I’m excited to share with you the amazing weekend I’ve had in Anilao! 🙂
Batangas is famous for its beaches, but Anilao is making its name mostly for its rich marine fauna, hence, it attracts divers and underwater enthusiasts.
We partnered with Eagle Point Resort, just 3-4 hours away from Manila, to see what Anilao has to offer.
The resort turned out to be perfect for both company events or for some time spent alone. It has a relaxing ambiance which just doesn’t fade even when there were almost 100 guests (there was a company outing being held) during our first day of stay.
First, here’s how we got there:
- We took a bus from Buendia to Batangas City and got off at Grand Terminal. (P157)
- From there, we took a jeep to Mabini and got off at Mabini Market. (P27)
- Then we rented a tricycle heading straight to the resort (P200)
When we arrived at the guardhouse of the resort, we were fetched by a shuttle going to the reception area. Check-in time is at 2pm and we arrived at around 9am, so we freshened up a bit and got ready for a 10am intro-to-dive lesson, which I was excited (but also nervous) about as I’ve never done that before.
I met our licensed driving instructor, Kuya Lito Castillo, and after courtesies, he started the lesson which took about 10-15 minutes. He taught me how to act and communicate underwater, and let me know of what discomforts to expect, plus he made me feel at ease – assuring me that he’d be guiding me all throughout.
Eagle Point Resort has a saltwater aquarium, about 12-ft deep filled with sea creatures, which is where we tested out what I learned. Afterwards, since I got comfortable enough and was amazed by the underwater experience, we dove into the ocean(!!!) to see more.
That’s how I got to experience first-hand how rich Anilao’s sea really is and why it is famous for underwater activities. It’s a different, yet fascinating, world down there! I recommend you experience this activity for yourself. Checkout our one-minute Intro to Dive video! 🙂
After the awesome lesson, we had lunch overlooking the sea. Look at how relaxing every corner was designed to make you feel:
My friend and I were talking about how perfect this place is for artists or writers who want to finish their work in a quiet yet inspiring environment. Plus, all of the resort staff were friendly and accommodating and seemed like they were just happy to be there.
Anyway, the food ranges from P150 (soups) to P950 (steaks). Filipino dishes, seafood, and pasta costs around P250 to – P500. I can say that with the serving, freshness, and taste of the food, it was worth the price.
For lunch, I just had to have buttered king prawns. And we got to try their best seller, Calamansi Pie (which was kind of a cheesecake) and tiramisu, because… desserts for life. Yum.
Since we were sleepy from our dive and food coma, we checked in and headed to our room. We stayed at a Cottage Deluxe type. It’s an air conditioned room overlooking the sea. It had a terrace where you can appreciate the view (waking up to the sight was really something!), two beds, television, a fridge, and safety deposit box for your valuables.
We rested for a while and then decided to walk around the resort during sunset. Checkout how majestic it looked like around the golden hours:
For dinner, we decided to go for pasta, pizza and steak before turning in for the night.
Checkout time the following day was 12pm. So after a healthy and hearty breakfast, we took a 20-minute boat ride to Sepoc Island – a private island accessible only through Eagle Point Resort.
We went snorkeling and then, had our lunch by the beach. It was vacation at its finest.
Other amenities and activities are:
- A double-level pool with a waterfall feature and a slide for both kids and adults.
- A game room where you can play pool and ping pong.
- A dive shop where you may also find essentials, if you’ve forgotten to bring any (ie. sunglasses, hats, etc.)
Here are also a few things to expect:
- 24-hr security.
- Secured parking area.
- The place is 20 minutes away from the nearest church, hospital, and police station in Mabini.
- A lifeguard is available until 7pm, but night swimming is still allowed as the guards and staff continue to rove around the area.
- Loud music or any noise from 9pm to 8am are not allowed.
- No pets, sorry.
- Alcoholic beverages are available at the bar.
- There are designated areas for smoking and ashtrays are provided.
All in all, I highly recommend this place. In such a short time, I already felt so refreshed. It is a true vacation experience just a few hours away from the city. Will definitely come back!
With small island senorita dreams,
For reservations, visit : http://eaglepointresort.com.ph
Barangay Bagalangit, Anilao, Mabini, Batangas
Telephone: +63 2 8133553, Fax/Ph: +63 2 8133560
Mobile: +63 917-5625223 / 0917-8164950 / 0917-7125024 / 0920-9776694