Batangas is one of the beach getaways accessible from Manila, offering a serene landscape and 8 places to visit in Calatagan. While not as bustling as Boracay or Palawan, it prides itself as a place to get off the beaten track.
Solo backpackers, families, and barkadas alike will enjoy the local restaurants, beaches, and water parks throughout the municipality. Here are 8 interesting landmarks to visit while in Batangas.
1. Aquaria Waterpark
If you can’t choose between a waterpark or a beach, the Aquaria Water Park has both.
What sets this place apart from other waterparks is that it also features Batangas hotel accommodations for less than PHP 6,000. The bunk-beds and ship cabin-themed interiors make it ideal for barkadas and families looking for a budget getaway.
Aquaria Water Park is located in Brgy. Sta. Ana, Calatagan, Batangas, Philippines.
2. Starfish Island
Not to be confused with the Palawan snorkeling location, Calatagan’s own Starfish Island is a sandbar accessible via tours from the Manuel Uy Beach Resort.
Like its namesake, this sandbar is home to different kinds of starfish found in the Philippines. Travelers can book guided tours to visit and discover the colorful underwater fauna of the area.
Starfish Island is located in Barangay Sta. Ana Calatagan, Batangas.
3. Cape Santiago Lighthouse
This landmark was built in 1890 and is one of the oldest remaining functional lighthouses in the Philippines. This is a 51-ft. tall structure that travelers can visit and climb to get breathtaking views of the Batangas landscape and beaches.
The Cape Santiago Lighthouse is located in Barangay Bagong Silang, Calatagan, Batangas, Philippines.
4. Mama Mia Pizzeria
Opened in 2012 and eventually became a local favorite, the Mama Mia Pizzeria is famous for its handcrafted, brick-oven pizzas.
Its menu includes pizzas made with locally-sourced ingredients and meats from the Calatagan Smokehouse, for a recipe unique to the region.
Mama Mia Pizzeria is located in Apacible & G.Ternida Street, Barangay Pob.3, Calatagan, Luzon 4215, Philippines.
5. Kusina Ni Ram
Another local diner, Kusina Ni Ram has a more varied menu, but its specialty features the Batangas dishes, including the bagnet and bagnetsilog. Steaks, nachos, pastas, and drinks are also served here.
Kusina Ni Ram is located in Sto. Domingo Street, Calatagan, Luzon, Philippines.
6. Calatagan Golf Club
A private 18-hole, par 72 golf course. This golf club is by membership only and is situated on a hilly area overlooking the Calatagan bay.
This scenic place is ideal for businessmen looking for an exclusive place to bond over a few swings and talk about their trade.
The Calatagan Golf Club is located in Balitoc, Calatagan, Batangas.
7. Museo de Enrique Zobel
Aside from showcasing family memorabilia and informative pieces about the history and culture of the municipality, the museum also organizes tours and arts and crafts sessions. It also houses a souvenir shop and a cafe.
The Museo de Enrique Zobel is located in the EZ Mart Compound,. National Highway, Calatagan, Batangas.
8. Calatagan Artificial Reef Marine Protected Area
This area is known for the underwater pyramids that serve as artificial reefs. These structures were made from dead coral blocks as a way to rehabilitate the areas destroyed by dynamite fishing.
While the NGO that spearheaded this effort is no longer functioning, the area can still be visited via guided tours.
The Calatagan Artificial Reef Marine Protected Area is located in Brgy. Bagong Silang, Calatagan, Batangas.
The area of Calatagan, Batangas offers a place rich in culture and nature. If you’re looking for places other than the usual destinations, this is a good place to start. You can even check out Batangas hotel accommodations for less than PHP 6,000 to maximize your stay.