Summer is in! I’m sure everyone is making their own plans where to spend their time to beat the heat. Check out Masasa Beach in Tingloy Batangas. It is heralded as the municipality’s number one tourist spot today. Why not? This once sleepy island municipality has everything in one place. To help you out in deciding whether Masasa Beach is for you, here is a list of 10 things to do when in Masasa Beach.
Go for a Swim
You may find its gleaming waters hard to resist. It is so clear that you can see the white sandy sea bed even in deeper waters. As you go farther the water becomes colder making it a perfect escape from the scorching heat of the sun. Go on and take a dip.
Batangas is known to have been blessed with diverse marine life and Masasa Beach in Tingloy Batangas is no exception. Discover a different world under its waters and be amazed. There are also some dive sites / ship wrecks nearby that would definitely take your breath away. Snorkeling fee is Php 100 / person including gear and life vest for a maximum of 3 persons per boat.
Island Hopping in Tingloy Batangas
For 300 / person, you can go and explore the neighboring coasts of Masasa Beach. Other nearby islands are Isla Verde, Isla Sombrero, Caban Island and Maricaban Island for a different rate.
Do you feel like not doing anything? Not a problem. Choose a spot on the long stretch of off-white sandy beach and lay a blanket. Stare at the sparkling azure seas and revel in basking under the sun or just feel that sand under your feet.
Banana Boat Ride
Just like in any other beach, they also have the Banana Boat ride. Feel the rush as the banana-shaped inflatable boat is pulled by the motorized banca. Enjoy the ride for Php 100 / person.
If you are the adventurous type and want to experience something different on your trip, then you should try camping. Pitch your own tent somewhere and enjoy your stay in Masasa Beach for FREE! You just have to be resourceful in looking for restrooms. Tents sprawled the beach from end to end. If you wish to go camping, be a responsible camper and dispose your garbage properly. Do not leave anything behind. Locals should be more vigilant and stricter in imposing rules to sustain and support the local tourism. There are news now that camping is allowed until 7PM only. Overnight camping was banned due to an incident with a tourist’s misdemeanor.
Have your cameras ready because you’re definitely going to use it all day long. Strike your best pose for a selfie, groufie and jump shots because Masasa Beach has a lot of Instagram-worthy spots that your social media friends and followers will surely envy.
Trek to the Mini Lagoon
Follow the pathway on the far-right end of the beach where most of the home stays are located and at the end you’ll find the mini lagoon. There are 2 lagoons side by side that are partially enclosed in big rocks. You can jump from the rocks to the water but be careful because the water is not that deep. The best time to go there is in the afternoon, just in time for the sunset.
Sunsets (and sunrise) don’t get old and are probably a cliche in photography (by Catherine Opie). Who doesn’t want to witness that dramatic scene when the big ball of fire sort of makes the sky bleed until it succumbs to darkness. The best spot to watch the sunset is by the lagoon with the massive rock walls behind you.
Hike Mt. Mag-Asawang Bato
Standing at 600 masl, Mt. Mag-Asawang Bato is one of the two peaks near Masasa Beach (Tingloy Batangas). The trail is fit for beginners that could take about one hour (or more depending on your pace) before reaching the top. The mountain is called Mt. Mag-Asawang Bato because of the two huge rocks standing side by side. Climb the top of these rocks and you get a 360-degree view of the island and its neighbors.
Whatever it is that you have decided to do, always keep in mind to BE A RESPONSIBLE TRAVELER. Dispose your garbage properly and do not leave a trace. We are lucky to have Masasa Beach, all we have to do is to take care of it.
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How about you? Have you been to Masasa Beach in Tingloy Batangas? What was your favorite thing to do in Masasa Beach? Do you have any other recommendations? Share your thoughts.