Who needs LaBoracay when I can have something cheaper and more accessible?
Just this labor day, May 1, I went to a beach camping trip in Burot Beach, Calatagan, Batangas. This was a very spontaneous trip as I was invited by a friend just two days before and I already had other plans for that weekend, which was to climb a mountain. But in the end, I chose the beach camping trip because I have never experienced this and the fact that it was spontaneous made it more exciting.
[Disclaimer: Image-heavy post beyond this point]
How to get there:
My friends and I decided to ride a van instead of a bus so we went to the terminal near MRT Taft, behind Kabayan Hotel. The vans there are bound for Calatagan, Batangas and Balayan, Batangas. We took the van bound for Calatagan and paid Php180.00 each.
We got off in Calatagan Market after three hours and thirty minutes. Here, we bought food and drinks before riding a tricycle bound for Burot Beach (fare at Php50 each for 3-5 people and Php150 total for 1-2 people)
Upon arriving at the beach, we were asked to pay an entrance fee of Php130 each. After this, we we rented two tents, the small one (good for two) at Php300 and a big one (good for three) at Php400.
As soon as we found our camping spot, we settled down and took photos of the beautiful sunset.
It wasn’t long after when the boys went to buy firewood (Php200) and gas (Php20) while the girls (me and my other friend) prepared dinner. After setting up the campfire, we all enjoyed our dinner.
After eating, we had a couple of drinks around the campfire. I enjoyed the serene atmosphere brought about by the warm fire, cool breeze, calm ocean and the beautiful sky.
Funny thing was, that night, we all decided to just sleep outside our tents – on the sand, under the stars. It was not very comfortable and I kept changing positions every now and then but it was worth it. This was something I haven’t done before and I got to witness a lot of amazing things like seeing falling stars (yes, I made a lot of wishes) and the Milky Way (a first). Nothing like sleeping and waking up to a very majestic view of the stars and the galaxy! Ah, I am still in awe.
To be honest, I wasn’t really able to sleep well and my body hurt for a while when I tried to get up the following morning but when I think of the experience the night before, the pain becomes irrelevant.
I got up around 5:30am to watch the sunrise. Unfortunately, it was on the side of the beach with so much trees that I wasn’t able to see it. So what I did was to dance around the beach while waiting for the sun to rise.
Shortly after the sun has risen, we bought porridge with egg from the nearby store in the beach. It was still pretty early when we finished eating but we decided to go for a swim already while the sun’s heat wasn’t as piercing.
One of my friends saw a “sea cucumber” somewhere in the ocean so we all decided to look at it. It was all fun until it suddenly went to the GoPro stick. Of course everyone panicked (and when I say panic, everyone was screaming and swimming away) but eventually, the sea cucumber detached itself from the stick while releasing a slime of sorts (We’re not even sure if that was a sea cucumber). But we were kind of glad that it happened because now we have something to laugh about.
After swimming, we packed our stuff, returned the tents and took a tricycle back to Calatagan Market (same fare) where we had our lunch and then took a van bound for Pasay (same fare).
The Burot Squad:
(Me with the guys)
(me and Issa)
I loved the whole trip in general. The only thing that I found challenging was the lack of clean bathrooms. I was okay with everything else like not having electricity and sleeping on the sand.
Special thanks to my friend, Issa, for planning this trip and inviting me!
Really thankful to the Lord for blessing me with a good week. I have stored enough happy fuel to power me for the daily grind next week.
I have checked off so many things on my bucket list this week and I’m looking forward to checking off some more in the days to come.