Isla Verde Batangas: Exploring the Secluded Paradise

Isla Verde beaches in batangas

When it comes to beaches near Manila, Batangas always comes to mind without a doubt. With its many pristine beaches, one that stands out is the Isla Verde Batangas. Unlike the beaches in Laiya, Calatagan, and Nasugbu, Isla Verde is secluded and not too developed, making it a perfect destination for those looking for an ultimate respite.

Also read: 12 Pristine Beaches in Batangas Every Traveler Shouldn’t Miss for a Fun Getaway

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About Isla Verde Batangas

Also known as Verde Island, Isla Verde boasts of beach attractions that are almost untouched including the beautiful Mahabang Buhangin and Cueva Sitio and some stunning Isla Verde Batangas resorts. This island also sits in the middle of Verde Island Passage, which is described as the “center of the center” of the world’s marine biodiversity citing the high concentration of marine species. 

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Best time to visit Verde Island Batangas

While summer is always the best time to hit the beach, that doesn’t mean having your beach getaway during other seasons couldn’t be fun anymore. In the case of Batangas Isla Verde, the best time to visit is from January to May because the seas are relatively gentle during these times. Note that the waves to Isla Verde Batangas resorts can sometimes be monstrous so it’s really important to plan your visit accordingly.


Isla Verde Batangas map

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Verde Island Batangas City is located in the province of Batangas, in the middle of Batangas and Mindoro. That’s why it’s called the “center of the center” of marine biodiversity. For your guide, check out this Isla Verde Batangas map.


How to get to Isla Verde Batangas

Going to San Agapito Isla Verde or other Isla Verde Batangas Resorts is not that complicated. But note that before you travel, figure out which you prefer: by public or private boat. Because the ports for these are different and located one hour away from each other.

From Buendia or Cubao, ride a bus bound for Batangas City and alight at the Grand Terminal. From there, take a tricycle to Tabangao Aplaya Port where you’ll find boats that will take you to the Isla Verde Batangas.


Where to stay

Whether you’re looking for a place to stay in San Agapito Isla Verde or from any barangays, here are some of the popular Isla Verde Batangas Resorts you can check out.

1. Isla Verde Tropical Friendly Resort

Also called “Tropical,” Isla Verde Tropical Friendly Resort is your home away from home. Their rooms vary from the traditional nipa hut (kubo), stone house with fans and own toilet and bath, and tents.

Prices start from PHP 500/night

2. Surface Interval Isla Verde

Surface Interval Isla Verde Resort is located in San Agapito Isla Verde. It is one of the biggest resorts on the island. You can book rooms with toilets and baths, rent a tent or pitch your own. 

Entrance fee: PHP 100 for adults, P50 for children

3. Engracio’s Beach Resort

Another Isla Verde Resort Batangas to check out is the Engracio’s Beach Resort located in Sitio Sampalucan. They feature elevated nipa huts, giving you a breezy stay. Remember that walk-in guests are not allowed. 

Prices from PHP 250/person

If you don’t want to stay at an Isla Verde Resort Batangas, opt for homestays instead. 

4. Loida Claro Homestay

Price from PHP 300/person/night

5. Jessica’s Homestay

Price from PHP 300/person

Note that there’s limited electricity on the island so some Verde Island Resorts Batangas don’t have air-conditioning or even fans.


Places to visit in Verde Island Batangas

Verde Island is not a huge place so there’s not really much to do except for enjoying the beach and water activities. If you’re going island-hopping, here are some of the places you can visit.

  1. Mahabang Buhangin Isla Verde Beach
  2. Abandoned Verde Island Resort Batangas
  3. Sawang Dive
  4. Snorkeling Spots
  5. Kuweba (Cave and Lighthouse)
  6. Pulong Bato
  7. Rock Formations
  8. San Antonio Beach

Sample itinerary

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Take note that the boats going to Verde Island are following strict schedules and usually, there’s only one boat traversing the island per day at 9am so if you don’t want to miss it, be there early. Here’s a sample day tour itinerary .

04:30 am – Depart from Manila
06:30 am – ETA Batangas Grand Terminal
06:40 am – Tricycle to Tabangao Port
07:20 am – Board MB Super Mario
08:40 am – Boat to Isla Verde
10:00 am – Mahabang Buhangin + Early lunch
11:00 am – Island-hopping
02:00 pm – Boat back to the mainland
03:00 pm – Ride a jeepney to Batangas City
04:00 pm – Ride a jeepney to Grand Terminal
04:30 pm – Bus back to Manila


Batangas Tourism Guidelines 2021

As of writing, only essential travel into and out of the province is allowed. Leisure travel is not allowed in Batangas. Hotels and resorts accredited and certified by the DOT for staycations may only accommodate existing bookings and new bookings from guests coming from Batangas province. Local guests must be 18-65 years old.


Frequently Asked Questions About Isla Verde Batangas

Q: Where is Isla Verde located?
A: Verde Island Batangas City is located in the province of Batangas, in the middle of Batangas and Mindoro. That’s why it’s called the “center of the center” of marine biodiversity. For your guide, check out this Isla Verde Batangas map.

Q: What are the best Isla Verde Resort Batangas?
A: Here’s a list of the popular Isla Verde Batangas Resorts:

  1. Isla Verde Tropical Friendly Resort
  2. Surface Interval Isla Verde
  3. Engracio’s Beach Resort
  4. Loida Claro Homestay
  5. Jessica’s Homestay

Q: How to go to Isla Verde?
A: From Buendia or Cubao, ride a bus bound for Batangas City and alight at the Grand Terminal. From there, take a tricycle to Tabangao Aplaya Port where you’ll find boats that will take you to the Isla Verde Batangas.

Q: Is there electricity in Verde Island Batangas?
A: Yes but there’s limited electricity on the island so some Verde Island Resorts Batangas don’t have air-conditioning or even fans.

Q: Is Batangas open for tourists?
A: As of writing, only essential travel into and out of the province is allowed. Leisure travel is not allowed in Batangas. Hotels and resorts accredited and certified by the DOT for staycations may only accommodate existing bookings and new bookings from guests coming from Batangas province. Local guests must be 18-65 years old. 

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