“Batangas is overrated!”
…is actually one big fat lie. The province never fails to amuse me. You name it, and they definitely have it! From the stunning peaks of Pico de Loro to the glorious beaches of Calatagan, I doubt that every place has been visited–discovered–yet.
Anilao is not an exemption. Although not as famous as the likes of San Juan and Nasugbu, the province is proud of its own beauty.
If you are an aspiring Scuba Diver, then this is the place for you. This place serves as the jump-off point to 48 dive spots along the stretch of Mabini and Tingloy. You can opt to do the non-committal fun dive or start a new career by taking the first step: Introductory course: Discover Scuba. Who knows? You might eventually end up being called a Master Scuba Diver.
We ended up in Anilao for a different reason, though. I remembered craving for a new kind of adrenaline rush at that time. All it took was a random bus ride to Anilao port and a simple question of “Kuya san ba may murang resort na may matinding gagawin?”
Before we knew it we were at AquaSports/Philippine Windsurfing Association Camp. We met Kuya Richard and Kuya German Paz who welcomed us with open arms and introduced us to Windsurfing.
Windsurfing is a sport that would require advanced balancing skills, wind orientation knowledge, and sheer bravery. If you plan on trying this sport, I suggest that you do a lot of squats, running, and leg raises first. Your lower body strength WILL be expended. Believe me.
For 1,500 Php, you can avail of windsurfing lessons plus the windsurf rental for the whole day. The members of the Philippine Windsurfing Team will teach you the basics such as standing up, the proper stance, and steering the board. If you are quick to panic, worry not! I am assuring you, 100%, that they’re a bunch of patient people 🙂
If you are the adventurous type, you can actually use your windsurf to go to the nearby parts of the province. As for me and my partner, we’d rather trek to the unknown. From the Windsurfing Camp, you can walk left to the direction of Vistamar Beach Resort, walk further, until you reach the place we fondly call “Isla.” It’s the deserted part of anilao coast wherein you can start your bonfire and do your team building activities.
Walk past this place you can see rocks in various sizes where you can climb and cliff dive. Just make sure that you practice safety at all cost. Remember that the area is semi-secluded and you really need to watch out for yourself for any possible accidents.
Evenings in Anilao are pretty peaceful. At the camp, we would rather hang out on our balcony, play poker, eat snacks, and drink cold beer. Time here can be very, very slow thus, a good way to relax and take your mind off work. My suggestion would be to sleep early and wake up early, the Anilao Market is heaven to every seafood enthusiast!
For those of you who love Sashimi, Sushi, and all raw food indulgences, then prepare to be overwhelmed! We were able to buy a variety of seafood half the price they’re being sold in Manila. We took home a kilo of fresh tuna for only 220 Php and also bought a mini octopus at around 150 Php! If this is not love, then I don’t have an idea on what is!
Also before you go back to the hustle and bustle of Manila, don’t forget to try the Batangas Goto at the Mabini Market. Very different from the Goto we came to grew up with, Batangas Goto does not have rice in it. Just soup and the innards. Nah, nothing to be disappointed about, though. It is twice as tasteful, not to mention cheap!
Should you wish to visit the beautiful place of Anilao and take on the same experience, here’s our breakdown of expenses:
Bus Ride to Grand Terminal, Batangas (from Cubao)- 175 Php
Jeepney Ride – 30 Php
Tricycle Ride to Philippine Wakeboarding Association Camp – 30 Php
Board and Lodging at Philippine Wakeboarding Association Camp – 1700 Php (Blue Room – Good for 2-3 pax) (Overnight. No check-in/check-out time)
Tricycle Ride – 30 Php
Jeepney Ride – 30 Php
Bus Ride to Cubao, Quezon City – 175 Php
***of course, you have to allot money for your trip to Anilao Market for food 🙂
How to go there:
1. Ride any bus heading to Lipa/Batangas Pier. My best bet would be Jam Liner, Batangas Starexpress, and ALPS Bus Lines.
2. Alight at Batangas City Grand Terminal
3. Ride the Jeepney going to Mabini
4. Go down at Anilao Port and ride the tricycle to Philippine Windsurf Camp or Kuya Richard Paz’s place.
Enjoy this budget trip! “^____^”