Masasa Beach on a Budget: Travel Guide (Tingloy, Batangas)

Masasa beach accommodation

If I didn’t have work on a Monday, I would’ve stayed for a week in Masasa Beach.

With the crystal clear water, impressive rock formations, almost white sand, and great snorkeling sites, a period of two days is just not enough to explore all of what the Masasa beach has to offer.

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About Masasa Beach

Only three for four hours of travel from Manila, Masasa is one of the most accessible beaches. On top of that, it is also among the cheapest.

How To Get There

  • First, ride a bus going to Batangas Grand Terminal.
  • You can ride the Alps Bus Liner, DLTB Bus Liner or the Jam Liner.
  • Then upon arrival in Batangas Grand Terminal, ride a jeep going to Anilao Port or Talaga Port.  Anilao port is usually used during the Amihan season from December to around June. While Talaga Port is mostly used during the Habagat season.
  • Lastly, ride a boat. Before riding the boat, don’t forget to pay the environmental fee at the boat dock. (Make sure to eat some calamares! We keep going back to Masasa for this yummy street food.) 
  • When riding a boat, you have two options. Either ride a boat to Tingloy Port or to Masasa port.

Masasa Port vs Tingloy Port

If you chose to travel to Masasa portthe boat will directly bring you to Masasa port which is a 15-minute walk from the main beach. To get to the beach, you can either walk or ride a small boat. One boat can accommodate as many as 5 persons.

If you chose to travel to Tingloy port, you still have to ride a tricycle going to Masasa beach. Keep in mind that the tricycle won’t bring you directly to the beach. You still have to walk for 10-15minutes.

Between the two ports, I’d recommend you choose Masasa port if you’re bringing a lot of stuff. My friend and I chose Tingloy port one time and we had to walk all the way to the beach with all our camping gears.


  • Travel time to Tingloy is shorter compared to Masasa because Masasa bound boats have a lot of stopovers. Moreover, there are only a few boats going directly to Masasa.
masasa beach

Boat Schedule

  • The first boat leaves at 9:00am while the last trip is around 3:00pm-5:00pm.
  • But during peak seasons,  the boat can leave as early as 7 am once the boat is full.
  • As for the last trip, it can be as early as 2:00pm when there are lesser tourists.

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Top Things to Do In Masasa

Here’s a list of activities you can do in Masasa.


I highly recommend you to snorkel. Snorkeling gear + life vest is rented at 100 pesos per person. Make sure not to drop your gear in the ocean. One of my friends paid for his equipment when he lost it.

masasa beach

Snorkeling in Masasa is one of the best experience I’ve ever had. Just a few meters from the beach and around 5 to 10 meters deep is a snorkeling paradise. I saw corals in different colors, shapes, and sizes. Be careful though; there are also sea urchins that come in different sizes. Eeek.

There were tons of colorful fishes, too. Some fishes glare at you while others are just plain oblivious to your presence. They looked so funny.

The best part about our snorkeling experience? I had the once in a lifetime experience of swimming with a pawikanIt was diviiiiine.

Island Hopping

Island hopping is another fun experience. The boat is small, but it was able to accommodate the five of us.

It’s better to start at an earlier time around 6-8 Am to avoid the sun’s intense rays. The boat doesn’t have a roof, and the tour is 1 to 2 hours long.

Our first stop was Sombrero Island. The caretaker collects an entrance fee. We did not have any cash since we weren’t informed that there would be a fee. Sad to say, we only had a glimpse of the island.

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masasa beach

We moved on to our next destination, the caves near Sepoc Beach. Here you will be able to see sleeping bats inside one of the caves. Outside the caves are rock formations great for taking that Instagram worthy photo.

Before going back to Masasa beach, our boatman gave us an unforgettable snorkeling experience. We plunged into the water and with our snorkeling gears and life vests fixed, held on to the boat while it sailed.

The seabed was amazing! There were tons of corals and fishes. More than the ones we saw in Masasa.

BTW I saw Nemo.


Instead of renting a cottage or a kubo, why not camp? As of now, camping precisely on the beach area is limited to only until 7 PM.

When we went to Masasa beach, we opted to have overnight camping at Nanay Rosie’s since it is the nearest camping site from the beach.

masasa beach

Not only is camping fun, but it’s also cheaper. Especially with all the included privileges of having a nearby bathroom and free use of water.

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Beach Bumming

Masasa beach may not have totally white sand, but it is still a great place to beach bum. Just loafing around and watching the waves can be very calming.

masasa beach


If you want to have a bird’s-eye view of the beach and the nearby islands, hike to Mag-Asawang Bato. Hire a tour guide. For 45 minutes to one hour, you will reach the summit.

From what I heard, you will be able to see Puerto Galera, Mt. Gulugod Baboy, and even as far as Occidental Mindoro. Too bad we weren’t able to go because of the lack of time.

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Cliff Diving

One can go cliff diving in Masasa. Just after the lagoon, there is a rock formation called the Tawil Rock where people go, fly and dive.

masasa beach

Check out the “lagoon”

Of course, how could I forget? Go swim at Masasa’s natural swimming pool, lagoon, as the locals would call it. The water is so clear. It is better to go for a swim during high tides to thoroughly enjoy the place.

masasa beach

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Tip: Kayaking here would be a fun added activity but the last time we went there, nobody had kayaks for rent. So if you love kayaking, the best would be to bring your own kayaks. If you’re a beginner, here are some of the best kayaks for beginners.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1

  • 05:00 am – Manila to Batangas Grand Terminal
  • 8:00 am – ETA in Batangas Grand Terminal
  • 8:30 am – Jeepney to Anilao
  • 9:30 am – ETA in Anilao Port/ Talaga Port
  • 10:00 am – Boat to Tingloy/ Masasa
  • 11:00 am – Set-up Camp
  • 11:30 am – Lunch
  • 01:00 pm – Swimming, Snorkeling, etc
  • 06:00 pm –Dinner

Day 2

  • 05:00 am – Wake up, get ready
  • 06:00 am – Breakfast
  • 07:00 am – Island Hopping
  • 09:00 am –Hike to Mag-Asawang Bato
  • 11:00 am – Lunch
  • 12:00 am – Pack up, get ready
  • 02:30 am – Boat back to Anilao
  • 03:00 am – Jeep to Grand Terminal
  • 04:00 am – Ride a bus back to Manila
Masasa beach accommodation

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Breakdown of Expenses

As a result, here is our list of costs when we went to Masasa beach. Our group consists of 5 people. This was back in 2016 so prices may have increased now.

  • Bus to Batangas Grand Terminal: Our starting point is Sto. Tomas, Batangas, our fare is P70
  • Batangas Grand Terminal to Anilao Port/ Talaga Port:  P40
  • Boat to Masasa: P100
  • Environmental Fee: P30
  • Camping Fee: P120
  • Snorkeling: P100
  • Island Hopping: P1500 / 5 = P300
  • Foods: P100 contribution
  • Boat to Anilao: P100
  • Anilao Port to Batangas Grand Terminal: P40
  • Bus to Sto. Tomas: P70

TOTAL: P1070


In conclusion, Masasa beach is one of the cheapest and most beautiful beaches I have seen. But with the influx of tourists, there is also an increase in garbage littered around the beach. The place is degrading slowly.

With this in mind, when you get the chance to go to Masasa beach, please take your trash with you. Most of all, let’s preserve this paradise.

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Masasa Beach in 20 Seconds

What about you? What makes you miss Masasa?

Where To Stay

Nanay Rosie

I’d recommend Nanay Rosie’s. They have kubos and private rooms. Plus they have a campsite.

Camping fee includes free use of the bathroom, water from the deep well, and electricity. Furthermore, you can use the gas stove and kitchen utensils for extra payment.

Nanay Rosie’s place is just two mins away from the beach. It is the nearest accommodation to Masasa beach.

Contact Number:  0919 686 4368 / 0995 986 3780

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Tita Precy

Or you could check Tita Precy’s. Camping for one night is 150 per person. You get to use their cooking utensils for free. This accommodation is the nearest to the Lagoon.

Contact Number: 0949 836 3279 / 0915 663 7669

Other Masasa Accommodations

I’ve also created a list of Masasa beach accommodations, you can check them on my other post “Where to stay in Masasa“.

Where to Next?

When going back mainland, the ports are quite near Anilao, Batangas which is famous for its world-class diving spots.


Or you can also check out other Batangas resorts.


Responsible Travel Tips

When traveling to one place, make sure you practice responsible tourism. Here are some tips to do so.

1. Respect the environment

Don’t litter. Please hold onto your trash until you find a garbage can. Also, don’t bring home seashells or sand. Let them be.

Related: 16 Eco-Friendly Travel Products for the Earth-Loving You

2. Avoid single-use plastic

Bring your eco bag and refuse single-use plastic.

3. Shop local

Keep the traditional crafts alive and support local artisans. Buy from them. And try not to haggle, P20 may seem small to you but it can mean a lot to them.

4. Always ask permission

Be sure to ask for permission first when taking photos or videos especially when it comes to children

What to Pack for Masasa Beach

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45 thoughts on “Masasa Beach on a Budget: Travel Guide (Tingloy, Batangas)”

  1. Hello Johanes,

    Pano po yung food? Need po magluto or meron din pong pwedeng bilhan or palutuan? 🙂
    Thank you po!

    1. Hello Crista, as for the food, meron po silang sari sari stores bilihan ng canned goods, maay kainan din po pero ndi sa mismong masasa beach sa located, pwede po kaung magpaluto dun sa tutuluyan nyo. If like nyo magluto, meron din silang for rent na mga cooking utensils. 🙂

    1. Johanes Bangao

      Hi Angie. From what I know, a bonfire is not allowed on the main beach but Tita Precy’s allow bonfires. The place is a beach front and near the Lagoon 🙂

    1. Johanes Bangao

      Hi Aaron,
      There’s no entrance fee in Masasa. You only have to pay for the environmental fee which is P30.

    1. Johanes Bangao

      Hi. Both Nanay Rosie and Tita Precy are beachfront pero mabato ung sa harap nila. Pero sa camping site, sand parin magsesetup 🙂

  2. Hi Johanes, I only saw the link for Nanay Rosie’s Fb page.Do you also have the link for Tita Precy coz I want to check it out as well.And last is which one do you preffer for camping site?Thank you and more power ?

    1. Hi Anna,

      I don’t think regular iyong sightings pawikan. There are times na wala ka talaga makikita according to the locals. I was just lucky to have seen some 🙂 To see the pawikan, avail of the snorkeling. P100 lang sya.

  3. The water looks so clear! This looks like a hidden gem! May I ask how long is the boat ride? I could get a little sea sick. Are there other accommodations aside from the ones that you mentioned in case they are full? You went there in May but it seems like there’s not a lot of people there.

  4. Hi Ms Johannes ask kopo Kung may tent Po kami dala pwedi kami mag overnight sa masasa beach? Instead na mag Kubo kami?? Thanks

    1. Hi Jordan, yes pwede naman pero ang alam ko bawal sa main beach pero may mga accommodations na nag ooffer ng camping sites like Nanay Rosie and Tita Precy. sila ang pinakamalapit sa beach din.

  5. Monotrophus Avius

    Hi!!! This page us really helpful and informative. I was just wondering, at the bottom of this page, there are some pictures. Are those taken in Masasa? I am interested about the lobsters. Haha. Some of my friends who are planning to visit Masasa expect to try somw lobsters. If so, where to buy them? Thanks.

  6. hi, love ur post..i am planning to camp there this holy week, however u mentioned that its only allowed till 7pm. thus i need to opt for camping at either nanay rosie’s or tita percy. provide me with contact numbers so as to book early on?

    Thank you very much.


  7. Hi. Nice write ups. I just want to know if pano kapag naka car? May parking ba na pwedeng pag iwanan ng car sa port? And pwede kaya na walk in or dapat reservation. Any information regarding the said matter will be highly appreciated.

  8. I think you have a typographical error in this part of your write ups.

    Day 2
    05:00 am – Wake up, get ready
    06:00 am – Breakfast
    07:00 am – Island Hopping
    09:00 am –Hike to Mag-Asawang Bato
    11:00 am – Lunch
    12:00 am – Pack up, get ready
    02:30 am – Boat back to Anilao
    03:00 am – Jeep to Grand Terminal
    04:00 am – Ride a bus back to Manila

    Anyway, I am planning to go here in few days from now and I don’t know if I already have all the necessary information. Do you have contacts for Nanay Rosie and Tita Precy?

  9. Hi!
    If we prefer camping at Nanay Rosie’s – is the 120 fee already for the rental of tent? Or hiwalay pa ang rent ng tent?

    How about the cleanliness of the tents that is being rented? How can you describe the experience? First time to camp here – I’m thinking if bibili ako ng murang tent sa decathlon or magrerent na lang. Concern ko yun hygiene that’s why I asked.

    Also – you said in previous comments na mabato sa place nila Nanay Rosie – does that mean that we are going to camp in that area? Or yun beach front lang kila Nanay Rosie ang mabato but we can get to walk at nearby areas na maganda yun sands?

    How does the camping area in Nanay Rosie looks like?

    Thanks in advance and kudos for this post! Super informative <3

    1. Hi Mich! The 120 camping fee doesn’t include the tent rental. Unfortunately, di ko pa natry ung for rent nilang mga tent since we bring our own. Maganda naman tents sa Decathlon. Best if bumili ka nalang para sa next camping is may magamit ulit.

      Yung mabato is dun sa beach front not the camping area mismo. The main beach in Masasa is just 2 minutes away. Dun maganda ang sand.

  10. Hi! May I know if it is still open right now? And if nag-a accept pa rin sila ng customers even without swab and also yung mga bata na under 18.

  11. Hi po. Pano po kung halimbawang mag motor kami na dala? San sya pwede iwanan or madadala ba sya papuntang masasa?

  12. Hello there, thank you very much, we’re planing to go there this month, Ask ko lng my contact number ba kay Nanay Rossie? para sure kami n may tutuluyan? Since hangang 7pm lng pwedeng mag camping s beach. Thank you very much! 🙂

  13. Open na po ba ang Masasa Beach? May nabasa po kasi ako na hindi pa din sila tumatanggap ng tourist. Thank you.

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