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Going to Isla Verde Batangas by Private Boat in Ilijan

Here’s the instructions for going to Isla Verde Batangas by private boat.

If you have a chartered boat, your departure point is most likely in Barangay Ilijan, Batangas City (NOT in Tabangao Port, which is for public boats).

To Isla Verde by Private Boat
One of the private boats servicing tourists to and from Isla Verde Batangas

When taking a private land vehicle

When taking a private car, here are the instructions to get to Ilijan, Batangas City and finally to Isla Verde by private boat .

Follow these steps if you need to go to the market to shop for food and other stuff; there are no marketplaces in Isla Verde.

1. Take SLEX, then STAR Tollway, then exit to Balagtas.

2. Next, upon reaching Balagtas junction, go straight to Diversion Road.

3. After that, turn left under the flyover.

4. Go straight ahead along P. Burgos St.,  then turn right upon reaching rotunda (by this time, you will have gone past the City Hall).

5. Then, turn left to the DJPMM Access Road 1. It leads to Bagong Palengke. (Bagong Palengke is open from 2:30 am.)

6. When you’re done with your shopping, from Bagong Palengke going to Ilijan, take DJPMM Access Road 2; just go with the flow of passenger jeepneys passing by the market. You know you are at DJPMM Access Road 2 when you see the Batangas City Sport Center (Coliseum).

7. Then turn right to Rizal Avenue, turn left to D Silang St., go right to Evangelista St, then, right again to P Burgos St.

8. Go straight back to rotunda, but this time, turn left and go past the Immaculate Conception Church and to the Calumpang Bridge.

9. Turn right upon reaching 7 Eleven Convenience Store opposite Shell Gas Station.

10. Go past Shell Refinery, General Milling Corporation, JG Summit, & Monte Maria. Monte Maria is in Barangay Pagkilatan. Next to it is Barangay Ilijan. Contact your boatman upon reaching the barangay arc to inform him of your arrival, so he can tell you where his exact location is.

Your Boat Service Provider’s Contact Info

We provide our guests with the boatman’s contact information along with a set of some important reminders when going to Isla Verde by private boat.

As of this writing, the usual pick-up point in Ilijan is next to Vista de Puente Resort. The boatman will also tell you where to park your land vehicle. 

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Plan Your Isla Verde Trip: Isla Verde Trip Essentials




Planning your Isla Verde trip requires a lot of patience. Why? First, it is not easy to get there. Second, while yes, Engracio’s Beach Resort provides you with the most convenient off-the-grid accommodation possible, Isla Verde is, still, well, off-the-grid. Here are the things you need to plan for for your Isla Verde Trip.


1. Transportation

Transportation to Isla Verde is a bit of a hassle. Find out why, here on this blog post:

Boat Trips to Isla Verde from Batangas City and Vice Versa

Make sure you plan your itinerary (including land transportation, market shopping, etc.) around the boat trip schedule. As mentioned in the blog post, there is only one boat trip schedule going to Isla Verde. If it’s in conflict with any of the items in your itinerary; then, you have to consider making adjustments or resort to hiring a private boat. You can always contact our guest services team to arrange one for you.


2. Meals

There are no food shops in Isla Verde and the restaurant in Engracio’s asks for reservation or food orders 3 days before check-in date. 

You may choose to bring your own food to cook. You can use the resort’s kitchen, which is complete with 2-burner gas stove, cookware (pots, pans, utensils), barbecue, and icebox. You just need to bring your own dinnerware (spoons, forks, drinking cups, plates, etc.), charcoal, and ice. No corkage fee required.

3. Activities




Gear up to enjoy Isla Verde’s outdoor activities. Make sure you bring the following items:

1. snorkels (we don’t maintain these due to hygienic reason). We have snorkeling masks for rent, limited stocks.
2. water shoes
3. toiletries, towels
4. flashlight
5. inflatables
6. underwater camera
7. anti-mosquito lotion
8. hiking shoes
9. dry bags

4. Emergencies

Unexpected things happen, such as bad weather which could postpone your trip back home;  or an injury or physical ailment. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Make sure you have extra cash to cover accommodation expenses and food just in case your trip gets cancelled for unexpected reasons, such as bad weather. You might also need extra cash to hire a private boat if you won’t be able to wait for the next trip in case there’s an urgent matter you have to deal with and you need to leave soon. There are no ATMs in Isla Verde and you can’t use credit cards or e-money.
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  • Bring first-aid kits. There are no drug stores and hospitals in Isla Verde. Nonetheless, always observe safety precautions, especially when engaging in outdoor activities.
If you need help or suggestions regarding planning your Isla Verde Trip, don’t hesitate to contact us or leave a comment below.
Thanks!

Going to Isla Verde: Transport Direction to Tabangao Port via Public Land Transport

The first thing you need to know in order to reach Engracio’s Beach Resort, Isla Verde, Batangas City is to get to Tabangao Port. Follow the transport direction below if you are taking a bus from anywhere in Metro Manila to Batangas City.  First, take a look at the following list of Metro Manila stations for Batangas-bound buses:
  • Alabang South Station
  • Alabang Metropolis
  • Buendia – LRT
  • Cubao
 
If coming from places outside Metro Manila, please contact your local information centers regarding public transport to Batangas City.
Also, please take note of the boat trip details:
  • Tabangao Port to Isla Verde: ETD 9:00 AM ONLY.
  • Boarding Time: 1-2 hours before ETD (even earlier)
  • No Seat Reservations; first come, first served.
  • Travel Time: 1-1.5 hours
 
Ideally, your bus should be in transit starting 4:00 AM. Traffic is usually heavy in the main thoroughfares of Batangas City.

Transport Direction to Tabangao Port via Public Transport

1. From Manila, take a bus going to Batangas City – any one with the signage “Batangas City Pier, Grand Terminal.” Take note that boats to Isla Verde are NOT in Batangas City Pier.
2. Get off at the Grand Terminal; then take any jeepney going to Bagong Palengke (there is a Lumang Palengke; please make sure you mention “Bagong” Palengke to the driver).
3. Get off at Bagong Palengke and transfer to another jeepney going to Tabangao. Tell the Tabangao driver you are getting off at “Biyaheng Isla Verde”.

How to Get to Engracio’s Beach Resort from Tabangao Port

In one of passenger drop-off points in Isla Verde
Please take note of our resort’s complete address:
Engracio’s Beach Resort
Aplaya, Sitio Sampalukan, Brgy. San Agusting Kanluran
Isla Verde, Batangas City
Contact Person: Gloria Macalalad
Follow the remaining steps below to reach Engracio’s Beach Resort.
4. Upon arrival at the Tabangao port, the next thing you will do is to look for a boat bound to Sampalukan where Engracio’s Beach Resort is located. Our Guest Services Team will advise you regarding which service provider to avail of, along with the following information:
  • Boarding time
  • Boat crews’ contact information
  • Docking Location (if not in Tabangao).
5. Make sure to inform any of the boat crew members that you are getting off at Sampalukan and you are Mrs. Gloria Macalalad’s guest/s. 
6. Upon reaching Sampalukan Boat Stop, walk to the right (when facing the sea) for about 1-2 minutes. Engracio’s Beach Resort is right next to the San Isidro Labrador Chapel. 

Our Preferred Boat Service Provider

Not all Isla Verde bound boats drop by Sampalukan. Boat providers will approach you and ask for your destination. Sometimes, even if Sampalukan is not part of their usual route, they encourage passengers to choose them. The problem is that most of these boats make stops to other drop-off locations, so reaching Engracio’s may take a long time. 
The following are the boats that regularly serve Sampalukan-bound passengers:
  1. MB Super Mario (recommended)
  2. MB Saint Paul 

We recommend that you look for the boat, MB Super Mario because it usually goes straight to Sampalukan instead of making stops to other drop-off locations in Isla Verde; therefore, trip duration is shortened. If MB Super Mario is unavailable, our Guest Services Team will advise you accordingly. 

Fare Prices

Jeepney Fares
Batangas City Grand Terminal – Bagong Palengke – 12.00 
Bagong Palengke – Tabangao Port  – 17.00
Boat Fares
Regular – 120.00
Student – 100.00
Child – 50.00

It Is Not Easy to Get to Isla Verde

 

Honestly, going to Isla Verde is not that easy. Why? Because there is only one trip time and a limited number of boats. The boats’ estimated time of departure is at 9:00 AM. You want to make sure you arrive at the Tabangao Port 1-2 hours before the ETD. Moreover, If you missed any of the public boats, you would need to charter a boat (Go to our Guest Services page for more info).
Yes, it’s not easy to get to Isla Verde; nonetheless, many still want to go because of its relaxing vibe and friendly atmosphere. Who doesn’t want to experience an unadulterated island life right in the center of the center of biomarine diversity in the whole world? That’s why, Engracio’s Beach Resort makes sure your trip goes smoothly. We do our best to give you updates on transportation and other important info you need to plan your trip to Isla Verde well. Visit our Contact page for general inquiries and reservation.
To learn more about public boat trips to Isla Verde from Batangas City and vice versa, click here.

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Boat Trips to Isla Verde from Batangas City and Vice Versa

Here’s what you need to know about the boat trips to Isla Verde.

Summary

  • There’s only one trip time for public boats bound to Isla Verde and back to Batangas City.
  • Ports to Isla Verde: Isla Verde Boats are NOT in Batangas City Pier.
  • There are only two (2) boats regularly servicing passengers bound to Sampalukan (Engracio’s Beach Resort)
  • No increase in fare price since Summer 2018.
  • Charter a boat if you can’t join the public boat trip.

Trip Schedules

The following are the only public trip schedules available going to the island and going back to mainland Batangas City.

Isla Verde to Batangas City: ETD 4:00 AM
Batangas City to Isla Verde: ETD 9:00 AM

Yes, the trips are in the morning only. You have to be at the port 1-2 hours before the estimated time of departure. There is no seat reservation, so you want to make sure you arrive at the port early enough to secure seats. To catch the trip to Isla Verde, ideally, you have to be at the port by 7:00 AM. It’s important that you coordinate with the boat service provider to confirm boarding time. Engracio’s Beach Resort’s Guest Services Team shall provide you with the information you need, including the boat service provider’s contact number. Visit the resort’s contact page for inquiries on transportation or read our posts on transport directions (link below).

Ports for Boats Bound to Isla Verde: Tabangao and dela Paz

The port for boats bound to Isla Verde is in Leah Beach, Barangay Tabangao, Batangas City. However, in times of bad weather, such as Habagat, boats dock at Barangay Dela Paz. Boat service providers make announcement regarding change in docking location at around 5:00 AM. Our Guests Services Team picks up the information and passes it on to our guests. They also provide other details such as transport directions to any of the mentioned ports.

Boat Trips Bound to Batangas City

As mentioned, boat trips to Batangas City from Isla Verde, specifically from Sitio Sampalukan, is scheduled at 4:00 AM daily. However, in some cases, providers change schedule, sometimes at an earlier time, like 2:00 AM. Again, Engracio’s Beach Resort’s Guest Services Team coordinates with the providers regarding any changes in trip times.

Boats Bound to Engracio’s Beach Resort

MB Super Mario

Engracio’s Beach Resort is located in Sitio Sampalukan, San Agustin Kanluran, Isla Verde. Not all boats to Isla Verde get there. Upon arrival at the port, ask for the boat bound to Sampalukan. As of this writing, the boats servicing passengers of the Sampalukan-Batangas-Sampalukan route are as follows:

  1. MB Super Mario – usually goes straight to its only and final stop, Sampalukan, but sometimes drops off passengers at Mahabang Buhangin. During Habagat, they avoid the big waves in the Sampalukan area, so they make their final stop at Mahabang Buhangin. In this case, Engracio’s Beach Resort’s guests and other Sampalukan-bound passengers take a 20-minute walk from Mahabang Buhangin or hire motorcycle service called habal-habal. 
  2. MB Saint Paul – usually drops of passengers at Mahabang Buhangin. Next stop is Sampalukan and finally, Sitio Pajo in Barangay San Antonio.

Other Boat Service Providers Servicing Sampalukan-Bound Passengers

Note that the following boats don’t regularly accommodate Sampalukan-bound passengers. However, they do especially when those two boats mentioned above have already reached their maximum capacity or when they are out of service. MB Super Mario informs our Guest Services Team of which alternative boat service provider they will endorse our guests to.

  1. MB Roxane – final stop: San Andres
  2. MB Rising Sun – final stop – San Agapito

Boat Fares

Regular – 120.00
Student – 100.00
Child – 50.00

What To Do If You Miss the Public Boat Trips

If you miss the public boat trip, or if for any reasons, you don’t want to join in, you have to charter a boat. Pricing varies depending on the following:

  • The number of pax
  • The size of the boat (maximum capacity)
  • Service providers
See our Guest Services page for the price matrix and for booking instructions. Also, you may want to check this blog post out:  Isla Verde Trip: Hiring a Private Boat vs. Joining a Public Boat


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