Travel Guide: Matabungkay Beach in Lian, Batangas

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Matabungkay, a town situated along the idyllic coastal town of Lian in Batangas, is a popular area for water sports such as swimming, diving, boating and snorkeling. It has a 2 kilometre stretch of good beach and sand. According to my parents, back in the 90’s it was THE place to be for family and company outings, weekend getaways with friends, and group excursions during its heyday.

To celebrate my mom’s birthday, the whole family (including my uncles, aunties and cousins so more or less there were 25 of us) spent the entire day in Matabungkay. We didn’t stay over night just had our SUV’s parked in Matabungkay Beach Resort for P50 (whole day). The staff also assisted us in getting a large balsa (floating bamboo raft).

matabunkay-beach-lian-batangas-007Our family-rented balsa.

HOW TO GET THERE

VIA PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

  • Take a bus bound for Pasay or SM MOa.
  • Get off at MRT-EDSA Taft Station.
  • In Pasay, Manila near MRT-EDSA Taft Station, ride a bus bound for Calatagan. Buses leaves daily from 4:00 AM to 4:30 PM. You may also take a van to Calatagan, Batangas. The terminal is located at the basement parking of Metropoint Mall on the other side of EDSA (landmark is Chowking/Jollibee or the Kabayan Hotel. You will also pass by Shogun Hotel along that street). Bus/van is approximately P180. Travel time is around 3 hours.
  • Alight at the junction to Matabungkay Beach in Lian.
  • You can take a tricycle to the resort from where the bus/van drops you off.

VIA PRIVATE VAN

  • Take the South Luzon Expressway, exit in Sta Rosa, and head to Tagaytay.
  • From Tagaytay, drive along to Nasugbu. Follow the road signs and take note of the intersection where the road forks: Right is Nasugbu proper, and to the left is Lian, going to Matabungkay.
  • When you get to the Lian town proper, just go straight ahead until you find yourself in the junction going to the Matabungkay Beach area. The prominent sign to follow is “Matabungkay Beach Club.”

matabunkay-beach-lian-batangas-005We rented a pedal boat but we brought our own jetski.

ACTIVITIES

  • Jet Ski – (P3500/hour for 2 person)
  • Kayak – (P350/hour)
  • Banana Boat (P1,250/15 minutes for 5 person)
  • Pedal Boat  – (P350/hour)
  • Snorkeling – (P100/hour). Or bring your own gear. You may rent a motorized boat (P500/hour) to take you to an area where the water is clear.
  • Swimming – You have to go a reasonable distance into the surf in order to reach chest deep water. The shore is quite crowded so you might want to rent a bamboo raft. The water near the shore is also rocky and full of corals. Also during one of our trips, the beach was full of algae so it is not advisable to splash around.
  • Camping – In some resorts camping is allowed but be sure to ask first pitching your tent.

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WHAT TO BRING

  • Appropriate footwear or a pair of aqua shoes.
  • Sunblock.
  • You may bring your own food. Though Matabungkay is highly commercialized and you can pretty much buy whatever you need at any nearby stores or eateries.
  • Yes, you may bring your own jet ski. In most resorts that offer jet skiing, the price starts at P3,500 per hour. Kind of expensive.

 

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My failed attempt to do the “doughnut.”

Reminders

  • Best time to visit Matabungkay beach on weekdays because it’s less crowded and cheaper compared to weekends and holidays.

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Pedal Boating. A view of Matabungkay Beach, the seashore was actually surrounded by bamboo rafts.

Final Thoughts

I’ve been here more than 10x times and each experience is unique. Matabungkay may lose its star in few years time if the people here are not aware of its condition. I’m not an environmentalist but I am not blind to see that the beach is screaming for help. You could really see that it was is over used and tired. Garbage are everywhere, though the sea is still fighting and still glowing. 

The place is also crowded. I hope they control the number of businesses being built. Too much balsa. Too much bangka.

Still, I enjoyed the overall experience. I just hope that they will rehabilitate it.

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LOCATION

MATABUNGKAY BEACH
Address: Brgy. Matabungkay, Lian, Batangas City

 

ENTRANCE FEE & OTHER CHARGES

Matabungkay Beach is a public beach so it’s basically free, unless you are staying in one of the resorts or accessing the beach via one of them. Rate varies depending on the resort. It ranges from P50 to P250 per person.
Cottage Rental Fee:  P500 to P2500
Bamboo Raft Cottage Rental Fee: The usual rate is P1500, but it still depends on the size and/or number of people.
Matabungkay Environmental Fee: P30
Parking Fee: Around P50 (day trip); Around P100 (overnight)
Bus/van fare to Matabungkay: P180
Tricycle fare: P20

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18 thoughts on “Travel Guide: Matabungkay Beach in Lian, Batangas

  1. hi
    Matabungkay seems like an ideal place to spend a weekend. swimming, diving, boating and snorkelling and jet skiing as mentioned by you are indeed some great activities to fill the weekend with the family or loved ones

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  2. One of the main reason I love to visit Philippines is that I want to see the people nature they have on their. Like this, such a wondrous places and views.

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  3. We miss the beach and hoping we get to 1 soon.We have a small piece in a private area in Lian beside Jose Mari Chan’s resthouse. After all these quarantine lockdown, we wish to visit then.

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  4. Hi Polly, napadaan lang. 🙂

    Astig!!!
    Surprisingly di pa ako nakakapunta sa Matabungkay. Ilang beses na akong nag San Juan pero di pa ako nakakabisita diyan hahaha.

    Well the good thing about that place eh malapit lang sa bahay. Pag nagkavaccine na laban sa Covid would surely visit. 🙂

    Btw nakapunta ka na sa Sombrero Island? Perfect sidetrip un after the very easy hike sa Gulugod Baboy. 🙂

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  5. This place has been one of the best beaches in the Philippines. Though I have been here just once it was a memorable experience for me.

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  6. I have been to this island for so many times before, and sayang lang ngayong summer hindi naka visit because of these trying times. Malapit lang to samin since I’m from Batangas also.

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