A short 3-hour trip headed south from Manila's capital will take you to the municipality of Calatagan, Batangas. Normally not known as a big tourist destination, travelers are slowly catching on to Calatagan's allure. Located right at the Verde Passage, Calatagan's waters are known as the 'Center of the Center of Marine Shorefish Biodiversity' which makes it a great spot for snorkeling, diving or even just searching the shores for interesting sea creatures. Another underrated feature Calatagan has to offer is their "Little Boracay", a sandbar with clear blue waters and fine sand that will rival its' namesake's beaches. Popularly experienced on a balsa tour, visitors are brought to the area via bamboo raft for a day of eating, swimming, and if the tide is low enough, strolling on the sandbar itself. Other things to do in Calatagan include cable skiing in Lago de Oro, Aquaria Water Park, beach camping, beach day tours, and if you're interested in getting to know more of Calatagan's history, there is also the Cape Santiago Lighthouse and the Museo de Enrique Zobel. Underrated compared to other beach spots in Batangas such as Anilao, Nasugbu and Laiya, Calatagan's wholesome offerings make it a great venue for family gatherings and outings with friends, and should definitely be on any traveler's shortlist for fun and accessible beach destinations near the metro.
At the heart of Calatagan sits this residential commercial property that was developed by Land Co. For now accommodations such as Crusoe Cabins and Cocoons, 3 restaurants and Aquaria waterpark are fully operational. Condominiums, events place, retail shops and more restaurants are being built at the moment. If you want to invest in resort living they offer premium lots and pre-selling condominium units for sale as well.
During mornings when it’s high tide blue and calm waters await you and it’s the perfect time to swim – especially with the kids. While it’s lowtide in the afternoon, there are vast amounts of sea creatures that you can discover, just make sure to wear protective foot gear to avoid stepping on them particularly those spiky urchins.
The beach offers a beautiful and peaceful sunset.