This dive site is fairly sheltered. There are exotic coral formations,
plenty of small tropical fish and an interesting small drop-off
that goes down in graduated "steps." This is a good
choice for shallow dives.
There are coral heads teeming with life and the water is usually
crystal clear. There are also enough things to see to keep snorkelers
The island's external shape resembles the shape of a hat. However,
underwater, its profile makes its name "sombrero" even
more appropriate In certain areas, diving is fairly shallows
on the rim down to about 50 feet
The rim of the drop-off southwest of Sepok Point is a very good
dive site with many varieties of marine life.
This area breaks the surface and then drops down to about 80
feet. This is a marvelous area for both wide-angle and macro-photography
because of the abundant and varied coral formations and fish
There are types of coral numerous enough to fascinate even a
There is a drop-off topped by a wide variety of coral and inhabited
by plenty of small reef fish.
The two most popular dive sites here are the Drop-off (0-300
feet) and the Spanish galleon which ran aground in 1620.
Maricaban / Tingloy
The island contains a cave at 125 feet, accessed by a tunnel,
which makes for a challenging adventure.
Malahibong Manok Island
This dive site is 50-70 with a flat bottom and moderate to severe
current. The major attraction is a hoyt spring in a haloow bed
measuring 60-70 ft in depth. A round this area are excellent
Evercrest Banyan Tree Resort
Designed using indigenous materials, this golf club and resort
features a deluxe hotel lavished with world-calss amenities including
stylish shops and fine restaurants.
Punta Baluarte, Calatagan
A nature resort set on the rolling hills of Hacienda Bigaa, Punta
Baluarte offers first-rate accomodations, world-calss golf course
Calatagan Golf Club
Lauded as one of the best international championship courses
in Southeast Asia, this golf club holds another unique distinction:
it is located in an arboretum where over 3,000 trees of local
and foreign tree species are planted.
/ Volcano Trekking
One of the highest mountains in Batangas, Mt. Maculot has always
been a favorie among mountaineers and trekkers alike. The name
of the place was derived from the people with kinky hair who
lived in the mountains.
The lowest volcano in the world is surrounded by a lake. It is
accessible by boat from at least seven towns surrounding tha
lake. Tour agencies as well as some Tagaytay rresorts offer tour
packages to the lake. Jump off point is Agoncillo, Batangas.
Department stores in the heart of the Batangas City offer a myriad
of goods ranging from kitchen ware and household appliances to
fruits and handicrafts. The shops that litter the province showcase
the artistry of Batangueños. In Taal town, the Barong
Tagalog (local embroidered dress shirts for men made from jusi
and piña or pineapple fibers) features intricate cutwork
and crochet insertions. Balisong (Philippine Hand-made fan-knife)
as well as rattan, bamboo and wood crafts are also excellent
In Lipa and Batangas City, business establishment open after
sundown offering an array of activities to include dining, ballroom
dancing, live shows, piano bar and karaoke singing and other
forms of after-dinner entertainment.
The many Barradas Air Strip is the official jump-off point of
Association of the Philippines. The air field features a parachuting
measuring a length of 1,800 feet, width of 45 meters, a field
elevation of 300 feet, and heading of 105 degrees to 23 degrees.
Facilities include: 11 Single Engine Airplanes, 4 Crop Sprayers,
2 flying schools, and 5 charter planes. Airplane types include
6 Cessna 206, 2 Beechcraft Sundowners, and 3 Pipers.
Location : Barrio Santolan, Tanauan
How to get there : From the town proper, take a turn to A. Mabini
road that leads to the town of Talisay. The distance is about
three to four kilometers before reaching the rail road (about
200 meters) that leads to the site.
Travel time : Approximately 1
1/2 hours from Manila by car.
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