A Getaway Dive Resort in Batangas
Bus Stop Dive Resort is located in San Pablo, Bauan, Batangas. It is just a few hours away from Manila. You can take a bus or a private car. The resort was named “Bus Stop” because large pelagics like whales used to stop over in this diving area to clean up. This resort is not only for divers but for anyone who would like to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature that Bus Stop has to offer. The resort is clean and has a great view of the sea. The view under the water is even more spectacular. The staff are all accommodating and treat everyone like family. No wonder the resort gets full booking during weekends. So best to book in advance!
HOW TO GET THERE
By Public Transportation:
From Manila, take a bus bound for Lemery, Batangas. Bus Fare starts at 180 Php. Get off at the Lemery terminal and ask a tricycle to take you to Summer Cruise parking lot. Tricycle fare starts at 100 Php one way for two people.
By Private Transportation:
Take South Luzon Expressway. Just head out straight until you reach STAR Tollway. Once in Star Tollway, take LIPA EXIT. You should see Jollibee on your right side after the tollgate and an intersection. Turn LEFT at the intersection. Keep driving straight til you pass the Fernando Air Base. Then turn RIGHT when you see Phoenix Gas Station taking the Alitagtag-Cuenca Road.
Phoenix Gas Station (Photo from Bus Stop Dive Resort)
Follow the long and winding road. Just drive straight past the Arc of Sta. Teresita. At the end of the road there is a Caltex Gas Station on your right side.
Caltex Gas Station (Photo from Bus Stop Dive Resort)
Turn left after CALTEX Station then immediately turn right into the small road (eskenita) corner of RMG Meatshop.
Photo from Bus Stop Dive Resort
After turning right, keep going straight until you see a 7 Eleven convenience store on your right and a market on your left. You should now be in Palengke of San Luis (Market of San Luis). You can buy food, supplies and toiletries here. There is a freezer in the resort that you can use. The resort also provides distilled water.
After the market, turn left at the intersection. Keep on going straight, after two bridges, look for the sign Summer Cruise on your right (after Portulano, Midstop and Rockport parking lots). It is safe to park your vehicle here. The boat from Bus Stop Dive Resort will pick you up from Summer Cruise Parking lot. Boat ride to the resort is about 10-15 minutes.
The resort has different rooms you can choose from. There are rooms for couples and rooms big enough for families and barkada groups. Aside from airconditioned rooms, they have budget friendly fan rooms.
Starting at 500 Php per head, you can afford to stay overnight in their native huts, camp, or bunker rooms.
THINGS TO DO
Snorkeling and Diving
This resort has a rich marine sanctuary teeming with underwater life. Just a few meters into the clear waters, you will see lots of colorful fishes, beautiful corals, clams, starfishes and they even have a resident turtle. There are a lot of good spots for diving and snorkeling. There are also a lot of groups doing free diving here. If you are not a good swimmer, life vests for snorkeling are available in the dive shop of the resort. Their diving shop is also adequately equipped for diving needs.
RAID Try Dive
The resort is an official partner of RAID (Rebreather Association of International Divers). They also offer RAID Try Dive for beginners. Their dive instructors and masters give orientation, demonstration and discussion. Once you pass the basic principles, they will guide you into the water. We definitely enjoyed our first RAID Try Dive. This experience has encouraged us to get certified.
At the back of the resort is a trail for hiking. The trail is lined with mango trees up to a steady incline followed by rows of bamboos and tall sampaloc trees. After a few minutes of hiking, you will have a view of Calatagan Bay on both sides of the resort. We stayed only up to this clearing. We were told that further this trail is a stream and at the end of the trail will lead you to a Grotto of Jesus Christ. From the Grotto, you can get a full view of Anilao, Balayan Bay and and the islands of Tingloy, Caban and Sombrero. Make sure to take a guide from the resort when you go hiking. Be careful of some plants and shrubs with thorns and bring enough water since it gets extremely hot during the day.
Sunrises and Sunsets
We never get tired of watching sunsets. Since we wake up early to go snorkeling, we also get to see the sunrise. The gentle waves of the sea and the beautiful spectacle of the sunset makes this place a perfect getaway to rejuvenate.
7 Principles of Leave No Trace
Don’t forget to observe the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace wherever you go:
Plan ahead and prepare.
Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
Dispose of waste properly.
Leave what you find.
Minimize campfire impacts (be careful with fire).
Be considerate of other visitors.
BUS STOP DIVE RESORT
San Pablo, Batangas, Philippines
Bus Stop Dive Resort Travel Guide
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