Masasa Beach: The Perfect Quick Getaway Fix Near Manila

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Masasa Beach, which was once a hidden paradise, is now among the most popular beach destinations in Batangas. With its undeniable magnificence allowing you to escape the hustle and bustle of the city life and get closer to nature, it’s really hard to keep this island a secret forever.

If you’re planning to visit it anytime soon, we got you covered! Here’s a complete Masasa Beach 2021 travel guide that will come in handy for your future trip. In this blog, you will find out the best Masasa Beach accommodation that fits your budget and preference, the Masasa Beach history, if Masasa Beach is open now, and more.

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What to Expect at Masasa Beach

tourists swimming at masasa beach

Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

Unlike other beaches in the Philippines, Masasa Beach does not have white sands but cream shore. Although it’s not as pearly white as Boracay’s, it gives its visitors a fresh look and offers a unique experience that will trap you in a tropical utopia. Aside from the cream-colored sand, it also boasts of vibrant waves and crystal clear, shallow waters revealing a beautiful turquoise sparkle that is noticeable even from a great distance. This island is also teeming with rich and vivid marine life ideal for snorkeling, free diving or scuba diving. If you weren’t able to push that Masasa Beach 2020 trip, you still now have more time to prepare for an awesome trip ahead!

Must-read: 12 Best Philippines Beaches That Will Make You Feel You’re In A Tropical Utopia

Masasa Beach Location

Masasa Island is located in the municipality of Tingloy in Batangas. Tingloy is the only municipality that is not on the mainland of Luzon. See the map below to know the directions on how to get there.

Masasa Beach Map


How to Get There

Manila to Anilao / Talaga Port

Boats going to Tingloy or Masasa Beach are docked at either Anilao Port or Talaga Port in Batangas. The operations move depending on the weather conditions so it’s best to research first about the updates on where the boats are a few days before your trip, or you may also call the Mabini Tourism Office to be sure: (043) 410-0607.

Here’s how to get to these ports.

  1. From Cubao or Pasay, ride a bus going to Batangas City
  2. Alight at the Grand Terminal. Travel time is around 2-3 hours.
  3. Upon arrival, take a jeepney bound for Talaga Port or Anilao Port. From the terminal to the port, travel time is 40 minutes. 

Anilao / Talaga Port to Masasa Beach

There are two ways to reach the island by boat: private and public.

By Public Boat
You have two options depending on your travel plan. Whatever you choose, you will need to pay a P80 environmental fee in addition to the fare.

  • Option 1: Catch the boat going to Tingloy Port. Travel time is around 45 minutes to 1 hour. At the port, rent a tricycle going to your Masasa Beach hotel or Masasa Beach transient house or to the start of the hiking trail. 
  • Option 2: Head straight to Masasa Beach Resort via public boats that go directly to Masasa Beach.

By Private Boat
If you want to travel at your own pace, you can charter a private boat instead. This is also great if you’re a big group so you can split the bill as the private boat rate is more expensive.


Where to Stay: Best Masasa Beach Accommodation

In this island, you would not find any Masasa Beach hotel as there are no Masasa Beach Resorts and hotels. Pitching a tent or staying at a Masasa Beach transient house are the most popular modes of accommodation.

  • Sea Lovers’ Place
    Contact number: 09988433558
  • Tres Marias Transient House
    Contact number: 09988433558
  • Bebe Gella’s Transient House
    Contact Numbers: 09772393555 / 09167806529
  • MJ Squared Transient House
    Contact Numbers: 09199788884 / 09956012658
  • Nanay Rosie Transient House
    Contact Numbers: 09196864368 / 09959863780
  • Ate Lisa Transient House
    Contact Number: 0906402367
  • Carmen and Ruben
    Contact Numbers: 09265224463 / 09757157232
  • El Soledad
    Contact Number: 09995164723
  • Teacher Benny
    Contact Numbers: – 09178048427 / 09273331977
  • KC – Neth Nipa Huts
    Contact Numbers: 09105321471 / 09778142914
  • Tita Ebeth Transient House
    Contact Numbers: 09996890354 / 09307535725
  • Casa Victoria
    Contact Number: 09565365386

All transient houses’ standard rates start at PHP 400 to PHP 1500.


Fun Masasa Beach Activities

a tourist at masasa beach

Photo credits to toastal via Flickr

  1. Swimming – Since it’s a great beach, you might as well make the most of its pristine waters by swimming. Behind the rock walls are more pockets of sand. Don’t stay on the main beach.
  2. Snorkeling or Scuba Diving – Masasa is brimming with rich marine biodiversity that deserves to be discovered. 
  3. Island hopping – Ask the boatmen around to take you to other spots like Oscar Beach, Tawil Point, Sepoc Point, lagoon, and Sombrero Island. 
  4. Trek to Mag-Asawang Bato – If you’re up for an adventure, trek the rock formation that stands atop a nearby hill. Beginners can definitely do this. Trekking takes around 2 hours.

Masasa Beach Budget

Traveling to Masasa Island is not expensive. See the rates below to plan your Masasa Beach budget accordingly:

  • Bus to Batangas Grand Terminal: P70
  • Batangas Grand Terminal to Anilao Port/ Talaga Port:  P40
  • Boat to Masasa: P100
  • Environmental Fee: P30
  • Camping Fee: P120
  • Snorkeling: P100
  • Island Hopping: P1500 for 5 = P300
  • Food: P100 per person
  • Boat to Anilao: P100
  • Anilao Port to Batangas Grand Terminal: P40
  • Bus to Sto. Tomas: P70

Note that the rates might change without prior notice.


Batangas Tourism Guidelines 2021 | Covid-19 Updates

As of writing, Batangas Philippines is open to residents and domestic tourists aged 15-65 years old. Travelers under GCQ and MGCQ areas who want to dive in Anilao, Calatagan Batangas, and other areas in the province must present a negative RT-PCR test result taken not earlier than 48 hours prior to traveling. 

However, tourists are still not allowed to enter Tingloy, Batangas.

For more updates about Batangas tourism, check out their Facebook page.


Frequently Asked Questions About Masasa Beach

Q: How do you get to Masasa Beach?
A: From Cubao or Pasay, ride a bus going to Batangas City. Alight at the Grand Terminal. Travel time is around 2-3 hours. Upon arrival, take a jeepney bound for Talaga Port or Anilao Port. From the terminal to the port, travel time is 40 minutes. Then ride a boat going to Masasa.

Q: How much does it cost to go to Masasa Beach?
A: Traveling to Masasa is fairly cheap. You can travel there with a budget of only PHP 1,000! 

Q: How much is the Masasa Beach entrance fee?
A: There is no Masasa Beach entrance fee but you have to pay the environmental fee worth PHP 30.

Q: Is Masasa Beach open now?
A: No. Masasa Beach open 2021 is still not open for leisure travelers.

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