Why You Should Visit Tingloy Island
UPDATE as of August 2017: Boats going to Tingloy are now located in Talaga Port, Mabini. Just ask the jeepney driver to drop you off here.
TINGLOY ISLAND is located just off the southwest coast in the province of Batangas. It is about 3 hours away from Metro Manila. The island is known for Masasa Beach which has white sand and clear blue waters but Tingloy has a lot more to offer.
How To Get There
Take a bus going to Batangas City Grand Terminal Station. Fare ranges from 120-160 Php depending on your point of origin. Travel time is around 1.5-2 hours. Best to leave early so you can avoid traffic and not miss the public boat going to Tingloy.
When you reach the Batangas City Grand Terminal Station, proceed to the jeepney terminal. Ride a jeep for Mabini Anilao Port. Fare is 38 Php. Tell the driver that you would like to be dropped off at Anilao Port. Travel time is about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Also, please bear in mind that the jeeps here don’t leave until they are filled with passengers.
When you reach Anilao Port, there is a public wet market nearby where you can buy food, water and other supplies which is cheaper than in the island. If you prefer to travel light, there are carinderias and sari sari stores in the island.
At Anilao Port, fall in line to register for the boat and pay the environmental fee of 20 Php . There are several public boats going to Tingloy but it is on a first come first serve basis, hence the registration. The Coast Guard monitors all the boats leaving for Tingloy. Last trip for Tingloy is around lunch time but they extend til 2 pm if there are more passengers. Boat fare is about 65 Php and travel time is about 45 minutes.
From Tingloy Port, you can reach Masasa Beach by tricycle in 5-10 minutes. Fare is 30Php per head.
After a bumpy trike ride, you have to hike downhill. Here, you will be greeted with an amazing view of the rice fields. One of our favorite spots in Tingloy is the row of lush green rice fields that you need to pass by before reaching Masasa Beach. Last year, most of the people we met on this path were locals and were not that many. Now, this path gets filled with tourists and locals going back and forth. Many are taking photos in this Instagram worthy spot but please remember to give way and to greet each other politely. Enjoy the fresh air and scenery. If you are lucky, you might see some carabaos basking in the sun and wading in the mud.
Finally! Masasa beach has white sand and it has one of the clearest blue waters we have seen. Even underwater, it is so clear and so good for snorkeling and swimming. You can pitch a tent too but we just found out from a resident that the local government recently released an announcement that tents are only allowed until 7PM in Masasa Beach. If anyone can confirm this, just comment below. We saw several garbage bins strategically placed near the beach, so please dispose your trash properly. We also noticed a lot of people grilling and cooking near the beach area which is common in Filipino outings but please remember the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace:
Plan ahead and prepare.
Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
Dispose of waste properly.
Leave what you find.
Minimize campfire impacts.
Be considerate of other visitors.
Things to Do in Tingloy Island
Tingloy Island is big. You won't run out of things to do here. Aside from swimming and beach bumming, you can also do these:
There are lots of fishermen in Masasa Beach offering their boats to take you for snorkeling and island hopping. For snorkeling in Masasa, rates start from 100Php per head depending on the number of people. They also provide you with snorkel and life vest. We brought our own full face mask and Go Pros. You would not want to miss taking underwater photos. Our boatman took us several meters away from the beach but the water is still so clear you can see the fishes and corals under. We were very lucky to see two green sea turtles.
Island hopping usually includes snorkeling and tour of Masasa's Natural Lagoon, Sumbrero Island and Sepoc Island. Rates start at 1,300 Php for 2 pax, 1500 for 4 pax. This is still negotiable.
Masasa's Natural Lagoon
This is another beautiful part of the island. Just take a walk going to the right side of the beach and pass through the short forest-like area to reach the natural lagoon. The water is clear and if the waves are not strong and high, it is a nice spot to swim. The beautiful rock formation here is the perfect place to watch the sunset.
Cliff Jumping in Tawil Point
Farther beyond the natural lagoon is a paved narrow path that you can follow until you reach Tawil Point. It is a twin looking rock formation rising just a few meters above the sea. Most of the local kids cliff jump here when the tide is high. Remember to always practice caution!
Walk Around the Island
In one of our trips, we explored Punta Guarda, another barangay a bit away from Masasa. The house where we stayed is just across the sea and it was so beautiful in the morning. The place is clean and peaceful. We took a morning walk til Barangay Papaya together with the cute daughters of our host. We didn't mind walking far because of the magnificent views. The roads are paved and there are not much motorists. The girls took us to a spot in Papaya known as the natural hot spring which is also in the beach. The girls said they were able to boil eggs here with their cousins. Indeed, there were areas in the beach where the water is hot and bubbles were coming out of the rocks.
Hike Mt. Mag-Asawang Bato
We have yet to do this in our list. If you guys have more information about hiking Mt. Mag-Asawang Bato, please feel free to share in the comment section. From what we know, the trail is fit for beginners and the hike can be finished in about 2 hours. Best to ask locals to guide you.
Where to Stay
Trebale Vista Inn: 09179221088 / 09216086006
Mhey’s Transient House: 09177739266
Tita Pacie’s Transient House: 09288629872
Homey Comfy Transient House: 09057764903
Where to Eat
Proceed to Nanay Rosie's Kubo at the right side of the beach and look for Tita Bessie. We always eat there when we are in Tingloy. Tita Bessie is awesome! She also prepared food to go for us. You can reach her in this number: +63 929 6248.
We also noticed a lot of sari sari stores and eateries have opened up near Masasa Beach during our last visit.
What to Expect
It can be very hot. Make sure to bring sun protection.
There is part that you need to hike uphill and downhill, so pack light and dress appropriately.
Don't forget to bring mosquito repellant.
Earliest boat trip to leave Tingloy port for Anilao is at 6AM and the last trip is around lunch time, so make sure you budget your time going back to Tingloy port so you don't miss the last trip out of the island. It can be crowded during the weekend.
Expect friendly and helpful locals. We love Tingloy not only because it is beautiful but also the people are amazing. We will definitely be back.
Below is our Travel Guide Video for Tingloy Island. Hope this helps! Keep safe!
Tingloy Travel Guide
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