Saturday, May 26, 2018

Beaches in Batangas : Loren Island Travel Guide

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I was looking in the mirror one morning and I noticed that my complexion is getting fairer. My tan lines are starting to fade away which signals that I need a quick escape to the beach. I always wanted to maintain my brown-ish complexion to have a summer vibe all year round. I quickly open my laptop to look for an island/beach which is not too far from manila but not too crowded. I read several blogs and I got really hooked in a blog about Pulo Island or known as Loren Island. 

The island can be totally isolated during weekdays.

Loren Island Batangas

Loren Island is located in Nasugbu Batangas which is a 3 to 4 hours away from Manila. The island is locally known as Pulo Island but it is now owned by Senator Loren Legarda, hence the name Loren Island.  There are no facilities in the island but the lack of these amenities adds charm and a back to basic lifestyle aura. If you’re planning to visit and if you love beach camping then make sure to add Loren Island in your beach goals list. 

The calm atmosphere of the beach.

The Island offers a scenic view and calm atmosphere especially during night. The sand here is not so white but creamy and pebbly in some part. The beach is a fantastic playground for a quick getaway. The island is surrounded by verdant vegetation and rock formations. Also, it has small caves and coves that are perfect for swimming. On the far right side of the island the shore is rocky and rugged but on the other side there is a sand bar that connects to another islet. I decided to stay overnight in the island.At around 5:30 in the afternoon I was left alone in the island. I felt like I was castaway. All I can hear are the sound of the birds and the waves crushing in the shore. It was a magical feeling , a total connection to nature.

This cove is one of the best spot for swimming.

A strip of sand that connects to a rocky islet.

Loren Island is a great island escape but the sad part is, it is not well maintained. There are all sorts of trash that liters the beach and pollute the ocean. A caretaker regularly clean the beach but it is the carelessness of the tourists that creates a negative impact in this tropical paradise. The Island has all the potential to be a great tourist spot but we must protect its beauty to preserve its wonder. 

Rocky part of the beach.

The island is surrounded with tropical waters and rich underwater life. 


HOW TO GET TO LOREN ISLAND

  • Bus Terminals in Buendia, Pasay and Cubao have direct route to Nasugbu town proper. Board a bus going to Nasugbu. Travel time is 3 to 4 hours depending on traffic. I suggest that you should catch the earliest trip at around 2:00 am. Fare is around Php 160 to 180. 
  • From Nasugbu town proper charter a tricycle bound to Barangay Calayo. Fare is Php 200 if you are traveling solo. If you are traveling in a group hire a tricycle for Php 300. Barangay Calayo is an hour or less from the main town of Nasugbu. 
  • From Calayo beach rent a boat that will take you to Loren Island. Travel time is just 20 minutes from the mainland. Since I travel there solo I paid Php 500 (back and forth) for the boat. They also offers Php 1500 package tour for a group of 10 to 15 persons in nearby beach like Bituin Cove. 
  • Contact person for boat rentals: Rey Sevilla- 0929 969 3438

WHERE TO STAY IN LOREN ISLAND


  • Overnight Camping is allowed in the area. Bring your own tent and hammocks.Prepared your camping tools and gears. I paid Php 500 for overnight stay including the entrance fee and a fee for pitching tent. This is a bit expensive for me since I was solo. 
  • Other travelers opt to stay overnight in Bituin Cove after visiting Loren Island. Bituin Cove is 15 to 20 minutes away from Loren Island. They offer camping and have facilities like a small store and rest rooms. 

TRAVEL REMINDERS:

  • Apply the LEAVE NO TRACE policy.
  • Avoid throwing plastics,cigarette butts or any garbage around the beach.
  • Bring your own canisters, tumblers, metal spoon and fork to minimize the use of plastic. 
  • Don't step on corals.
  • I don't encourage bonfire because it can cause wild fire and it destroys the sand. 

About the Author:
Edss Tolentino is an aspiring travel writer, an adventure junkie and a seeker of the unknown. His goal is to explore the 7,641 of the Philippines and share its beauty to the world. 

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