The fascinating charisma of Batangas as a major tourist destination lies not only in its rich historical, cultural and architectural heritage but also its breathtaking natural wonders. Here are the Top Tourist Spots in the “Ala Eh” province:
- Taal Lake and Taal Volcano
The province of Batangas is home of Taal Volcano, the smallest active volcano in the entire world. What makes it so popular and interesting for tourists is due to the fact that it is actually a volcano within a lake (used to be an old crater). It majestically sits amidst Taal Lake which is located in Talisay, Batangas.
Aside from the views, trekking to its old crater is also one of the reasons why people flock to this place. The trail is actually not that hard since the volcano is only 311 meters so if you’re not too confident about your trekking prowess then worry not as less experienced mountaineers did okay and had a blast with their trekking experience in here.
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- The Heritage Town of Taal
If there’s one town that tourists shouldn’t miss out during their Batangas trip then it should definitely be the well-preserved town of “Taal”. This town houses a selection of ancestral stone properties from the late 16th century to the early 20th century that will give wandering travelers a glimpse of what life used to be way back then. It is also home to the famous Shrine of Our Lady of Caysasay, a religious site known for the miraculous apparitions of the Virgin of Caysasay and other centuries-old churches like the Basilica de San Martin de Tours referred to as the “Biggest Catholic Church in Asia”.
The town of Taal is not only known for its cultural landmarks and old ancestral houses but is also being visited because this is where embroidered clothing called “Barong Tagalog and Saya” originated which is known as the Philippines’ traditional costume for men and women respectively.
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- Padre Pio National Shrine
This popular shrine in Sto. Tomas, Batangas used to be a small chapel at first but has beautifully grown into a magnificent shrine where devotees can witness an impressive San Pedro painting and a remarkable altar bearing a large crucifix. During Holy week, massive crowds of people contemplate and pray at this religious site’s different Stations of the Cross to reflect on Jesus Christ’s passion and love for his fellow Christians.
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- Beaches in Laiya
Laiya is famous not just for its fishing villages and enjoyable snorkeling sites but also its three-kilometer broad white sand beaches too. This awe-inspiring place in San Juan, Batangas is where you’ll find a ton of beach resorts with laidback and low-key cottages up to luxurious private properties suited for royalty. If you’re planning to enjoy a much-needed getaway especially during the summer or the Holy week then do make sure to book in advance as booking competition here during these particular seasons is very competitive.
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- Fortune Island
Fortune Island is an amazing lone tropical paradise located in Nasugbu, Batangas. It is a sought-after tourist destination for different recreational activities such as trekking, cliff diving. snorkeling, scuba diving, and even camping. This place is also famous for its serene blue waters and notable Grecian ruins
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- Monte Maria
This astonishing pilgrimage center situated on a plateau overlooking the Verde Island Passage is approximately 20 kilometers away from Batangas City. The most famous attraction in here is the humongous Virgin Mary image/statue that is firmly placed on a 25-meter stadium in utmost dedication to Mary or the Mother of All Asia. Aside from that, pilgrims and visitors alike also make the most out of their Monte Maria experience by praying in the nearby church and eating at the on-site restaurant.
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- Mangrove Forest Conservation Park
This protected marine eco-park located in Calatagan, Batangas is home of spectacular diverse marine life, mangrove trees and a variety of bird species. Every nature lover will surely love it in here because tourists can enjoy various activities ranging from kayaking to mangrove study tours.
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- Mt. Maculot
This mountain located in Cuenca, Batangas is a well-known hiking spot especially for those people who love day hike adventures while adoring Taal Lake’s stunning views. It has three destinations and the most popular one is what they call the “Rockies” where various strategic ropes can be spotted along the trails. If you’re planning to hike on a weekday then don’t forget to bring your own snack and refreshments because locals only sell food and beverages during the weekends.
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- Diving spots in Anilao
Anilao is a highly-regarded barangay in Mabini, Batangas and is best known as the “Birthplace of Scuba Diving” in the Philippines. It is home to more than 20 diving sites and one of the best places in Luzon to learn diving especially if you are just starting out. Aside from learning recreational diving, tourists can also try out other activities such as snorkeling and kayaking.
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The province of Batangas has indeed a lot to offer and these tourists attractions are only some of the most-loved and flocked by places in this province. There’s still a lot more beautiful and wonderful places to go to and discover in here but if you’re looking for the main attractions then this list has covered those top spots.