This is the place where my parents were born.
The place where I learn to swim and appreciate little things in life.
The place where nostalgia takes its full effect…Isla Verde.🌴
And no, we’re not in El Nido. We’re just 3 hours away from the Metro!
Alright, let’s go break these details down.
Budget: Less than 1k
Itinerary and expenses detailed below:
Manila to Batangas Grand Terminal (Bus Terminals in Cubao, Buendia, Alabang) 🔸around Php127
Take a jeepney bound for Batangas Bayan 🔸Php12
Do the last minute errands in the market
❗️Bring your own Drinking Water
❗️Bring your own Food (para tipid)
Take a jeepney bound for Tabangao Port 🔸Php15
Boats going to Isla Verde usually departs at 9:00am (latest is 10am). It’s better to be early than be left behind for they only have 1 trip per day.
Tabangao Port to Sampalukan, Isla Verde (via St. Paul) 🔸Php100
Isla Verde, Batangas
⭕️We stayed at my Lolo Cadie’s place. He’s accepting guests just mention me, his apo, if you are going there. I will provide his contact information and detail the expenses below.
⭕️For day trips, it’s convenient and cheap to have packed lunch. For those extending their stay, you can rent utensils and cook your food there.
2:00pm Island Tour
Ozone – swimming and snorkeling
Dos Palmas (Abandoned Resort) 🔹Perfect for photo-ops🔹
Here’s Niel doing a blogger pose:
Mahabang Buhangin – swimming
Cueva – swimming, cave, lighthouse
Diving (haven’t tried this – mahal fosho but if you can, go. Isla Verde is not the Center of the Center of Marine Biodiversity
for nothing) #soon
5:30pm End of Tour
⭕️Just in time for a breathtaking sunset in Sampalukan
6:30pm Freshen Up, Dinner
⭕️Pitch a tent
️ (for those staying overnight)
⭕️Request for a bonfire
Puerto Galera (side trip)
⭕️Rent a boat taking you from Isla Verde to White Beach
❗️Eh binagyo kami ni Bes Marce kaya ayun we rented Kuya Arnel back to Ilijan, Batangas
Then took a jeepney bound for Batangas Bayan 🔸Php45
Transfer to another jeepney taking me to Grand Terminal 🔸Php12
Bus to Alabang 🔸Php127
Don’t forget to stop by my new found friends, tell them I say hi 🙂
Lodging Fee for 1 day: Php50 per pax
Water (Pangligo): Php100 (1 drum; good for 8 pax)
Utensils Rental: Php50
Bonfire setup: Php50
Ice and Booze (you might ask): Coordinate with Lolo Cadie prior your trip so he can order. You can pay him in the island.
Island Tour Boat Rental:
Php 1800 – 10pax
Php 1500 – 4pax
If you plan to go to Puerto Galera:
Php 3000 – 10pax
Php 2000 – 4pax
Boat Rental (Kuya Arnel): +63 9171591312
⭕️Should you want to be picked up directly at Tabangao port, kindly contact Kuya Arnel and make arrangements.
⭕️If you’re bringing a car, you can park at Tabangao port for 100php/day
Total expenses (including food and booze): Php 1500
Yup, we’re heavy drinkers (we shelled out a total of Php700 for a night’s session)
⭕️You can imagine how low will that go if we were a group of 10. If that was the case, our projected expenses would only be Php 950 including food and booze.
Comment or pm me if you have further questions. Apir!
And keep traveling! (swimming muna ko mga bes)