Note: This post will not be providing a complete, if any, list of budget breakdown for this trip. Please don’t take it against me.
I’ve been in this place twice already–first was on December 2014 and next on January 2015. Yeah, I know. Adik lang. The December trip was, as far as I can remember, long ago planned by the gang but due to unexpected turn of events, only 5 of us made it to Burot.
We had to Google our way to Burot and since none of us are able to bring a car, we had no choice but to do it the backpacker’s way: commute! Nothing can be as easy breezy than commuting to Burot. Believe me. Based on the travel blogs we’ve checked out, we took a van bound to Calatagan from MRT-Taft station. The van terminal is located on the street between the MRT-Taft station (southbound) and Chowking/Jollibee. You will just have to walk a few meters and find the terminal on your right. Be sure to take the Calatagan-bound van as there is another trip going to the other side of Batangas. Ask the driver to drop you off at Calatagan Market. The fare was around 160PHP or 180PHP. I have bad memory sometimes, sorry.
From Calatagan Market, you will find a lot of tricycles there that can take you to Burot. Before you decide to go straight to your destination, make sure to get all necessary food and drinks at the market. Its a camping site so everything you will be needing can be found in the marketplace. Trike fare was around 55-65PHP per head.
Once you’re there, you’ll be asked to pay 120PHP per head per night of stay. What we did was, to pay for the first night initially and paid for the following night the next day. Someone from there would approach you regarding the payment the next day. If you’re lucky, they’ll forget about you. Lol. Aside from that, pitching fee is 30 or 40PHP per tent for your whole stay. I’m not sure if they’ve increased the rates but that’s the price we paid for during our two visits.
First things first: Look for the best spot to pitch your tents. Call dibs on it right away and make sure to pitch your tent at once to keep the other guests taking your spot. You never know how many people might be there for a quick getaway too.
Since this is a camping trip and you’ll find no other place to stay except your tents (or your car if you’re fancy like that), this means no restaurants or any food joints as well. You have to ensure that you have all your camping gear together. They have tables and grillers available for rental too but we find it pricey so during our next visit, we made sure we know how to improvise. Traveling, is after all, a learning experience.
You will not have to worry about beer, though, since there is a sari sari store who sells Pale Pilsen for 35PHP per bottle and Red Horse and Emperador. But if you don’t drink any of these, and just in case the store’s supply runs out, bring your own alcohol. They have ice, so don’t worry about it.
What To Do
Basically, in a laidback setting like this, you do nothing. Lie down by the shore, stare at blue waters, listen to the waves, swim, drink and just do nothing. But, you can always rent a boat and go island hopping, which 5 of us did for 3 times. We even felt like we can become bankeros ourselves since we already know where to go and what to find. Haha.
It’s some sort of a sand bar in the middle of the sea. Best time to go there? Low tide. The fine, white sand is just the place to be. Just be careful not to go too far! You might be the lucky person to score a sea urchin sting. You can also find a number of large colorful starfishes around. Don’t bring them home, please.
When visiting Burot, it would be nice to bring your own snorkeling gear. Some bankeros have goggles available for rent but it would be best to have your own. Since not all of us are swimmers, and even those who can swim prefer not to swim without life vests due to the strong currents, kuya bankero let out a rope for us to hold onto while we enjoyed watching the fishes swim around and check out the beautiful coral reef waiting to be found under the blue waters. Unfortunately, I do not have an underwater camera, but you can tinker with my brain and you’ll find the images there, buried deep alongside great memories.
Some of the corals are high enough they can cut you. Just be mindful of your pretty legs, regardless if they’re long or not.
It really isn’t an island and I forgot what it’s called but it’s the part of the beach where the starfishes are found everywhere! It’s like a starfish heaven! Big or small, if you’re a starfish enthusiast, this place will definitely make you happy.
And that’s where the island hopping would end. But this is where the best part comes: sunset.
I’ve visited this beach twice–first, an overnight stay and the second one felt like an excursion where we spent 4 days and 3 nights camping on this beach. But the sunsets never disappointed me.
I’m a sucker for sunsets, who isn’t?! Sunsets are just.. wonderful.
“The first stab of love is like a sunset, a blaze of color — oranges, pearly pinks, vibrant purples…”
– Anna Godbersen
Overall, the Burot experience served as a learning experience for most of us, and for some, like myself, it served as a breather and a reminder that life has so much more to offer than the things we tend to overthink and the things that we allow to creep into our veins and to feed in our fears, making us more and more miserable. The Burot experience was not an escape, it was a jumpstart of bringing back the appetite I once had for life, the hunger to learn and to see more of what the world has in store for me, and to bring back the life inside me that I once chose to hide in the darkness and misery I let myself drown into.