Known for its iconic dive spots and stunning beaches, there is more to Batangas than a dose of vitamin sea. From the relaxing activities to heart-pumping things to do in Batangas, the province surely has a lot to offer for all types of travelers.

What’s even better is that Batangas is just two hours away from Manila, perfect for city dwellers in need of a quick getaway.

8 Most Exciting Things to Do in Batangas 

Batangas is not just all diving and island-hopping. To help you out, here are our top picks of the activities you can try in the province!

  • Heritage Tour
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Island-hopping
  • Camping
  • Diving
  • Food tripping
  • Dousing strangers at Lechon Festival

Read on to discover some of the most fun Batangas things to do that will give you an unforgettable trip!

8. Heritage Tour

facade of taal basilica

If you fancy history and culture, there’s enough heritage in Batangas to satisfy your cravings. Book a guided tour to help you explore and learn more about the well-preserved buildings, town centers, and ancestral homes that transport you back to the Spanish colonization era. Minor Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours or Taal Basilica is the highlight of Taal Town as it is known as the largest Catholic church in Asia. 

7. Hiking

hikers at the peak of mt. pico de loro

Aside from its beaches and diving spots, Batangas is also full of beautiful mountains waiting to be discovered by you! It will give you a rewarding experience by seeing the breathtaking views of nature after your hiking. Some of the best hiking spots are Mt. Gulugod Baboy, Mt. Batulao, Mt. Pico de Loro, and Mt. Talamitam. Read this to see the full list of best Batangas hiking spots. 

6. Horseback riding

tourists horseback riding in taal volcano in batangas

Since Taal Volcano is one of the best places to visit in the south, why not make your trip more fun by riding a horse going to its crater? Going up the crater riding a horse will take about 20 minutes. Once you’re there, you could see the steamy rocks oozing with steam. This is definitely one of the best things to do in Taal Batangas.

5. Camping

greek inspired beach at batangas fortune island

Just like Zambales, Batangas is also a favorite destination near Manila for camping. One of the best places to camp in the province is Fortune Island. Located in Nasugbu, Fortune Island is surrounded by crystal waters and an unobstructed view of the sea. It is a popular Batangas tourist spot because of its iconic Grecian pillar ruins, giving the Santorini vibe.

4. Food tripping

lomi batangas

While there are many dishes you shouldn’t miss, what’s a trip to Batangas without tasting the famous and authentic lomi? Their lomi has the perfect thickness of noodles and is rich in sauce topped with eggs, the oh-so-good and tender pork belly cuts and crispy chicharon.

3. Island-hopping

aerial view of masasa beach

Batangas is famous for its beaches, so make sure you add island-hopping in your list of things to do in Batangas because you’ll surely miss a lot when you don’t. Some of the best beaches you can visit are Fortune Island, Pulo Island, Laiya Beach, and Masasa Beach. 

2. Diving

anilao batangas scuba diving

If you fancy all things underwater, you’ll be jumping at joy when you see Anilao. It is one of the most famous diving spots in the Philippines because of its amazing colorful coral reefs and fishes you thought only exists in fantasy books. Anilao’s underwater world is definitely a must-see. Some Anilao diving sites you can check out are Eagle Point, Bahura, Secret Garden, Twin Rocks, and Ligpo Cave.

1. Dousing strangers at Lechon Festival

people enjoying at the lechon festival

Topping the list of things to do in Batangas City is attending the Lechon Festival and dousing strangers! This is undoubtedly the most fun part of the festival because everyone is allowed to douse each other, may it be locals, tourists, or just passers-by. It can really test someone’s patience but this event is nothing but fun. A piece of advice though, trust no one! Because you’ll never know who will throw water (sometimes ice-cold) at you! Lechon Festival is held every June 24. Read more about the Lechon Festival here.

Where to stay in Batangas

Here we’ve listed our top four picks of the best accommodations that won’t hurt your pocket! For sure, these hotels will give you the relaxation you need after a fun-filled day of things to do in Batangas City.

  1. ZEN Rooms Yellowbell Batangas
    Price range: P2,500 – P7,600 per night
  2. ZEN Rooms Park B&B
    Price range: P2,000 – P2,500 per night
  3. ZEN Rooms Hacienda Darasa
    Price range: P2,500 – P9,700 per night
  4. ZEN Rooms Rosario Resort
    Price range: P3,200 – P8,700

Frequently Asked Questions About Things to Do in Batangas

Q: What is Batangas famous for?

A: It is famous for beaches, diving spots, and the remarkable lomi. Some of the best places to visit to experience Batangas things to do are: 

  1. Fortune Island
  2. Masasa Beach
  3. Anilao
  4. Laiya Beach
  5. Sepoc Beach
  6. Caleruega Chapel
  7. Mt. Batulao
  8. Pico de Loro
  9. Malabrigo Lighthouse
  10. Cape Santiago Lighthouse

Q: Where can I visit a day in Batangas?

A: One day is enough to enjoy a quick getaway in Batangas. The best places to visit for a day trip are: 

  1. Fortune Island
  2. Masasa Beach
  3. Anilao
  4. Laiya Beach
  5. Sepoc Beach
  6. Caleruega Chapel
  7. Pico de Loro

Q: Where can I relax in Batangas?

A: It is popular for its stunning beaches so you’ll surely have the relaxation you need. From beaches to Coves, the province has a lot to offer. 

  1. Bituin Cove
  2. Masasa Beach
  3. Anilao
  4. Laiya Beach
  5. Sepoc Beach

Q: How far is Batangas from Manila?

A: The distance between Batangas and Manila is 95 km. Travel time from Manila to Batangas is around two hours only.

Q: What are the festivals in Batangas?

A: Some of the best festivals to check out in Batangas are:

  1. Ala Eh Festival
  2. Sublian Festival
  3. Lechon Festival
  4. Balsa Festival
  5. Tapusan Festival
  6. Maliputo Festival
  7. Sigpawan Festival
  8. Kambingan Festival
  9. Anihan Festival
  10. Calacatchara Festival

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