Snorkelling on Maricaban Island in Batangas

19 04 2012
Sunday, 1 April 2012
Batangas, Philippines

Batangas is one of the provinces in the country known for its beaches, mountains, diving and snorkelling areas. Amongst its many jewels, Maricaban island is the nearest and less crowded place where you could go to. Although no historic shipwreck underneath, Maricaban is a must see for a year-round snorkelling  and beachineering (bum at the beachline).


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Fronting Tatay’s Resort, underwater you will see some corals and other marine life (multicoloured fish, sponges, elkhorn, brain coral, and crustaceans inhabit the area).


Above water, you get to enjoy the dramatic sundown while the fisherman passes by.

But what I love most is the fact that our friend Pugon owns the resort!

SAMPLE ITINERARY (2 days, 1 night):
07:30 – ETD Manila
10:30 – ETA Batangas Pier/wharf. Buy packed lunch and do some marketing for Dinner, Breakfast and Lunch the following day!
11:00 – ETA Anilao
12:00 – ETD Anilao Pier/wharf, mainland Have LUNCH while cruising the sea
NOTE: limited boats, so do not miss this public transportation
13:00 – ETA Maricaban island, take 5 min hike to Tatay’s Resort
13:30 – ETA Tatay’s Resort. Prepare Merienda,  And arrange for a rented banca for the following day to take you back to the mainland.
14:30- Quality time for snorkelling, swimming, siesta, book reading while enjoying the breeze
17:00- Prepare Dinner
19:00- Have DINNER
20:00- Socials/Fellowship
23:00- Pitch tent or bivouac, lights out!
07:00- Wake up call
07:30 – Prepare Breakfast
08:30- Have BREAKFAST
09:30- Quality time for snorkelling, swimming, siesta, book reading while enjoying the breeze. Break camp
11:00 – Prepare Lunch
12:00- Have LUNCH
14:00- ETD Maricaban via the rented banca
15:00 – ETA Anilao Pier/wharf, back to Manila
18:00 – ETA Manila

BUDGET: <2,000php / <40 USD per pax for a group of 5. Transportation arrangement from Manila to Batangas on board a bus or own vehicle. Parking at Anilao Pier/wharf is pretty safe anyway. Other expenses: boat ride coming to and from Anilao pier/wharf, food including drinking water, very affordable resort to base

HOW TO GET THERE: Public transportation coming from Edsa or even LRT Taft Avenue are available. Or else, via own vehicle passing through South Superhighway then Star Tollway link-road. You may follow the directional signs along the way to Anilao Pier/wharf.

WHO TO CONTACT: Just drop a line. On a regular diving season. Tatay’s Resort is for daytime home base only. However, you could directly arrange for a camping or bivouac sleeping adventure! h




18 responses

20 04 2012
Jhoey Reyes (@Miss_Emotera)

do you have contact info for tatay’s resort?

22 04 2012

Connection on the island is on and off. But you could try this one – 0949-6965379. Otherwise, email me here –
Thanks for swinging by this blog!

25 04 2012
Cyril Martinez

Ang ganda ….!. Thanks.

25 04 2012

Salamat Pugon 🙂

25 04 2012
Cyril Martinez

Hi jhoey! For inquiries you can text me @09328610130 by the way I’m Cyril Martinez. Thanks.

5 04 2013

hi ganda po dito, balak sana namin bumisita pwede po malaman ung breakdown ng budget para po my idea din kame , thanks

13 07 2013

Hi thanks for your email. yes maganda nga. hope you were able to go there. Budget: less than 1kphp (<20 USD)per head taking public transportation (from buendia pasay to batangas then public boat from the dock to the island).

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31 07 2013

Thanks to you!

9 01 2014
Tyrone Reyes

Hi! Active pa po ba yung number ni Cyril Martinez for the inquiries about sa resort nila? Tatay’s resort to be specific. Mag inquire sana ako.Thank you.

And by the way, we’re gonna be at Gulugod baboy first then the day after tsaka kami pupunta, that would be on Feb. So paano din papunta and magkano yung expense? for a group of 5+ Thanks!:) *excited

27 04 2014

try this – 09328610130 Cyril Martinez

23 04 2014

marami din b nag oovernyt dto? wla po mga cottages? howmuch po ung sa boat? may entrance po b? may clear water din po b n mapagkukunan? thnx

27 04 2014

Overnight – selected only; cottages – meron, less than 5; boat – they might have new price since it is season, coordinate with cyril; entrance – ask 09328610130 Cyril Martinez; clear water – for drinking? none, bring your own. for bathing? yes, there is, but limited supply. Enjoy the outdoor!

28 10 2015
Wee manansala

I saw your nice resort
Is it good for snorkeling, im taking my team gor an immersion related to marine life pec to corals and shells good for 10 pax
How much is the overnight stay in your resort?
Are you near masasa beach and gulugod baboy?
Btw do u have aircondirioned rooms? Pls send me a picture of your rooms

2 01 2016

I hope Cyril phoned you. I forwarded your email to him.
Nevertheless, yes good for snorkeling

2 01 2016

pwede bang mag camping dito? meron bang fees or kakausaping personel pa or okay lang kahit directly na lang mag camp?

2 01 2016

I think Cyril’s phone is busted – 0932-300-6724. Cyril is the son of Tatay.

12 05 2016

yeah I tried to contact her too … sad

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