Located along with the bodies of Verde Island Passage, specifically between the islands of Luzon and Mindoro, Isla Verde is one of the most desired travel destinations in Batangas. With its pristine, blue, clear water, and abundant marine biodiversity, no wonder people who are searching for a short break would choose to set their foot here.
And just like everyone who loves a serene, quiet, and cozy place, we decided to be on this beautiful Isla Verde for our first wedding anniversary! And here are some travel tips and guidelines that we would like to share.
How to Go to Isla Verde
- If you’re coming from Manila, take a bus going to Batangas City/ Pier and alight to Batangas Grand Terminal. In our case, wherein we just came from Sto. Tomas Batangas, we take a bus at SM Lipa, going on the same route for around 30-40 minutes.
- From Batangas Grand Terminal, you have two options; ride a tricycle going to Tabangao Port for around 20-30 minutes, or ride a jeep going to Balagtas, alight to Bagong Palengke and ride another to reach Tabangao Port. Take note that you can also go to the Ilijan Port if you’ll consider taking a private boat.
- Upon reaching Tabangao Port, take the public boat going to Isla Verde. Take note that Isla Verde is composed of several barangays, so make sure to ride on the boat that will drop you to the specific barangay/resort you’ll be staying in. In our case, we ride at the M/B Surface Interval that is owned by the resort itself. The boat ride takes around 1.5 hours. If it’s your first time to take a boat, brace yourself because the open sea has some big waves that can give you some headache. 🤣
- And finally, upon reaching the island, go to your accommodation and enjoy your stay!
What to Do in Isla Verde
We can say that Isla Verde is still a developing destination. Hence, you won’t run out of some things to do. You can play volleyball with your friends, go to island hopping, kayaking, swimming, and snorkeling.
As we arrive, and with the super relaxing ambiance of the island, we just enjoy the view and its quietness (that we can even count how many of us are on the island).
And then, we take some photos, walk and look around, check the Surface Interval Resort, sit, listen to the waves, eat our baon for lunch, and sleep with the beautiful background of the blue sea.
By late afternoon, we enjoy swimming and snorkeling on a slightly strong wind and waves followed by a light dinner (still with our baon). We also watch KMJS with The Interval Surface Resort at the reception area (yes, their staff are very kind and accommodating) and then take some rest.
On the second day, we take breakfast with our noodles, rent a kayak, and swim, still on a rough and windy day. 😁 Then, leave the island by 10 AM.
Our One Day/ Overnight Itinerary
- 3:00 AM – Prepare our things to bring, food and of course, ourselves 😁
- 5:00 AM – Leave home and go to SM Lipa
- 5:30 AM – Arrival at SM Lipa
- 6:15 AM – departure from SM Lipa
- 6:45 AM – Arrival at Batangas Grand Terminal
- 7:00 AM – Take a tricycle to Tabangao Port
- 7:25 AM – Arrival at the Tabangao Port
- 8:25 AM – Departure from Tabangao Port
- 10:00 AM – Arrival at Isla Verde/ The Surface Interval
- 10:15 AM – 12:00 NN – Bumming around and checking the island and resort
- 12:00 NN – Lunch
- 12:40 PM – 3:00 PM – Siesta time; with the relaxing view and space, we actually sleep 😂
- 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Swim, snorkeling
- 7:00 PM – Dinner
- 8:00 PM – Watch KMJS at the receiving area
- 10:00 PM – Sleep
- 6:00 AM – Wake up
- 7:00 AM – Breakfast
- 8:00 AM – Swimming, snorkeling
- 9:00 AM -Pack-up/ prepare to leave
- 10:00 AM – Leave the island
- 11:30 AM – Arrival at the Tabangao Port
- 12:00 NN – Lunch at SM Batangas
- 1:00 PM – Travel home
Isla Verde Sample Expense
Here are our actual expenses so you can have an idea. We prepare our food for our lunch and dinner since this is only an overnight trip. As much as we want to stay longer, we still have something to do the following day.
- Tricycle from Sto. Tomas to SM Lipa – 200 pesos
- Bus from SM Lipa to Batangas Grand Terminal – 50 pesos each
- Tricycle from Batangas Grand to Tabangao Port (desperate move at baka maiwan ng bangka. 😂😆) – 400 pesos
- Boat from Tabango Port to Isla Verde – 200 pesos each
- Isla Verde to Tabangao Port – 300 pesos each
- Tabangao Port to SM Batangas – 17 pesos each
- SM Batangas to Kapitolyo – 9 pesos each
- Kapitolyo to Grand Terminal – 11 pesos each
- Grand Terminal to Sto. Tomas – 50 pesos each
- Total transportation expense – 1,874 pesos
- Grocery (noodles, bread, chips, etc.) – 500 pesos
- Overnight room with a restroom at the Surface Interval – 1,500
- Life vest rental – 400 pesos for two days (100 pesos each)
- Snorkel rental – 100 pesos
- Kayak rental – 200 pesos
- Total expense for the activities – 700 pesos
- Total Expense – 4,574 pesos/ 2,287 pesos each
Isla Verde Travel Tips
- Public boats only travel once a day (9 AM going to Isla Verde and 3 AM going back to Tabangao Port). The boat immediately leaves once full, so make sure to be early, or else you will adjust your quick getaway the next day or take a private boat that would cost you a fortune.
- If you’ll book at The Surface Interval boat during Saturdays, the boat leaves by 11 AM the next day. In our case, their staff allowed us to leave at 11 AM even if it’s Monday because most of their visitors want to extend a little bit, just like us. 😁
- There are only a few resorts in Isla Verde, and it’s better to book your accommodation ahead of time. When you’re bound to Barangay San Agapito, The Surface Interval and Sawang Dive Camp are the two that you can choose from.
- Electricity via generator runs from 6 PM to 6 AM only, but The Surface Interval has a charging station at the lobby.
- There are no restaurants on the island, so don’t forget to bring your food, especially if you’re just staying overnight. If you’re in a group or would love to cook, The Surface Interval has a kitchen area and cooking utensils for a hundred peso fee and a sari-sari store beside too.
- The shoreline is composed of sand, shells, and pebbles, and it’s better to wear your sandals all the time.
There you go, that’s it! A very short yet a worthy stay in Isla Verde! If you’re searching for a calm and uncrowded place, visit Isla Verde.
Hope this helps you! And here are some of our photos.
The Surface Interval Resort
Our comfy accommodation with the beautiful blue sea background
Roaming around Isla Verde with the Coconut Trees + Konting Landian 😂
The Surface Interval view as we go home