The province of Batangas, just a few hours away by land from Metro Manila, presents an eyeful of discoveries for traveler.
Taal Lake and Volcano
One of Southern Luzon’s centerpiece attractions, Taal Lake and Volcano can be reached through the lakeshore towns such as Talisay, San Nicolas, Agoncillo and Laurel. Known to be the smallest active volcano in the world, Taal volcano is surrounded by a lake on an 8.8 km islet, itself lapped by a 27 km long lake.
Mainit Hot Springs, San Juan
Located ideally at the foot of a mountain with thick vegetation, Mainit Hot Spring offers therapeutic mineral waters and a refreshing dip for bathers.
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A world famous dive site, the coastal village of Anilao has many sites worthy of any discriminating diver. Facilities for diving, snorkeling, wakeboarding, windsurfing, jet-skiing and island hopping are available at many resort establishments.
Carmelite Convent, Lipa city
A popular site for devotees of the Virgin Mary, this convent of the Contemplative Order of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel was the site of a mysterious “shower of petals” to a visionary nun after the World War 2.
Punta de Santiago Lighthouse, Calatagan
Built in 1890, it is one of the earliest lighthouses that still functions up to the present.
Mt. Maculot, Cuenca
One of the highest and most prominent peaks in the province, Mt. Maculot is a favourite with local mountain trekkers. It is said to have been the last stronghold of the Japanese Imperial Army. Several tunnels built by the Japanese soldiers are found in the area.
Calijon Falls, Malvar
Two major falls and two smaller ones make up this attraction. One of the bigger falls is about 10 meters high, with clear water rushing down to a shallow pool. The two smaller waterfalls form a series of small cascades and showers.
Surrounded by the South China Sea on one side and Balayan Bay on the other, the Calatagan Peninsula is a popular weekend retreat of Manila’s well to do, who frequent resorts and vacation homes lining the scenic coast.
Apolinario Mabini Shrine, Tanauan city
The shrine houses the remains and personal memorabilia of the revolutionary hero known as the “Sublime Paralytic” and the “Brains of Katipunan”. Mabini’s moral convictions and political principles inspired the Filipinos in their search for national identity.
The Farm at San Benito, Lipa city
|The Farm at San Benito, Batangas|
Here, visitors can avail of wellness treatments that rejuvenate and energize the whole being amidst a meditative spa atmosphere.