185 steps down to the resort from the parking lot. Porters will carry your luggage up and down, but you have to climb all of those stairs, which can be strenuous.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Lima City Hotel" address="Malvar" phone="+043-981-1555" fax="+043-981-2555" url="http://www.paramounthotels-philippines.com/lima.php" price="Best rates on official website start at US$37">The Lima City Hotel [http://www.limacityhotel.com/] is the first hotel to operate inside an industrial estate, the Lima Technology Center of CALABARZON Area. It is conveniently located bordering Lipa City and Malvar, Batangas accessible through the STAR (Southern Tagalog Access Road highway, a speedy and scenic 60-minute drive from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Chateau Royale" address="Km 72 Batulao, Nasugbu" phone="+632-696-4374" fax="+632-696-4376" url="http://www.chateauroyaleresort.com" price="Best rates on official website start at ">Chateau Royale Sports and Country Club stands on fifteen hectares. Accommodations are in log cabins.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Microtel Inns and Suites" address="First Philippine Industrial Park, Sto. Tomas" phone="+63 43 405 7009" fax="+63 43 405 7010" url="http://www.microtelinn.com/reservations/locationdetail.asp?facid=3141" price="Best rates on official website start at US$42"> Strategically situated within the First Philippine Industrial Park (FPIP) complex in Batangas, Philippines, this hotel has 57 comfortable rooms at affordable rates. It offers great proximity to major air and seaports, as well as access to the four-lane South Superhighway connecting Metro Manila to the CALABARZON growth area.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Evercrest Golf Resort" address="Batulao, Nasugbu" phone="+632 733 9593" fax="+632 735 9353" url="http://www.evercrestgolfclubresort.com" price="Best rates on official website start at ">Conference rooms, tennis courts, swimming pools, and a golf course.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Matabungkay Beach Resort" alt="" address="Brgy. Matabungkay, Lian" directions="" phone="+632-752-5252" url="http://www.matabungkay.net/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Best rates on official website start at US$30" lat="" long=""> Experience the Philippine beachlife now famous all over the world, and be ready to explore and discover fascinating sea life as soon as you step out of your room.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Microtel Inn &amp; Suites" alt="" address="First Philippine Industrial Park, Sto. Tomas" directions="" phone="(63.43) 405.6957" url="http://www.microtel-batangas.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From " lat="" long="" fax="+63 43 405 7010">A/C rooms equipped with cable TV and radio clock. The inn has a swimming pool, meeting room and WI-FI connection.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Hotel Pontefino" alt="" address="Pastor Village, Gulod Labac" directions="" phone="+043-723-3466" url="http://www.pontefino.com.ph/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Best rates on official website start at US$65" lat="" long="" fax="+043-723-3488">The newest leisure boutique hotel in Batangas City, comes fully equipped with state-of the-art amenities to suit the needs of every guest. Opened December 2003, redefines luxury, comfort and graciousness in service. From my three visits in the area, this is probably the nicest hotel not on a beach. It is also reasonably close to a SM mall. They offer free WiFi in the hotel lobby.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Matabungkay Beach Resort" alt="" address="Brgy. Matabungkay, Lian" directions="" phone="(0917) 834-12 69" url="http://www.matabungkay.net" checkin="" checkout="" price="From" lat="" long="">Its rooms are all equipped with spacious verandas, air conditioning, and a private bathroom. Also on premises are drink and food, function rooms, a spa, and a steam sauna.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Hotel La Corona" address="Lipa City" phone="+63 43 756 1223" url="http://www.hotellacoronalipa.com">Hotel La Corona de Lipa [http://www.hotellacoronalipa.com], a hip hotel and party hotspot. Offers 37 rooms, KTVs, function rooms, and bar and restaurant. It's a 90-minute drive from Makati City. </sleep>
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* <sleep name="Hotel Pontefino" alt="" address="Pastor Village, Gulod Labac" directions="" phone="+043-723-3466" url="http://www.pontefinohotel.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From PHP 6,200.00" lat="" long="" fax="+043-723-3488">A/C rooms equipped with internet access and cable TV. Some of its facilities and services are business center, fitness room/ gym and recreational room.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Mount Malarayat Hotel and Suites" alt="" address="Dagatan, Lipa City, Batangas, Philippines 4217" directions="" phone="+63 (43) 757-1122" url="http://www.malarayat.com/thesuites.htm" checkin="" checkout="" price="Best rates on official website start at PHP 5,440.00" lat="" long="">Mount Malarayat Hotel and Suites is a first-class hotel within Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club. It has fully furnished suites, golfer's lounge, and spa altogether spell boundless luxury. Your favorite pastimes are catered at the Sports Pavilions and fishing lake. The ballroom, events venues, and restaurants of various cuisines even allow you to play the gracious host. The list of ways to enjoy at Mount Malarayat runs long.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Cintai" address="Balete/Lipa City" phone="+63922 877 8665"  
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url="http://www.coritosgarden.com">Is a Bali themed resort with multi-function pavilions, 18 villas, 4 pools, roaming animals and so much more! It is less then an hour away from Manila. </sleep>
  
*<sleep name="The Coral Beach Club" alt="" address="Matabungkay, Lian, Batangas" directions="" phone="+639179014634" url="http://www.coralbeach.ph" checkin="" checkout="" price="Php 1,999" lat="" long="">Less than 2 hours drive from Manila, the resort is perfect for vacationers and urban dwellers seeking a relaxing getaway.  Guests can delight in excellent European and Asian cuisines, relax in the resorts pool and jacuzzi or tee off at the nearby Calatagan Golf Club a majestic Robert Trent Jones Jr. championship design.  Spa Bella is on the premises offering many services, including the indulgent Hot Stones Massage and hair salon.</sleep>
 
  
* <sleep name="Club Punta Fuego" phone="(043) 729-0180" email="info@clubpuntafuego.com" url="http://www.clubpuntafuego.com.ph" >Club Punta Fuego is in Nasugbu, Batangas,it is the country’s pioneer in seaside luxury developments. Marrying the beauty of land and sea with the conveniences of modern facilities, its extensive lineup of recreational amenities, diverse dining outlets and personalized services will take you less than three hours from Manila yet worlds away from city life. Balaytigue, Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines. </sleep>
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* <sleep name="Hotel La Corona" address="Lipa City" phone="+63 43 756 1223"
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url="http://www.hotellacoronalipa.com">Hotel La Corona de Lipa is a party hotspot. It has 37 rooms, KTVs, function rooms, and a bar and restaurant. It's a 90-minute drive from Makati City.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Mount Malarayat Hotel and Suites" alt="" address="Dagatan, Lipa City" directions="" phone="+63 (43) 757-1122" url="http://www.malarayat.com/thesuites.htm" checkin="" checkout="" price="Best rates on official website start at PHP 5,440.00" lat="" long="">Mount Malarayat Hotel and Suites is a hotel within Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club. It has furnished suites, a golfer's lounge, a spa, sports pavilions, a fishing lake, a ballroom, and restaurants of various cuisines.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="The Coral Beach Club" alt="" address="Matabungkay, Lian" directions="" phone="+639179014634" url="http://www.coralbeach.ph" checkin="" checkout="" price="Php 1,999" lat="" long="">Less than 2 hours drive from Manila.  European and Asian cuisines, a pool and jacuzzi, a hot stones massage, and a hair salon are available on premises, and the Calatagan Golf Club is nearby.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Club Punta Fuego" phone="(043) 729-0180" email="info@clubpuntafuego.com" url="http://www.clubpuntafuego.com.ph" >Club Punta Fuego is in Nasugbu.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Eagle Point Resort" address="Brgy. Bagalangit, Mabini" directions="" phone="(632) 813-3553 / 60" url="http://www.eaglepointresortbatangas.com/" checkin="2:00PM" checkout="12:00PM" price="Room rates start at PHP4,050.00" lat="" long="">All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, TV with satellite/cable channels, balcony, private toilet and bath. Some of its facilities and services are restaurant, bar, coffee shop, private beach area, VIP room facilities meeting/ banquet hall, business center, swimming pool, poolside bar, Wi-Fi internet in public areas, babysitting, laundry and parking.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Estrellas de Mendoza Playa Resort" alt="" address="Laiya Ibabao, San Juan" directions="" phone="(632) 819 6050" url="http://www.estrellasdemendoza.org/" checkin="2:00PM" checkout="12:00PM" price="Rates start at PHP6,000.00">Offers rooms equipped with 32-inch LCD cable ready television set, air conditioning, safe, minibar (upon request), kitchenette, bathroom with toilet and bath. Some of its facilities and services are infinity swimming pool, kiddie pool, coffee shop, restaurant, souvenir shop, business center, room service and WI-fI connection.</sleep>
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==

Revision as of 01:40, 17 November 2012

Batangas is in Luzon, the chief island of the Philippines.

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Understand

This is a lovely province in Luzon's Southern Tagalog region, located south of Manila/NCR. Here you will find excellent diving spots including Anilao in Mabini, Sombrero Island in Tingloy, Ligpo Island in Bauan, these areas collectively are more popularly known as Anilao. It is home to Taal Lake and Volcano - said to be the lake within the lake, old churches and houses dating back to the Spanish times in Taal Town Proper, Calaca and Batangas City, and the Batangas International and Container Port. There is mountain trekking - in Mt. Maculot and in Mabini and Nasugbu towns. There are fresh-water beaches in the towns around the Lake -- San Nicolas, Agoncillo, Cuenca, Balete, Tanauan and Talisay. Salt-water beaches abound in Matabungkay (Lian town), in Nasugbu, in Calatagan, in Calaca, in Lemery, in Taal, San Luis, in Bauan, in Lobo, and in Laiya (San Juan town). There are also several island tourist destinations, namely: Tingloy, Ligpo Island, Sombrero Island, and Fortune Island. There are also Industrial Parks and various manufacturing industries dotting the shoreline.

Get in

  • Batangas City is 2 1/2 hours away from Manila when using the old inter town route. Using the STAR Tollway route, one can reach Batangas City for just 1 1/2 hour. Tanauan City is about 1 hour away and in between Tanauan City and Batangas City, one will find Lipa City. ALPS The Bus, Inc. [1] is one of many bus companies that travels the said route.
  • Travellers can take air-conditioned buses in going to Batangas City. Those who want to go to Nasugbu, Calatagan and Lian towns (Matabungkay) can pass via the Tagaytay route.
  • Travellers going to Puerto Galera can take direct air con buses from Manila (Cubao) to Batangas pier. The best services are BLTB (every hour) and JAM transit (also every hour) from Kamuin Cubao bus station. Sometimes, esepcially during peak hours, buses run every 30 minutes. The last stop is Batangas pier (ask the conductor before hand) from where one can take a ferry to [Puerto Galera]
  • When driving one's own vehicle to Tanauan-Lipa-Batangas City, travelers will pass through the South Luzon Expressway, then the STAR Tollway and can just follow the directional signs along the highway.
  • For short trips in the desired destinations, passenger jeepneys abound, and then tricycles.

Get around

You can use passenger jeepneys to go to different parts of the province, but you can use tricycles for short trips. Tricycles could take you to the exact place that you want to go because jeepneys have routes like buses do. However, tricycles are small and cramped, and could only comfortably accommodate three passengers (2 if the passenger is over six feet tall).

Current starting fare for jeepneys is Php 7.00 (seven pesos) for each passenger for the first kilometer traveled. Senior citizens, students, and differently abled passengers enjoy a discount: for each, it is Php 6.00 (six pesos); for tricycles, the minimum is Php 20, regardless of how many will ride.

The fare schedule (in English) is typically posted inside the jeepney for travelers to refer on, although you may ask the driver or other passengers themselves if you are not sure how much you should pay. The locals, like in most other spots in the Philippines, can understand and converse well in English.

See

  • Taal Volcano at Taal Lake.

Having your own Taal tour is easy. Taal volcano tour is a an easy trek from the shore of the volcano island to the rim via the regular trail. If you're more adventurous, try also the Calauit trail. This allows one to go down to where the crater lake is and see the volcanic activities up close and personal.

  • Fire trees (caballeros), southeast Asia's answer to Japan's famed cherry blossoms, typically bloom during late summer (April) till the start of the rainy season (June).

Do

  • Swim. The reef is carved to create small swimming areas at the foot of the ladders.
  • Kick back, relax, and soak up the tropical ambiance. That's what this place is all about!
  • Basilica Minor of St. Martin of Tours, located in the Taal section of Batangas, one of the biggest catholic churches in all of southeast asia.
  • lots of beaches, resorts with swimming pools, and restaurants.
  • Swimming and snorkeling around Ligpo Island, Sombrero island to see the corals. Beautiful colors!
  • Scuba diving in the entire strip of Balayan Bay is home to the most diverse species of marine life in the world being in the world's coral triangle. Try scuba diving with experience programs for first timers using reputable dive operators.
  • Explore the mountains on a mountain bike with the Batangas Mountain Bikers, a group of local cyclists based in Batangas City.
  • You may also go to Taal Batangas where it is rich in Pre Hispanic Houses, and Taal Batangas is also known to have lots of Beach Resort. - You can visit [2]The Best of Taal Batangas

Buy

  • The Barong Tagalog, one of the Philippines trademarks, as it is worn during special occasions.
  • Batangas is famous for the Balisong knife (commonly called Butterfly knives outside of the country). If you do buy these knives, and you live outside of the Philippines, you risk having the knife confiscated.
  • Batangas is famous for its panutsa (Peanut Brittle), Sinaing na Tulingan (small tuna simmered in a broth of water, rock salt, sampaloc/tamarind, and dried kamias), suman (rice cakes wrapped in banana leaves), and the longganisa and tapa made in Taal Town, the achara of Calaca, and Bagoong of Balayan towns.
  • Sweets like macapuno, ube and pastillas are famous in the town of Malvar, particularly the Elsa's Sweet Candies in San Gregorio Malvar Batangas.
  • Saplot Batangenyo, Batangas novelty shirts.

Eat

  • Taal Bayview Bistro offers pretty much all of the Batangas specialties like Tapang Taal, Tawilis, Adobo sa Dilaw, Maliputo (a fresh water fish found only in Taal Lake), Kalderetang Kambing Batangas Style, Bulalo. Taal Bistro, a branch, is located very near the historic Taal Church and the Public Market.
  • Ask the locals about their "kilawin", it is fresh fish soaked in vinegar and acidic juices like lemon, lime, or the local kalamansi, with lots of tiny chopped onions, fresh garlic, and hot peppers, its really good when the fish is still very fresh, as in just caught and straight ahead to the chopping board.
  • Fried longganisa and Tapang Taal with Atchara
  • Beef Kaldereta and Beef Tadyang at the A & M Restaurant
  • Hamburger at the Hungry Hippo in Batangas City
  • Gotong Batangas at Gotohan sa Barangay in Lipa City
  • Crispy Pata at The Only Place / The Other Place Restaurants
  • Pritong Tilapia caught fresh from Taal Lake
  • Maliputo is a delicious fish found only at Taal Lake
  • Tawilis is another delicacy - small fishes caught only in Taal Lake
  • Pancit Tikyano (red stir-fried noodles) from Letty's in Batangas City
  • Hot Chocolate in a roadside stand en route to Mabini and Anilao
  • Kapeng Barako, the coffee that made the province famous particularly in Lipa City for its famous Cafe de Lipa (with branches at SM-Mall of Asia, SM City Lipa, Petron Star Toll, Market Market and main office at 032 San Carlos Drive Mataasnalupa Lipa City, opposite to Robinson's Lipa Exit
  • Bulalo and Halo-Halo at Almarius Grill in Lipa City
  • Lomi Noodles at Lomihan sa Bario in Ibaan Batangas
  • Tapang Taal in [[Taal Batangas]http://www.thebestoftaalbatangas.com]
  • tamales of rhemars in ibaan batangas.

Drink

Red Horse beer and Colt 45 are very popular for beers. if you want refreshing drink, try the mura juice with mura meat. its is young coconut juice with the fruit's meat, really good when served very cold mixed with condensed milk for sweetness...

Try Lambanog from San Juan town. It's a local brew from Cane.

Sleep

The reputation of Batangas as a tourist destination has resulted in the sudden growth of one-stars, numerous bungalows over the water accessed by boardwalks, with wooden stairs leading down to the sea, and three-stars that are cheap by international standards.

  • Lima Park Hotel, Lima Technology Center, Malvar, +043-981-1555 (fax: +043-981-2555), [3]. Executive Suite or Deluxe Rooms, or opt to stay in Standard and Superior Rooms, all equipped with cable TV, IDD/NDD telephones and safety deposit boxes. Facilities and services are Salon, spa and massage services. PHP 3,996.00.
  • Canyon Cove Resort, Far East Road, Piloto Wawa, Nasugbu, +632.908.1111, [4]. Accommodations equipped with coffee/tea maker, mini-bar, cable TV, and electronic safe. Some of its facilities and services are swimming pool, massage and spa services, game room, and children's playground. From PHP 4,754.10.
  • Lago De Oro Cable Ski Park and Resort, Bo. Balibago, Calatagan, (63)(43) 2132006, [5]. Facing South China Sea, Lago de Oro Beach Club is in Balibago, in the town of Calatagan. The first cable wakeboarding park in the Philippines. The beachfront resort offers cable television, refrigerator, and a mini-bar in their rooms. They also have a balcony/deck.
  • Days Hotel Batangas (Days Hotel Batangas), Pastor Village, Pallocan West (From the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, car rentals are readily available in the form of taxi cabs that are waiting outside the airport. The hotel is in the Pastor Village.), +63-43-9807321, [6]. Tours to churches and communities in Taal, Lipa, Malvar and Tanuan can be arranged.
  • Anilao Outrigger Resort, Solo, Anilao, Mabini, +632-890-6778 (fax: +632-729-6571), [7]. The resort provides complete diving equipment and houses a restaurant and bar. There are about 185 steps down to the resort from the parking lot. Porters will carry your luggage up and down, but you have to climb all of those stairs, which can be strenuous. Lowest rates start at Php2,800.00.
  • Chateau Royale, Km 72 Batulao, Nasugbu, +632-696-4374 (fax: +632-696-4376), [8]. Chateau Royale Sports and Country Club stands on fifteen hectares. Accommodations are in log cabins. Best rates on official website start at.
  • Evercrest Golf Resort, Batulao, Nasugbu, +632 733 9593 (fax: +632 735 9353), [9]. Conference rooms, tennis courts, swimming pools, and a golf course. Best rates on official website start at.
  • Microtel Inn & Suites, First Philippine Industrial Park, Sto. Tomas, (63.43) 405.6957 (fax: +63 43 405 7010), [10]. A/C rooms equipped with cable TV and radio clock. The inn has a swimming pool, meeting room and WI-FI connection. From.
  • Matabungkay Beach Resort, Brgy. Matabungkay, Lian, (0917) 834-12 69, [11]. Its rooms are all equipped with spacious verandas, air conditioning, and a private bathroom. Also on premises are drink and food, function rooms, a spa, and a steam sauna. From.
  • Hotel Pontefino, Pastor Village, Gulod Labac, +043-723-3466 (fax: +043-723-3488), [12]. A/C rooms equipped with internet access and cable TV. Some of its facilities and services are business center, fitness room/ gym and recreational room. From PHP 6,200.00.
  • Cintai, Balete/Lipa City, +63922 877 8665, [13]. Is a Bali themed resort with multi-function pavilions, 18 villas, 4 pools, roaming animals and so much more! It is less then an hour away from Manila.


  • Hotel La Corona, Lipa City, +63 43 756 1223, [14]. Hotel La Corona de Lipa is a party hotspot. It has 37 rooms, KTVs, function rooms, and a bar and restaurant. It's a 90-minute drive from Makati City.
  • Mount Malarayat Hotel and Suites, Dagatan, Lipa City, +63 (43) 757-1122, [15]. Mount Malarayat Hotel and Suites is a hotel within Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club. It has furnished suites, a golfer's lounge, a spa, sports pavilions, a fishing lake, a ballroom, and restaurants of various cuisines. Best rates on official website start at PHP 5,440.00.
  • The Coral Beach Club, Matabungkay, Lian, +639179014634, [16]. Less than 2 hours drive from Manila. European and Asian cuisines, a pool and jacuzzi, a hot stones massage, and a hair salon are available on premises, and the Calatagan Golf Club is nearby. Php 1,999.
  • Eagle Point Resort, Brgy. Bagalangit, Mabini, (632) 813-3553 / 60, [18]. checkin: 2:00PM; checkout: 12:00PM. All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, TV with satellite/cable channels, balcony, private toilet and bath. Some of its facilities and services are restaurant, bar, coffee shop, private beach area, VIP room facilities meeting/ banquet hall, business center, swimming pool, poolside bar, Wi-Fi internet in public areas, babysitting, laundry and parking. Room rates start at PHP4,050.00.
  • Estrellas de Mendoza Playa Resort, Laiya Ibabao, San Juan, (632) 819 6050, [19]. checkin: 2:00PM; checkout: 12:00PM. Offers rooms equipped with 32-inch LCD cable ready television set, air conditioning, safe, minibar (upon request), kitchenette, bathroom with toilet and bath. Some of its facilities and services are infinity swimming pool, kiddie pool, coffee shop, restaurant, souvenir shop, business center, room service and WI-fI connection. Rates start at PHP6,000.00.

Get out

The Batangas ferry terminal during Holy Week

Many travelers transit through Batangas in order to catch a ferry to another island. Batangas has a large port with boats going almost everywhere in the Philippines. The boats/ferries caled RoRo (Roll-on, Roll-off) usually can accommodate your own vehicles. Schedules change frequently so check ahead of time. Also, the terminal is a focal point for many islands and therefore sees a lot of traffic. Expect longer lines and waiting times especially during public holidays, especially Holy Week. Fortunately, the Filipino culture observes and respects queueing so lines move orderly and quickly.

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