Batangas

Batangas

%043 / Pop 329,874

The busy industrial port of Batangas is a major transport hub, both for buses and for ferries to Puerto Galera and a few other ports on Mindoro and Romblon. There’s little else of interest to travellers.

There’s no need to stay overnight unless you are unfortunate enough to miss the last ferry. If you get stuck, try Travellers Hotel ( GOOGLE MAP ; %043-723 2309; New Access Rd; s/d P900/1200; aW), a nondescript but comfortable and reasonably priced option with clean rooms fitted with cable TV and air-con. It’s one of several hotels about 1km from the port.

8Getting There & Away

Boat

Super Shuttle Roro ( GOOGLE MAP ; %032-4127688; http://supershuttleroro.com) has weekly long-distance boats to Cebu (P1200, 24 hours, Tuesday) and twice-weekly to Calapan.

Boracay

2Go Travel ( GOOGLE MAP ; %043-702 5525; http://travel.2go.com.ph; Terminal 2) Sails daily to Caticlan (from P1250, 10 hours) at 9pm.

Abra de Ilog & Calapan (Mindoro)

Several companies have car ferries to Calapan and Abra de Ilog:

FastCat ( GOOGLE MAP ; %043-702 6983; www.fastcat.com.ph; Terminal 2) Calapan (P190 to P300, 1½ hours, 16 daily)

Montenegro Lines ( GOOGLE MAP ; %043-740 3201; Terminal 3) Abra de Ilog (P260, 2½ hours, six daily); Calapan (P240, 2½ hours, every two hours)

Starlite Ferries ( GOOGLE MAP ; %043-723 9965; www.starliteferries.com) Calapan (P199, three hours, 12 daily)

SuperCat ( GOOGLE MAP ; %032-233 7000; www.supercat.com.ph; Terminal 3) Calapan (P175 to P280, one hour, 10 daily fastcraft, from 6am to 8pm)

Puerto Galera (Mindoro)

From terminal 3, speedy bangka ferries to Puerto Galera town (P230, one hour), Sabang (P230, one hour) and White Beach (P270, 1¼ hours) leave regularly throughout the day until about 5pm.

Starlite Ferries has roll-on, roll-off ferries to Puerto Galera at 10am and 6pm (P180, two hours), which are a better option than a bangka if the sea looks rough.

Panay Island & Romblon

Montenegro Lines Departs 5pm daily to Odiongan (P762, eight hours). On Monday, Thursday and Saturday the same boat continues on to Romblon town (P954, 12 hours).

Navios Shipping ( GOOGLE MAP ; %0908 146 2243; Terminal 3) Heads to Romblon (P850, 10 hours) on Sunday and Wednesday at 5pm.

Bus

Most Batangas–bound buses from Manila go to the pier but double-check with your driver. Make sure you get on an express bus to the pier via the speedy SLEX and STAR expressways (P180, 1½ hours). These are signed ‘Batangas Pier’ and/or ‘derecho’ (straight). Pick up buses to Manila right at the pier.

Originally posted 2021-05-05 22:04:53.