Mitzi Ilagan | PinoyTrekker
If you want to break free from all the stress you’ve had from the work week, I bet you would want to breathe them all out to a night out with your friends at a high-end bar, where you’d probably spend thousands for a wasted night. Why spend lavishly if you could spend less than P2000 for an overnight weekend stay at a paradise? Sounds good? Go find yourself a ride to Burot Beach at Calatagan, Batangas.
A place 3-4 hours away from the metro, this beach resort in Batangas is one of the best, because it is not very commercialized up to present, mainly because it is a private property, but is open for the public. Calatagan, the town it is located, is basically a peninsula that is why it is blessed with a number of almost white sand beaches, perfect for a tight budget but a Palawan experience.
On your way to Burot beach, you would pass through a rocky road, literally, with shady trees and road signs and then the scent of the salty sea would welcome you. Upon reaching the guard house, you would have to pay an entrance fee. They would provide you the guidelines for staying at the beach and garbage bags for your trashes. There are parking lots available and toilets and bathrooms, but they aren’t as good as you expect it to be. There are also picnic tables and tents available for rent, but it would better if you have your own, especially if you are into camping adventures. You could also buy firewood for camping, but you could always bring your own. Other necessary things are charcoal for grilling, flashlights and powerbanks (because there is no electricity in the area), food (you would pass by the market and some sari-sari stores where you could buy) and of course, sunblock. Make sure you that you set your tents near the trees so you could take advantage of the shade, especially when the sun strikes that much in the afternoon.
In the morning, you’d have to wake up early after a campfire or go there early be able to catch the view: it almost looks like paradise. With the sun partly warming up the Earth, it shines down upon the clear waters which make the sea bluer and the sand finer. This is not an illusion, by the way. Mornings are the best way to take a dip, because it may be a little warm, but when you approach the shore, its cold waters would make you feel like staying until the afternoon. Also, the sea is so calm, almost like a lake, with little waves reaching just your ankles. But because Burot beach is a route for traders and fishermen, the waves would normally grow bigger as large boats pass by.
When you get tired of wading through the shallows, it’s adventure time. You could walk along the stretch of Burot beach, where you could see rock formations, thickets and mangroves. A walkway would also be seen when it is low tide.
There are no water adventures in the area, but some boatmen would offer island hopping for less than P2000 for a group of 5-10, depending on the capacity of the boat. He would lead you to a shallow walkway in the middle of the sea, where you could take selfies, as if you could walk in the water. You would also get to visit starfish island. It not literally an island but an area in the sea where lots of starfishes stay. You could touch and hold them but you could and should not bring them home. You would also pass by a patch of sea urchins peacefully lurking under the waters. Lastly, the boatman would bring you to a coral reefs area, where you could swim above the fascinating view. All of these you could experience because of the clear waters which is maintained by the owners and by the responsible campers and visitors.
At night, you could finally do one of your goals: stargazing. The beach is a perfect location because you’d get an unobstructed view of the sky, especially when then the clouds aren’t too many. You could also form a circle from a campfire as you jam through your favorite songs and as you play charades. But you have to take note that you could only do that until 2AM, as for the curfew, because other campers are probably having a good night’s sleep by that time.
You could reach Burot beach by riding a bus from MRT Taft station with signboard Tagaytay-Lian, get off at 7-eleven Lian. You could also take the van from EDSA-Taft MRT station to Calatagan. From there, you could ask the locals where the beach is located.