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 GuideUpon reaching the Manuel Uy Beach Resort, we passed by a bamboo bridge to go to the beach.
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. 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. Last trip back to Manila from Calatagan is at 4 PM.
SnorkelingRent 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.
Build Sand CakesBe 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 FriendBury your friend/friends at the beach. Be creative. Turn them into sand monsters.
Beach BummingLaze around the beach. Get that tan. Enjoy and relax.
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Fees and Rates
- Day Tour – P150 (adult), P105 (senior citizen)
- Overnight – P250 (adult), P175 (senior citizen)
Note: Children below six years old are free
- Motorcycle – P20
- Car – P100
- Van – P100
- Bus – P300
- 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
- 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
Tips and Reminders
- Bring your trash with you. Help keep the beach clean. Don’t litter.
- You can bring a rice cooker for easier cooking. Bring the equipment to the charging station. Pay the 50 pesos fee.
- 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.
- Swimming is only from 6 am to 6 pm.
- I highly recommend you to visit the place during Amihan season to avoid the seaweeds scattered around the beach.
- Bonfire is not allowed.
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.
- Crusoe Cabins – Check Price and Availability
- Spring Beach Front House – Check Price and Availability
- Lago de Oro – Check Price and Availability
- Villa Patria – Check Price and Availability
- Wonderfarm Villa – Check Price and Availability
- Sunrise Cove – Check Price and Availability
- Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort – Check Price and Availability
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 P1600 ($30) discount on your first booking when you sign up on Airbnb via this link.
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Johanes is a digital nomad and a web content writer who loves to go on spontaneous travels. She also likes to go camp under the stars and play with her dog and cats.