Famous for being an ideal place for beach camping, Manuel Uy Beach Resort offers an excellent place for those who want to rough it out.

Located in the humble town of Calatagan, Batangas, Manuel Uy is a small paradise for the weekend.

Manuel Uy Beach Resort DIY Camping Guide

Bridge by the Beach
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Bridge by the Beach

Upon reaching the Manuel Uy Beach Resort, we passed by a bamboo bridge to go to the beach.

The beach resort doesn’t have any cottages or kubos; the only accommodation is camping. You can bring your own tents or rent one for 500 pesos suitable for 4 to 5 persons.

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Tent Pitching

The beach’s sand is not white, but it is somewhat mocha in color. Too bad we went there during Habagat Season. There were a lot of seaweeds, but caretakers clean these up. As I was told, the beach is clean during the Amihan Season.

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Seaweeds by the Beach
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Manuel Uy Beach

The water isn’t crystal clear.  The beach’s water is only up until chest level during high tide and can be as dry as a desert during low tide.

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High Tide in Manuel Uy Beach Resort
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High Tide in Manuel Uy Beach Resort
Low Tide in Manuel Uy Beach Resort
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Low Tide in Manuel Uy Beach Resort

How To Get There

  • From Manila, ride a van or a Celyrosa bus in Pasay going to Calatagan. Van costs 180 while the bus costs 160 pesos. Travel time is 2 to 3 hours. The last stop will be in Calatagan Market.
  • From here, hail a tricycle going to the Manuel Uy Beach Resort for 200 pesos. This is good for 4 to 5 persons. Travel time is around 15 minutes.
  • The ride to the beach offers a breathtaking view of ranches, mango trees, and lots of cows. The last trip back to Manila from Calatagan is at 4 PM.
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Entrance to Manuel Uy

Activities

There are only limited water activities here but here is a list of what you can do.

Camping

As what I have mentioned a while ago, tent pitching is the only way to go about Manuel Uy beach resort. Camp on the beach and wake up to the most glorious sunrise.

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Beach Camping

Swimming

It’s a beach. Go and swim. The water is a bit cold, and the sea air is fresh. I stayed out too long by the water, and it was so cold.

Snorkeling

Rent a boat for 1000 per hour and snorkeling gear if you don’t have one for 50 pesos per person. There are two snorkeling locations. First is near the Manuel Uy Beach Resort but we couldn’t go because the water was murky. The other location is near the Calatagan lighthouse. If you were to choose this site, back and forth is more than an hour, so you would have to pay for two hours.

Island Hopping

Island Hopping includes Starfish Island & Sandbar, but because of the strong waves, we were only able to go to the Sandbar. Going to the sandbar requires renting a boat for 200 pesos per hour. Despite not being able to go to the starfish island, there was a lot of starfish in the sandbar. Also, there were crabs, urchins, and seashells.

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Sandbar Starfishes

Beach Volleyball

Play beach volleyball. I’m not sure if there is a ball for rent, but we brought our own ball when we went to the beach.

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Build Sand Cakes

Sand Cake
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Sand Cake

Be it sand cakes, sand dragons or sand castles, build them. It was tons of fun creating our friends’ birthday sand cake. Since there were three birthday celebrants in the group, we made a massive cake for them. Those surrounding the cake are supposed to be cupcakes.

Bury a Friend

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Turning Friends into Sand Monsters

Bury your friend/friends at the beach. Be creative. Turn them into sand monsters.

Collect Seashells

There are beautiful seashells scattered around the beach. Collect them as souvenirs.

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Seashell Collection

Beach Bumming

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Beach Bums

Laze around the beach. Get that tan. Enjoy and relax.

Photo Ops

Take the pic. Change your profile pic.

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The Lifeguard’s Spot as Taken during Low Tide

Check Out Stilts

Check out the nearby resort, Stilts Calatagan and take a selfie by the floating cottages.

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Stilts Calatagan Floating Cottages

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Fees and Rates

Entrance Fees:

  • Day Tour – P150 (adult), P105 (senior citizen)
  • Overnight – P250 (adult), P175 (senior citizen)

Note: Children below six years old are free

Parking Fees

  • Motorcycle – P20
  • Car – P100
  • Van – P100
  • Bus – P300

Other Fees:

  • Tent Pitching – P50/ Tent
  • Phone Charging – P20
  • Island Hopping – P200/hour
  • Snorkeling – P1000/hr
  • Snorkeling Gear Rent – P50/person
  • Electric Stove – P50
  • Grills – Free
  • Restroom and Shower – Free
  • Tarpaulin for Rent – P100
  • Table for Rent – P300
  • Tent Rental (good for 3 persons) – P500

Sample Itinerary

Day One

  • 4:00 ETD Manila
  • 7:00 ETA Calatagan Market
  • 7:30 ETA Manuel Uy Beach Resort / Set up Camp
  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 9:00 Swimming
  • 11:00 Prepare Lunch
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Snorkeling/ Island Hopping
  • 15:00 Back to Camp
  • *If you’re only on a day tour, prepare, pack up and ride the tricycle back to the bus terminal. Afterwards, travel back to Manila. For overnight, keep reading.
  • 15:30 Wandering Around / Photo Ops
  • 17:00 Prepare Dinner
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 18:30 Socials  

Day Two

  • 5:30 Wake Up /Watch the Sunrise
  • 7:00 Breakfast
  • 8:00 Swimming
  • 10:00 Prepare and Pack Up
  • 11:00 Ride the Tricycle Back to Calatagan Market
  • 11:30 Ride a bus back to Manila

Budget Breakdown

  • Manila to Calatagan P180
  • Calatagan to Manuel Uy Beach Resort Tricycle P200/4 = P50
  • Environmental Fee P30
  • Overnight Fee P100
  • Tent Pitching P150/ 8 = P18.75
  • Island Hopping P200
  • Ihawan P30
  • Phone Charging P20
  • Bath P10
  • Food P200
  • Manuel Uy Beach Resort to Calatagan Market P200/4 = P50
  • Calatagan to Manila P180

Total: P969

Tips and Reminders

  1. Bring your trash with you. Help keep the beach clean. Don’t litter.
  2. You can bring a rice cooker for easier cooking. Bring the equipment to the charging station. Pay the 50 pesos fee.
  3. There are only specific areas with lights. Pitch your tent near these areas, so you don’t have to worry about the lack of light during night-time.
  4. Swimming is only from 6 am to 6 pm.
  5. I highly recommend you to visit the place during Amihan season to avoid the seaweeds scattered around the beach.
  6. Bonfire is not allowed.

Calatagan Accommodations

If you just want to enjoy the sea but want to sleep in a more comfortable room with airconditioning. Here are some that you can book.

There are also a lot of Calatagan accommodations that you can find on Airbnb. If you’re planning on booking via Airbnb, here’s a P2,200 ($44) discount on your first booking.


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