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Batangas

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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) which , Sombrero Island in Tingloy, Ligpo Island in Bauan, these areas collectively are more popularly known as Anilao. It is famous for its dive sites, 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 TaalTown 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, 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 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 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.
==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.
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!
*'''Basilica Minor of St. Martin de of Tours Church''', located in the Taal section of BatangasaBatangas, 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 [http://www.thebestoftaalbatangas.com/]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, it's better to mail the knives to yourself, rather than 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.
==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
*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==
==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 waterssea, to classy and 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.
*<sleep name="Lago De Oro Cable Ski Lima Park and ResortHotel" alt="" address="Bo. BalibagoLima Technology Center, Calatagan, Batangas, Philippines 4215Malvar" directions="" phone="(63)(43) 2132006+043-981-1555" url="http://www.lago-de-orolimaparkhotel.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="PHP 3,996.00" lat="" long="" fax="+043-981-2555">Facing South China SeaExecutive Suite or Deluxe Rooms, Lago de Oro Beach Club is or opt to stay in BalibagoStandard and Superior Rooms, in the town of Calatagan, Batangas, a two-hour drive from Manila. The first all equipped with cable wakeboarding park in the PhilippinesTV, the resort treats guests to nonstop adventuresIDD/NDD telephones and safety deposit boxes. The beachfront resort offers accommodations furnished with cable television, refrigeratorFacilities and services are Salon, spa and mini-bar. They also have a balcony/ deck to spur your mood for relaxationmassage services.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Days Hotel Batangas" alt="Days Hotel BatangasCanyon Cove Resort" address="Pastor VillageFar East Road, 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 VillagePiloto Wawa, Batangas City.Nasugbu" phone="+63-43-9807321632.908.1111" url="http://www.dayshotelworldwidecanyoncove.com" checkin="" checkout=".ph/" price="" lat="" long="From PHP 4,754.10">Days Hotel - Batangas City is in Luzon Island. Tours to centuriesAccommodations equipped with coffee/tea maker, mini-old churches and communities in Taalbar, Lipacable TV, Malvar and Tanuan can be arrangedelectronic safe. Shop for native products like piña cloth Some of its facilities and balisong. For the more activeservices are swimming pool, massage and spa services, game room, head to Anilao Beach or Puerto Galera for snorkelling and scuba divingchildren's playground.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Anilao Outrigger Lago De Oro Cable Ski Park and Resort" alt="" address="SoloBo. Balibago, Anilao, Mabini" directions="Calatagan" phone="+632-890-6778(63)(43) 2132006" url="http://www.outriggerlago-de-oro.com.ph" checkin="" checkout="" price="Lowest rates start at Php2″>Facing South China Sea, Lago de Oro Beach Club is in Balibago,800in the town of Calatagan. The first cable wakeboarding park in the Philippines.00" lat="" long="" fax="+632-729-6571"> The beachfront resort provides complete diving equipment offers cable television, refrigerator, and houses a restaurant and mini-barin their rooms. 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 They also have to climb all of those stairs after your visit, which if this includes diving is strenuousa balcony/deck.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Chateau RoyaleDays Hotel Batangas" alt="Days Hotel Batangas" address="Km 72 BatulaoPastor Village, NasugbuPallocan West" phonedirections="+632-696-4374From 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." faxphone="+63263-69643-43769807321" url="http://www.chateauroyaleresortdayshotel.comph" checkin="" checkout="" price="Best rates on official website start at US$60" lat="" long="">Chateau Royale Sports Tours to churches and Country Clubcommunities in Taal, fifteen hectares of prime real estateLipa, is a world-class resort located in Batangas Dozens of activities Malvar and facilities revolve around comfortably appointed log cabins that offer the true Batangas country suite experienceTanuan can be arranged.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Evercrest Golf Anilao Outrigger Resort" alt="" address="BatulaoSolo, NasugbuAnilao, Mabini" phonedirections="+632 733 9593" faxphone="+632 735 9353-890-6778" url="http://www.evercrestgolfclubresortoutrigger.com.ph" checkin="" checkout="" price="Best Lowest rates on official website start at US$70Php2,800.00" lat="" long="" fax="+632-729-6571">Conference rooms, tennis courts, swimming pools, 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 anddown, but you have to climb all of course, an immaculate world-class golf coursethose stairs, make the Evercrest Golf Club Resort a viable possibility for R&R in the heart of Batangaswhich can be strenuous.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Lima City HotelChateau Royale" address="MalvarKm 72 Batulao, Nasugbu" phone="+043632-981696-15554374" fax="+043632-981696-25554376" url="http://www.paramounthotels-philippineschateauroyaleresort.com/lima.php" price="Best rates on official website start at US$37">The Lima City Hotel [http://wwwChateau Royale Sports and Country Club stands on fifteen hectares.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 AirportAccommodations are in log cabins.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Microtel Inns and SuitesEvercrest Golf Resort" address="First Philippine Industrial ParkBatulao, Sto. TomasNasugbu" phone="+63 43 405 7009632 733 9593" fax="+63 43 405 7010632 735 9353" url="http://www.microtelinnevercrestgolfclubresort.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 BatangasConference rooms, Philippinestennis courts, swimming pools, 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 areaa golf course.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Matabungkay Beach ResortMicrotel Inn &amp; Suites" alt="" address="BrgyFirst Philippine Industrial Park, Sto. Matabungkay, LianTomas" directions="" phone="+632-752-5252(63.43) 405.6957" url="http://www.matabungkaymicrotel-batangas.netcom/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Best rates on official website start at US$30From " lat="" long="" fax="+63 43 405 7010"> Experience the Philippine beachlife now famous all over the worldA/C rooms equipped with cable TV and radio clock. The inn has a swimming pool, meeting room and be ready to explore and discover fascinating sea life as soon as you step out of your roomWI-FI connection.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Hotel PontefinoMatabungkay Beach Resort" alt="" address="Pastor VillageBrgy. Matabungkay, Gulod LabacLian" directions="" phone="+043-723(0917) 834-346612 69" url="http://www.pontefino.commatabungkay.ph/net" checkin="" checkout="" price="Best rates on official website start at US$65From" lat="" long="" fax="+043-723-3488">The newest leisure boutique hotel in Batangas City, comes fully Its rooms are all equipped with state-of the-art amenities to suit the needs of every guest. Opened December 2003spacious verandas, redefines luxuryair conditioning, comfort and graciousness in servicea private bathroom. From my three visits in the areaAlso on premises are drink and food, function rooms, this is probably the nicest hotel not on a beach. It is also reasonably close to spa, and a SM mall. They offer free WiFi in the hotel lobbysteam sauna.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Hotel La CoronaPontefino" alt="" address="Lipa CityPastor Village, Gulod Labac" directions="" phone="+63 43 756 1223043-723-3466" url="http://www.hotellacoronalipapontefinohotel.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From PHP 6,200.00" lat="" long="" fax="+043-723-3488">Hotel La Corona de Lipa [http:A//wwwC rooms equipped with internet access and cable TV.hotellacoronalipa.com], a hip hotel Some of its facilities and party hotspot. Offers 37 roomsservices are business center, KTVs, function rooms, and bar fitness room/ gym and restaurant. It's a 90-minute drive from Makati Cityrecreational room. </sleep>
* <sleep name="Mount Malarayat Hotel and SuitesCintai" address="Dagatan, Balete/Lipa City, Batangas, Philippines 4217" phone="+63 (43) 757-112263922 877 8665" url="http://www.malarayatcoritosgarden.com/thesuites.htm" price="Best rates on official website start at PHP 5,440.00">Mount Malarayat Hotel and Suites is Is a firstBali themed resort with multi-class hotel within Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club. It has fully furnished suitesfunction pavilions, golfer's lounge, and spa altogether spell boundless luxury. Your favorite pastimes are catered at the Sports Pavilions and fishing lake. The ballroom18 villas, events venues4 pools, roaming animals and restaurants of various cuisines even allow you to play the gracious host. The list of ways to enjoy at Mount Malarayat runs longso 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="Hotel La Corona" address="Lipa City" phone="+63 43 756 1223" 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> * <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> *<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> * <sleep name="Club Punta Fuego" phone="(043) 729-0180" email="[email protected]" url="http://www.clubpuntafuego.com.ph" >Club Punta Fuego is in Nasugbu.</sleep> *<sleep name="Eagle Point Resort" address="Brgy. Bagalangit, BatangasMabini" directions="" phone="(632) 813-3553 / 60" url="http://www.eaglepointresortbatangas.com/" checkin="2:00PM" checkout="12:00PM" price="Room rates start at PHP4,it is the country’s pioneer in seaside luxury developments050.00" lat="" long="">All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, TV with satellite/cable channels, balcony, private toilet and bath. Marrying the beauty Some of land its facilities and sea 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> *<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 the conveniences toilet and bath. Some of modern its facilitiesand services are infinity swimming pool, its extensive lineup of recreational amenitieskiddie pool, coffee shop, diverse dining outlets and personalized services will take you less than three hours from Manila yet worlds away from city life. Balaytiguerestaurant, Nasugbusouvenir shop, Batangasbusiness center, Philippinesroom service and WI-fI connection. </sleep>
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