The much awaited sequel of our Calaguas Island Adventure has finally set into reality. We’ve marked our calendar for a day trip in one of the raising tourist spot in Calatagan, Batangas – Burot Beach.
Burot Beach became famous because of a blogger who posted and shared his personal experience regarding the place. Aside from Burot Beach is just 3 hours away from Metro Manila this is also perfect for weekend and Barkada getaway.
GOING BACK: First and foremost, I would like to personally commend my travel buddy Budz for this successful event. He made the itinerary for us and contact all the participants for the much anticipated out of town trip for the gang. We planned it several times during, before and after summer season but we failed to execute and finalize a date for this one. Finally due to the desire to travel and get a “day off” from our hectic shifting workload we decided and chose Burot Beach be our travel destination, by any means, rain or shine will pursue to explore this place.
Sheen informed us that she invited her Little sister Lenlen as well as her team mate Cholo and his friend Dharryl.
Around 4 o’clock in the morning we all met at Mcdonald’s Pasay Taft branch. There’s lot of option going to Burot Beach and we trimmed down our choices by riding a van.
The van terminal bound to Calatagan Batangas is near MRT Taft Station and in between the streets of Metropoint Mall and Kabayan Hotel. First trip would be 4 o’clock in the morning and last trip is at 8 in the evening. The fare is 160 pesos as of July 2013.
I was sleepy then I didn’t notice our route, I just woke up seeing a familiar place, Tagaytay. I closed my eyes to regain strength and later did I know we finally arrived at the terminal near a Public Market. Calatagan, Batangas.
Before heading at the beach, I collected 200 pesos each for our group fund. We bought 1 whole chicken, 3 kilos pork, 1 kilo of prawns, seasonings, vegetables, condiments, plastic cups and plates, fork and spoon and bread for our late breakfast.
After securing all the things we needed, we’ve separated into two groups, I, Cholo and Dharryl ride in the first tricycle while Sheen, Lenlen and Budz followed us. We paid 50 pesos each for that ride.
From the Public Market going to Burot Beach is an estimated 10 -15 minutes rough ride. According to the tricycle driver, the said beach is also known as Elizalde Beach and owned by SM Corporation. He added that it started to become popular last quarter of 2012 because of a blogger. Thanks to that blogger
We’ve arrived and welcomed by a security guard wearing a logo of SM in his white long sleeves. He informed us about the fees. After setting up our tent and selecting a perfect spot near a sari sari store we paid our dues. Entrance fees 65 pesos each and both 100 pesos for the grill and bamboo table usage.
|Credits to Brian Budlao|
Calatagan is known for its golden sunset and to add up the fame of the place, Burot Beach is the next big thing to the said province. White sands and clear water, 3 to 4 years from now if SM develop it as luxurious resort this will change the course of travel destination in the South.
One good thing about travelling with friends is strengthening the bond of relationship as well as meeting new acquaintances and establishing good memories to cherish with.
All for “good times” away from our laptops and task in the office we’ve enjoyed the heat of the sun and the luke warm water of Burot Beach. Work Life Balance
Just in time Mikko arrived and we started to cook our food. Budz prepares the buttered prawns and Tinolang Manok while Sheen and I grilled the pork.
It was a feast indeed! We shared our overflowing food and been bloated afterwards.
To complete the group bonding we drink two bottles of beer and laugh out loud some jokes about each other. It’s been a while since I last saw them smile just sharing and throwing naughty words and we’re all wishing for an overnight stay here but due to our shifting schedule this is not possible.
A local there asked us if we wanted to visit a vanishing island and a place where star fish is found. For a fare deal of 50 pesos each we agreed right away.
We first visited the location of the star fish and I was mesmerized and overwhelmed with their presences. Their too many! It’s an indication of good environment. See our photos below
After taking our solo, group and wacky poses we headed at the Vanishing Island.
|Lenlen | Credits to Brian Budlao|
|Cholo | Credits to Brian Budlao|
|Nice one | Failed | Jump Shot|
During the course of our island hopping I’ve noticed the beautiful corals in the area. Wow! Amazing! This place is really blessed with stunning coastline and healthy marine environment.
Before we bid farewell to the place, we swam again and enjoy the upcoming sunset. Planning for the next target place.
SPECIAL CONCERN: There’s no electricity on the area so better to be prepared. The sari sari stores offers stove rental and free usage of their utensils.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: Planning for a perfect getaway near the Metropolis, Burot Beach is indeed the nearest place. White sands, clear water, golden sunset and closed friends what are you waiting for? Visit this beach and forget just for a day the stressful environment of Manila.