Discovering beach paradise of Tingloy, Batangas

This was my first time to go Tingloy, Batangas to do an ocular inspection for our thesis. I was so excited because I’ve found out that the place is little known (even some Batangueños do not know this wondrous place) but has clean and clear water beaches. As I was scrolling through forums, I was able to see how really beautiful the place is. It’s unexplored, unexploited and undeveloped. That’s the reason why we chose the place and conduct a thesis research to promote beach tourism having the beach resorts’ managers and guests as our respondents. The trip and sailing of course will not only deal academically but we considered it as vacation also. As the days passed by, it adds more to my excitement. I was with my thesismates and other classmates who will also conduct their thesis research and shoot documentary on the said island.

Tingloy, Batangas - is a fifth-class municipality in the province of Batangas, Philippines. It is located between Batangas and Mindoro and wholly comprises Maricaban island, just south of the Calumpang peninsula in which the town of Mabini, Batangas is located. Because Tingloy is a small island, the place is surrounded with beaches and dive points. It has over 30 dive points. [Wikipedia]

December 29, 2010: The day of voyage.

I woke up around 3am to prepare and go to our meeting place at Sto. Tomas, Batangas. We rode on a bus going to Anilao pier and on a boat going to the island.

Inside the jeepney. ↓

Anilao pier ↓

I was amazed on how clean the water is! I can clearly see the fishes under. ↓

Boats docked. ↓

The boat we rode on: “Baby Marie” :D ↓

Inside “Baby Marie” are my classmates and friends. ↓

Breathtaking outside views. ↓

The “driver’s seat”. ↓

Some of us preferred sitting at the front to have a wider view of the sea, feel the fresh air and take some pictures. ↓

So my role now is to capture everything so I could share my experience to others just like you. ↓

My point-of-view during the voyage. ↓

Establishments beside the sea. ↓


Other sceneries. ↓

Sombrero island. From the word itself, it literally looks like top hat. ↓

…and after a 30-45-minute boat ride showcasing the beauty of nearby cities and the sea, we finally docked! Here’s the docking place. ↓

We met kuya ? (I forgot his name :D) who assisted and accompanied us throughout our stay at the island. He was just referred to us by a professor on our university. It’s good the we have connections. ↓

We were also escorted by his two nieces (I also forgot their names). He ordered them to guide and watch-out for us while he is away because we don’t know the place. ↓

After a long and tiring day of traveling, we went directly to our staying place. We had a long walk going there and it’s like a punishment for us since we are carrying lots of heavy bags for our 3-day stay. We stayed in a nipa hut with no electricity (rather there’s electricity but only during 8pm - 12am) and beside the sea. ↓

It’s a small nipa hut that it can only fit at most 4 - 6 persons so some of my companions decided to sleep outside, at the sands beside the sea. We were only 4 who slept inside. The next day after I woke up I went to the sea shore to check them. ↓

Everyone’s up. Since there is no electricity and stove available, we produced fire and that’s the time we were able to cook and eat our breakfast: rice, pancit canton and fish. ↓

As we were waiting for others to finish, I just stared at the wilderness and walked around to see the beautiful surroundings. It’s just so refreshing when you are close to nature. My eyes were filled with amazing sceneries far different from the city. ↓

The white sand is covered with stones, shells and broken corals. It’s a perfect place to get shell souvenirs and bring home. I also happened to see a ring-like shell. :D ↓

…and everyone’s finished eating. We are now ready to discover the other side of the island! Here’s the whole gang. ↓

We are ready to take off! ↓

…and after a long and unwinding walk that seemed like obstacles because of the not-so-many rocks, we finally got here! ↓

I would like to tour you around. :D ↓

We were carried away by the beauty of the beach so we decided to swim! We payed P50 each. ↓

Some of us decided to explore the surroundings and the cave. ↓

After seeing the natural wonder of this beach, truly Tingloy has the potential to be one of the haven of Batangas and a tourist spot. It can compete with the commercial beaches such as Boracay, Palawan and Subic.

We went back home to our respected nipa hut and the next days were spent for shooting documentary and ocular inspection.

What I have posted here is just a part of the so many clean and clear beaches of Tingloy. It boasts over 30 popular dive sites. So come and visit the island and you will surely be amazed on its natural wonders! You can google it and see for yourself. Thanks for taking time to read my blog!

I am excited to say that on May 11, 2011 we will be visiting the island again for our data gathering. I will be seeing this wonderful place again. Good luck to us! :)