Saturday, May 18, 2013

BUROT BEACH

First off, I won't set any expectations for you when planning to visit this summer destination.  There are three (3) things to consider before we proceed.


1.  Learn to get out of your comfort zone.  Try to explore and indulge on new sets of adventure.
2.  Don't blame bloggers who previously wrote about this destination, when you are disappointed and you're expectations were not reached, as each one's experience is unparalleled.
3.  This is a private property.  Lessen if not eradicate your complaints.  Your qualms should be kept to yourself unless a criminal act was inflicted against you.


So, are you ready to view this stunning and dramatic sunset?


If yes, then go pack your things and let's hit the beach!

 Getting There
Another random trip it is.  On a Saturday morning, we decided to head on to another off-the beaten track near Metro Manila.    It was 3AM when I went to a bus terminal (San Agustin Bus Lines) in Pasay near McDonalds across the Metropoint Mall, bound for Nasugbu, Batangas. 

But our destination was Calatagan, Batangas. 

While at the terminal, we asked from the drivers and conductors if there's a bus that ply the direct Manila-Calatagan, Batangas route.  And all we received as reply is "NONE".  And so we boarded the bus bound for Nasugbu at 4:20AM (the earliest scheduled trip) and asked the conductor to drop us at Lian, Batangas.  With a few hours of sleep, I dozed off during the travel.  After almost three (3) hours, we arrived at Lian, Batangas.  Then we walked towards the Lian Public Market to look for a jeepney that will take us to Calatagan. 

As expected since it's a weekend, there were a number of travelers during that day in search of alternatives of going direct to Burot Beach.  Luckily, we were able to join a group all bound for Burot Beach and so we decided to charter the jeepney direct to the beach for a minimal fee, dispensing with the hassle of looking for tricycles at Calatagan terminal.  Food and supplies for the overnight stay were then bought at the market and off we go to the beach.  Travel time from Lian Public Market to Burot Beach is approximately one (1) hour via our chartered jeepney.

On our way back to Manila, we were able to discover that there is a terminal for vans that go directly to Calatagan, Batangas at the back of Kabayan Hotel in Pasay City.  First trip is at 330AM and the last trip at 7PM.

Transportation Expenses 

This is definitely the cheapest get-away to date.

Pasay City, Manila to Lian, Batangas (Bus Fare) 152.00
Lian Public Market to Burot Beach (chartered) 100.00
Burot Beach to Calatagan Terminal via tricycle (chartered) 100.00
Calatagan, Batangas to Pasay City, Manila (van) 150.00
TOTAL 502.00

Contact No. of our ever-reliable tricycle driver, Mervin: 09076806480.


As I Wander

The road travel to Burot Beach is bumpy and a dusty road.  After almost an hour, we were greeted by security guards on a fenced property with a big signage that says: THIS IS A PRIVATE PROPERTY.  Afterwards, we entered the gates where along the way, a small community with fish nets and canoes were docked, a proof of fishing being its main source of livelihood. Mangroves were also a constant sight.




The heat was unbearable when we arrived at the beach.  The view was scenic, sand was white sans the corals and the clear water was "waveless".  There was total absence of the sound of the waves.  For awhile, I said to myself, I definitely am going to enjoy this for a night swim.  All we hear are the murmuring and chats of the visitors of the beach.


As I rest on a bamboo raft turned table slash bed, I heard a group who stayed beside us calling a friend and telling him/her that the instructions of a certain blogger on how to get there was wrong. Another one was cursing and sharing her disappointment of the high expectations she has set, as described by the blogger.  Hearing all those, it sudenly occured to me how influential blogs are nowadays, thus, there is a social responsibility attached to every blogger, professional or not.
 

As I've mentioned this is a private property and there are no resorts or cottages. The property is owned surprisingly by Mr. Henry Sy. Thus, camping is inevitable. Entrance fee is 130 pesos per day according to the caretakers/locals. Should you forgot to bring your own tent, there are tents available for rent at 300.00 pesos and the caretakers will pitch the tent for you.  A comfort room is also available but is definitely not that comfortable, and so, one has to bear the situation and live with it while at the beach.



comfort rooms

We have our own tents. And so, after the pitching, we prepared our breakfast and lunch and do the usual beach activities.



Beach bumming, people-watching, swimming, wandering, eating and eating were the usual activities.  No wonder I gained pounds after the getaway.  With the scorching heat of the sun, note how essential umbrellas were.







In an attempt to wander on the whole vicinity, here are some of the picturesque landscape to behold.




Then, we proceed to the landmark - three trees - of Burot Beach.










And of course, a visit to Calatagan, Batangas would not be complete without a view of the most dramatic sunset I've witnessed in my life.  As the sun bid farewell, the skies began to display its varied colors in a dramatic way in hues of purple, orange, red, yellow and pink.




While we were swimming, the backdrop began to display the grandeur of nature.  In what we thought was already the end of the sun's showcase of its setting on the horizon.  The photos above were just an introduction.  It was a 30-minute moment of stillness.






No need to go farther and buy plane tickets to witness this magnificent and grand setting of the sun.  My tsinelas (slippers) lead me to the right place once again.







When darkness began to surface, the skies lit up with the various constellations on display.  And with star gazing at its best, shooting stars was a normal passerby of the skies.  It was indeed a great night.  Camp fires can be seen with varied groups enjoying the view and the night experience.  There are torch for rent (70.00 pesos) if one opts for a survivor-like experience at the beach.  There is no electricity in the beach.



It was truly a treat on one chill Saturday night!




68 comments :

  1. i should try this sir, using your tsinelas...

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    1. hehe. y not? haha! try to visit the beach, it's quite relaxing. thanks for the visit.

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    2. Hi im kuya rems contact if you want to go to burot beach at 09468433402..

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  2. Very dramatic sunset shots! I'm also surprised that Henry Sy has not developed this place, but that's for the best. Who would want see SM beach, right? :)

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    1. you're like entering a mall actually as you see security guards wore SM uniforms same as in the malls. hehe but yes its surprising he has not yet developed the place. it would be good to maintain it as it is but an overhaul of the comfort rooms is really necessary for sanitation purposes as well. thanks for dropping by!

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  3. maybe SM is waiting for the right time to develop this place :) Yeah Comfort Room with bidet is a must! hahaha

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    1. haha! your right madam its the perfect timing na inaantay cguro ni Mr. Sy to fully develop the beach maybe in to a resort. This is his newly acquired property so he's still testing the waters on how the beach would be accepted by the public. ang urgent talaga na dapat i-improve nila is the CR and the road leading to the beach. hehe bidet??? hahaha sosyal campsite ang dating. haha

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  4. Going there for an overnight camp-out in 5 days. May I ask how you prepared food? Is there a nearby market / restau / carinderia? Or does the caretaker provide / rent cooking equipment / supplies (at the very least ihaw ihaw)?

    How were the locals that lived there? Marami ba sila? O and if we decide we don't want to live in a tent for the night (since it has been raining the past week), is there a nearby rooms-for-rent? Thanks in advance. And you have taken beautiful photos. Already excited to experience this beach.

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    1. hi denise! thank you so much for dropping by! highly appreciate it. (",) first, this is a total camping experience so there are no rooms for rent available. the locals live quite a few meters away from the beach camp sites itself. but there are caretakers who would be glad to assist you if you want to rent a tent and also the grillers for the food. in other words most are for rent. but you may use ur charm who knows you can get it for free. as for the food we had our own cook set and we brought supplies and fish from lian batangas public market. so it's advisable to buy ahead of time and bring your own cook set as well. just in case you forgot to buy,there are locals/fishermen offering their catch to the visitors as well. enjoy burat beach!

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    2. sorry it was misspelled. haha imean burot beach. haha by the way, pahabol lang there is one sari-sari store but the price as expected is too high.

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  5. Wow! What cool pics! And yes, very rustic place. Great for adventure! Thanks for your wonderful blog!
    My question/s though are these:

    1. Does the CR (not "comfort" room, hehe) have enough water supply? Or do users have to fetch water from the beach just to drain the wastes? Spell Ew-ness. :D
    How about bathing water? Do they supply or is their faucet with unlimited water outflow? I hope so! :D

    2. Are there any jellyfish swimming around the beach area? I hope not!!

    3. Your pics showed lapu-lapu, tama ba? How much were they bought, and where? Sa Lian market ba or were they included in the locals' catch of the day?

    4. Ants... are they all around? Do the maintenance of the area at least keep the area clean? From say, leftover trash?

    5. Last but not the least... Er, where have you bought your tsinelas? Might as well have my own pair of THAT. Me thinks it has some magic in it. :) Will my semi-rubber shoes do?

    Thanks much, MJEstur. God bless! :)

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    1. hi leilani thank you very much for the visit to my blog. your nice comments inspire me to travel more. i apologize for delayed response.

      answer to queries:

      a. there is unlimited water from the faucet thats the good news. hehe but the rooms itself is quite unsanitary --- with garbage and plastic bags inside.

      2. i haven't seen one while swimming but others say there is a portio but no need to worry -- stingless ones.

      3. yup its lapu lapu we bargained at lian public market and bought it at 100 pesos for three (3)

      4. the area is quite clean. visitors are quite responsible. most are campers so they do know how to be socially responsible in a way.

      5. hahahaha! bought it from laguna. you might as well read my tsinelas festival and liliw laguna post. hehe tsinelas is a cottage industry in liliw laguna. prinomote. haha kidding aside, your rubber shoes would do its the passion that counts.

      thanks very much again for dropping by! continue to travel!

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  6. Awesome entry and pics!

    Im thinking of going to Burot beach on June 22-23, then on to Balayan on the 24th for the Parada ng Lechon festival. Meron bang gusto sumama? :)

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    1. hi jenny! thank you so much for the compliments! you should try burot beach as its just near metro manila and indeed the place is quite a treat. just go on a good weather. i'm glad you mentioned about lechon parada as i might go as well. hehe thanks for dropping by!

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  7. Thanks for this post! we're now planning on extending our summer on a rainy season. Can't help but to start planning out trip to Burot beach after seeing the place. We're planning to go there in July,just hope there could be a good weather then. :)

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    1. thanks for dropping by! it would be best to visit the place under a good weather condition. enjoy your travels!

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    1. indeed it is. try to visit also. hehe thanks for dropping by!

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  9. Thanks for this , will visit the place this August with friends!

    Angelo The Explorer

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  10. sir pwede po ba matanong kung may contact kayo nung Jeep na na-charter nyo sa Lian, Batangas? pwede na din po matanong kung magkano nyo na-rent ung jeep?

    balak po namin pumunta sa Burot Beach next week medyo madami po kame kaya sana makakuha ng jeep. salamat po

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    1. hi! unfortunately nawala ko no nung jeepney driver pero kng madami kayo pwede nyo na pakiusapan dun sa terminal mismo. our rates then was 100 pesos per head. thanks for dropping by!

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  11. place is clean as well as the rest room :)

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  12. wow! naghahanap ako ng magandang beach sa batangas and nakita ko ito,, ang ganda parang gusto ko ng pumunta ngayon. hehehe

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  13. may I know if pets (Golden retriever) are welcome at burot beach? Since being undeveloped and all is it safe to say that Rules on pets are not also strictly implemented like in other beaches? Thanks

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    1. hi there! as far as i know there are no such restrictions so maybe you can bring your dog. in fact i saw some dogs swimming as well :)

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  14. Sir my byahe prin b deretcho calatagan jn s likod ng kabayan hotel, plano po kc namin ng gf q pmunta sa Burot this Nov. 17 to celebrate her birthday

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  15. pls call or txt...0949-7411-982..for info..

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  16. to all our costumer or who like to go to burot beach masarap magrelucks dito, very natural ang invironment napakalinis ng paliguan w/ white sand just CALL or TEXT JOHNNY HERENANDEZ contact no. 0999-474-9147, the authorized tricycle driver bound to burot beach. go na kayo hurry up!!!

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  17. Hi! I plan to visit the place this week.

    Hmmm, how were you able to manage taking a bath (or dump) there? :)) I got a bit bothered seeing the photo of the restroom. I just want to manage my expectations and be considerate.

    Thank you! :)

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  18. Plano sana namin pumunta dyan sa march. May number ka ba na pwde naming ma-contact dun? Bka kc madaming 'private property' dun. Bka maligaw kami. O bka kc developed na ung place? Salamat sir. :-D

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  19. hi mack! i think malayo pa syang idevelop, pwede mo icontak ung tricycle driver namin c mervin number nya nasa post sa taas, taga dun kac sya so much better to ask him na din. thanks!

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  20. Kagagaling lang namin ng tropa jan nung sunday. Sulit ang pagod at pera. Sa mga may balak, ituloy nyo na guys. Hanggat hnd pa nabubulabog ang mga lamang dagat. Salamat sa blogger dhl natuklasan namin ang Burot. Pero mas maganda ang Burot sa tunay na buhay. :-) hehe.

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  21. hi thank you ahhh.. for too much info abot burot beach... plano po kasi nmin sa nasugbu lang pero eto tlga ung gusto ko puntahan.. ang ganda .. peaceful ung place.. d pa develop.. ung makakapag moment ka mag isa.. thank you ulit..

    eto ung question ko..

    1. may number po kayo nung sa may kabayan hotel? para malaman kung magkanu ung fare deretso sa calatagan.?

    2. magkanu nagastos niyo per head all in all??

    thank you. marie. :)

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    1. Contct ds numbr n lng po for questions 09332525934 or 09053587083

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  22. Contct ds numb f u wnt to go to burot 09332525934 or 09053587083

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  23. My famaly will go there at april 9 . How much per head?
    Coz my 6 kids kame tpox bale 19 na matatanda . Bale 25 kame.
    Xbe kc 20 lang byad eh..

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  24. We went there last saturday, April 5 and we are very disappointed sa nakita namin. Sobrang crowded ng place and could you imagine sa sobrang crowded ng place, iisa lang ang comfort room nila. Very disgusting ang amoy and sira pa ng door locked. Yung tulo ng water sa cr eh mas malakas pa sa tulo ng pag wiwi mo..Because of that, we decided to move to another place early in the morning. The management of Burot Beach should take action on this. They should maintain a clean comfort room for the visitors and should maintain cleaning the area if they want to have this place revisited again.

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    1. omg. for real po? plano pa naman namin pumunta bukas. so since weekend expected naman namin na medyo crowded nga. kaya lang sa post mo po sobrang crowded na, parang nagdadalawang isip tuloy ako :/

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    2. April 5 naman kasi is a Saturday. Medyo sumikat na ang Burot Beach dahil sa mga blogs kaya ayun, dami na ng tao.

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  25. Hi, pa comment po hehe, yung mga gusto pong pumuntang burot beach sa calatagan batangas, nag papa rent po ako ng van, L300 van fully air conditioned, 12 max pass , 8,500 po ang rate ko overnyt �� nka ilang balik na din po ako sa burot maganda talaga (tanggal stress) lalo na island hopping , sa sand bar, starfish island at corals , salamat po eto po number ko 09176027685 salamat po :D

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  26. Hi, pa comment po hehe, yung mga gusto pong pumuntang burot beach sa calatagan batangas, nag papa rent po ako ng van, L300 van fully air conditioned, 12 max pass , 8,500 po ang rate ko overnyt �� nka ilang balik na din po ako sa burot maganda talaga (tanggal stress) lalo na island hopping , sa sand bar, starfish island at corals , salamat po eto po number ko 09176027685 salamat po :D

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  27. Hello. First time ko lang nalaman about this blog. I would like to tell a short story about Burot Beach. I discovered Burot beach last 1999 pa. Di pa sya nabibili ni Henry Sy... I think "Palo Bandera" yung name ng place na may road that will lead you to the beach. It was a remarkable place. "Virgin beach" ika nga. Wala pang entrance fee noon. May existing cottages and c.r. pa before but was destroyed by typhoons. May generator pa sila before for the electricity. Since it was very difficult to find the place, konti pa lang ang mga pumupunta. It's quite actually scary for an overnight stay (first time) kasi konti pa lng ang pumupunta. Everything is "back to the basic". I met a friendly man named "Vidal", caretaker of the beach. Since then, sya lagi ang kontak ko everytime my family visits the place. Then, sometime in 2010, Henry Sy bought the place and all the caretakers were paid for their services. Almost every summer andyan kami, kaya lang di ko na nakikita yung friend namin na si Vidal... Residents of Burot Beach are peaceful, honest and courteous people... Me and my family were there last April 5, 2014 and it was really crowded but we enjoyed the weekend just the same. Thanks po sau lakwatserong tsinelas...

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  28. hi im kuya rems tricycle driver at burot beach result pls. call or text me at 09468433402 thanks and godbless..

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  29. Hi! Tanung ko lng rough b tlga ung kalye papuntang burot?kc mgdala sna kmi car na maliit haha.kaya po kaya?natawa po ako sa misspelled nawala pagod ko kakatawa.tia!tnx po sa blog nyo sna mkapunta din kmi nextmonth.

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  30. hi...im kuya rems tricycle driver at burot beach call or text @ 09468433402..also dilever mineral water.

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  31. contct numbr going 2 burot 09053587083 ask d trike driver kua rc

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  32. question if ever my parking ba na available duon? Salamat.. :)

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  33. hi every one im kuya rems tricycle driver ar burot txt or call me at 09468433402..thank you and godbless you..

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  34. hi im kuya retche tricycle driver at burot beach call or text me at 09369210063 anytime..thank you

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  35. For those who wnt to go to burot just ask kua rc 09422399069

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  36. great blog. thanks :-)

    -ayen16

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  37. call or txt for info to burot beach 09997176599
    kua ruben trcycle drver

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  38. tara na sa burot batangas.. if ayaw nyo, laiya batangas na lang kaya
    Beach Resorts in San Juan

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  39. ADVENTURE TO BURUT BEACH.
    iam sure you can enjoy the beautiful white sand the clean water,
    you can relax the beautiful place
    Try it Believe it.
    Just call or txt: kua Romy
    to guide you anytime you want.
    php 150 good for 1 to 3 person, from public market to burot beach.
    Contact # 09266452950

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  40. ADVENTURE TO BUROT BEACH
    iam sure you can enjoy the beautiful whitesand the clean water.
    you can relax the beautiful place.
    Try it Believe it.
    just call or txt: Kuya Romy
    to guide you anytime you want.
    php 150 good for 1 to 3 person.
    from public market to burot beach.
    contact # 09266452950

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  41. Thanks so much for this blog. This really helps.. And thanks to sirkuya Romy

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  43. Beach is my favorite place for camping. When summer come, with my hubby never miss this outdoor trip. Best Family Tents Site

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  44. How can i express my feeling???? It is so wonderful.....i'm craving for taking photo of beautiful sunset :)

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  45. I did a camping in a beach which is the largest sea-beach in the world name is Coxsbazar. That was really amazing. Me and my wife enjoyed that night, camp fire, bar-b-q. I've written a feature in my family camping site.

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