As you might have guessed, Sombrero Island, which means hat in Spanish and in Filipino, is shaped like a hat. This tiny island off the eastern tip of Tingloy, Batangas has long been attracting day trippers due to its bountiful marine life. Sombrero Island is a good spot for snorkeling, just bring your own gears and pay the entrance fee.
The island is uninhabited so if you plan to stay overnight in Batangas, you can stay at a nearby resort in Anilao and explore other islands in Tingloy.
Since the island is quite small, you can explore it in less than an hour. Bring sunblock as the sun can toast you here and stay hydrated. There are massive rocks sprinkled around one part of the island. The windswept hill crowning the island adds more drama to the already scenic beach.
SOMBRERO ISLAND ITINERARY AND BUDGET
Here’s our day trip itinerary to Sombrero Island, Batangas with breakdown of expenses/budget. This is just a sample itinerary, feel free to change it depending on your availability.
|06:00 AM||PHP 157 (USD 3/SGD 4/MYR 13)||After breakfast, head to Buendia Taft Station and board bus to Batangas Grand Terminal.|
|09:00 AM||Estimated arrival in Batangas Grand Terminal.|
|09:15 AM||PHP 37(USD 0.73/SGD0.99/ MYR 14||Look for jeep terminal. Board jeep to Mabini or Anilao.|
|10:15 AM||Estimated arrival in Anilao Port. Buy food supplies and drinks. Early lunch.|
|11:00 AM||PHP 4,000 (USD 79/SGD 107/ MYR 338) or PHP 400 (USD 8/SGD 11/ MYR 34) per person if 10 pax||Rent a boat to Sombrero Island at Anilao Port, good for 10 pax.|
|12:00 PM||PHP 200(USD 4/SGD 5/ MYR 17)||Pay entrance fee. ETA Sombrero Island. Explore island. Swim and snorkel.|
|03:00 PM||Pack up. ETD for Anilao Port.|
|04:00 PM||ETA Anilao Port.|
|04:30 PM||PHP 37(USD 0.73/SGD0.99/ MYR 14||Jeep back to Batangas Grand Terminal.|
|05:15 PM||ETA Batangas Grand Terminal.|
|05:30 PM||PHP 157 (USD 3/SGD 4/MYR 13)||ETD Manila via bus from Batangas Grand Terminal|
|08:30 PM||ETA Manila.|
|TOTAL EXPENSES||PHP 988 (USD 19.46/SGD 24.98 /MYR 105)|
*Food, drinks and other supplies not included.
HOW TO GO TO SOMBRERO ISLAND BATANGAS FROM MANILA
STEP 1: From Buendia Station in Taft Avenue, you can take a bus (Jam Liner or DLTB) bound for Batangas Grand Terminal. We recommend you board the bus with CALABARZON signboard to ditch the traffic in other towns of Batangas like Tanauan and Lipa. You may also take an ALPS bus from Cubao to Batangas Grand Terminal or any Batangas-bound bus in South Station, Alabang. Bus fare is PHP 165 (USD 3/ SGD 4/ MYR 14) from Cubao, PHP 157 (USD 3/SGD 4/MYR 13) from Buendia in Manila and PHP 127 (USD 3/ SGD 3/MYR 11) from Alabang. Travel time is roughly 2 hours and 30 minutes to 3 hours.
STEP 2: At Batangas Grand Terminal, look for the jeep terminal at the back of the carinderias. Ride the jeep en route to Anilao or Mabini. Jeep fare is PHP 37(USD 0.73/SGD0.99/ MYR 14) and transit time is about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Alight at Anilao Port.
STEP 3: At Anilao Port, you can rent a boat to Sombrero Island for PHP 4,000 (USD 79/SGD 107/ MYR 338), good for 10 person. So if you are 10 persons in a group, that’s PHP 400 (USD 8/SGD 11/ MYR 34) per person only. Travel time is roughly 1 hour.
Alternatively, you can also rent a tricycle to your resort and then hire a boat from there to take you to Sombrero Island.
Or if you are coming from Masasa Beach, you can rent a boat for island hopping for PHP 1,500 (USD 30/SGD 40/MYR 127), good for 3 persons in Masasa Beach, which includes a stop at Sombrero Island.
STEP 4: Pay PHP 200(USD 4/SGD 5/ MYR 17) per person for Sombrero Island entrance fee.
WHERE TO STAY IN SOMBRERO ISLAND
Staying overnight is not allowed in Sombrero Island. But you can rent open cottages for your day trip here. If you plan to stay longer in Tingloy, Batangas to explore its islands and beaches. You can book a hotel in Anilao, Batangas.
Eagle Point Beach and Dive Resort
Barrio Bagalangit, Mabini, Anilao, Batangas
Buceo Anilao Beach and Dive Resort
Sitio Balanoy, San Teodoro, Mabini, Anilao, Batangas
Vivere Azure Resort
Barangay Aguada, San Teodoro Anilao, Anilao, Batangas
The Farm At San Benito
119 Barangay Tipakan, Lipa City, Batangas
SOMBRERO ISLAND TRAVEL TIPS
♦ You can also make a sidetrip to other islands in Tingloy Batangas like Sepoc Island, Oscar Beach and Masasa Beach for additional fee. Just talk and negotiate with your boatman.
♦ Please do not litter. Take your trash with you (bring your own garbage bag) and dispose them properly.
♦ You can buy food, water and drinks at Anilao Port before proceeding to Sombrero Island as there is no store in the island.
♦ Try the Batangas Lomi at Loli’s Eatery near Anilao Port, it’s really good!
♦ Bring your own snorkeling gear if you want to snorkel in Sombrero Island.