Calatagan, Batangas has long been a magnet of beachgoers, but if you are looking for something new, there’s a rising tourist destination here. Just about 3 hours away from Manila is Manuel Uy Beach Resort and its neighboring islands. It’s a perfect get-away from the hustle and bustle of Manila. Good news is, traveling to Manuel Uy Beach Resort is cheap and so is staying overnight. But you have to be ready to rough it up as camping is the only option to stay overnight here. If you’re not keen on camping, you can do a day trip to Manuel Uy Beach Resort instead or stay overnight at the neighboring Stilts Calatagan Batangas resort or other resorts in Calatagan, Batangas.
On a recent trip to Calatagan Batangas with my sister, we initially planned on doing a day trip to Manuel Uy Beach Resort. But because we boarded the wrong bus, we arrived late in the afternoon, leaving us no choice but to camp here so we can enjoy the beach and other islands in Calatagan. Good thing, they have a tent for rent, so after paying the entrance fee, environmental fee and campsite fee, we hurriedly picked a camping spot on its powdery cream shore and pitched a tent with the help of their staff just before the sunset pour drunkenly over the sprawling beach resort.
So to help you plan your trip to Manuel Uy Beach Resort, here’s a travel guide with sample budget and itinerary. To best enjoy this charming beach with turquoise water and white to cream, powdery sand, avoid the weekends and holidays as it can get too crowded. They have a clean, newly-built building for shower rooms, toilets and grilling stations. Everything is clean and organized here as they have a lot of staff cleaning the shore as well as the camping site every morning. Manuel Uy Beach Resort’s staff are also super helpful and polite, which makes staying here more enjoyable.
HOW TO GET TO MANUEL UY BEACH RESORT CALATAGAN BATANGAS
Manila to Manuel Uy Beach Resort Calatagan BatangasTake a bus bound for Pasay/SM Moa.
- Take a bus bound for SM MOA/Pasay.
- Alight at MRT-EDSA Taft Station.
- From Manila near MRT-EDSA Taft Station, take a bus bound for Calatagan. Buses to Calatagan depart daily from 4:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Alternatively, there are also passenger vans to Calatagan, Batangas. The van terminal is located at the back of Metropoint Mall beside Kabayan Hotel.
Bus/van fare: PHP 180/USD 4/EURO 3/SGD 5/MYR 14
Travel time: Approximately 3 hours
4. In Calatagan Batangas town proper, take a tricycle to Manuel Uy Beach Resort in Calatagan Batangas.
Tricycle Fare: PHP 50/USD 0.95/EURO 0.77/SGD 5/MYR 14 (per person)
PHP 200/USD 0.95/EURO 0.77/SGD 5/MYR (chartered/good for 4 pax)
Transit Time: Approximately 20 minutes
MANUEL UY BEACH RESORT CALATAGAN BATANGAS CAMPING
There are no private rooms or cottages at Manuel Uy Beach Resort in Calatagan Batangas, the only way to stay overnight here is by camping. You can pitch your own tent or rent one from Manuel Uy Beach Resort for PHP 500/USD 10/EURO 8/SGD 13/MYR 37, good for 1-3 persons.
|DAY TOUR||OVERNIGHT TOUR|
|Check-in||5:00 AM||5:00 AM|
|Check-out||5:00 PM (same day)||12:00 PM (next day)|
MANUEL UY BEACH RESORT FEES
Manuel Uy Beach Resort Entrance Fees
|DAY TOUR||OVERNIGHT TOUR|
|Children (0-6 y.o)||FREE||FREE|
|Regular (7-59 y.o)||PHP 100 /USD 2/|
EURO 2/SGD 3/MYR 7
|PHP 200/USD 0.95/|
EURO 0.77/SGD 5/MYR 14
|Senior Citizen/PWD||PHP 71/USD 1.36/|
EURO 1/SGD 2/MYR 5
|PHP 142 /USD 3/|
EURO 2/SGD 4/MYR 11
|Environmental Fee||PHP 30 /USD 0.57/EURO 0.56/SGD 0.75/ MYR 2.24||PHP 30 /USD 0.57/EURO 0.56/SGD 0.75/MYR 2.24|
|Photoshoot||PHP 3,000/USD 57/|
EURO 46/SGD 75/
|PHP 6,000 /USD 114/EURO 93/SGD 151/MYR 449|
|Table and Chair Rental ( 2-3 pax)||PHP 250/USD 5/EURO 4/SGD 6/MYR 19|
|PHP 250/USD 5/EURO 4/SGD 6/MYR 19|
|Grilling Station use||FREE||FREE|
|Grilling on Beach Sand||Not allowed||Not Allowed|
|Bonfire||Not allowed||Not allowed|
MANUEL UY BEACH RESORT CAMPING FEES
*Campsite fee when you bring your own tent.
|Tent Rental||PHP 500 – USD 10 – EURO 8 – SGD 13 – MYR 37||PHP 500 – USD 10 – EURO 8 – SGD 13 – MYR 37|
|TENT SIZE (cm)||CAMPSITE FEE|
(195 x 195 x 127h)
|PHP 150 – USD 3 – EURO 2.32 – SGD 4 – MYR 11||PHP 150 – USD 3 – EURO 2.32 – SGD 4 – MYR 11|
(230 x 230 x 165h)
|PHP 250 – USD 5 – EURO 4 – SGD 6 – MYR 19||PHP 250 – USD 5 – EURO 4 – SGD 6 – MYR 19|
(275 x 275 x 178h)
|PHP 600 – USD 11- EURO 9 – SGD 15 – MYR 45||PHP 600 – USD 11 – EURO 9 – SGD 15 – MYR 45|
(305 x 305 x 203h)
|PHP 800 – USD 15 – EURO 12 – SGD 20 – MYR 60||PHP 800 – USD 15 – EURO 12 – SGD 20 – MYR 60|
|21 persons or more||Ask||Ask|
MANUEL UY BEACH RESORT CALATAGAN BATANGAS PARKING FEES
|PARKING FEES||DAY TOUR||OVERNIGHT TOUR|
|Motorcycle||PHP 20/USD 0.38/EURO 0.31/SGD 0.50/MYR 1.50||PHP 20/USD 0.38/EURO 0.31/SGD 0.50/MYR 1.50|
|Cars and vans||PHP 100 /USD 2/EURO 2/SGD 3/MYR 7||PHP 100 /USD 2/EURO 2/SGD 3/MYR 7|
|Buses, Cargo Vans & Large Vehicles||PHP 200/USD 0.95/EURO 0.77/SGD 5/MYR 14||PHP 200/USD 0.95/EURO 0.77/SGD 5/MYR 14|
MANUEL UY BEACH RESORT ISLAND HOPPING BOAT RENTAL
|BOAT TOURS||BOAT RENTAL|
|1 Hour (1-5 persons)||PHP 1000/USD 75/EURO 15/SGD 25/MYR 75|
|2 Hours (1-5 persons)||PHP 1,500/USD 112/EURO 23/SGD 38/MYR 112|
|Googles rental||PHP 50/USD 0.95/EURO 0.77/SGD 5/MYR 14|
MANUEL UY BEACH RESORT CALATAGAN BATANGAS ITINERARY
Here’s a sample Manuel Uy Beach Resort itinerary perfect for your weekend get-away or day trip. Feel free to tweak this depending on your schedule.
|05:00 AM||Ride bus to Pasay/SM Moa|
|06:00 AM||Alight at EDSA-MRT Taft Avenue.|
Head to the van terminal at the back of Metropoint Mall beside Kabayan Hotel
|06:30 AM||Ride van to Calatagan, Batangas. Travel time is about 3-4 hours depending on traffic.|
Bus/Van fare: PHP 180/USD 4/EURO 3/SGD 5/MYR 14
|10:00 AM||ETA Calatagan, Batangas.|
Purchase food at Calatagan Public Market
Food budget: PHP 200/USD 0.95/EURO 0.77/SGD 5/MYR 14
|10:30 AM||Hire a tricycle to Manuel Uy Beach Resort. Transit time is about 20 minutes.|
Tricycle Fare: PHP 200/USD 0.95/EURO 0.77/SGD 5/MYR 14
|11:00 PM||Pay entrance fee + campsite fee + environmental fee (own tent)|
Manuel Uy Beach Resort Fees (Day tour with own tent):
PHP 280/USD 4.33/EURO 4/SGD 7/MYR 21
|11:15 PM||Set up tent. Grill food at the grilling station in Manuel Uy Beach Resort|
Grilling Station: FREE
|01:00 PM||Island hopping. Rent boat or join other tourists.|
Island hopping (I joined other tourists to on a boat): PHP 500/USD 10/EURO 8/SGD 13/MYR 37
|03:00 PM||End of island hopping tour. Back to Manuel Uy Beach Resort. Quick swimming.|
|03:30 PM||Hire tricycle back to Calatagan town proper.|
|04:00 PM||Ride van back to Manila.|
Bus/Van fare: PHP 180/USD 4/EURO 3/SGD 5/MYR 14
- I was told that the last trip of van to Manila is around 4:00 PM, so make sure you are at the van terminal in Calatagan, Batangas before that time.
MANUEL UY BEACH RESORT CALATAGAN BATANGAS TRIP BUDGET (BUDGET BREAKDOWN)
Here’s a sample Manuel Uy Beach Resort Calatagan Batangas trip budget (breakdown of expenses) if you follow the above itinerary. Feel free to modify this. This trip budget is good for a solo traveler. If you have a travel buddy or you are traveling with a group, it’ll most likely be cheaper if you share the cost of tricycle, tent rental and island hopping.
|PHP 180/USD 4/EURO 3/SGD 5/MYR 14||Manila – Calatagan bus/van fare|
|PHP 180/USD 4/EURO 3/SGD 5/MYR 14||Calatagan- Manila bus/van fare|
|PHP 200/USD 0.95/EURO 0.77/SGD 5/MYR 14||Lunch|
|PHP 200/USD 0.95/EURO 0.77/SGD 5/MYR 14||Calatagan- Manuel Uy Beach Tricycle Fare (chartered)|
|PHP 200/USD 0.95/EURO 0.77/SGD 5/MYR 14||Manuel Uy Beach – Calatagan Tricycle Fare|
|PHP 100 /USD 2/EURO 2/SGD 3/MYR 7||Entrance Fee|
|PHP 30 /USD 0.57/EURO 0.56/SGD 0.75/ MYR 2.24||Environmental Fee|
|PHP 150 – USD 3 – EURO 2.32 – SGD 4 – MYR 11||Campsite Fee (own tent, good for 1-2 pax)|
|PHP 1,240/USD 24/EURO 19/SGD 31/MYR 92||TOTAL EXPENSES|
If you want to go on island hopping, just add additional PHP 1,000 or PHP 1,500 on the above sample budget.
If you want to go on day tour at the Stilts Calatagan (just beside Manuel Uy Beach Resort), add PHP 350 for day tour fee on the above budget.
MANUEL UY BEACH RESORT CALATAGAN BATANGAS TRAVEL TIPS
There’s no restaurant in Manuel Uy Beach Resort, but there’s a store that sells cup noodles, toiletries, soft drinks and chips.
You can bring fresh meat, chicken and seafood (you can buy at Calatagan Market before riding a tricycle to Manuel Uy Beach Resort) and grill it there as they have a grilling station and you can use it for FREE.
- There’s a charging station. Fee is PHP 30 /USD 0.57/EURO 0.56/SGD 0.75/MYR 2.24 per
If you are looking for other activities at Manuel Uy Beach Resort in Calatagan, Batangas, you can also go island hopping to Starfish Island, The Sand Bar and go snorkeling. Here’s the island-hopping rates:
PHP 1000/USD 75/EURO 15/SGD 25/MYR 75 – 1 hour (1-5 persons)
PHP 1,500/USD 112/EURO 23/SGD 38/MYR 112 – 1-2 hours (1-5 persons)
- You can also do a day tour to The Stilts Calatagan, Batangas. There’s a stair by the shore that that will lead you to The Stilts Calatagan Batangas.
The Stilts Calatagan Batangas Day Tour – PHP 350/USD/EURO/SGD/MYR per person
Before you go back to Calatagan, Batangas town proper, you can ask the tricycle driver to make a side trip to Cape Santiago Lighthouse for an extra fee. The tricycle driver charged me extra PHP 200 for the ride. There’s no entrance fee but donations are accepted.
You can also do a side trip to Matabungkay Beach in Lian, Batangas. Just ride the jeepney going to Lian at Calatagan, Batangas Town proper.
Jeepney Fare to Matabungkay Beach – PHP 25
Travel time – Approximately 30 minutes
- At Calatagan, Batangas Town proper, don’t miss the tasty Batangas Lomi. There’s one restaurant in front of the tricycle terminal that serves this. Not really the best Batangas lomi I’ve tasted, but it’s definitely worth a try.
- Bring mosquito repellent, sunblock, flashlight, power bank, dry bag and snorkeling gear.
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