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This Underrated Island in Batangas Could Be Your Next Affordable Beach Trip

It's a virgin island with clear blue waters and white sand beaches.
This Underrated Island in Batangas Could Be Your Next Affordable Beach Trip
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It's a virgin island with clear blue waters and white sand beaches.

Just an hour away from Puerto Galera is the untouched virgin beaches of Verde Island, also commonly known as Isla Verde. Generally devoid of potentially damaging commercial establishments, save for a few licensed resorts, Isla Verde boasts of crystal clear blue waters and white sand beaches that could give other popular islands a run for their money. A clandestine getaway for most travelers and located just south of Batangas, it’s the perfect destination for a simple, quiet, and relaxing retreat away from your stressful city life. 

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Below, is a brief travel guide if you're up for the adventure.

How to Get There

Note: When planning your trip to the island, make sure to depart Manila by 4 a.m. in order to catch the public boat in Batangas leaving for Isla Verde by 9 a.m. since it only takes one trip per day.

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From Metro Manila

1. From Cubao, take a provincial bus bound to Batangas City and alight at the Batangas City Grand Terminal.

2. From Batangas City Grand Terminal, take a tricycle to Tabangao Aplaya.

3. If you’re bringing a private car, you may park it at the Tabangao Port before boarding a boat.

4. At Tabangao Aplaya are several boats leaving for Verde Island. Make sure you’re aware of the exact baranggay you’re staying in to ride the proper boat that can drop you off at the area.

5. You may also hire a private boat going to the island which you should have already contacted beforehand. You’ll be riding the boat at Barangay Ilijan, located an hour away from the Grand Terminal.

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      What to Do

      The usual beach activities like sun bathing, swimming, kayaking, pedal boating, and camping apply. However, reportedly rich with thriving marine life, visiting the island wouldn’t be a complete experience without going scuba diving or snorkelling, which are both offered by the resorts nearby. Note: It’s highly encouraged to bring your own equipment. 

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      Where to Stay

      Sawang Dive Camp

      With a white facade almost reminiscent of Greek architecture, the Sawang Dive Camp is the recommended go-to resort for visitors, especially for those who plan to camp out on the beach. Their accommodations include quaint cabanas with basic necessities like mattresses, sheets, electric fans, and a bean bag, all good for two to six people for only P2000 to P3000 a night. For avid stargazers, you may also rent one of their see-through tents. As for daytime activities, there’s a choice to go island hopping and snorkelling for only P1500.

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      Location: San Agapito, Verde Island, Batangas City

      Surface Interval Resort

      Aptly named the Surface Interval Resort, it claims to be the ideal retreat for scuba divers. They offer both dining huts and lounging huts for daytime visitors, as well as rooms for those staying overnight. They also have tents for rent if you feel like camping under the stars. However, considering they’re of limited quantity, you may also bring and pitch your own tent instead–with a P200 fee per night, including the additional P100 entrance fee for adults. Available activities from the resort include renting of kayaks and pedal boats, as well as equipment just in case you want to host a BBQ party for dinner.

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      Visit their Facebook page for more information. 

      Location: San Agapito, Verde Island, Batangas City

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      Things to Note:

      While you may find basic necessities at the abovementioned resorts, seeing as Isla Verde is fairly free from commercial establishments, you’ll have to prepare a few things to ensure an enjoyable and comfortable stay.

      1. Boats going to the island depart as soon as they’re filled up, so again, be sure to get there early. The latest time that the available boats will leave is at 9 a.m.

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      2. The island’s electricity is limited from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. only so make sure to bring accessories that you think will be necessary like power banks, or small portable fans.

      3. There aren’t any restaurants available anywhere on the island, so you’ll have to provide for your own food and water, which you can both shop for in the nearby sari-sari stores or at the Bagong Palengke Batangas public market.

      4. Boats going back to the mainland leave for 3 a.m. and also only take one trip a day, so make sure you wake up extra early.

      5. There obviously won’t be any ATMs available so make sure to bring enough cash with you.
      As respect to the island and its natives, make sure to limit your use of plastic, and don’t leave any of your trash lying around.

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