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Ivory Beach Resort Calatagan: Relaxing Beach Escapade [UPDATED 2019]

Ivory Beach Resort in Calatagan is one of the serene places to go to in Batangas. You may not always catch the high tide but still, this beach resort is good for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy city.

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Can you wake me up when September ends?

Can’t believe it’s already the end of September. As cliche as this may seem, time really passes by so fast and we really have to make the most out of it.

That’s why I pushed with my Calatagan getaway! Fortunately, my best friend is from this peaceful and beach blessed town.

Lately, the sea and the mountains are calling me.

I have been longing for quiet times where I would just write my thoughts and places in the past months and glad I took a leap of faith in this area. I conquered two mountains already, Mt. Maynoba and Mt. Ulap.

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And now, I am conquering beaches!

Not the populated ones though, but the peaceful and laid back beaches like Ivory Beach Resort in Calatagan, Batangas. 

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Location

Along Calatagan beach resorts (Manuel Uy Resort, Stilts Calatagan Resort, Burot Beach, and Playa, Calatagan) lies Ivory Beach Resort in Calatagan, Batangas.

This peaceful and Talisay-blessed resort is perfect for those who want to spend the rest of the night in a tent or just to stay hours to enjoy the serenity of the vast beach space.

If you really want to have that peaceful stay with a few other beachgoers, we suggest that you try Ivory Beach Coast Calatagan.

 

How to Get to Ivory Beach Resort from Calatagan Bayan

From Calatagan Bayan, it will approximately take you less than 30 minutes to this hidden beach resort via tricycle.

Tricycle Fare to Ivory Resort: PHP 100/pax

Bus Fare to Calatagan: PHP 160/pax

Van Fare to Calatagan: PHP 180/pax

It’s a bit far from Calatagan Bayan so please, wag na nating baratin sila Kuya driver. 🙂

 

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The Ivory Beach Calatagan Resort

Angelic (my best friend) and I arrived at the beach at 1:00 in the afternoon already as we prepared some food and also went to the grocery to grab some snacks and drinks.

Being a beach lover, what I appreciate more about the place is its exclusivity. 

I can actually compare this beach to the virgin beaches in my hometown, Masbate.

Also, although there are a number of pitched tents in the area, still, the feeling of peace and stillness of the place is there.

Or maybe because I was just too focused on how lovely the ocean is. Even if low tide siya. Hehe.

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Ang peaceful. Ang ganda. Gusto ko din ‘tong time na ‘to na parang uulan sya.

 

The water was not high when we arrived. Sad because we weren’t able to fully enjoy the beach.

But, we enjoyed cooking/roasting or should I say ‘toasting’ hotdogs. Haha! We had a very lovely chef by the way. Love how she made our hotdogs so yummy!

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Going back to the beach, I also love that this resort is blessed with trees that bring shade to the beachgoers. It also has tables and some areas have hammocks as well. Not sure though if it was brought by the guests as well.

Ivory Beach Resort Entrance Fee: PHP 100

Tent Pitch: 500

 

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Who doesn’t love pictures?

Angelic and I are fond of taking each other’s photos (even if sometimes we get pissed at each other. Haha.)

Because the heavy rain is about to start (sad part because we had to leave), we quickly went to the beach and took photos although the water is really low.

After a couple of shots, the rain already started to pour. 

Looking for Calatagan beach resorts? Check this list.

PIA’S THOUGHTS

Although we stayed for just two hours because it started to rain, my heart was still filled with so much happiness.

It has actually been my greatest joy ever since to be in the beach while raining.

All the more when I am already swimming! Huhu! That’s why it was hard for me to leave earlier. I wish I could still see the rain over this vast beach as it gives me the feeling of peace and joy each time I see the calm waters and the pouring rain combined.

I wish I can stay but I can’t.

But still, I left the beach with a happy heart, thanking God for another prayer fulfilled – to be with nature again and to experience the rain at the beach.

Special thanks to Concepcion Family!

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My First Hike: Mt. Maynoba + 8 Waterfalls in Tanay, Rizal

Read my very first hike experience with Mt. Maynoba in Tanay, Rizal. The journey with new-found friends here in this mountain makes this trip memorable.

The Story

It was April this year, when I just feel like I wanted to do something that I’ve never done before. I know that I badly needed a breathe of fresh air other than my usual routine.

And that’s when I started looking for hiking events on Facebook. It was May when I stumbled on a post about Cayabu-Maynoba day hike by Drew Rivera.

Because it was my first time, and was really hesitant to go on a joiners group event, I checked his account first (yes, background check! Haha!), chatted him, and then the rest is history! We’re still friends (?) until now (after a couple of inisan). HAHA! You can really earn friends up in the mountains.

Moving forward, while searching about the climb’s details, I found this from Pinoy Mountaineer that I honestly don’t fully understand but will list it here anyway. Haha!

(CAYABU-MAYNOBA LOOP)

From: Pinoy Mountaineer
Tanay, Rizal

Trailhead: Brgy. Cayabu, Tanay, Rizal
LLA: 14°36′22.4′′N, 121°25′18.6′′ E, 728 MASL (+470m)
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 2-3 hours
Specs: Minor hike, Difficulty 3/9 (Summit); 4/9 (Loop hike), Trail class 1-4
Features: Sea of clouds, scenic views of the Sierra Madre, waterfalls

 

The Meet Up

The team gathered at Mcdo MRT Cubao. As far as I can remember, we are required to be there at around 1:00 o’clock in the morning. Hours before the hike, I tried sleeping but to now avail. Maybe I was so excited or brokenhearted. I don’t know. Either of the two. Haha!

Anyway, I can still remember how excited and nervous I was while commuting my way to Mcdo. Excited because it was my first time, but nervous at the same time since I don’t even know the people I’m going to be with! Not even sure if the leader is a scam (joke lang, Drew!). Haha!

But glad that everything turned out well. Really well.

The Climb

If my memory serves me well, we left Cubao at around 2:00 AM and arrived at Tanay, Rizal at 3:30AM.

We started climbing after a short introduction and a couple of reminders from our leader at around 4:00 AM.

I was honestly (subconsciously) not paying attention to him kasi masakit ang heart ko noon. Grabe talaga. Haha. Documenting every little thing because I don’t wanna miss a thing. Haha!

And then the climb started.

I was so excited! It’s like in my head, I’m saying, I’m walking, I’m walking. We’re walking! Haha!

I honestly didn’t expect that the assaults were many. I thought it would just be chill because I have had a couple of mini hikes before. I don’t know. What I can just remember now is that there are a lot of assaults but I was happy that I finished strong. Charot!

While in the trail, I started talking to some jjoiners in the group.

I first met Kate. I just find her very pretty and strong. I feel like she is a long time mountaineer already because of how she handled herself during those assaults. Ang bilis nya!




 

The Summit

And then, we reached the peak of Maynuba at around 5:30AM because we took the shortcut and didn’t go to Cayabu. Sayang but it’s still fine. What’s more important was I finished strong! Huhu! And then, I realized na bababa pa pala kami. Haha.

The view was breathtaking. I saw the green mountain ranges, the trees, the river on the right side of the mountain.. I love how Mr. Sun slowly peaks it’s head on us while we were excitedly waiting for him.

I’ve never experienced something so real in a long time. I am just in awe of how God made these beautiful and breathtaking mountains, skies.. everything makes me wanna shout how God’s love is perfect and all for us.

 

The new found friends

While waiting for the sunrise and the sea of clouds (that we didn’t get to experience unfortunately) we had the opportunity to take each other’s photos, share each others’ trail food.. And that’s when the laughter and friendship started.

I met a number of people that I hope I would still see again in my next hikes or even here in Manila.

True enough, we really find new friendships in the mountains.

 

The Descent

We actually had a number of stops because who doesn’t love photos? Haha!

What’s more exciting with this climb was we passed by 8 waterfalls! Bad timing though because.. I can’t. I mean I shouldn’t swim. Because, monthly period. Oh, well.

After having lunch in one of the waterfalls, a couple of photos again and kwentuhan, we reached the base at around 2PM.

I have some boo-boos in this climb. I forgot to bring my towel, my personal kit, but more than what I forgot, I gained some things for a lifetime. New friends, new experiences, that new found love for the mountains, and that feeling of being in awe with God’s creation.


PIA’S THOUGHTS

I just realized now that God really doesn’t want you to be stuck in a situation of pain, of sorrow, and of darkness. When you feel like everything is not going to the way you want it to be, God has His own ways of still providing you with joy and comfort — as for me, this time, it’s through His mountains, through His nature.

It’s as if He is telling me that after all the problems, struggles and questioning, I will reach the summit. I will still reach the summit no matter what because He is with me. I just needed to fight the battles, endure the pain, change the way you see things, because everything will fall into it’s rightful places — in God’s perfect time. But what’s more important? I am not doing this alone now, I am doing it with Him.