This is a beach haven only two to two and a half hours away from Manila. This is where families troop for a quick and affordable summer weekend getaway.
The white sanded (well, at least on some part) Matabungkay Beach is found in Lian, Batangas. Lian is just one of the many municipalities of Batangas that is home to beaches.
Aside from LIAN, you can also visit the municipality of SAN JUAN where you can find Laiya Beach; MABINI where you can dive in Anilao and other spots; NASUGBU where most high end resorts are (Canyon Cove and Hamilo Cove); and CALATAGAN where one resort offer wakeboarding.
Of course, there are many other undiscovered and understated Batangas beaches and hopefully next time, I can show them to you. But this time, it just the good ol’ Matabungkay and its never-ceasing natural wonder.
Note to self: buy underwater camera for future snorkeling, diving and other water-related escapade.
And of course, one of the keys for a great vacation is a comfortable home-away-from home.
We booked in Bella Beach a little too late. The owner was accomodating enough to give us a call in the morning confirming our booking.
Bella Beach is at the far end of the Matanbungkay shoreline. We prefer this end because it is far from videokes and the rest of the crowd. The beach is quiet and is perfect for reading books, wading and playing in the water, and speding some quality time with your family or significant other.
The rooms vary in price, form (nipa hut or concrete rooms) and in ventilation (air-conditioned or with electric fan).