Over the past couple of years, Masasa Beach has emerged as a favorite hideaway among the Manila crowd. What used to be a best-kept secret has become a go-to weekend destination especially for campers.
Although relatively remote, Masasa Beach is quite accessible, even if you’re taking public transportation. If you’re used to switching modes of transportation multiple times in one journey, you probably wouldn’t mind spending 3 hours on the bus, another hour in the jeepney, and 45 minutes on a passenger boat.
1. Ride the bus going to Batangas City Grand Terminal.
- You’ll find buses going to the Grand Terminal at terminals in LRT-Buendia and Taft in Pasay, and Cubao and EDSA-Kamias in Quezon City.
- If you want a shorter travel time (and I know you do), ride the bus with the sign CALABARZON. That bus will bypass the cities of Tanauan and Lipa, which means no traffic.
- Speaking of traffic, leave early. Leave in the early morning, if possible, to avoid the horrendous Manila traffic.
- Fare: P165 from Cubao, P157 from LRT-Buendia, P127 from Alabang.
- Travel time: 2-3 hours, depending on your point of origin.
2. At the Grand Terminal, take a jeepney to Anilao.
The jeepney area is located a short walk from where the buses drop off passengers. Just make your way on foot toward the area where the small canteens and stores are located. The jeepney queues are behind these stores. If you can’t find it, just ask anyone where the jeepneys to Mabini/Anilao are parked.
- Travel time: 40 minutes – 1 hour.
- Fare: P37.
3. Get off at the Mabini Multi-purpose Port (aka Anilao Port).
- The Gulugod Baboy stop is different so don’t get off when the jeepney stops next to a corner along the way and other tourist-looking passengers alight. They’re probably going to Gulugod Baboy, which is NOT your stop. I’ve done this route many times and a lot of people make this mistake. Get off when you’re at the port.
- There is a Tourism Office on the other side of the port so if you need assistance, you can pay a visit.
4. Take the public boat to Tingloy Port.
Travel time: 45 minutes to 1 hour.
5. Take a tricycle to Masasa Beach.
Lots of tricycles await passengers at Tingloy Port. Pick one. Tell the driver to drop you off at the start of the trail to Masasa Beach. From here, the beach is just a short walk across rice fields away.
- Fare: P20
- Travel time: 10-15 minutes.
If you’re visiting on a weekend, you might be overwhelmed by the crowd. Visitors tend to stay and camp on the main beach. But Masasa Beach is long. You can find quieter spots in the farther corners in the area.
Find resorts near Masasa Beach!
If you’re not camping and you don’t do homestay, you may stay at one of the many resorts in Anilao and just visit Masasa Beach on a day tour. Search for a resort below.