Burot Beach + Isla Puting-Buhangin

Last Saturday we went to Burot Beach, Calatagan , Batangas. We have been checking this beach through internet for months but we can’t decide as this is privately owned by SMDC.  However, a friend told me about her contact (Mang Ramon- (09156028907)) and we inquired. He said that the beach is still open to public until further notice.  With the blogs we read, the travel time for bus is 2-3 hrs. However, our experience is different! We left around 5:00 am from Pasay and arrived 9:45 am at Calatagan Public Market! Almost a 5-hr drive!

TIP: Bus and van rates are BSC liner – P193.00, Celyrosa – P160.00 and van P180.00. They all have terminal in Pasay. For buses: At the back of Mc Donalds (First trip 4:00 am). For vans: At the back of Kabayan Hotel.

As soon as we got there, we bought our baon and looked for a tricycle driver who took us to the beach!  Travel time is 15-20 mins.

TIP: Tricycle fares vary from 100-150 pesos. Also, ask the driver to pick you up.

Our plan is day-tour only so we asked the tricycle driver to pick us up at around 3:00pm as the last trip from Calatagan to Pasay is 5:00 pm. If you want to stay overnight, make sure you have a tent or you can rent a tent from Mang Ramon if you don’t have one. 🙂

 

Here’s a sample Itinerary below:

2D/1N Burot Beach sample Itinerary

Day 1

5:00 am ETD Pasay bus to Calatagan

9:45 am ETA Calatagan Public Market (you can buy your baon here, but limited lang choices.)

9:55 am Look for a tricycle driver that will take you to Burot Beach. Travel time is 15-20 mins.

10: 15 am ETA Burot Beach

10: 15 am beach bumming, swimming

11:00 am Prepare lunch

12:00 pm Lunch time!!!

1:00 pm Beach bumming, swimming or you can go to Isla Puting-Buhangin. Look for a boatman. Rate is 40 pesos per head. It is only 3-5 mins away from Burot Beach.

2:30 pm Back to Burot and enjoy the beach!

6:00 pm Prepare dinner

10:00 pm Lights out

Day 2

5:30am Prepare breakfast.

7:30am Free time! Enjoy the island. Swim, beach bumming. :)

10:00am Preparing to go home.

11:00am ETD Burot Beach to Calatagan Public Market.

11: 20am ETA  Calatagan Public Market. (you can eat your lunch here)

12:00-12:30 pm ETD Calatagan Public Market to Pasay

4:30 pm ETA Pasay Terminal

Expenses for 2 persons
Bus (to Coastal road) Php26.00
Bus (to Pasay) Php20.00
Bus (to Calatagan) Php386.00
Tricycle (back & forth) Php200.00
Burot (table) Php150.00
Burot (entrance) Php120.00
Van (to Pasay) Php360.00
Boat (putting buhangin) Php100.00
Food Php160.00
banana P30
corned beef P35
water P30
bread P55
TOTAL Php1,522.00

Mt. Maculot Itinerary

MT. MACULOT
Cuenca, Batangas
Jump-off point: Brgy. Poblaction, Cuenca
Dayhike

ROCKIES

0530 Meet up at Greenstar/Tritan Bus Terminal (Buendia)
0600 Board Lemery-bound bus
0900 ETA Cuenca Muncipal Hall. Walk or take trike to jump-off. Pay P10 registration fee.
0930 Start trek
1115 Arrive at campsite, head to summit
1130 Arive at summit  and take pictures
1200 Return to campsite for lunch
1230 Start descent
1400 Back at jump-off, wash-up
1600 Take jeep to bus stop.
2000 ETA Manila


Manabu Peak

This is my first climb for 2011 and the second mountain I climbed. Honestly, I was not that prepared (physically!). Again, I was not able to exercise and loose weight (not recommended, you have to be serious in shedding some pounds for trekking)! I was little worried that I might give up.  I remember my first climb (Mt. Batulao), I was gasping every 5 minutes (wahaha)! 🙂 Make sure you’re fit to enjoy it and do not forget safety first!

I was still excited and have my mind set in reaching the peak. This maybe one of the factors that helped me reached the summit and enjoyed the climb.

 

Mt. Manabu is located at Sto. Tomas, Batangas. The jump-off point is Sulok, Brgy. Sta Cruz, Sto. Tomas. It took us 2 hrs to reach the peak where the white cross is located. From the summit, you can see the beautiful views of Mt. Maculot and Mt. Makiling. We took pictures and decided to descend. We reached the grotto in 30-40 minutes where we ate our lunch.  (And took some pictures again :D). From the grotto to jump-off it took us 40 minutes.

Itinerary

7:30 Buendia to Lipa (Lucena or Lipa bound bus) (P120)

9:00 Trike to Sulok (P50 each)

9:30 Start trek

11:30 Summit

3:30 Jump-off

4:15 Trike to Lipa Bus Station (30 each)

5: 00 Lipa to Ortigas (Cubao bound bus) (P124)

photos by Dennis Galvez

I conquered Mt. Batulao!

November 14, ang isa sa pinakamasaya at nakakapagod na araw ng buhay ko. Dahil sa wakas natuloy na rin ang matagal na plano na umakyat sa Mt. Batulao. Super excited kasi pag nakaya ko tong “pagsubok” na to, ibig sabihin pwede rin ako umakyat sa iba pang bundok. Kumbaga, tinetest pa ako.  Hindi ako nakaramdam ng kaba sa adventure na to, pero alam ko makakaramdam ako ng sobrang pagod.

Mt. Batulao

Mt. Batulao

Walang exercise, medyo kulang sa tulog (excited nga!!!) masaya kaming naglakbay papuntang Batangas. Super energetic, I tried to sleep sa biyahe pero sa sobrang pagkaexcited hindi pa rin nagawa.

Around 8 am, nasa Evercrest Golf Course na kami. We started the trek at 8:30. Group of 4 (isang mountaineer at 3 baguhan). Mula sa fork to summit (old trail), it will take you 1.5-2 hours. Pero dahil puro picture (inatupag) at sadyang mabagal, (isama na rin yun pagkain ng lunch), we reached the summit at 12:15! haha! Medyo mahirap yung trek pataas (old trail). hehehe! (Siguro dahil na rin sa timbang at walang exercise.)

Wala ng mountain dew! Nililigpit na ni manong. 😦


Sobrang pagod man pagdating sa taas, makakalimutan mo yun dahil sa ganda ng view!!! Relaxing! Lalo na yung hangin na malamig kahit tanghaling tapat! At syempre, may mountain dew pa. pampatanggal uhaw!

Tumambay muna kami sa summit to take pictures and enjoy the scenery. At 1:00pm, we decided to go down. Dahil pababa na, medyo mabilis na kaming nakarating sa Evercrest. (4:00pm) 🙂 Kasama din dun yung pagtambay sa bukuhan at pag-idlip dun sa kubo dahil umulan. hihihi!

What I learned from this experience? I should never give up and magdala ng katinko para may pampahid sa tuhod pag sumakit! Kahit na napagod ako, kailangan ko talagang tapusin pra ma-reach ko yung peak. And of course, tinuruan din ako na magbawas ng pagkain at need mag exercise! hahaha! 😀