“From the Lowest Volcano to the Deeper Dives ”

    
A province that is famous for excellent dive sites and the world's lowest volcano, Batangas is going nowhere but up. It is a thriving tourist destination replete with open beaches and sheltered coves, subterranean caves and deep harbors, a preserved heritage and brave men in history.


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GETTING THERE
By Land: Batangas City is just 1.5 hours from Manila via the STAR Tollway. Airconditioned buses plying this route depart daily. The municipalities of Nasugbu and Calatagan are accessible via Tagaytay.

 

GETTING AROUND
One 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. Buses are also availabe in the province if you wish to travel farther.

 

LANGUAGES SPOKEN
  • Batangas Tagalog (Batangenyo)
  • Tagalog
  • English

 

MUST SEES!

  • Anilao diving spots (Mabini)
  • Calatagan Mangrove Forest Conservation Park (Calatagan)
  • Mt. Batulao (Nasugbu)
  • Tali Batangas
  • Taal Lake and Volcano
  • Verde Island Passage
  • Lago de Oro (Calatagan)
  • Casa de Segunda
  • Punta de Santiago Lighthouse
  • The Farm at San Benito
  • Mahabang Buhangin Beach
  • Cathedral de San Sebastian
  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church
  • Basilica of San Martin de Tours (Taal Basilica)
  • Church of Our Lady of Caysasay
  • Matabungkay Beach
LET’S GO TRY
  • Bulalo
  • Batangas Lomi
  • Batangas Goto
  • Kalderetang Kambing
  • Sinaing na Tulingan
  • Adobo sa Dilaw
  • Deep Fried Tawilis
  • Taghilaw (Pork innards stewed in vinegar, black pepper, and chili)

 

LET'S GO EXPLORE & EXPERIENCE

  • Choose a Beach and Relax. 
  • Walk a challenging set of stairs. (Punta de Santiago Lighthouse)
  • Visit an ancestral home. 
  • Take a tour of the Cathedral de San Sebastian to see its grand Baroque pipe organ.
  • Get happy at The Farm at San Benito.

 

BULALACAO FALLS this attraction is recommended for the fit and adventerous. For those who revel in trekking through rice ields and forested mountain slopes, getting there will certainly be half the fun. A 25-minute jeepney ride from Barangay Pasadena followed by a 2-hour hike.

LET'S GO TO FESTIVALS & EVENTS

  • Fluvial Procession at Taal (held every December 8 & 9 - a two-day celebration of Taal town fiesta.)
  • Coffee Festival (held every October 21 - it was conceived to showcase the long reign of Lipa as the coffee granary of the Philippines.)
  • Subilan Festival (held every July 23 - a ritual dance is being done pay homage to the Holy Cross as a sort of thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest.)
  • Parada ng Lechon (held every June 24 - a celebration that coincides with the Feast of St. John the Baptist. After the parade, the town’s people and guests partake in the fete.)
  • Tinapay Festival (held every May 15 - thanksgiving to Cuenca, Batangas' patron saint, Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage for a bountiful life.)

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

  • Diving paradise Anilao, in the province of Batangas, is the theme of a picture book that bagged the International Prize for Underwater Images at the 27th World Festival of Underwater Images in France in November 2000. “Anilao" book creators and Filipino scuba divers Scott Tuason and Eduardo Cu Unjieng defeated big names in underwater photography such as Jacques Mayol, Pascal Kobeh, Monique Walker, and Alessandro Tommasi.
  • Taal Volcano which is located in the province of Batangas is the smallest active volcano in the world. 
  • Lipa City in Batangas is dubbed as the “Rome of the Philippines” because of the number of seminaries, convents, monasteries, retreat houses, and a famous cathedral located in it.

 

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
Unless there is a typhoon, Batangas is an excellent destination year-round. Even during the Easter Weekend, we found Sombrero and Maricaban Islands largely devoid of throngs of tourists.


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