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Lost at Sea: Burot Beach, Batangas

 

Burot Beach

Burot Beach is one of the few unspoiled, undiscovered beaches in Calatagan, Batangas City. Currently, it’s owned by SM Corporation, but it’s open to public for only PHP65 for a day trip and PHP130 for an overnight one. Definitely one for the weekend-warriors or for those who just want to get away from the busy city for a few hours.

Glimpse of the sunrise somewhere in Tagaytay.

Glimpse of the sunrise somewhere in Tagaytay.

It takes around 3 hours of travel time if you’re from Manila. We started the travel at 4 AM and passed through Tagaytay around 5 AM. We turned the windows down and the wind was so cold and the stars were clearly visible all throughout. I didn’t even sleep through the ride. I was just listening to my travel playlist and staring up at the sky since I can’t see any more stars back in Manila. It’s the little things. I would’ve taken a picture but my iPhone 5S can’t really captured the stars.

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We finally arrived! Here’s what the beach front looks like when low-tide.

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Here’s the other side of the beachfront. Still low-tide.

After heavily relying on Waze, we really reached Burot Beach around 7 AM. We paid PHP65 each for the day trip and rented a long table for PHP400. Tents are also offered but I forgot for how much. Claiming a spot under the trees, we looked around and saw that there were only two-three groups in there when we arrived. It looks like we owned the beach! It was low-tide when we arrived though, so the actual sea were meters away.

You can clearly see the starfishes during low-tide.

You can clearly see the starfishes during low-tide.

After eating, we decided to do a mini-island hopping as it was still low-tide. We rented a boat for PHP130 each and went on our way. We visited two islands (Starfish Island and I forgot the name of the other one so I’ll name it Sea Urchin Island) and had a swim at the middle of the sea.

Below will be a photo dump. You have been warned. 😉

Burot Beach; Richel Goes Places

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Burot Beach (11)Fun Fact: Cellular data while in the sea is way better than cellular data signal while on the beach.

We only stayed until 2PM since the heat was becoming too much. Next time I visit, I would be aiming for an overnight stay. I heard there were plenty of fireflies at the area – I’ve never seen one before, and you are allowed start a campfire. If you will only be visiting for half-a-day like us, I would suggest doing a sidetrip to Tagaytay and/or Nuvali like we did. 🙂

Notes:

One of the sea snakes we saw near the shore!

One of the sea snakes we saw near the shore!

  1. This place is not for the, um, choosy. We had to walk on really muddy waters (during the low-tide) just to get on the boat and there are a lot of weird sea creatures floating around. Hahaha! Also, restrooms were not well-maintained.
  2. There’s very few stores nearby so it’s best to bring everything. There is a mini-store by the beach that sells the usual and even some ice cubes, though.
  3. Try to make your way to and from the beach once there’s already lights out. The road to Burot Beach is rough and well… try not to fall in the swamp.
  4. Over-all budget for the trip can be less than PHP750 per person.

Where’s your last beach get-away at?

xoxo, Richel V.

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28 Comments

  • Reply
    ladymyx18
    April 13, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    There’s always a hidden paradise resort in Batangas (and the islands near it) but still there are so much more to see 😀

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      April 14, 2016 at 9:42 AM

      Very true! Batangas is full of undiscovered and discovered beaches! 🙂

  • Reply
    Dianne
    February 23, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    I’ve been there two years ago. It was a really nice place and super duper budget friendly! Although it is still not as developed as other beaches around kaya I agree, Burot beach is not for choosy type of people. I can remember there’s a lot of starfishes around ung bigla na lang may starfish na pala sa may tinatapakan ko at kung ano anong damo. HAHA!

    I just hope they can maintain the place, the place was soooo jam-packed when we got there, then ang daming basura sa shore. I hope they’ll implement a strict rule to prevent throwing of trashes around the beach.

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      February 24, 2016 at 3:09 PM

      Wag weird yung gumagalaw na parang worm/ahas type sa may tubig! Di naman pwede magslippers! HAHAHAHA.

      When I visited, the beach was clean! But maybe it’s because di na peak season and unti lang yung tao? I hope they maintain the cleanliness of the place. Looks really promising if they decide to develop the place! 🙂

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    April
    February 20, 2016 at 3:48 PM

    I’ve been there 2 times already. The first time was year 2014 and it was so pristine and then I came back last year of may and that was when I was so disappointed with how the place turned out. Full of trash here and there, the water was even dirty. And the sad part was there was a lot of these huge dead starfish scattered everywhere. It was saddening, actually. But I don’t know now, if they improved it. Hopefully, yes. Anyway, April here. 🙂

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      February 24, 2016 at 9:43 AM

      It didn’t seem dirty when we visited so I think they improved? And less dead sea creatures, too! Maybe because it was peak season when you visited. There were only a few number of people visiting when we did. Thanks for dropping by my blog, April! 🙂

  • Reply
    jhanzey
    February 15, 2016 at 12:03 AM

    I’ve heard about Burot Beach a couple of times. Um, quick question, is it conducive for swimming? It seems like there are a bunch of creatures on the beach and I wouldn’t really think that I’d like to go for a quick swim after seeing the urchin (hehe eek). 🙂

    Beautiful photos, though!
    jhanzey.net

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      February 15, 2016 at 10:08 AM

      You can swim on the actual shoreline near Burot Beach, in Star Fish island, or in the middle of the sea. Just NOT on what I dubbed as sea urchin island because the sea urchins are literally scattered all over that island. Even getting down from the boat to reach the shoreline of that island is a bit risky!

  • Reply
    Leta (@TheNerdyMeBlog)
    February 13, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    It looks so fun! Well, except the snakes part, I am not very fond of those creatures. The last time I went to a beach getaway was in Cyprus last summer. It was really fun and hot, haha 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      February 14, 2016 at 8:38 AM

      I didn’t really took a swim because I was not fond of sea creatures. So many weird things swimming in the sea. Haha!

  • Reply
    Yshy
    February 13, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    Been there last year and I was amazed with how beautiful it is! The sandbars were my favorite, the sand was so white!! And the number of starfishes were overwhelming! Haha! Have to agree that the place is not for the choosy! Ugh, I hate the toilets 🙁

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      February 14, 2016 at 8:52 AM

      I have to admit that I didn’t really swim so I can avoid the toilets! Hahaha! But I definitely enjoyed the sandbars and mini-island hopping!

  • Reply
    Alissa
    February 13, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    Yay for new adventures. I love the ocean as much as you like it. I’ve never seen an actual sea urchin, that looks cool!

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      February 14, 2016 at 8:39 AM

      One entire island contains lots of sea urchin!! Kind of scary since I’ve heard it hurts if you stepped on it (which I kinda did).

  • Reply
    Neeny
    February 13, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    Oh wow, such lovely photos! Seems like a lot of fun 🙂
    I like the sound of that Starfish island and I would love to visit that sometime!
    I haven’t been to a beach in ages, you’re making me want to!

    Neeny | Spoon Full Of Yum

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      February 14, 2016 at 7:47 AM

      The Starfish island were literally filled with tens of Starfish! And most of them are bigger than my palm! If it were a little more low-tide, the island would’ve risen a bit and you can stand on the sand. 🙂

  • Reply
    Hazel Asoy
    February 13, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    My last beach get away was in Agdangan, Quezon. Hay! This post made me miss the waves! 🙂

    Hazel, Wannderzel

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      February 13, 2016 at 9:36 AM

      Haven’t visited Quezon before. Was the beach good? 🙂

  • Reply
    Michelle
    February 13, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    That is a beautiful beach. I wanna go somewhere like that, but then again I did a long time ago in El Salvador(my dad’s country). It was a beautiful beach for a terrible country (I mean that sincerely. Bad things happen in my father’s country :() but I had fun. That’s interesting, but makes sense that data would be better at sea. Just don’t drop your phone! Lol

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      February 14, 2016 at 11:58 AM

      So sad to hear that, but I’m glad you had fun eitherway! It’s kind of funny how the signal at sea is better. Once we reached the shore, I can’t even access my Twitter. Haha!

  • Reply
    melaidoodles
    February 12, 2016 at 11:26 PM

    This one is a nice weekender roadtrip. It’s good to know a lot of places na accessible na from Manila. Sometimes it’s boring na if palagi na lang sa malls nagpupunta. Hehe.

    And I agree that the travel should be done early morning so as to avoid traffic.

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      February 13, 2016 at 8:45 AM

      True! It’s also the first time my li’l cousins go to a beach so that was fun to watch! <3
      Yes. And we passed by Tagaytay early morning whish is /always/ a good thing! 😉

  • Reply
    Ochi Bernadas
    February 12, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    Hmmm at P750 I think I could’ve gone somewhere more convenient, lol. Didn’t know Burot beach is owned by SM!

    Ochi | Ochi In The City

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      February 13, 2016 at 8:43 AM

      The entrance to the beach is pretty cheap but it’s so far away + we always bring lots of food, thus the expense. Hahaha!

  • Reply
    Karen
    February 12, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    Now I have something to tell to my husband for that sudden beach trip . 🙂 The last beach getaway we went is at Paradise Resort in Samal Island. When in Davao, we always go there every day. Super lapit lang to my husband’s home. I think 15 minutes of travel (going to Sasa wharf and boat ride to Samal Island) and you’re already in the resort.

    Love lots and happy trails,
    Karen | thehappysnippets.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      February 12, 2016 at 3:12 PM

      Aw. Jealous of the close proximity of resorts near your place! We have pools five-minutes away from my home but beach resorts are generally at least two hours away without traffic! Haha!

      • Reply
        Karen
        February 14, 2016 at 1:26 AM

        This only applies when we are in Davao. We go to my husband’s home town at least twice a year, that’s why we’re making the most of it by going to the beach every day. But once we’re back in Makati… you can only count the number of trips for a beach getaway. 😉

        Love lots and happy trails,
        Karen | thehappysnippets.com

        • Reply
          Richel V.
          February 15, 2016 at 10:26 AM

          Ohhh. Hahaha. Makati is a business city and nowhere near beaches. Hehe. 😀

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