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.
*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.
*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.
*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.
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:[email protected] [email protected]] or view [http://taaltours.blogspot.com/]
*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).
* '''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!
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 snorkeling around Sombrero island to see the corals. Beautiful colors!
* Explore the mountains on a mountain bike with the Batangas Mountain Bikers, a group of local cyclists based in Batangas City.
* 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.
*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.
*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
*Bulalo and Halo-Halo at Almarius Grill in Lipa City
*Lomi Noodles at Lomihan sa Bario in Ibaan Batangas
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.
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>
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. dayshotelworldwide.com " 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mount Malarayat Hotel and Suites" address=" Dagatan, Lipa City , Batangas, Philippines 4217" phone="+ 63 (43) 757-1122" url="http://www. malarayat.com /thesuites.htm" price="Best rates on official website start at PHP 5,440.00"> 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>
*<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="[email protected]
" url="http://www.clubpuntafuego.com.ph" >Club Punta Fuego is in Nasugbu
it is the country’s pioneer in seaside luxury developments
Marrying the beauty
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