Tingloy Island is just one the minor islets just off the southwest coast of the Batangas mainland. Knowing Batangas with all the famous beach and resorts, Masasa Beach is different. The fine white sand, and the blue green water, it’s a real place you can call your own. Naks!
Actually, I didn’t know about Tingloy at all until Diana, one of my super friends introduced the island to us. The first time we went there, it was November and it was my Best friend’s birthday! Not unlike the previous trips I had, this time, it was planned. Yes! To everyone who is planning to visit the island, the following story will be some reminders and directions.
6am from Kawit,Cavite we rode a van going to Alabang to ride a bus going to Batangas City. To those who are coming from Manila, Cubao, Buendia and Pasay are just one of the popular place for terminals going South. So, from Alabang we rode a bus going to Batangas City through ACTEX. It was only an hour and a half ride given that there was no traffic. The bus dropped us off at the Grand Terminal and from there, we rode a jeep going to Mabini/Anilao Port which is a 30 minute ride only. Before we hit the boat, we bought our foods and water and made sure that we have everything that will help us survive a 2 days 1 night beach camp. FYI: Tingloy Island shuts off power supply from 12pm to 12AM ( so better bring your flashlights or head lamps ) There are public boats operating at Mabini Port going to Tinloy and only operates on a scheduled time. First trip is 6AM and last trip is 12PM. Boat fare is only P75 for a 30-45 minutes boat ride.
So we reached Tingloy at around 11 or 12PM. From Tingloy Port. I was surprised because I thought Tingloy is a big community. I checked online and it was only subdivided to 15 Barangays and population is only 16,870. Thanks Wikipedia!
Good thing Diane’s friend from Singapore is living in Tingloy, so before hitting the beach, we went to Ate Mei’s house to eat our lunch and fix our things. After lunch, we hired a tricycle for P40 and dropped us off to Masasa Beach. Trekked down a small hill leading to the beach for 15-20 minutes. I was in awe when I saw the island. I didn’t know that Batangas can be surprising as Tingloy! *wink*
Masasa beach is not a resort so they don’t have accommodations or even a public comfort room. It is actually a dock for small boats owned by the fisherman living in the local community near the island. Since it was not Summer yet that time, my group are the only people on the island. “Survivor ang peg namin!” Luckily, we are all geared up with camping equipment. Under the scorching heat of the sun, we pitched our tent and cooked our food for dinner. The rest of the day was all to our pleasure. Swam on the clear blue water, drank the night away and enjoyed the peaceful night. We went back to Ate Mei’s house the day after to fix ourselves. I went back to Tingloy with some friends last week. The place was crowded since it’s Summer, but the place is still very beautiful.
HOW TO GO TO TINGLOY ISLAND/MASASA BEACH
- Ride a bus going to Batangas City (ACTEX) – P130 (1-2 hours)
- Drop off at Grand Terminal – ride a jeepney going to Mabini/Anilao Port – P35 (30-45 minutes)
- Banka from Mabini Port to Tingloy Port – P70 (30 minutes)
Tricycle from Tingloy Port to Masasa Beach – P40 (10-15 minutes)