Nasugbu is a rising municipality in the province of Batangas. It has a rolling terrain filled with rice fields and corn fields as well as hills and mountains. It has a vast shoreline that leads to the South China Sea, making the area known for both its agriculture and aquaculture industries. Its main attractions, however, are the stunning white sand beaches and clear blue waters that lure tourists every year.
Nasugbu was declared a special tourism zone by the government because of its pristine beaches. Urbanization in the area is ongoing but high-class resorts are already fringing its shores. Canyon Cove is a popular resort in town, complete with quality facilities and amenities. Its Mediterranean-style villas have luxurious, spacious rooms and a scenic view of the beach. Guests will enjoy numerous activities in the resort like swimming, boating, ang sunbathing.
Another beautiful resort is Pico de Loro Cove. It is also a beach club, where members are entitled to a lot of exciting benefits and privileges. In addition to topnotch guest rooms, the resort boasts restaurants, bars, an elegant infinity pool, and sports facilities like bowling alleys and basketball courts.
Nasugbu also has its share of impressive churches: the St. Francis Xavier Parish was only built during the 1990s but was declared a Jubilee church by the Archdiocese of Lipa in 2010. The church was built in gorgeous Romanesque architecture and adorned with ceiling paintings and antique bells. Tourists and pilgrims can easily access St. Francis Xavier Parish via road trip from Metro Manila.
Nasugbu is located about 95 kilometers south of Manila. This lovely town in Batangas is frequented by local tourists, especially among city dwellers from Metro Manila. To get to this place, you need to travel by land.
A road trip from Metro Manila is one of the more common ways to get to Nasugbu. Take the SLEX (South Luzon Expressway) and head to Sta. Rosa in Laguna. Drive past Tagaytay City until you reach Nasugbu. Another route is through the CAVITEX (Manila-Cavite Expressway). From CAVITEX, take the Kawit exit and pass through the towns of Naic, Maragondon, and Ternate until you reach Nasugbu. Traveling time should take you roughly three hours.
If you’re commuting, buses bound for Batangas are plenty in the metro. Most terminals are stationed in Pasay City, Gil Puyat Avenue (Buendia), or Cubao. Different buses have different destinations in Batangas. Generally, BSC or DLTB buses are the ones that will be passing by Nasugbu.
For international tourists, the nearest airport to Batangas is the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City. Upon landing, head to a bus terminal in the city to catch a ride headed for Nasugbu.
How to Get Around
Nasugbu is a laidback town where you’ll feel the simplicity of the lifestyle of the locals. When in town, you can get from one place to the other via tricycle, Nasugbu’s main mode of transportation.
What to See
In 2007, Nasugbu was made a special tourism zone by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The town is laden with white sand beaches where travelers enjoy the sun, sand, and sea.
One of Nasugbu’s main attractions is Fortune Island. It is a 27-hectare resort island located about 14 kilometers off the coast of Nasugbu. The island was once a luxury resort that catered to the rich and famous in the Philippine. It had a museum, world-class facilities, fine dining restaurants, even a helipad—until the business hit rock bottom and permanently closed down in 2006. Years later, the island was reopened to attract tourists. People visit the island primarily to marvel at the ruins on the highest peak of the island, which resemble the Parthenon in Greece. The island is also notable for its clear blue waters where visitors can enjoy swimming. There is also a spot on the island for cliff diving. Spending the night on the island is possible but only with tents since there are currently no lodging facilities available.
Nasugbu is also home to two towering natural attractions that draws in local mountaineers every year.
Mount Batulao features “open trails, rolling slopes, and scenic view of Batangas,” as pointed out by avid mountaineer, Gideon Lasco of pinoymountaineer.com. The mountain is classified as a minor climb: this means that even beginners can reach the summit in two to four hours. You can hire a tour guide to assist you or even go solo since the trail is fairly easy to navigate.
The other mountain, Mount Pico de Loro, is also classified as a minor climb with a difficulty of three out of nine. High up in the summit, about 664 meters above sea level, mountaineers are treated to a breathtaking expansive view of Cavite and the bodies of water surrounding Batangas.
The Transfiguration Chapel, also popularly known as Caleruega Church, is an attraction worthy of a visit when in Nasugbu. Administered by the Dominican Fathers and Brothers, Caleruega Church is a retreat center, a nature park, and a popular wedding venue. Its iconic brick façade and architecture also provides the perfect backdrop for a souvenir photo when in town. There is also a café in the property where guests can enjoy snacks after reveling in the peace and blissfulness of the entire Caleruega complex.
With stunning beaches around, Nasugbu has world-class resorts that line its shores. You can select from Club Punta Fuego, Pico de Loro, Canyon Cove, and many more for your family getaway. These resorts are the go-to places for recreational activities when in Nasugbu, given their complete resort amenities, outdoor pools, and private beaches.
Events and Festivals
During the last months of the year, the whole town of Nasugbu celebrates the annual Sugbuan Festival. The festival was recently introduced with the goal of promoting Nasugbu as a tourist destination and to foster harmony and unity among the barangays and communities throughout the area. The festival features colorful parades, lively street dancing competitions, and a beauty pageant where the winner will be crowned Miss Nasugbu. The Kakanin Festival is also part of the larger Sugbuan Festival, where different barangays compete to produce the best tasting kakanin or rice cakes in all of Nasugbu.
Where to Eat
Any trip to Nasugbu won’t be complete without stopping over Kainan sa Dalampasigan. This restaurant comes highly recommended because of their mouthwatering array of Filipino dishes. They serve local favorites like kare-kare, daing na bangus, sinigang na bangus, and balot sa dahon (composed of adobo, shrimps, tomatoes, and bagoong). Cap off your sumptuous meal with a serving of their creamy leche flan or a glass of their sweet halo-halo.
Those who love pizza will surely find Crust in Sandari Batulao such a welcome treat. The restaurant serves Neapolitan brick-oven pizzas. They also have pasta dishes that will likewise tickle your palate.
On the other hand, for some Spanish delights like paella and tapas, El Cocinero won’t disappoint. The restaurant is located right in the heart of Nasugbu.
Fare: PHP 150.00 to PHP 200.00
Bus fares to Nasugbu costs about PHP 150.00 to PHP 200.00 for a one way trip. When going around town, a tricycle ride costs about PHP 10.00 per head but could still vary depending on the distance.
Food: PHP 200.00 to PHP 750.00
With an average budget of PHP 200.00 per meal, you are guaranteed to enjoy a delightful and satisfying meal. In El Cocinero, a big serving of Paella Valenciana costs PHP 750.00 can feed about three to four persons.
Shopping: PHP 20.00 to PHP 300.00
When buying souvenirs and pasalubong, key chains and ref magnets cost about PHP 20.00 to PHP 50.00 apiece. You can also buy souvenir shirts are priced around PHP 150.00, depending on the design and the materials used.
Accommodations: PHP 1,000.00 to PHP 2,500.00++
For as low as PHP 1,000.00 a night, travelers can already avail of a quality room in Nasugbu. Rooms with full amenities and services, however, cost PHP 2,500.00 and above per night.
Activities: PHP 300.00 to PHP 1,500.00
When going to Fortune Island, the entrance fee is PHP 300.00 per head. You also need to rent a boat, which is about PHP 4,000.00 for 10 people. Meanwhile, when going up a mountain like Pico de Loro, expect a budget of about PHP 1,000.00 to PHP 1,500.00, which includes bus fares, snacks, lunch, and other fees (registration and environmental fees).
Other Fees and Taxes: PHP 20.00 to PHP 50.00
Normally, restaurants would already include a service charge to your bill so tipping is no longer necessary. If you insist, a tip of PHP 20.00 to PHP 50.00 should be enough. Consider giving higher tips to your tour guides.