Travel Journal: Calatagan in all its glory

Last weekend, we had the chance to witness the beauty of Calatagan, Batangas. we went there with our friends and we stayed at Aquaria Beach Resort for a day. It’s really far though, and it can be inconvenient to go there by public transport like we did. It would be so much easier if you have a private vehicle because that way you’d be able to go around Calatagan easily. But the place is so beautiful that the travel time, no matter how long and exhausting, was totally worth it.

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Calatagan is the perfect place to go to if you want an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Everywhere you look you’ll find trees, vast fields, cows peacefully grazing in the grass, and locals going about their simple lives. We especially adored the tranquility of the place seeing as it is not too crowded. Very different from our busy environment at work.

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Like we said earlier, we went there by public transport since there are only four of us and we don’t have cars of our own. We decided to take the Tagaytay – Nasugbu route since it is the easiest way to go to Calatagan by commute. We spent the night at Tagaytay and left for Calatagan in the morning.

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We rode a bus bound to Nasugbu at around 5am, and we dropped off at Lian at 6am. From there we rode a jeepney going to the Calatagan Public Market where we found tricycles ready to take us anywhere in Calatagan. Β We hailed a tricycle going to Aquaria Beach Resort but it was still closed when we arrived. The guard told us that the resort opens at 8am so we waited outside for a few minutes.

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We paid 400 pesos each for the admission fee. There are tables and Cabanas available for rent but we decided to just use the umbrellas. The tables are worth about 250 pesos, the Cabanas are 1500 to 1800 pesos, but the umbrellas are free.

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The pools only open at 9am so we went to the beach first. It was immaculate with fine sand not as white as Boracay’s but close. We even saw schools of tiny fishes swimming near the shore and small crabs digging holes in the sand. The tide was low so even if we already went a long way from the coast, the water was still shallow. It felt so good to finally be able to relax. Just laying in the sand under the shade of the trees while smelling the warm sea breeze.

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At around 9am we got hungry so we decided to have some snack at the resort’s restaurant located at the beachfront.

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After eating, we went back to the beach to do some more beach bumming then we rinsed and went to the pool. We tried their cute slide, swam, and took lots of pictures.

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At 12:30pm we went back to the restaurant to eat lunch. We ordered a Bilao Fiesta which consists of Rellenong Pusit, Enseladang Talong, Fried Tilapia, Lechong Kawali and rice good for 4 to 5 people. We also had Pork Sinigang and Calamares.

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After eating, we decided to get ready to leave because we wanted to check the other tourist destinations in Calatagan before we go home. So we hit the showers and texted the tricycle driver who brought us to Aquaria earlier to pick us up at 2pm. BTW, If you are planning to go to Calatagan by public transport, make sure to get the numbers of the public vehicle drivers so you can contact them easily. Because unfortunately, there are no tricycles or other public vehicles around the area and the market is VERY FAR from the resort.

We checked out at 2pm and found our tricycle driver waiting for us outside. We asked him to bring us to the Cape Santiago Lighthouse, because it is one of the must-see attractions in Calatagan. The dirt road going to the lighthouse was rough and narrow so we’re not sure if cars would be able to pass through. We did not attempt to go by foot either, because aside from the fact that it was so far from the main road, it was also very muddy at that time, so we asked our tricycle driver to wait for us while we look into the lighthouse.

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At the gate of the lighthouse, we were met by the caretaker who told us about the history and everything we need to know about the place. It was a captivating, century old but fully functioning Spanish architecture. Being there felt like we’ve been transported to the Spanish Era. We took pictures of the lighthouse but unfortunately we could not post them here, because according to the caretaker we have to request for a permit from their office before we can share pictures in the internet. We’re not sure why, but we figured we’ll just follow the rules. After all, it didn’t cost us anything to get in since there was no entrance fee whatsoever. We do have here a view of the sea from the top of the lighthouse.

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After taking some more pictures, we went back to our tricycle driver and asked him to bring us to the market where the bus and van terminals are located. We initially planned to go to the Calatagan Art Gallery, but the caretaker told us that it is closed on weekends. We also planned to visit the Calatagan Church but we were running out of time because the vans and buses bound to Tagaytay are only up to 4pm.

So that’s it to our Calatagan adventure. It was such a great experience and we’re definitely coming back. If you have questions or if you want to know what our itinerary and budget for the trip was, let us know in the comments below. Thank you so much for your time. See you in our next post! Bye!

LiezπŸ’‹ and JeriiπŸ‘Œ

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23 Comments Add yours

  1. Rambo Ruiz says:

    It really looks like you had fun in Batanggas πŸ™‚ When you get the chance come visit Ilocos or Aawangin. Here are their websites for packages.
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    1. Liez πŸ’‹β€ says:

      Thank you for sharing. I’ll surely check these out. 😊

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  2. Bonetsmile says:

    This is a perfect place for the family and friends. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

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    1. Liez πŸ’‹β€ says:

      Indeed. Thanks for dropping by. ☺

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  3. heidi says:

    Sounds and looks like such a great experience. I have never met a beach I didn’t like! It is so peaceful. The pool looks amazing too. What a great way to spend a day.

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    1. Liez πŸ’‹β€ says:

      Yes me too. Every beach is amazing to me. Hehe. Thank you for dropping by! 😊

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  4. momi berlin says:

    Havent been there but Would like to given the beautiful sand and water and even the surroundings. Like the bilao feast too as Squid is a favorite. Though i find the 400 / person entrance as somehow expensive, I guess its worth it given the beauty of the place.

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    1. Liez πŸ’‹β€ says:

      It is a bit pricey but totally worth it. And yes, the squid was so good. Hehe. Thanks for dropping by! 😊

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  5. Alison says:

    It looks like a great day and well needed! I love the Aquaria Beach resort. The beach was beautiful and the water was so blue. The slide looks like a lot of fun! The food looked yummy, too! I love lighthouses so I would have loved to see that one!

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    1. Liez πŸ’‹β€ says:

      The lighthouse is really beautiful. Too bad I couldn’t post the pictures here. I’m sure you’ll love it. 😊

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  6. It looks like you had an amazing experience in Calatagan! The water is so blue! I would love to lounge by the pool. And I would also like to eat the bilao fiesta. I would have no problems with eating a whole fish!

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    1. Liez πŸ’‹β€ says:

      It really was an amazing experience. Would have stayed longer if we can. Thank you for your thoughts. Have a great day! 😊

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  7. We’ve been planning to visit aquaria too! Their food looks delicious but is it affordable?or I mean worth your money?Do they allow bringing of food?

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    1. Liez πŸ’‹β€ says:

      Hi! I think bringing food is not allowed. As for the price, it’s not the most affordable but not too expensive as well. I mean compared to other resorts. 😊

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  8. Am I right they do not have overnight accommodations? The place looks nice but it seems impractical to have a long drive. I’ve been to Calatagan in San Juan, Batangas 10 years ago and the resort also do not have overnight accommodations. It was too tiring.

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    1. Liez πŸ’‹β€ says:

      Yes. They do not have overnight accomodations, at that time. But I believe they are already constructing rooms to facilitate overnight stays when we were there. Hopefully, they will be able to provide overnight accomodation soon.

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  9. Zwitsy says:

    Sure it is too exhausting. By how you describe your venture along going to the said beach resort, it’s definitely tiring. But of course, with all the images you have, I guess it is all worth it indeed!

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    1. Liez πŸ’‹β€ says:

      Totally worth it! It would have been easier if we can stay overnight. Thanks for dropping by! 😊

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  10. Abby says:

    Sounds awesome and fun!! πŸ™‚ Hope I can go there too someday.

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    1. Liez πŸ’‹β€ says:

      It really is. Please share your experience when you do. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for dropping by! 😊

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  11. Neri Ann says:

    If I can remember it correctly, I won a pass before to Aquaria. Too bad I was not able to go because of work scheds. It looks like you have fun because you were the only group at the resort.

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    1. Liez πŸ’‹β€ says:

      That’s sad. It would have been a great experience. Yes it was so much fun, we weren’t actually the only ones in the resort. We just arrived early. Hehe. Thanks for dropping by! 😊

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  12. Missing Calatagan. It’s one of our favorite places in the South. Too bad you weren’t able to visit the Museum. They should open during weekends so a lot of families can visit.

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