Breathtaking Isla Verde, Batangas

April 13, 2016 Travel

Every time I took a ferry to Mindoro, the thought of visiting Isla Verde comes to mind.

Isla Verde is situated between the islands of Luzon and Mindoro, along the Verde Island Passage, one of the busiest sea lanes in the Philippines.

Verde Island Passage is not only a bustling sea lane but also one of the country's marine reserves, recognized as the center of the world's coral triangle. It boasts the highest concentration of biodiversity in a given area.

So, when I learned that some friends had an open weekend, I invited them to join me in exploring Isla Verde. We packed for an overnight stay, bought supplies for two days, and gathered as much information as we could online.

However, we encountered a setback at the start. We opted for a private boat to have more time on the island and arranged a 6:00 AM meetup, but it ended up being late. The situation took a turn for the worse when some local residents attempted to prevent us from boarding, citing various issues—clearly motivated by their concerns about its impact on their business.

After some negotiations, we were eventually allowed to proceed, leaving behind the negative vibes. It was a rocky start to our journey, and the trip to Isla Verde was challenging due to the waves.

Nevertheless, we arrived safely and were warmly welcomed by Tita Jo of Isla Verde Tropical Verde Resort.

At first, I felt a tinge of disappointment as I had anticipated a white sand beach resort. However, that sentiment quickly dissipated as I settled into our quaint Kubo, embracing the laid-back ambiance of Isla Verde Tropical Verde Resort.

This small resort features traditional kubos and a cafe, likely operational during peak seasons. Common comfort rooms are available, along with a dining and cooking area using firewood for guests. Camping is also permitted.

We approached Tita Jo to arrange a boat for us to explore the rest of the island, a request she graciously fulfilled. The remainder of our afternoon was spent hopping from one beach to another.

Verde Island's coastline is a diverse mix, ranging from rugged rock formations to cream-colored sandy beaches. True to its name, the island is draped in lush greenery.

Since we only had an afternoon to explore, we decided on two stops only. This was our first stop.

From a distance, our anticipation soared the moment the sandbar came into view.

This enchanting locale is nestled in San Andres, representing one of the most picturesque spots on Isla Verde. While the sand, like much of Isla Verde, is not the fine variety but rather composed mostly of crushed corals, who could be bothered? The sandbar, or should I say, the crushed coral bar, is a stunning sight just as it is.

This portion of the island overlooks Batangas, and my suspicion is that this is where the litter originated. Nonetheless, there were only a few remnants, and the area retained its pristine appearance.

Our visit lasted less than an hour before we proceeded to our next destination - San Agapito. Once again, we were captivated.

Two resorts grace this location. The first, Sawang, is a favored spot among Puerto Galera Divers, boasting daybeds, huts, and tables.

Look at that clear water surrounding the resort.

The other resort is Surface Interval, and it is equally beautiful. It also mostly caters to divers. They have huts, hammocks, and a grotto that overlooks the resort.

On our way back to the resort, we also caught a glimpse of the popular Isla Verde Resort. The sand looked fine and white from afar.

That night, we had a bonfire by the beach. The resort has a mound for a bonfire, and Tita Jo made sure our bonfire stayed lit while we had our drinks. We also enjoyed the company of countless stars.

We spent the following morning snorkeling in front of our resort.

We departed around lunchtime, slightly concerned about the waves. Fortunately, the sea was calmer, and our return to Tabangao Aplaya was smooth. Surprisingly, the locals were welcoming, even offering water for wash-up.

In summary, it was a delightful weekend. I do wish we had extended our stay to further explore Verde Island and linger longer at San Agapito.

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  1. Hello there! Nice review! May I know who's your contact on the private boat going to Isla Verde?

    1. Hello! Sorry for late reply. The private boat was arranged by the resort, Isla Verde Tropical Verde Resort.

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