Sweeping plains are landforms that are free from obstructions and have highly enriched soil. They are ideal for grazing and farming, and are also simply beautiful and can benefits the soul. Calatagan, Batangas, the Philippines is just like a plain: a nest of pleasure, leisure, and tranquillity. The placid waters during summer entice you to try activities you might not have encountered elsewhere. Read on to learn the best things to do in Calatagan, the Philippines.
1. How to reach Calatagan
Summer is here! Slip on shoes, feel the sand between your toes, and don a colorful summer hat while sipping lemonade and listening to the sound of waves lapping on the shore. What a wonderful scenario for relaxation on a hot summer day. Imagine yourself in a place with all these options!
Calatagan is a municipality in Batangas, which used to be known as the Forbes Park of the south because of the wealthy families who acquired estates in this area. There are several things that you need to know about Calatagan, but let us first view the sites where we can get fresh air to re-energize us after a school year and having to deal with the jam-packed streets under the heat of the sun or the pouring rain.
Calatagan is accessible via public transportation, one just needs to take the bus from EDSA, Taft in Pasay where the first trip is at 4 am and the last trip at 4:30 pm. You can take these buses to Ali Mall, Cubao in Alabang, and in Lawton too, depending on where you leave from. Via a private car, you can also drive to Tagaytay along the Aguinaldo highway in Cavite or Santa Rosa, Laguna. Following the directions to Nasugbu, Batangas, straight ahead you will reach the Palico junction, then pass by Lian, before entering Calatagan. It will take about three hours to travel to Calatanga if the traffic is normal.
2. Fun in the sand and water: Calatagan Beaches
As it is a place loaded with beaches, the Calatagan shores are the top choice of most travelers. And like everybody else, when we say, beaches, swimming is the usual activity. But for people like me, who loves contrast and modification, I always look for one thing that sets the place apart.
If you too are looking for something that really stands out, try Stilts. It’s a shore where you can “live by the sun and love by the moon,” as they say. It’s a wonderful place to just keep your arms around someone you want to be with for your entire life. Although its ambiance may give you that, on the other hand, my attention got hooked on that long cylindrical yellow structure on the sea that was ridden on by numerous people at the same time. A banana boat’s on the way! If you’re a bit more aggressive, a jet ski is also available for you to whiz through the cool waters. And if you just want it cool and comfy, take a kayak and spend some time with a loved one close to sunset!
If you’re with a group, enjoy the heat and the sand with volleyball or soccer on the beach. Although, sometimes the scorching heat can be too much, even with a sunscreen on. If you get tired from all the activities, one can just take it slow and stay on the sandy beaches under the trees and get a massage! If you want rest coupled with a little bit of a challenge, get tattooed! If not, you can just hide the night away in your tent at Burot Beach as well. Wouldn’t a crazy summer like this be enjoyable?
Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort
Address: Barangay Sta Ana, Calatagan
Contact: (02) 511 8120
3. Something's different: Underwater Pyramid
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Calatagan can’t be classified as a diving site. But who cares? Filipinos with their wit and ingenuity, have made a diving site out of the seas here! I thought that the water escapade ended with the exciting things that were mentioned above, but there is even more! The Underwater Pyramid can be seen from underneath the water’s surface. If you are someone who really loves to explore the seas without diving gear, because, by the way, diving gear cannot be rented here, take a deep breath and observe what organizations can do to save the seas. The underwater pyramid is a project that addresses issues on the destroyed reefs in the area in the hopes that normal fishing activities can resume so people can provide for their families.
Both the government and non-government organizations joined hands in installing the artificial reefs to create a place for marine life to flourish and thrive once more in Calatagan. Try to take a look at what power there is in communal efforts in saving Mother Earth from under the seas.
Address: Calatagan, Batangas
Website: Artificial Reef
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4. A beacon: Cape Santiago Lighthouse
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Seafarers were always guided home by that little hint of light, and lighthouses have acted to warn them of dangerous areas when they approach the land. Lighthouses are said to be an equivalent to traffic lights on the streets.
Calatagan is home to the Cape Santiago Lighthouse. Cape Santiago is a 51-foot (15.5 m) tall structure made with rustic red and white brick walls. The lighthouse was built in December 1890. This was the seafarer’s guide when they passed through Verde Island, the San Bernardino Strait, and Manila Bay. The 65 steps of the spiral staircase will provide you with breathtaking views of Calatagan’s shores, the South China Sea, and nearby coastlines.
Cape Santiago Lighthouse
Address: Calatagan, Batangas
Website: Cape Santiago
5. "One Town, One Product:" seaweed and candles
This phrase was created by the Department of Trade and Industry of the Philippines, promoting the intitution of a special product distinctive to each town. While Batangas is known for its “kapeng barako,” Calatagan is specifically known for its seaweed and candles. Carretonan Multipurpose Cooperative (CMPC) in Batac, Calatagan is an agrarian reform community. The cooperative is now one of the most progressive agrarian cooperatives in the country, successfully accumulating an asset of ten million PHP in just five years according to Medel Mercado.
CMPC’s biggest income earners are the agrarian beneficiaries, women candle makers. From the ordinary to the most intricate candle designs, from the plain scents to the most aromatic ones, the locally made candles create a soothing ambiance in your home. While you are in Batangas, take note that as you pass by each town of the One Town, One Product policy. Grab a kapeng barako, butterfly knives, tapang taal, lambanog or coconut vodka, bagoong balayan (a fermented anchovy sauce), tamarind wine, panutsa (Batangas’ version of peanut brittle), atchara (pickled green papaya with carrots, onions, red bell pepper, and raisins).
Address: Barangay Carretonan, Calatagan, Batangas
Truly, Calatagan’s beautiful shores, exciting adventures, and fun water activities create both a fun and relaxing atmosphere. Don’t forget to marvel at the great views from the lighthouse!
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