This is a lovely province in Luzon's Southern Tagalog region, located south of Manila/NCR. Here you will find Anilao (Mabini) which is famous for its dive sites, Taal Lake and Volcano - said to be the lake within the lake, old churches and houses dating back to the Spanish times in Taal, Calaca and Batangas City, and the Batangas International and Container Port. There is mountain trekking - in Mt. Maculot and in Mabini and Nasugbu towns. There are fresh-water beaches in the towns around the Lake -- San Nicolas, Agoncillo, Cuenca, Balete, Tanauan and Talisay. Salt-water beaches abound in Matabungkay (Lian town), in Nasugbu, in Calatagan, in Calaca, in Lemery, in Taal, San Luis, in Bauan, in Lobo, and in Laiya (San Juan town). There are also several island tourist destinations, namely: Tingloy, Verde Island, Ligpo Island, Sombrero Island, and Fortune Island. There are also Industrial Parks and various manufacturing industries dotting the shoreline.
- Batangas City is 2 1/2 hours away from Manila when using the old inter town route. Using the STAR Tollway route, one can reach Batangas City for just 1 1/2 hour. Tanauan City is about 1 hour away and in between Tanauan City and Batangas City, one will find Lipa City. ALPS The Bus, Inc.  is one of many bus companies that travels the said route.
- Travellers can take air-conditioned buses in going to Batangas City. Those who want to go to Nasugbu, Calatagan and Lian towns (Matabungkay) can pass via the Tagaytay route.
- When driving one's own vehicle to Tanauan-Lipa-Batangas City, travelers will pass through the South Luzon Expressway, then the STAR Tollway and can just follow the directional signs along the highway.
- For short trips in the desired destinations, passenger jeepneys abound, and then tricycles.
You can use passenger jeepneys to go to different parts of the province, but you can use tricycles for short trips. Tricycles could take you to the exact place that you want to go because jeepneys have routes like buses do. However, tricycles are small and cramped, and could only comfortably accommodate three passengers (2 if the passenger is over six feet tall).
Current starting fare for jeepneys is Php 7.00 (seven pesos) for each passenger for the first kilometer traveled. Senior citizens, students, and differently abled passengers enjoy a discount: for each, it is Php 6.00 (six pesos); for tricycles, the minimum is Php 20, regardless of how many will ride.
The fare schedule (in English) is typically posted inside the jeepney for travelers to refer on, although you may ask the driver or other passengers themselves if you are not sure how much you should pay. The locals, like in most other spots in the Philippines, can understand and converse well in English.
- Taal Volcano at Taal Lake.
Having your own Taal tour is easy. Taal volcano tour is a an easy trek from the shore of the volcano island to the rim via the regular trail. If you're more adventurous, try also the Calauit trail. This allows one to go down to where the crater lake is and see the volcanic activities up close and personal.
- Fire trees (caballeros), southeast Asia's answer to Japan's famed cherry blossoms, typically bloom during late summer (April) till the start of the rainy season (June).
- Swim. The reef is carved to create small swimming areas at the foot of the ladders.
- Kick back, relax, and soak up the tropical ambiance. That's what this place is all about!
- Basilica Minor of St. Martin of Tours, located in the Taal section of Batangas, one of the biggest catholic churches in all of southeast asia.
- lots of beaches, resorts with swimming pools, and restaurants.
- Swimming and snorkeling around Sombrero island to see the corals. Beautiful colors!
- Explore the mountains on a mountain bike with the Batangas Mountain Bikers, a group of local cyclists based in Batangas City.
- You may also go to Taal Batangas where it is rich in Pre Hispanic Houses, and Taal Batangas is also known to have lots of Beach Resort. - You can visit The Best of Taal Batangas
- The Barong Tagalog, one of the Philippines trademarks, as it is worn during special occasions.
- Batangas is famous for the Balisong knife (commonly called Butterfly knives outside of the country). If you do buy these knives, and you live outside of the Philippines, it's better to mail the knives to yourself, rather than risk having the knife confiscated.
- Batangas is famous for its panutsa (Peanut Brittle), Sinaing na Tulingan (small tuna simmered in a broth of water, rock salt, sampaloc/tamarind, and dried kamias), suman (rice cakes wrapped in banana leaves), and the longganisa and tapa made in Taal Town, the achara of Calaca, and Bagoong of Balayan towns.
- Sweets like macapuno, ube and pastillas are famous in the town of Malvar, particularly the Elsa's Sweet Candies in San Gregorio Malvar Batangas.
- Saplot Batangenyo, Batangas novelty shirts.
- Ask the locals about their "kilawin", it is fresh fish soaked in vinegar and acidic juices like lemon, lime, or the local kalamansi, with lots of tiny chopped onions, fresh garlic, and hot peppers, its really good when the fish is still very fresh, as in just caught and straight ahead to the chopping board.
- Fried longganisa and Tapang Taal with Atchara
- Beef Kaldereta and Beef Tadyang at the A & M Restaurant
- Hamburger at the Hungry Hippo in Batangas City
- Gotong Batangas at Gotohan sa Barangay in Lipa City
- Crispy Pata at The Only Place / The Other Place Restaurants
- Pritong Tilapia caught fresh from Taal Lake
- Maliputo is a delicious fish found only at Taal Lake
- Tawilis is another delicacy - small fishes caught only in Taal Lake
- Pancit Tikyano (red stir-fried noodles) from Letty's in Batangas City
- Hot Chocolate in a roadside stand en route to Mabini and Anilao
- Kapeng Barako, the coffee that made the province famous particularly in Lipa City for its famous Cafe de Lipa (with branches at SM-Mall of Asia, SM City Lipa, Petron Star Toll, Market Market and main office at 032 San Carlos Drive Mataasnalupa Lipa City, opposite to Robinson's Lipa Exit
- Bulalo and Halo-Halo at Almarius Grill in Lipa City
- Lomi Noodles at Lomihan sa Bario in Ibaan Batangas
Red Horse beer and Colt 45 are very popular for beers. if you want refreshing drink, try the mura juice with mura meat. its is young coconut juice with the fruit's meat, really good when served very cold mixed with condensed milk for sweetness...
Try Lambanog from San Juan town. It's a local brew from Cane.
The reputation of Batangas as a tourist destination has resulted in the sudden growth of charming one-stars, numerous bungalows over the water accessed by boardwalks, with wooden stairs leading down to the famous Philippine waters, to classy three-stars that offer rest and recreation at stunning prices that are dirt-cheap by international standards. Whether it's escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life, or seeking to invest in the Philippines' center of industrial parks, you will find accommodations to meet your every need in Batangas.
- Lago De Oro Cable Ski Park and Resort Bo. Balibago, Calatagan, Batangas, Philippines 4215 (63)(43) 2132006 http://www.lago-de-oro.comFacing South China Sea, Lago de Oro Beach Club is in Balibago, in the town of Calatagan, Batangas, a two-hour drive from Manila. The first cable wakeboarding park in the Philippines, the resort treats guests to nonstop adventures. The beachfront resort offers accommodations furnished with cable television, refrigerator, and mini-bar. They also have a balcony/ deck to spur your mood for relaxation.
- Days Hotel Batangas Days Hotel Batangas Pastor Village, Pallocan West From the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, car rentals are readily available in the form of taxi cabs that is waiting outside the airport. The hotel is located at the Pastor Village, Batangas City. +63-43-9807321 http://www.dayshotel.ph Days Hotel - Batangas City is in Luzon Island. Tours to centuries-old churches and communities in Taal, Lipa, Malvar and Tanuan can be arranged. Shop for native products like piña cloth and balisong. For the more active, head to Anilao Beach or Puerto Galera for snorkelling and scuba diving.
- Anilao Outrigger Resort Solo, Anilao, Mabini +632-890-6778 http://www.outrigger.com.ph Lowest rates start at Php2,800.00 +632-729-6571 The resort provides complete diving equipment and houses a restaurant and bar. Just note that there are about 185 steps down to the resort from the parking lot. Porters will carry your luggage up and down. But you have to climb all of those stairs after your visit, which if this includes diving is strenuous.
- Chateau Royale Km 72 Batulao, Nasugbu +632-696-4374 +632-696-4376 http://www.chateauroyaleresort.com Best rates on official website start at US$60Chateau Royale Sports and Country Club, fifteen hectares of prime real estate, is a world-class resort located in Batangas Dozens of activities and facilities revolve around comfortably appointed log cabins that offer the true Batangas country suite experience.
- Evercrest Golf Resort Batulao, Nasugbu +632 733 9593 +632 735 9353 http://www.evercrestgolfclubresort.com Best rates on official website start at US$70Conference rooms, tennis courts, swimming pools, and, of course, an immaculate world-class golf course, make the Evercrest Golf Club Resort a viable possibility for R&R in the heart of Batangas.
- Lima Park Hotel Malvar +043-981-1555 http://www.limaparkhotel.com +043-981-2555The Lima Park Hotel [http://www.limaparkhotel.com/] is the first hotel to operate inside an industrial estate, the Lima Technology Center of CALABARZON Area. It is conveniently located bordering Lipa City and Malvar, Batangas accessible through the STAR (Southern Tagalog Access Road highway, a speedy and scenic 60-minute drive from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. With its newly renovated rooms, new infinity pool, ballroom and function rooms and restaurant, Lima Park Hotel really boasts of its facilities as the finest in CALABARZON area.
- Microtel Inns and Suites First Philippine Industrial Park, Sto. Tomas +63 43 405 7009 +63 43 405 7010 http://www.microtelinn.com/reservations/locationdetail.asp?facid=3141 Best rates on official website start at US$42 Strategically situated within the First Philippine Industrial Park (FPIP) complex in Batangas, Philippines, this hotel has 57 comfortable rooms at affordable rates. It offers great proximity to major air and seaports, as well as access to the four-lane South Superhighway connecting Metro Manila to the CALABARZON growth area.
- Matabungkay Beach Resort Brgy. Matabungkay, Lian +632-752-5252 http://www.matabungkay.net/ Best rates on official website start at US$30 Experience the Philippine beachlife now famous all over the world, and be ready to explore and discover fascinating sea life as soon as you step out of your room.
- Hotel Pontefino Pastor Village, Gulod Labac +043-723-3466 http://www.pontefino.com.ph/ Best rates on official website start at US$65 +043-723-3488The newest leisure boutique hotel in Batangas City, comes fully equipped with state-of the-art amenities to suit the needs of every guest. Opened December 2003, redefines luxury, comfort and graciousness in service. From my three visits in the area, this is probably the nicest hotel not on a beach. It is also reasonably close to a SM mall. They offer free WiFi in the hotel lobby.
- Hotel La Corona Lipa City +63 43 756 1223 http://www.hotellacoronalipa.comHotel La Corona de Lipa [http://www.hotellacoronalipa.com], a hip hotel and party hotspot. Offers 37 rooms, KTVs, function rooms, and bar and restaurant. It's a 90-minute drive from Makati City.
- Mount Malarayat Hotel and Suites Dagatan, Lipa City, Batangas, Philippines 4217 +63 (43) 757-1122 http://www.malarayat.com/thesuites.htm Best rates on official website start at PHP 5,440.00 Mount Malarayat Hotel and Suites is a first-class hotel within Mount Malarayat Golf & Country Club. It has fully furnished suites, golfer's lounge, and spa altogether spell boundless luxury. Your favorite pastimes are catered at the Sports Pavilions and fishing lake. The ballroom, events venues, and restaurants of various cuisines even allow you to play the gracious host. The list of ways to enjoy at Mount Malarayat runs long.
- The Coral Beach Club Matabungkay, Lian, Batangas +639179014634 http://www.coralbeach.ph Php 1,999 Less than 2 hours drive from Manila, the resort is perfect for vacationers and urban dwellers seeking a relaxing getaway. Guests can delight in excellent European and Asian cuisines, relax in the resorts pool and jacuzzi or tee off at the nearby Calatagan Golf Club a majestic Robert Trent Jones Jr. championship design. Spa Bella is on the premises offering many services, including the indulgent Hot Stones Massage and hair salon.
- Club Punta Fuego (043) 729-0180 email@example.com http://www.clubpuntafuego.com.phClub Punta Fuego is in Nasugbu, Batangas,it is the country’s pioneer in seaside luxury developments. Marrying the beauty of land and sea with the conveniences of modern facilities, its extensive lineup of recreational amenities, diverse dining outlets and personalized services will take you less than three hours from Manila yet worlds away from city life. Balaytigue, Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines.
Many travelers transit through Batangas in order to catch a ferry to another island. Batangas has a large port with boats going almost everywhere in the Philippines. The boats/ferries caled RoRo (Roll-on, Roll-off) usually can accommodate your own vehicles. Schedules change frequently so check ahead of time. Also, the terminal is a focal point for many islands and therefore sees a lot of traffic. Expect longer lines and waiting times especially during public holidays, especially Holy Week. Fortunately, the Filipino culture observes and respects queueing so lines move orderly and quickly.
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