Overnight Trip in Matabungkay Beach

Hubby and his colleagues planned to have an overnight swimming in Antipolo because it’s an hour away from where they work.Β  But two days before the said event, hubby told me that instead of going to Antipolo, we’re going to Lian, Batangas. One of their colleagues, who happened to have a grandmother in Nasugbu, insisted to have the outing in Matabungkay Beach and requested to drop by at her lola’s place for a sumptuous lunch before we go back to Manila. I had no choice but to go with their plan. 😦 We left Manila at around 8:00pm and instead of taking the SLEX, we took the Emilio Aguinaldo Highway in going to Matabungkay. Yup, that was a long ride. All of us were starving to death but we were saved by the sandwiches they prepared in the car on our way to Batangas.

cheap accommodation in matabungkay beachon our way to Batangas

We reached Lian, Batangas at exactly 11:00pm hoping that we would be at the same place where my hubby’s colleague had gone to a year ago. Some men started to follow our car and offered a place to stay. Of course the price was too pricey for us! Thank God Alfred managed to haggle at the best price. The humble house made of bamboo and nipa has only one room, a not so okay toilet/shower (the door was busted) and no aircon or fan. Well, what do you expect for a P600 house huh! Since we only needed that for sleeping, taking a bath and leaving our things, it’s was actually a good deal. πŸ™‚ We won’t be staying there most of the time right?! Oh, the bamboo float… it was given to us for only P500! Yey! Haggling really works! Lol! The whole night to dawn was spent for eating, drinking, swimming and chitchats. πŸ˜‰

lian, batangasbamboo float for P500 (ranges from P1000-P1500)

cheap accommodation in matabungkay beachfood & drinks for dinner

cheap accommodation in matabungkayenjoying the cold & clear water

cheap accommodation in matabungkayalone…

cheap accommodation in matabungkaybonding after swimming at the float

Hubby and I were not able to have a good night sleep at all for it was already dawn and in a few hours, the sun would be up.Β  We took a walk along the shore while waiting for the sunrise. Matabungkay beach had a lot of improvement. No litters around, perhaps tourists are more disciplined now and throwing the garbage in the right place. In addition to that, the locals maintain the cleanliness of the place. The place is beautiful, enough for you to relax and enjoy without spending that much. A day trip to this place can take away your stress, great time to bond with loved onesΒ  too.

cheap accommodation in matabungkayan hour before sunrise (c% hubby)

lian, batangasthe sun is up πŸ˜‰

batangasbamboo floats

lian, batangasMatabungkay shore

lian, batangasPedal boat for P200/hour (it’s so slooow!)

The gang became interested with snorkeling. We had rented a pedal boat for P200 per hour. Little did we know that the pedal boat was too slow. It even consumed a lot of time in going to the snorkeling area as well as in going back to the shore. Nothing much to see there… aside from the small school of fish who were so tiny. The corals were almost dying (I guess) because it was not as colorful and alive as snorkeling areas in Bohol. Upon hitting the shore, hubby and I went swimming though I had no plan of getting wet. We had fun that day. Oh, what a quickie overnight outing. πŸ˜‰

daytime swimming is the best πŸ˜‰


For affordable rentals of nipa hut and bamboo float, you can contact this person who I happened to spoke with that day:(or should I say, interviewed?) Mang Toto Bausas – 09484971047. House & float rentals are too high during peak season, which is April.

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. BoyP Lakwatsa
    Apr 10, 2011 @ 07:31:16

    Thank you for visiting my blog, and I am honored you listed it as one of your favorites. I will drop by your site from time to time, and hopefully bump into you and your buddies in one of my trips. I just came from Marinduque, and will be able to post my experience in a week, I hope. It is a beautiful place that maybe you should consider. Keep blogging !


    • G-nang
      Apr 11, 2011 @ 10:20:21

      You’re welcome sir! πŸ˜‰ Reading blogs of fellow bloggers is really helpful. I’ll read your blog about your trip to Marinduque. πŸ™‚


  2. Todd Senia
    Apr 19, 2012 @ 08:16:14

    Sir,san resort po kayo nun?


    • G-nang
      Apr 24, 2012 @ 06:12:31

      Hi.. no resort in particular. Yung mga locals nag-o-offer ng mga bahay near the beach area. Bahay made of bamboo, with room and cr lang. Basic na basic. It’s cheaper kasi kesa sa mga resorts. Since overnight lang naman kami, we got one pati floating cottage. πŸ™‚


  3. edel
    Apr 28, 2014 @ 06:34:53

    Hello, I would like to ask saan sa Matabungkay ito???? We are planning to have an overnight with my friends and we are still finding cheap accomodation


    • G-nang
      Apr 30, 2014 @ 00:53:49

      Hi Edel. I don’t know the exact place but you will know you are in the beach area when you see many men in the street. They offer houses, rooms and floats. I think it is somewhere past the developed site which has private resorts.


  4. mylene
    Apr 28, 2014 @ 06:44:08

    may i know the updated number of Mr. Toto Bausas, i called this number but the person whom i talked to is not the one who answered and said that i dialled in a wrong number ..


    • G-nang
      Apr 30, 2014 @ 00:50:14

      Hi Mylene, I am sorry but that was the only number he gave when we went there. If you are looking for affordable floats, many locals are offering these. Make sure to haggle to get the best price.


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