Masasa Beach in Tingloy Batangas Philippines

Masasa beach is located in Tingloy, which is a small province in Batangas, Philippines. The beauty of Masasa beach was unknown for years. Visitors are turning to explore this beautiful place from the last few years, and the beach is gaining its popularity.

Masasa beach is famous for its colourful coral reefs, fascinating marine creatures, clear blue water, and white sandy beach. Masasa beach is a perfect place if you want to spend your weekend in a relaxed and peaceful way.

How to get to Masasa beach?

  • Masasa beach is a few hours away from Manila. So, from Manila, board on the bus which is going to Batangas and get down at Batangas Grand Terminal. The bus fare will be around 180P per person. The approximate travel time would be 3 hours.
  • From Batangas Grand Terminal, get a Jeepneys (Jeepneys is a kind of shared Jeep service which is familiar in the Philippines) which is going to Anilao Port or Talaga Port. Depending on the season, boats to Tingloy port starts from either Anilao port or Talaga port.
  • In our case, it was Anilao port, and we asked the driver to stop at Anilao port. This Jeep ride cost us around 40 Piso per person.
  • Note, You need to pay an Environmental Fee of 30P.
  • From Anilao Port, you have to board a boat to reach Tingloy Port. The ticket cost is around 80 Piso per person. The approximate travel time would be 1 hour.
  • There is a schedule for the departure of the boat from Anilao port. The first trip starts at 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, 2:30 pm and the last excursion of the day would be around 4:30 pm. But, during our visit, we can witness that once the passengers are full, they are starting the boat.
  • Make a note of the last schedule of the boat, which is at 4:30. Some people plan to get here by evening and prepare for a night stay and explore the beach the next day.
  • From Tingloy port, get a tricycle or Tuk-tuk and get down at Masasa beach. It would cost you around 60 Piso. You have to use your bargaining skills with the driver. Initially, he asked for 100P and finally settled for 60P.
  • Finally, you will reach Masasa beach after a few mins walk. Once you reach the beach, you will find a lot of night stay houses / transient houses. You can select one and pay for it if you plan to do a night stay here.

Note: You can also find night stay (transient house) options in Anilao Port as well!

I recommend you going during weekdays here. Because during weekends the port will be more crowded and you have to wait for some time to board the boat.

How many days required to explore?

Ideally, one day is enough to explore the scenic beauty of this place. But if you are coming here to enjoy your weekend in a peaceful and relaxing way, I recommend you to plan for a night stay here.

The night stay will be a unique experience here. You will be in less communication with the outside world as you won’t get good mobile network here!

How is the beach water?

The beach water is very transparent, and you can witness the white sand (although it is not very white, it is quite good). We were able to see colourful corals from the beach. The beach is more depth and shallow. The beach is famous for its waves where you can see in good numbers!

Downside:

The main disadvantage of this beach is the leftovers, and trash from fellow tourists are widely seen on the shore, and this looks unattractive.

If you are coming on a sunny day, there are chances that you will be burnt in the sunlight. There are no sunshades on the beach.

I suggest you bring your own sunshade or umbrella while coming if you are arriving here on a sunny day.

Night stay

  • As you enter the beach, you can find a lot of transient houses. You have to be careful in selecting the house. Make sure the transient house is nearer to the beach. Keep note that there are no hotels in Masasa beach. Your options are only limited to transient houses.
  • Make a note that there is a planned power cut in Masasa beach every day from 12 midnight to 12 pm. Sometimes, they will cut the power from 10:30 pm itself.
  • There are few houses with solar power in it. And few houses have a generator facility. So, ask the transient house providers about the facilities they offer and choose.
  • As far as we saw, mostly all of the transient house people greet you with a smile and provide excellent hospitality. You can cook your food by using the vessels in the house, or you can ask them to cook for you.
  • The approximate cost for a transient house is around 400 P per person. Make sure to bring your food and snacks as you don’t find any restaurants in this area.
  • The network connectivity will be inferior in this area. You will be less connected with the outside world during your stay.
  • We stayed in Nanay Rosie’s transient house, which almost has a beachfront, and it was quite good overall.

Note: Unlike hotels, they won’t provide towels in the transient house. We forgot to bring the towels. So, make sure to bring one while going there.

Activities to do in Masasa beach

There are multiple activities available on the beach. You have to pay for each activity individually, or you can get them in a package. Note, you can also check for activities provided by the transient house providers.

Snorkelling

  • Snorkeling is one of the must-do activity in Masasa beach. You can do snorkeling for 100 Piso per person, which is relatively cheaper. We saw colourful Corals which was most beautiful, and the spot which we did snorkeling was great as we saw a lot of fishes and marine animals.
  • We also had the chance to see a sea turtle, which was an astounding thing in the whole island. We were not able to take a photo of the turtle.
  • You will be taken to the snorkeling spot on a boat, and you will be provided with a life jacket along with snorkeling equipment.
  • The only downside here is in some places you have to encounter plastic wastes that were floating in the water.

Island Hopping

  • Island hopping is a 3 to 4 hours activity where you will take a journey on a boat ride. If you take a five-person sized boat, it will cost you around 1000 Piso. You will be taken to different places starting from Lagoon, Sepoc beach, and Sombrero Island.
  • Note, you have to pay an additional fee of 200 Piso when you step into the Sombrero island. You can stay on the boat itself if you don’t want to spend the supplementary charge. You can still take beautiful pictures while staying in the boat itself. Also, you can feed the fishes on the island if you have bread and biscuits with you where the fishes will come to you in clusters to eat the food.
  • Then you will be taken to small caves (Sepoc beach) where we get to see bats and monkeys. This place looks similar to the Monkey beach in Thailand.

Sepoc beach

The boat ride to Sepoc beach was terrific. We were indeed taken on a full speed boat ride where water splashed all over us. Don’t put your feet on the Corals as they are very sharp and it may cut your feet if you misplace.

Other activities

You can do other activities like fishing, Kayaking and you can take a ride on the banana boat. We had a good experience with the banana boat, as the number of waves on the beach was quite good. So, overall, it was one of the best experience we had on the beach. The banana boat ride will cost you 200 Piso per Person.

Hiking

There is also a hiking activity on the beach where you can go hiking on Mt Mag, which we don’t have time to try. You can try this hiking activity if you have enough time. You can hire a town guide for around 100 Piso and reach the hiking point. You can reach the hiking point for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Things you have to make a note of:

  • Pack your snacks while coming here as you won’t find shops here to buy snacks. Also, bring prepared food if you want.
  • Bring your tent here. If you are coming here on a sunny day, you won’t find a place to hide from the sun. So, bring a tent setup or bring a large sized umbrella, so that you can relax on the beach.
  • Remember, even if you are bringing your own tent, you won’t be allowed to stay in the tent after 7 pm. You have to take any of the transient house available on the beach.
  • Bring power banks while coming here. As told before, there will be planned, and unplanned power cuts here. So, make sure to charge your gadgets when there is power.
  • Bring mosquito repellents or small sized mosquito nets if you are staying here for a night. Mosquito problem will be there after power cuts and when there is no fan running. So, plan for it!
  • If you are doing Snorkeling for the first time, you tend to swallow beach water, which is so dirty. Make sure to close your mouth while doing swimming and Snorkeling.
  • Do not throw trash on the shore or in the water. We can see a lot of plastics here and there. As a tourist, bring your own trash bag and collect your plastic wastes and deposit in a proper place.
  • The data connection in the beach is so weak in Masasa beach. You will feel distant from the outside world for two days. So, be prepared.
  • Take a waterproof bag to keep your gadgets safe from water during island hopping. You can get waterproof guards for mobiles and cameras so that you can take underwater pictures.
  • Just Keep an eye on your belongings. We can see the local people roam around the place to serve as guards during nights to keep the home safe!

Return to Manila:

  • Do check with the local people about the last trip time to Anilao port from Masasa beach, as the time may subject to change.
  • From Anilao port, get Jeepneys to reach Batangas Grand terminal.
  • From Batangas Grand terminal, get a bus back to Manila.

Overall Expenses:

The total expense depends on the activities you do on the beach. You can complete overall costs, including food, accommodation, and activities within 200 USD or 1000 Piso per person. Do remember, use your bargain skill where ever possible.

Masasa beach is ideal for?

Most of the visitors are local people. From last few years, foreigners started to come here, and the place is being explored more. Masasa beach is ideal for people who want to stay away from day to day hectic life and stay connected with nature. If you are a tourist from a foreign nation, if you have time in Manila, do visit this place for sure.

For Foreigners: What is the cost of Philippines visa?

If you are coming from countries such as India or the USA, you can enter the country for free of cost. There are no visa charges for 30 days. Do check Philippines official immigration website for the list of countries which has visa fee exemption.

Philippines currency value

The currency value of 1 USD is equal to 50 Philippine Piso and if you are arriving from a foreign nation, make sure to hold enough currency with you while coming here, as there won’t be any atm or card swipe machine available.

Conclusion

  • The Philippines is one of the cheapest places in the world to travel. It is one of the favourite places for budget travellers in South East Asia.
  • As Manila is the capital city, whoever coming to the Philippines will have a chance to go to Manila.
  • Masasa beach is unquestionably different from the regular beaches you visit. If you are coming to Manila, I strongly recommend you to visit Masasa beach for sure!

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