“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius
Mabini, Batangas was named after a Filipino revolutionary hero, Apolinario Mabini who later became the first prime minister of the Philippines [Wikipedia].
Mabini with its pristine sea water and rich marine biodiversity is also nicknamed as the Diving Capital of the Philippines.
How to Get There
Mabini, Batangas is roughly 3 hours from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
To commute from Cubao, Kamuning or Buendia-LRT Taft, you can take a Batangas/Pier bound Jam Liner bus then get off at Batangas City (Grand Terminal). Fare is P165.00 and trip is around 2 hours-3 hours. From Batangas Grand Terminal, look for the Anilao/Mabini-bound jeepneys and request the driver to drop you in the terminal of tricyles bound to Anilao (Diversion Road). Trip is around one hour. From there, you can ride a tricycle to get to your resort.
What to Bring
There are few stores so better bring your essentials and supplies.
No wi-fi signal in the vicinity of the resort or beach.
Manual cars with 1.3 engine and below may experience difficulty climbing to the highway (at least for our experience in Casa Bahia).
Parking and Road
There are resorts with steep rough road going to the location. In our experience we stayed in Casa Bahia Dive Resort in Sitio Balagbag Brgy. Bagalangit, Mabini, Batangas. The road from the highway to the Bahia resort is narrow and steep. For those with lowered cars, be careful. Drivers should blow their horn while going down to the resort and while going up to the highway because of the few blind spots. Persons who are just beginning to drive should take extra care. Parking fee is P100 per 24 hours.
What to do
You can dive, snorkel, kayak. Several diving resorts arrange trips to diving spots in Balayan Bay near Cape Bagalangit and near Sombrero and Maricaban Islands.
The beaches of Mabini is not ideal for swimming but a walk in the morning along the seashore while the tide is low is refreshing and very nice.
Diving cost around P3500 for beginners which comes with diving gear, diving lesson and an instructor.
It is never too late to gather the courage to follow your dreams. Keep moving forward. – K