Aside from beach bumming and other water activities, you can also do sunset watching and star gazing in Burot beach. Burot beach in Calatagan, Batangas is facing exactly west so it showcases one of the most beautiful, panoramic sunset, and since it is away from the bright lights of the city, you can also have a clear view of the galaxy. Just be there when the weather is favorable.
August this year, we successfully carried out the first leg of PH Trails tours, the Camp and Delve: Burot Beach, with six guests; Ken, Analyn, Christian, Clarice, Erwin, and Victoria.
At 6:00AM, we took a van from Zamora Street in Pasay City (just few steps away from Kabayan Hotel) to Calatagan, Batangas and it costed us 3-4 hours of travel time. After buying the stuff (water, ice, rice, meat and veggies, etc) we needed at the market near the terminal, we then transferred to our pre-contacted tricycles to bring us to Burot Beach. We endured the 30-minute rough ride and it was a lot uncomfortable when you’re seated in the backride, which I was. Good thing I wasn’t alone, I shared the penitence with Erwin and, of course, Marx and Ken who were on the other trike’s backseat. And the girls…, they were enjoying the breeze at the comfort of their seats.
It was nearly lunch when we reached the beach and we’re hungry – hungry enough to forget the very reason why we were there. So I brought out the (portable) butane stove and cooked for lunch. Everybody was excited to taste Marx experimental chicken adobo. While waiting for the food, we set up our shelter for the day and night.
The idea of being on the beach started to sink-in only after the non-disappointing lunch. We contacted a boatman to bring us to the nearby sandbar. Unfortunately, the tide wasn’t low enough for us to see the mound. The sandbar was ashamed to surface so we ended up wading on its knee-deep waters. We noticed sea urchin infestation which made everybody to be wary on the dark areas of the sea.
We headed back to the main strip of Burot beach after nearly an hour of childish activities (you know what I am talking, Christian and Analyn). We strolled in the overall stretched of the shore and found this very interesting strip (shown in the following photo). Shockingly, they weren’t just enjoying the swim but with the hermit crab race in the makeshift tracks.
Watching these very cute puppies playing gave us additional entertainment.
After the tiring activities, the photo shoot, the water games, and semi swimming lessons, we patiently waited for the sunset. However, the dark clouds started to hover above us until it completely blocked the setting sun. All we saw were rays but it still had colorful effects with the sky.
A group of bikers arrived in the evening and they’re noisy. We couldn’t make a sound sleep, battling both the noise and hard beddings. We got out from our camps in the middle of the night then Clarice started to locate and point the constellations in the sky which was surprisingly clear that evening. It seemed to compensate our lost view of the sunset.
We proceeded to Tagaytay City the day after.