Travelogue: Burot Beach, Calatagan, BatangasSunday, February 21, 2016
VALENTINE AT THE BEACH! Pao and I promised ourselves that instead of eating out to a fancy restaurant every time we celebrate our monthsary, we go somewhere we've never been before. That means we will be traveling to a new place once a month. We started this deal last month (January) and living up to that promise, here's our second destination for the month of February --- Burot Beach in Calatagan, Batangas. It also happen that we went here on a valentine day so, it was a double celebration! We tagged along Pao's youngest sister because she got a perfect score on her exam so I guess it's some sort of a reward for her and since she loves swimming a lot. Also we brought our dog, Furble, on his first beach ever and I tell you, He got a lot of fun. Follow our journey to Burot Beach as we uncover this piece of paradise.
To see full guide and details, head over to our Burot Beach Travel Guide
The long winding road to Calatagan is also a pure bliss for road trippers. Along the way, we saw a lot of farm, ranch, and private haciendas with horses and and rows of all sorts of fruit-bearing trees especially, Mango Trees. We also passed by this long stretch of, I call, "macho" trees because of it's naturally and amazingly sculpted trunks and branches. I have no idea tho, what its called really (^-^) but it sure is quiet a view and is absolutely photogenic.
We drove from Sta. Rosa Laguna to Calatagan via Tagaytay Rd, - Nasugbu Hwy and Calatagan - Lian Hwy to Calatagan public market. From there, you may ask the locals which way Burot beach is. It took us about 2 hours to get there but, if you are coming from Manila, it would took about 3-4 hrs depending on the traffic. We actually have no idea how to get there, good thing our car has GPS so we just follow along. It is best to bring your own GPS tool too to avoid getting lost and also to save travel time. If you plan to have a trip similar to ours, make sure to bring a car that has GPS or rent one if you wish or use your google maps on your mobile phone. It helped us a lot even on our previous travels. (^-^)
Tip: if you have a big group it will be much more convenient to hire a private vehicle, it will be cheaper plus you can use your car to sleep in since there are no available accommodation there.
Once we arrived at the beach, we were greeted by this magnificent view of the pristine waters and clear blue skies. The shore are dotted with trees lined with tents underneath. sail boats graciously sailing from afar and happy campers enjoying the inviting waters ---- what a view to behold.
After a quick stroll at the beach, we looked for our camping spot and scored a perfect one at the farther left side of the beach where there is a hilly slash cliff-ish spot facing the remarkable view of the sea, the shoreline and the glorious setting sun. We parked facing backwards so we could open the compartment and use it as a platform for our food (aka baon) and some of the things we brought. We don't have any tent and didn't even bother to rent one because well, 1. we were on a #budgettravel 2. we would like to experience how it's like to sleep on an open skies. So we just set up our picnic mat, ate our baon and watch the skies turn from blue to ombre pink then deep orange to fiery red.
When the sun started to set, Pao build up our campfire while Trixie (his' younger sister) and I grilled some isaw, hotdog, and corn for dinner. It was a unique experience for all of us. And we enjoyed it a lot, including our dog who can't stop chasing other dogs and marking his spot (a.k.a peeing at every posts he sees (^-^)) around the area.
When the skies went dark, we sat on our mats and grilled again for some snacks and smore's too! YUM! The skies were so clear and the stars were twinkling bright and so as the moon as it gracefully reigns the night sky. As I have said, we don't have a tent so this was our view that night. Tho, when the night grew deeper, we chose to sleep in the car since the air was misty and we might catch colds if we slept out in the open.
The next day, we woke up very early to watch the sunrise at the farther side of the beach. We took a short hike up to the boulders and some rock formations and discovered another cove into the farther end. It was much peaceful and quite there compared to the main beach (pictured above). We saw 4-5 tents out there and there were no people on the shore yet. It was a wonderful morning view. The skies were velvety and dreamy. It was a perfect ombre of blue, purple and pink. The sea was so calm and peaceful. While the waters are very clear and undisturbed that we could see the seaweeds and algae swaying along the silent current. We went further and saw another cove! The third cove! In there, it was surreal! We sat and soaked in the view for a while until the sun is finally up.
When the sun is out, we head back to the main cove so we could have our breakfast and swim into the sea. Though, the waters was very shallow. You have to go far into the middle of the sea so you could enjoy swimming. The people around end up splashing and walking into the waters instead. Some collects starfish and sea urchins which were very abundant in Burot Beach. Tho, I wish they don't take them out and sell it somewhere (-.-)
Other than camping, building campfire, watching glorious sunset and sunrise, and swimming, you could also go Island hopping! This was probably the only major thing we did at Burot Beach. For the price of 130PHP/head, we were able to see three destinations on our Island hopping. If you are in a group, you could hire a boat for 650PHP which is actually a lot cheaper if you divide the expenses to your members. Since there were only the 3 of us plus 1 dog, we took the joiners tour. We waited for other passengers before the boat finally went on sail.
The Island Hopping tour will bring you to the following three spots:
--Burot Island Sandbar
--Starfish Sanctuary / Islet
--Corals diving/snorkeling spot
Follow along as we journey to these three and I'll explain the things you could do when you visit here.
FIRST STOP: SAND BAR
Burot Sand Bar is a pure beauty! The view was something you'll never see in any other beach. The sandbar itself is already quite a view. How it emerged out from the blue Calatagan waters and turn into this wonder. The view of some of the neighboring private properties is also a wonderful backdrop. Unlike the main beach/cove, the water here was much more clearer. It went from translucent to green to blue and then to deep blue. The sand was not too fine but it was creamy white. Here the water was deeper and you could plunge right away. For me, this is the best spot to go swimming in Burot. Though, you can't go here anytime because you have to rent a boat to get here since it wasn't attached to any major Island. While you're here, take a lot of picture because this is the only spot among the three island hopping destinations I mentioned that you could confidently took out your cameras without the danger of getting it wet!
We lingered here much longer compared to the other two listed because really, this is the only island hopping spot which you could do much activities. We took so much photos here too coz the place is simply gorgeous and everywhere you turn your head to, is picture perfect. This is where our dog (Furble) had his first actual swim too, LOL. When we were at the main beach, he was afraid to step in to the waters but were surprised to see that he's loving it here at the Sandbar and he joined us splashing into the sea! (^-^) Cutest thing!
At the sandbar, there were starfishes and sea urchins too. Lucky how saw them at the shore. It makes me wish this place will remain undeveloped and as natural as it is. I'm afraid, soon enough we can't see them anymore in their natural habitat.
SECOND STOP: STARFISH SANCTUARY / ISLET
After the sandbar, we hopped in to our boat again and headed to our next destination which is the Starfish sanctuary / islet. The boatman lead us to an area which has shallow waters but has no visible island really that's why I called this spot the starfish sanctuary. We went down again from the boat but the others didn't join us anymore because they don't want their pants to get wet! (smh!) Pao and I braved the waters and walked through it and every step we had, there were a couple of starfish! We have to walk really carefully because we could step and crush them in any moment. We took some out of the water for picture taking but no worries, we put them back. Some are still babies and looking so cute! Some were orange-red while some are pale brown and yellow. It was a wonderful experience to be able to see them at their natural habitat and we even got to touch them and see them up close and personal.
THIRD STOP: CORAL DIVING / SNORKELING AREA
Our final stop was my less favorite because we didn't really enjoy it. Well, except for Pao maybe because he was able to dive in and see the coral beds. As for us, whose not really good in swimming, we just watch the corals above the waters which was a disappointing view of course because all I saw was green and green and more green. (-.-). Could have been fun if they also have snorkels for rent but they have none. So guess if you plan to come here, bring your own snorkeling gear to appreciate the beauty of the corals beneath.
And that's the end of our Island Hopping Tour! We head back to the main beach, packed our things and head home. We were all exhausted but the experience was truly rewarding. By far, this was one of the most wonderful valentine we had for 6 years! I am looking forward to more adventure together.
Speaking of exhausted, this fur baby is no exemption! (^-^) HAHA! We were laughing out loud when we saw him falls asleep like this while sitting in the car on our journey home. Poor baby!
To see full guide and details, head over to our Burot Beach Travel Guide
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