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.
- For around 180 pesos, you can ride the Alps Bus Liner from Cubao. On the other hand, you can either choose the DLTB Bus Liner or the Jam Liner from Buendia. The fare is around 160 to 170 pesos.
- Then upon arrival in Batangas Grand Terminal, ride a jeep going to Anilao Port or Talaga Port. The fare is 37 pesos. 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 of 30 pesos 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 port, the 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 for 25 pesos per head. 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. The fare is 20 pesos per head. 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.
- Fare to Tingloy, Batangas is 80 pesos while fare to Masasa is 100 pesos.
- 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.
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.
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 pawikan. It was diviiiiine.
Unlike other snorkeling spots in the Philippines, you can rent a boat for around 100 pesos to bring you to the deeper parts.
Island hopping is another fun experience. The rate is at 1500 pesos. 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 of 500. 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.
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. Payment is 120 pesos per head.
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.
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.
If you want to have a bird’s-eye view of the beach and the nearby islands, hike to Mag-Asawang Bato. For 100 pesos, 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- 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
READ: Manuel Uy: Beach Camping
Breakdown of Expenses
As a result, here is our list of costs when we went to Masasa beach. Our group consists of 5 people.
- 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
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.
Masasa Beach in 20 Seconds
What about you? What makes you miss Masasa?
Where To Stay
I’d recommend Nanay Rosie’s. They have kubos and private rooms. Plus they have a campsite.
Camping fee is 120 per person. This includes free use of the bathroom, water from the deep well, and electricity. Furthermore, you can use the gas stove and kitchen utensils for 150 pesos per person.
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
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.
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
- Eco-friendly Reusable Water Bottle
- Light Rain Jacket (especially from June to November)
- T-shirts, a nice top, and a long-sleeved shirt
- Aqua Shoes
- Day Bag
- Dry Bag
- Power Adapter
- Universal Waterproof Phone Case
- Packing Cubes
- Microfiber Towel
- Travel Insurance
- Money Belt
- Sneakers, hiking shoes (if you’re planning to hike) and some flats
- Reusable straw and Reusable Bag (no to single-use plastic!)
Related Article: The Only Travel Packing List You’ll Ever Need (Trust Me)
Our Camera Gear
- Mirrorless Camera: Fujifilm XT3
- Lenses: Fujifilm Fujinon kit lens (18-55mm) | Fujinon 35mm f2 | Fujinon 50mm f2
- Drone: DJI Mavic Pro 2
- GoPro: GoPro Hero Black 7
- Power Bank: Romoss Powerbank
- Camera Backpack: Case Logic Camera and Laptop Backpack
- Monopod: Ifootage Cobra 2 a180
- Mic: Rode VideoMicro
- Gimbal: Zhiyun Weebill-S
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