Travel Guide to Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines (Beaches & Mt. Batulao)

Here’s our travel guide to Nasugbu, Batangas. It’s a town in Batangas, Philippines, that is a great weekend destination for travelers. You could hike in the mountains or relax on the beach. It’s a lovely place to stay if you want to enjoy nature and be away from the bustling city.

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Legend says that the word Nasugbo came from “Nasubo,” which means “eaten.” It was because Spanish tourists asked the name of the place, but locals thought they were asking about the pot of rice (which were already eaten.) With rolling terrain and coastline facing the South China Sea, agriculture and aquaculture are the industries in this town. Learn what vacationers do when they are here!

What to do in Nasugbu, Batangas

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1. Beach Hop

Nasugbu has abundant gorgeous beaches with crystal blue waters and gold to white sand. Some are available to the public, and some are exclusive in resorts or subdivisions. Rent a bangka or boat to visit some beaches or coves. Canyon Cove, Santelmo Cove, Bituin or Angara Cove, Papaya Cove, and Natipuan Cove are great options..

You can choose where to stop and camp during your travels. Bring snorkel gear, too, as you may see marine life as you enjoy the waters. There are also spots where you can enjoy cliff diving. It will indeed be a memorable trip there with your family or friends.

2. Hike Mount Batulao

If you want a break from the waters, you can hike Mount Batulao. It’s an inactive volcano that will give you a breathtaking view of Batangas. If you’re a newbie, you could enjoy climbing this as it’s just a bit of a challenge. It would take 2 – 3 hours to climb the peak, but with friends, time will just past by. Guides are available to help you not get lost.

3. Go to Fortune Island

More than an hour boat ride from Nasugbu mainland is Fortune Island. This was a former luxury resort but stopped its operations for years. Choose between an overnight stay or a day tour. You can read our separate travel guide about Fortune Island, too!

Expenses

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Here are the costs you might incur during your trip to Fortune Island:

Fortune Island Entrance Fees

  • Entrance Fee Day Tour – PHP 350
  • Entrance Fee Overnight – PHP 500
  • Boat Rate – PHP 3,500 – 7,000 depending on persons
  • Tent Pitching – PHP 100 / 200
  • Tents for Rent – PHP 300 / 500
  • Huts for Rent – PHP 1,500 / 2,000

Mt. Batulao Fee

  • Registration Fee – PHP 100 – 150
  • Guide – PHP 300 – 500 per group
  • Bath Fee or Comfort Room Fee – PHP 10 – 25

Coves

  • Environmental Fee – PHP 20
  • Boats to the coves/islands – PHP 1,000 – 2,500 per boat
  • Some also offer – PHP 300 for transpo and PHP 500 including water activities
  • Bituin Cove Entrance Fee / Overnight – PHP 25 / 100 (No Pitching Fee for Tents)
  • Other cove entrance fees – PHP 20 / 25

Exclusive Resorts

You can check-in at the following places

Food

  • Most of these places have no restaurants in the area, some only a small store unless you opt for exclusive resorts
  • It’s better to buy food or water before you come here

How to get to Nasugbu, Batangas

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By Bus

  • There are direct buses from Manila to Nasugbu in Buendia Terminal via DLT Bus or BSC Bus Terminal in EDSA-Taft, Pasay
  • Travel time is about 3 to 4 hours
  • Fare is from PHP 160 – 200
  • Stop at Jollibee in Nasugbu or Evercrest (if you want to hike first)

By Car

  • If you are taking the South Luzon Expressway, you’ll need to take the Sta. Rosa exit until the Batangas-Cavite boundary and turn to the road with a Welcome to Nasugbu, Batangas arc
  • For those taking the Emilio Aguinaldo HW, you’ll pass Silang Cavite, when you are near the boundary to Batangas, take the road to Nasugbu
  • Those taking the Cavite Express Way, you may take Antero Soriano HW then drive through Kaibiang Tunnel, continue driving until you reach Nasugbu Town

To Mt. Batulao

  • You will have to reach Evercrest
  • From Evercrest, ride a tricycle to the jump-off point for the trail (PHP 50 – 100)

To Fortune Island

  • Ride a tricycle to Brgy. Wawa to Fortune Island Resort (PHP 10 – 20)
  • At Fortune Island Resort, pay the fees and rent a boat towards the Island

To the Beaches

  • You can ride a tricycle to Calayo beach especially if you want to see the coves
  • Rent a boat for Island or cove hopping (PHP 1,000 – 2,5000 per boat)
  • If you want to go to Bituin Cove, you can also ride a tricycle to Brgy. Papaya and ride a boat from there (PHP 300 – 500)

Travel Tips to Nasugbu, Batangas

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  • Prepare proper outfit especially for a trekking adventure
  • There aren’t ATMs available on the coves, island, or mountains; prepare cash beforehand
  • Buy lots of water for your activities
  • You can buy food beforehand as restaurants may be limited in the area
  • Most places are available for tent pitching
  • It’s better doing this with a group for more fun and lesser cost
  • Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footsteps

Sample Itinerary in Nasugbu, Batangas

Day 1 in Nasugbu, Batangas

4:00 AM – Travel from Manila to Batangas
7:00 AM – Arrival in Evercrest
7:30 AM – Trek Mt. Batulao / Breakfast
12:00 PM – Lunch / Rest
1:00 PM – Go Down
4:00 PM – Arrive at Evercrest / Go to Brgy. Papaya
4:30 PM – Off to the Bituin Cove for Overnight
5:00 PM – Set Camp / Swim
7:00 PM – Dinner / Sleep

Day 2 in Nasugbu, Batangas

5:30 AM – Wake Up / See Sunrise
6:30 AM – Breakfast / Morning Swim
8:00 AM – Go back to Mainland / Travel to Fortune Island Resort
9:00 AM – Travel to Fortune Island / Swim
12:00 PM –Lunch / Pictorials
2:00 PM – Back to the mainland
3:00 PM – Shower
3:30 PM – Travel Back to Manila

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I hope this travel guide to Nasugbu, Batangas is helpful for your trip there. You can feel on top of the world when you reach the peak of the mountain or like a mermaid swimming in the seas. Plan now with your family and friends, and have a memorable trip to this part of the country. Happy Travels!

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About the Writer

Lyza Paloma

Hey, I’m Lyza! I once was a person who just imagined going to places “one day” but decided to pursue my dreams. My first travel abroad was in Japan, solo, last 2018, and fell in love with the journey since. I’m aiming to visit 10 countries before turning 30 and 2 new places in the Philippines every year. Besides traveling, I love organizing trips, photography, reading, and making new friends. Follow my adventures through my Instagram.

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3 thoughts on “Travel Guide to Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines (Beaches & Mt. Batulao)

  1. Hi Lyza love your sample iterinary I just wAnna check if they require any travel pass for going to tagaytay . Im planning to take my family on nice week end get a way.

    1. You just need to ask the LGU of Tagaytay po of their protocols and requirements. Check their FB page po 🙂

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Written by Lyza Paloma

Lyza is a native of Leyte who spent 10 years studying and working in Cebu before working for Two Monkeys Travel. She decided to stop daydreaming and started to pursue her dreams of traveling to the Philippines and the world. She has already been to 4 countries in Asia and 18 provinces in the Philippines. She’s flexible and can travel solo, with friends, or family. Besides traveling, she loves organizing trips, photography, reading, and making new friends.

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