View of masasa beach

My 960 peso Masasa beach getaway

March 25, 2017

Masasa beach is a destination that has long been on our list since the start of the year. But due to its soaring popularity, we filed it exclusively as a weekday getaway. Weekday trips however are harder to plan for bigger groups so from a small group of four, we were down to two. That’s the good thing about Masasa beach, expenses can still be kept at a minimum even if you’re traveling solo – accommodations are cheap, it’s very accessible, and there is no need to hire a private boat to reach the island.

Aboard a Jam bus, we left Manila at 6:30am and quickly realized we left Manila too late. Aside from the usual bumper to bumper traffic both in Manila and Batangas, we failed to factor in the waiting time between transfers. We reached Nanay Rosie’s place by 12:30pm, which made it a 6 hour trip from Manila. Keep in mind that the jeepneys at the Batangas Grand Terminal heading to Anilao port won’t leave unless they’re really full and reaching Masasa after the boat ride requires a tricycle ride plus a 10-15 minute hike on a completely unshaded trail.

Hike to Masasa Beach

Walking towards Masasa Beach

From the beach, we headed straight to Nanay Rosie’s place and pitched our tent within their campsite. Since we didn’t have time to buy food at Anilao port, we asked Nanay Rosie’s cook to prepare our lunch. Food choices are limited which is why bigger groups usually opt to cook their own meals. Depending on where you are staying, having someone cook your meals for a fee may be an option. Hot water is also available for sale if you brought coffee or cup noodles.

After lunch, we then proceeded to explore the less crowded areas and headed towards the lagoon. We found it relaxing to walk along the pathway, stopping a few times just to admire the view and take photos. We  found the other side of the beach more relaxing and scenic. One thing that surprised us was how consistently clear the water was, the water was clear even at the port area. Unfortunately, the surrounding areas were a bit disappointing as there were pieces of trash scattered everywhere.

Masasa beach near the lagoon area

Our trip could have been perfect if not for the loud headache inducing noise from the videoke machine. To avoid frustration, we took a walk and waited somewhere quieter until the 10:30pm videoke deadline.

Early the next day, we headed to the beach where we spent most of our morning. The store near the beach wasn’t serving meals yet so we settled for cup noodles and coffee for breakfast.  We didn’t have much time to spare because we needed to catch the boat heading back to Anilao. Missing the boat would mean a 2 to 3 hour waiting time so it was a good thing that our tricycle driver was kind enough to inform someone from the port area that two more passengers are boarding the boat.

Overall, our experience in Masasa have been mostly positive, I’m not sure if we could say the same thing if we visited during a weekend, but it’s still a great place to see especially if you’re on a budget. I’d probably consider going back if I’m part of a bigger group mostly to hike and snorkel.


How to get to Masasa Beach from Manila

  1. Ride a bus going to Batangas Grand Terminal (Php 165 from Cubao)
    • Alps has bus terminals in Cubao and Buendia
    • Jam has a terminal along EDSA southbound past GMA Kamuning
  2. Ride a jeepney to Anilao port at the Batangas Grand Terminal (Php 37)
  3. Catch the boat going to Tingloy (Php 80)
  4. Ride a tricycle and tell the tricycle driver you’re going to Masasa beach
  5.  You will need to walk 10-15 minutes to reach Masasa Beach

* If you’re bringing a car just head straight to Anilao port. Make sure you have waze turned on so you can avoid the heavy traffic within Batangas. Parking space is available at the port area. We also saw one house renting out their gated parking space.

Masasa Beach Accommodations

  • Tent 
    • Overnight camping at the beach area is no longer allowed. We’re only aware of one campsite which is Nanay Rosie’s tent area. The charge there is Php 150 per head, inclusive of common CR use. If you don’t have your own tent, you will need to rent one which is a separate fee. The last time we were there, they weren’t accepting reservations and operated on a first come first served basis. Make sure to call to confirm.
  • Transient
    • There are also numerous home-stays available but they may require a bit of walking to reach the beach. Before reserving, clarify how far their place is from the beach area. Transients cost an average of Php 300 per person.
  • Kubos and cottages are also available, below are their contact numbers (call don’t text):
    • Nanay Rosie – 09196864368 or 09151496350
    • D’Mariners Bamboo – 09279722679, 09294472282, 09984518593, or 09205620596
    • Salazar Transient & Kubo – 09357385701, 09506868480
    • Tita Benie Kubo & Room – 09217560110, 09273740754

Our Expenses per person (Total: Php 952)

  • Roundtrip Bus – Php 330
  • Jeepney to Anilao Port  – Php 37
  • Jeepney to Batangas Grand Terminal –  Php 37
  • Boat Ride to Tingloy – Php 80
  • Boat Ride to Anilao Port – Php 80
  • Tricycle to Masasa – Php 20
  • Tricycle to Port – Php 20
  • Tent Pitching Fee – Php 150
  • Lunch – Php 55
  • Dinner – Php 75
  • Breakfast – Php 50
  • Coke Sakto – Php 18

Masasa Beach Activities

  • Island Hopping
  • Snorkeling
  • Hike Mt. Mag-Asawang Bato


  1. Buses from Manila leave as early as 4am (maybe earlier, call the bus company to confirm). Leaving earlier would help avoid traffic and you won’t need to walk under the heat of the afternoon sun.
  2. Don’t just stay at the beach, walk past the lagoon area.
  3. Buy your supplies at Anilao port, prices at Masasa are a bit more expensive and choices are limited.
  4. Make sure to confirm boat schedule heading back to Anilao port and allot enough time, taking into consideration the hike back plus the tricycle ride to the port.
  5. Electricity gets cut off by 12mn and will be available again in the morning
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  • Karla

    Wow, all this for that cheap ? I would definitely go. Too bad August is bad weather season but if there is a good day, I would definitely go.

    August 5, 2017 at 10:16 pm Reply
  • Paige Wunder

    I had no idea that there were so many amazing beaches this close to Manila! I totally missed out! No one told me how incredibly beautiful this treasure was! I won’t miss it on my next trip to the Philippines!

    August 8, 2017 at 9:49 am Reply
  • Barb

    I did not know, I could visit such a beautiful beach near Manila! I have been there twice and I spent my day in the shopping centers. I would have loved to visit this lovely place.

    August 9, 2017 at 6:15 am Reply
  • Trisha Velarmino

    Philippines is really like no other.! I love how transparent you are in the expenses. <3

    August 10, 2017 at 6:52 am Reply
  • Jon Espina

    Totoo yan. Kayang kaya ang less than 1K sa travel sa Masasa. Been there 2 months ago, medyo nag exceed kami ng 1k per person kasi siempre kasama ko si GF kaya napamahal kami sa accommodation.

    Masasa is a perfect island getaway na mura lang pero maganda, plus nasa isla ka talaga, mababait ang mga tao. Would love to come back! 🙂

    September 22, 2017 at 7:12 am Reply
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