“Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time.”
Me and my cousins, Paulo and Kuya Jr, had this spontaneous weekend and went to visit Burot Beach located at Calatagan, Batangas. It was my first time going with them out-of-town. I guess we’re really adults now.
We went to the beach by car. I suggest using Waze since the beach is situated at a secluded place. Once we’re near Burot Beach, we spotted a gate and paid P20 pesos to enter. The guard provided a list of what you should and should not do at Burot Beach and one garbage bag.
Entrance fee for one day stay is P65.00 and for the overnight, it’s P130.00. We first noticed the garbage around the beach – broken bottles, leftover foods and used plastics everywhere. It was such a waste looking at Burot at that state. The sand was golden brown, the sea was clear, there were starfishes lying around the shore…but the garbage around ruined the view.
We looked for a spot to camp and chose to settle near the small tree at the shore. It looked like someone used the place before us because there were scattered charcoals and bottles everywhere. We cleaned the place first before setting up our tent, tables and chairs. Paulo parked the car near the tree and played music as we prepare camp.
After that, we explored the other side of Burot. I do not know what that part is called, but it looked like there is a ruined old structure there. There were lots of sea urchins scattered on the shore. It was my first time seeing one. The sea urchin has spikes and it moves!
Before sunset, we took a swim in the sea. I wore goggles and saw lots of seaweeds and sea urchins underwater. We played near the shore, enjoyed the calm waves, and watched the pink sunset of Burot. It was magnificent.
It started to go dark so we stopped swimming. We were located far from the restrooms, so we used our mineral water to wash and change our clothes. Kuya Jr and Paulo started the bonfire and prepared our dinner. We talked all night and caught up about our lives. We stargazed and took pictures. The night was long at the beach. We slept at 2am.
I woke up at 5:30am. The sun was rising up. I walked around and noticed that the beach was cleaner when people are not around. The locals cleaned the shore and burned the garbage from yesterday.
We took pictures before going back. The sea was clear blue as the sky. The place was picturesque. I hope that Burot will stay clean and may the visitors be more responsible and disciplined.
Also, the locals there were so kind in helping us push our vehicle when one of the wheels was bogged down under the sand. They were 12 of them: boatmen, guards and vendors. They didn’t ask for anything in return. Bayanihan at it’s finest.
How to get there?
In Coastal Mall, there are buses going to Calatagan. The fare is P140 per head. Once there, you may ride a tricycle to get to Burot. Do not forget to ask for the driver’s number so that you could contact him to fetch you.
– Bring your own garbage bag. Remember, leave no trace.
– There’s no electricity at the beach. Bring flashlights and power banks.
– It’s better to at Burot on a weekday to avoid crowds.
– Be careful when roaming around the beach. There are lots of thorny plants, sea urchins and broken bottles everywhere. Always wear flipflops or slippers with thick soles.
– Bring your own food. There are stores inside the beach, but it’s more expensive.
Entrance Fee (Overnight) – 130/each
Environmental Fee – 20