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

Understand

This is a lovely area on the coast south of Manila. 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.

Get in

  • Batangas City is 2 1/2 kilometers [sorry, it is 2 1/2 HOURS !!!] away from Manila. Tanauan City is about 1 1/2 hour away and in between Tanauan City and Batangas City, one will find Lipa City.
  • 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.
  • 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 jeepneys to go to different parts of the province, but you can use tricycles for short trips, tricycles takes you to the exact place that you want to go because jeepneys have routes like buses do.

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

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!
  • St. Martin de Tours Church, located in the Taal section of Batangasa, one of the biggest catholic churches in all of southeast asia...
  • lots of beaches, resorts with swimming pools, and restaurants.
  • Swimming and snorkelling around Sobrero island to see the corals.Beautiful colors!

Buy

  • The Barong Tagalog, one of philippines trademarks, as it is worn during special occasions.
  • The Balisong, butterfly knives, one of Batangueno's trademark, as shown by Dencio Padilla in his movies. Theres a lot of imitations of Balisong, but the authentic ones are made in Barangay Balisong, in Taal town, Batangas, hence the name balisong...
  • Batangas is famous for its panutsa (Peanut Brittle), Sinaing na Tulingan (small tuna in vinegar), 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 John & Janine Candies in San Gregorio Malvar Batangas.

Eat

  • 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 Achara
  • Beef Kaldereta and Beef Tadyang at the A & M Restaurant
  • Hamburger at the Hungry Hippo in Batangas 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

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 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.

  • Chateau Royale, Km 72 Batulao, Nasugbu, Batangas., +632-696-4374 (fax: +632-696-4376), [1]. Chateau Royale Sports and Country Club, fifteen hectares of prime real estate, is a world-class resort located in Batangas that offers a tranquil and serene experience that calms the mind and nurtures the soul. Dozens of activities and facilities revolve around comfortably appointed log cabins that offer the true Batangas country suite experience. Best rates on official website start at US$60.
  • Evercrest Golf Resort, Batulao, Nasugbu, Batangas, +632 733 9593 (fax: +632 735 9353), [2]. 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. Best rates on official website start at US$70.
  • Lima City Hotel, Malvar, Batangas., +043-981-1555 (fax: +043-981-2555), [3]. The Lima City Hotel is the first hotel to operate inside an industrial estate, the Lima Technology Center of CALABARZON Area. It is 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. Best rates on official website start at US$37.
  • Microtel Inns and Suites, First Philippine Industrial Park, Sto. Tomas, Batangas,, +63 43 405 7009 (fax: +63 43 405 7010), [4]. 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. Best rates on official website start at US$42.
  • Matabungkay Beach Resort, Brgy. Matabungkay, Lian, Batangas, +632-752-5252, [5]. 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 at the Matabungkay Beach Resort, a world-class resort of undeniable beauty and charm. Best rates on official website start at US$40.
  • Hotel Pontefino, Pastor Village, Gulod Labac, Batangas City, Philippines., +043-723-3466 (fax: +043-723-3488), [6]. Hotel Pontefino, 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, Hotel Pontefino Batangas redefines luxury, comfort and graciousness in service. Contact Hotel Pontefino for an elegant and stylish accommodation. Best rates on official website start at US$65.

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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