Have you ever asked yourself how far can you go with only 1000 PHP in your pocket? Or have you ever thought that you can be in a beach without spending too much money? Yes, it is possible and we did it. We managed to have a summer escapade slash mini reunion with our BAMERS friends. (College classmates).
The idea of having a summer outing with college friends started in our yearly get together movie night out during the Metro Manila Film Festival. When summer kicked in, I did some research first and just wanted to have a budget friendly summer getaway so a lot of us can able to join. However, due to different personal reasons not all of them were able to come. One thing was for sure and I knew it from the start, we’re gonna do it even if we are just few. 🙂
Beautiful sunset during our trip going to Burot Batangas.
How to get there:
There’s a lot of option going to Burot Beach and luckily one of our classmate has his own car that can accommodate 12 persons. Since we were only 10 in the group, it was perfect! 🙂 It will take you 3-4 hours travel time. Unlike the routes suggested in other blog posts, we did not follow it and tried our own way through the help of Google Map. If I remembered it right, we passed the long route of Cavite.
If you chose to ride in a van, the terminal bound to Calatagan Batangas is near MRT Taft Station, there are barkers that will lead you there or you can ask side vendors where is it located. The fare is around 160PHP-180PHP, I am not sure of the accurate amount. Then you can rent a trike going to the beach which is 150PHP good for 4 persons.
When you are already in Calatagan, you can drop off in a public market if you plan to cook in the beach but since we went there very much prepared we do not need to stop. 🙂 From the public market, estimated time going to Burot is 10-15 minutes rough ride and if you were in a private vehicle be very careful and always ask locals. 🙂
We arrived at the beach passed 6PM, not our expected time of arrival. It was because we already left Manila at 3PM. What took us long was waiting for Josh who have the tents that we can used for setting the camp.
Don’t expect electricity in the beach as it is not yet develop and commercialize. If you are planning to do it overnight, I suggest arrive earlier so you can still choose a spot where you are comfortable.
Setting-up the Tents
I just hate the way how we grilled the barbeque. Hahaha. We do not have the choice, all grilling tools were already taken by the other campers.
The bonfire that keep us warmed the whole night.
We ate our dinner in a boodle fight style and when we’re already done we looked back and laughed about the past. We just talked about random things that came out in our mind and sometimes went into a serious talks like how they were doing in their life right after the graduation. I am happy that all of us were already getting into accomplishing our dreams. 🙂
For the record, I stayed wide awake the entire night and slept only for 2 hours. Haha. I cannot even remember when was the last time I did it. 🙂
I am also the one who woke them up and asked to eat their breakfast so we could start our island tour early.
Before getting into the boat
Lovely Morning indeed with these beautiful ladies Annie & JC. 🙂 The beach was so calm and the water was so clear. 🙂
The boatman offered us three spots in the Island which was originally supposed to be four spots but because of uncertainty of the persons we talked we just agreed to have it in three spots. The sandbar was the first destination or also called as an offshore bar. It is partly exposed ridge of sand or coarse sediment that is built by waves offshore from a beach. It was also my first time to saw a sandbar in my entire life.
We’re afraid to swim outside the sandbar as we might encounter sea urchins. Haha. Better safe than sorry. 🙂
The feetfie. (What a word?!)
I enjoyed taking pictures of them and act like a photographer. Haha. I wanted to share some funny photos that we had however one of us requested not to upload the photos. 🙂 I respect what others want. 🙂
Sizzling hot Annieng Ganda my sishtaret. 🙂
Burot Girls 😛
Take it off. Take it off. 🙂
Before we left the area, a series of group shots were taken. Funny how they were able to do all the pose I asked. The sun was already getting hotter as time passed by so we already decided to go in our next destination. 🙂
Al & Kevin Labs? What happened?
The Famous Look Up Pose
Now to the left. Haha.
We dropped by in a portion of the island where there are so many starfish. I saw some blog post that they went to Isla Puting Buhangin first before they actually saw a lot of starfish, well we didn’t. We were just in the middle of the beach and there were a sack full of rocks that you can actually stand for a photo ops. 🙂 Since we shared the same spot to the other group, we just roamed around and played with the starfish.
Who has the biggest starfish? 🙂
Couple Picture Please 🙂
Then we went for snorkeling, however we didn’t have any gears. Good thing that our boatman have his own so we just borrowed two goggles from him and the group shared it to those who wanted to look at the coral reefs. It was the last destination and the sun was getting hotter and hotter so we decided to return to our camp.
with the adorable Soriano Sisters
My Gorgeous Marse Rachz 😀
Pretty JC in the SANDBAR. 🙂
Perf Shot Marse! Love it! 🙂
The outing was not perfect as much as we wanted it to be because Burot beach is still undeveloped area. 🙂 It is all about nature and enjoying simple life or back to basics. There is no electricity, no establishments, no rooms and no comfortable comfort rooms. If you are in a tight budget and just looking for fun try this one. 🙂
Here are some of my TIPS:
- Bring your own tent just in case there are no available tents for rent
- Bring flashlight if you are planning to stay overnight
- Bring food and a lot of water
- Comfort rooms aren’t good so don’t expect too much
- Not advisable to visit during summer but if you insist prepare to be in a jam-packed beach
- and ENJOY the nature! 🙂
- 800 PHP each all in. 🙂
Thank you for reading my post! 🙂