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7 Ways to Commune with Nature in Batangas

by Mimi Tiu

Found south of Manila, the province of Batangas provides a variety of reasons to appreciate and enjoy our country’s natural wonders.

Supercharge the senses with invigorating outdoor pursuits in a place where sun, sky, sea, and land come together to form a natural playground. Whether you’re looking to push your body past its limits, get into something new, or rejuvenate the mind and spirit, Batangas has a diverse selection of nature-based activities that will give you an all-natural high—guaranteed to be good for your body and even better for your soul.

1. Go scuba diving.

Make like Aquaman (or Mera) and plunge into an underwater world inhabited by unusual-looking corals and fish in every imaginable size and color. With more than 20 dive sites to choose from in the depths of Balayan Bay and Batangas Bay, both amateur and experienced divers will have a memorable time exploring Anilao’s rich marine biodiversity.

For first-time scuba divers, Camp Netanya’s Blue Paradive Center offers a day trip for two which consists of an introductory dive session (inclusive of gear), surface and swimming pool training, a scuba diving excursion, and a set meal to satiate pre- or post-dive hunger. Avail of this deal now!

Blue Paradive Center
Camp Netanya
Barangay Ligaya
Mabini, Batangas
info@blueparadive.com
info@campnetanya.com.ph

2. Reach new heights.

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Batangas is not just known for its gorgeous coastline and magnificent underwater realms. It also boasts of formidable mountains and impressive peaks worth climbing depending on how much time you’ve got to spare, the walking distance and degree of difficulty you’re aiming for, your health level, and your climbing experience. Put on your hiking boots, pack the climbing essentials, and trek for a few hours on the trail (you can also opt to rough it by sleeping under the stars at a rocky campsite!).

Popular Batangas hikes include Anilao’s Mount Gulugod Baboy (525 meters above sea level), Lobo’s Mount Daguldol (670 meters above sea level), Nasugbu’s Mount Batulao (811 meters above sea level), and Cuenca’s Mount Maculot (930 meters above sea level). Reward an early morning mountain hike with a refreshing dip in the ocean to wash away dirt, sweat, and fatigue.

For more information, visit http://www.trailadventours.com.

3. Experience the thrills and spills of water sports.

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Many private resorts in Batangas provide motorized and non-motorized water sports equipment that you can rent for a fee. From jet skiing and banana boat riding to kayaking and pedal boating, your active tribe can spend countless hours frolicking in the water.

Aside from providing these exciting water sports, Club Balai Isabel takes aquatic adventures up a notch through its recently opened inflatable Aqua Park with fun trampolines, giant waterslides, and a human cannonball launcher (not for the faint of heart!). Book an overnight stay in a comfortable two-story suite for a group of 10 at Club Balai Isabel.

Club Balai Isabel
Talisay, Batangas
(0906) 518 5494
cbi.dealgrocer@gmail.com

4. Discover the process of making honey.

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Ever wonder how raw honey is made? Milea Bee Farm hosts an informative “Beesita sa Bukid” guided tour that both kids and adults will enjoy. Spend the leisurely day walking around the quaint farm to learn about organic agriculture and the dynamic relationship between bees, flowers, and our ecosystem. Witness three species of honey-producing bees in their natural habitat, and get a taste of raw honey directly from one of the beehives. End the outing by drinking all-natural teas made out of edible flowers, herbs, and honey.

Milea Bee Farm
Kurba Road, Balagtasin
San Jose, Batangas
https://mileabeefarm.com

5. Soak up a new culture.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Balinese-inspired architecture with a weekend visit to Cintai Corito’s Garden. Step into an exotic haven filled with beautiful thatched villas, intricately carved stone walls, and vibrant decors that harmoniously blend with nature. Take a dip in any of the four swimming pools, enjoy a relaxing walk amidst the verdant grounds, or have close encounters with the spotted deer, alpaca, and donkey all roaming around the resort! Experience a unique overnight stay for four at the Terrace Villa of Cintai Corito’s Garden with free breakfast.

Cintai Corito’s Garden
Sitio Pandayan, Malabanan
Balete, Batangas
(0917) 833 1508
reservations@coritosgarden.com

6. See the sights through a unique mode of transportation.

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A relatively new water sport, stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is a relaxing recreational activity that can be enjoyed by people searching for extraordinary ways to explore Taal and Nasugbu. Learn the basics of paddle boarding on land before you attempt to be one with the flowing water. Once ready, engage in a full-body workout as you paddle your way to unexplored wonders and hidden inlets with a professional local guide. Pick from a breathtaking three to five-hour SUP journey to Crater Island, Mount Maculot, Napayung Island, Calayo Cove, or Punta Fuego with FiliSUP.

For more information, visit http://www.filisup.com.

7. Undergo holistic healing.

Diagnose, cleanse, nourish, repair, sustain—The Farm at San Benito promises to do all these and more through their health optimization programs, freshly prepared vegan dishes, total wellness packages, and world-class treatments done within its luxurious tropical sanctuary. Take in the beauty of Mount Malarayat as you join a guided power walk around the sprawling Farm Gardens. Find your center by performing yoga and Tai Chi outdoors. Contemplate for hours at the meditation pavilions and hidden waterfalls. Avail of The Farm at San Benito’s day trip and overnight offers at Deal Grocer today.

The Farm at San Benito
119 Barangay Tipakan
Lipa City, Batangas
(0918) 884 8080
reservations@thefarm.com.ph

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About Mimi
A freelance editor based in Manila, Mimi Tiu finds pleasure in coming up with meticulously detailed travel itineraries, wearing layers in autumn, and chronicling her ice cream discoveries on Instagram at @nicetomitiu.

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