What to do and see in Batangas Province, Philippines: The Best Places and Tips

December 11, 2017 Joeann Galban

Batangas, officially known as the Province of Batangas (Filipino: Lalawigan ng Batangas) is a province in the Philippines located in the Calabarzon region in Luzon. Its capital is the city of Batangas and is bordered by the provinces of Cavite and Laguna to the north and Quezon to the east. Across the Verde Island Passages to the south is the island of Mindoro and to the west lies the South China Sea. Poetically, Batangas is often referred to by its ancient name Kumintáng.
Restaurants in Batangas Province

1. Milea Bee Farm

Kurba Road, Lipa City, Luzon, Philippines +63 917 888 8438
Excellent
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5 based on 98 reviews

Milea Bee Farm

Milea Bee Farm is not not your typical, manicured farm. You will be visiting a small farm dedicated for the propagation and care of various species of honey producing bees. It is situated in a secluded area with no neighbours and without electricity, and it's a five minute walk from the parking area. Visitors will be having a guided tour to see the bees in their habitat. We have the Italian Bees, Philippine Native Honey Bees and different kinds of Philippine Native Stingless Bees. You can have a taste of honey, fresh from the bee hive; know and see the different honey producing bee species; know the sources of nectar and pollen as well as edible flowers; discover the relationship between bees & flowers; and how bees are closely related to the food chain. It will be an entirely new experience which gets you much closer to nature. Milea Bee Farm is only open to visitors every first Saturday of the month. Please note that this is not a resort and we do not have a restaurant though we serve food using farm produced ingredients with prior arrangement. Hope we could share to you why bees are important and how you can lend a hand in our campaign and the worldwide concern to help save the bees.

Reviewed By Kyla0605 - Lipa City, Philippines

We just planned to go to this bee farm without knowing something, and I just thought this is just a bee farm, wherein there is only bees, but when we start walking into the narrow way to farm the surrounding is wonderful it was full...MoreWe teach visitors our way of farming and beekeeping. Your visit gave us the same opportunity but also opened our eyes to other learnings that you shared. Thank you for dropping by and we hope to bee with you sometime soon.

2. Basilica of St. Martin de Tours

Illustre Avenue, Taal, Luzon 4208, Philippines
Excellent
66%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
4%
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4.5 based on 108 reviews

Basilica of St. Martin de Tours

Reviewed By kev_deb2012 - Bangkok, Thailand

Yes it is another church but the history that is associated with this building is part of it charm. Also if you like photography you can get some very nice shots of the interior and exterior of the building. Take you time be respectful, after this is still a church where the local go to worship.
It does sadden me a to think that the Catholic Church and the Vatican have so much money and this poor historical building is in need of some TLC to help it stand for many years to come.

3. Caleruega Church

Brgy. Kaylaway, Nasugbu, Luzon, Philippines +63 921 270 9890
Excellent
61%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 158 reviews

Caleruega Church

Reviewed By RochelleDelaCruz - Quezon City, Philippines

If you are a nature-lover, this place is for you. It is located in Nasugbu, just right after the Tagaytay-Nasugbu arc (boundary) if you are coming from Tagaytay City. At first, I thought Caleruega is just a church. But it's not. This huge property is for retreat, wedding, picnic, etc. This is a good place to unwind. It is best to come here from December to February, during the cold seasons. The place is huge so it requires a lot of walk and hike. There are many benches scattered around the area for resting. Restrooms are also available. Entrance Fee is Php 30 and parking is free.
From Tagaytay City, you may ride a bus or jeepney with Nasugbu sign and get off at Evercrest. I prefer the bus for convenience because during peak seasons, traffic is really heavy. Fare for the jeepney is Php 27 and Php 25 for the bus. Travel time depends on traffic condition but it took us less than an hour to get there on a holiday. From Evercrest, there are trikes parked exactly at the bus/jeepney stop. Ride one of these trikes. Fare going to Caleruega is Php 50 for the entire trike. Contact numbers of the drivers are posted inside the trike. If there is none, ask the driver for his contact number so he may pick you up going back to highway. There are no available public transpo in Caleruega. Fare for the trike going back is Php 60. If you will be bringing your own car, expect a very rough road along the way.

4. Taal Volcano

Batangas City, Luzon, Philippines
Excellent
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Good
43%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 1 reviews

Taal Volcano

Taal Volcano is located about 60 km (about 37 miles) south of Metro Manila. Last major eruption was reported back in 1965 that affected villages in the surrounding area.

Reviewed By SolLoving - London, United Kingdom

This is a good day trip from Manila. You can take public transport fairly easily (you have to ask people)
We got a bus from Coastal Mall bus terminal - 75 pesos
Then a tricycle down to where the boats are - 200 pesos.
There were only two of us, but you pay for the boat as they wait. We got the price down from 2,500 to 1,100 and in addition paid 100 pesos each 'environmental fee' on the island.
It's an easy 40 min walk up, it's dusty due to the amount of ponies hooves.
The sight of adults on small ponies that were malnourished and struggling to carry one or two adults really ruined it for us. It was horrible to see.
I don't know how people could ride them seeing the condition of the animals.
It was also an easy 40 min stroll up a well trodden path.
The size of the ponies were suitable for children under 10 years.
On such a fertile island there is no reason for the animals to be badly treated.
For that reason I do not recommend this trip.

5. Museo Orlina

Hollywood Subdivision Road | Brgy. Tolentino East, Tagaytay, Luzon 4120, Philippines +63 995 735 4462
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 88 reviews

Museo Orlina

Museo Orlina is a veritable treasure trove of contemporary art of the internationally-acclaimed, pioneer, and foremost practitioner of glass sculpture in the Philippines, Ramon Orlina. The museum has four levels of exhibit area, a sculpture garden and Amphitheater, and a roof deck to enjoy the spectacular view of Taal Lake.

Reviewed By Kristen C

Small but very cool museum featuring glass and other scultpture works of Orlina. Take the guided tour, it's only 30 mins or so but gives a lot of good info. If you're in Tagaytay I would definitely stop here (and skip some of the other attractions which aren't nearly as interesting).

6. Saint Padre Pio Parish and Shrine

Barangay San Pedro, Santo Tomas, Luzon, Philippines
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 49 reviews

Saint Padre Pio Parish and Shrine

Reviewed By Zenaida L - Las Vegas, Nevada

Padre Pio was born in a small town in Pietrelcina, Italy on May 25 1887 to a very religious family. He joined the Capuchin Order when he was fifteen years old. He was ordained to the priesthood at age 23. He was in poor health but he suffered gladly because he has a Mission from God. He was praying before a crucifix on Sept 20, 1918 when the stigmata - the wounds of Jesus Christ - appeared on his feet, hands and side. He silently suffered the pain of his wounds for fifty years. He was canonized on June 16, 2002..He is believed to do miracle healings and his Shrine is visited by thousands every year. Don't miss if you are in the area.

7. Mt. Gulugod Baboy Trail

Barangay Ligaya, Mabini, Luzon, Philippines
Excellent
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4.5 based on 28 reviews

Mt. Gulugod Baboy Trail

Reviewed By Espoo_FinlandMeri - Espoo, Finland

The hike leaves to a road up from Philpan Resort. Close to the starting point you should get a 50 peso permit, although they don't always notice you when you go up.
First road, then after 10 minutes you need to take the path left up, there is a wooden sign for "THIS WAY GULOGOOD BABOY".
Then you have another 45min up, if you are fit, easy to find the route, there are signs. You need to pass some "huts" with people living in them, they sell you Mountain Dew with 20 Peso. There will be other hikers as well.
The way back is a bit steap so don't go there during rain. It gets very steap and slippery.

8. Mt. Maculot

Brgy. Poblaction | Barangay Pinagkaisahan, Cuenca, Luzon 4222, Philippines +63 930 576 9056
Excellent
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4.5 based on 32 reviews

Mt. Maculot

Reviewed By Natalie949 - Wellington, New Zealand

This is a really lovely walk. I got a jeepney from Lipa City to the little town where the walk starts. Then I walked (you can tricycle taxi) towards where Google maps said the start was. Along the way there is a stall (looks a bit dodgy as not sign posted/official looking) where you pay your 20pesos entry fee and get a guide. I'm not sure if you have to have a guide but it would have been quite hard to find the way without him. He spoke very very little English but was very attentive at knowing when I wanted to rest or turning around if it sounded like I slipped. Things I wished I'd taken: WATER!!!! And a change of clothes. It's wet season now so I got super sweaty and wish I had a clean set of clothes for after a shower at the end (I think the shower is 45pesos). Also water - there is one water stall near the base but nothing else. I did the rockies trip which was 450pesos for the guide fee. It took about an hour of a very steep ascent. This is a really love walk.

9. Sonya's Garden Spa

Barangay Buck Estate | Alfonso, Cavite City, Luzon 4100, Philippines +63 917 532 9097
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 67 reviews

Sonya's Garden Spa

Reviewed By Gingermint - Marblehead, Massachusetts

Most relaxing and envigorating. I realize that the difference between Sonya's Spa and other spas in the city is the surrounding where the mood sets your mind. I think the treatments would be almost the same except that the garden makes this experience all the more relaxing and special.

10. Taal Lake Yacht Club

Talisay Laurel Road, Talisay, Luzon 4220, Philippines
Excellent
51%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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4.5 based on 46 reviews

Taal Lake Yacht Club

Taal Lake Yacht Club's goal is to create environmental awareness through environmentally friendly sports. We run Taal Volcano trips and treks, and have sailboat and kayak rentals for both members and non members. We run Regattas and have boat storage for members. Weddings, Birthdays, Corporate events are by special arrangement. Accommodation can be arranged but for most, we are a daytrip from Manila. We (usually) have free wifi. We are pet friendly- as long as your pet is too.

Reviewed By georginag5 - Pasay, Philippines

We just went there to kayak.
This facility should be shut down for negligence of their guests' safety.
They wouldn't stop you nor warn you if a thunderstorm was coming. A foreigner from a next door resort screamed at us to go back because a thunderstorm was coming.
When we were parking our kayak, our supposed guide/guy assigned to help us (Julius) wasn't even there at the shore. So if anything had happened to us during our boat ride, no one would have bothered to help.
Thick algae (lumot) covers the resort front and it was slippery to get down from our kayak. Not one person assited us until we got angry. Old guys who looked liked lazy staff just looked on.
Oh it was horrible and no one should go there. This facility should be shut down for safety reasons.

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