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19 posts categorized "[Travel] BATANGAS Series: Beaches and Adventures"

May 01, 2012

Taal Yacht Club: Sailing 101 with Peter Capotosto

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When JoMag invited us to have a sailing session in Taal Yacht Club during our monthly mastermind meeting, we were all excited and immediately blocked off our schedule for it.

Honestly, I didn't know what to expect, what to bring, and what are the preparations needed for it.

It turned out to be an awesome bonding experience!

I would like to share with you my personal learnings during my first sailing experience with no less than Peter Capotosto as our guide...

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September 05, 2008

Kawayan Cove Photography Class

Kawayan Cove Photo Class for Bloggers on Sept. 11

Here is an official invitation to Bloggers who would like to learn photography skills with an excellent subject like Bamboo Beach! Please let me know if you would like to join this photo class by texting me +63917-LOVEOAP (5683627). It is sponsored by Kawayan Cove so it is FREE to join but you need to be a blogger or photographer to join this activity.

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Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2008.

April 13, 2007

The Blooming of Playa Calatagan

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Garden Cabana View of the Playa Calatagan River Pool

Unfortunately, the best beaches in Nasugbu and Calatagan areas are private beaches. In the case of Playa Calatagan, there will be a public beach area and a private pool/ clubhouse area for lot owners. There is no membership fee in this residential resort (which is a new concept) but you need to be a lot owner to use the facilities. Some time in the future, there will be commercial establishments for the public crowd and I can't wait to share this with you.

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Aidan's Bonakid Pose.

For now, the pool area is for private lot owner's use and their dependents. Just to give you a flavor of how much it would cost to enjoy a day trip in Playa Calatagan:

Pool Usage Fee:
Lot Owner & Dependents (P100/ Adult, P50/ Child).
Guests (P200/adult, P100/ child)

Towel & Shower Fee Rental (P70)
Whole Body Massage (P350/ 1hour)

Cabana Usage Fee:

Week days:
Pool Cabanas (Small | Medium | Large) -- We love the pool cabanas, it is like having your private jacuzzi in the cabana.
9am-1:00pm (P200 | P300 | P400)
1:00pm-6:00pm (P200 | P300 | P400)
9am - 6:00pm (P400 | P600 | P800)

Garden Cabanas (Medium) -- We love the 2nd floor garden cabanas because of the privacy it offers.
9am-1:00pm (P300 )
1:00pm-6:00pm (P300)
9am - 6:00pm (P600)

Weekends/ Holidays:
Pool Cabanas (Small | Medium | Large)
9am-1:00pm (P300 | P500 | P700)
1:00pm-6:00pm (P300 | P500 | P700)
9am - 6:00pm (P600 | P1,000 | P1,400)

Garden Cabanas (Medium)
9am-1:00pm (P500 )
1:00pm-6:00pm (P500)
9am - 6:00pm (P1000)

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Golden Calatagan Sunset at Playa Calatagan

Beach Club Complex is open from:
9am-6pm on Tuesday to Friday
9am-7pm on Saturday to Sunday.

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December 05, 2006

[Kawayan Cove #2] Kawayan Cove Mystery Revealed

"Kawayan Cove is the exclusive residential enclave on the verdant slopes that surround the fabled beach. It is designed as an exquisite, understated blend of nature and man-made wonders.... The name Bamboo Beach has an almost mythic ring to it. Many people have heard stories about it, but only a few have ever set foot on its natural white sands. " -- Head Home to Kawayan Cove Brochure.

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Rache @ the Meditation Point.

Have you ever wondered if all the things they say in the marketing brochures are true? This was my motivation for really checking out what is the mystery behind Kawayan Cove.

There is no doubt that Bamboo beach is the best beach in the Nasugbu area and for generations it was owned by the original family. I'm glad they decided to share the beach via the Kawayan Cove residential resort. The 650 meter wide Bamboo beach is 80% private and 20% public area that can only be accessed via boat and through this resort. It is a fabled beach because for years, this was the secret white beach in Nasugbu and kudos to the family for maintaining the beach so well.

The other beautiful asset of Kawayan Cove, is the Meditation Point. This is more than 4,000 square meters of serene garden sanctuary with a breathtaking view of the sea. It is ideal for reflection and prayer. There is a literally giant rosary in the middle of the garden. Meditation point is becoming popular as a wedding destination for some couples who would have sponsored access to Kawayan Cove.

Ironically, the main clubhouse is not yet completed which is suppose to be the first facility to be completed. There are only 10 houses to date so it is quite peaceful and ideal for escaping the Manila jungle. Allegedly, they are very picky on buyers since they want to keep the place serene and peaceful by avoiding controversial personalities. A typical lot would costs P5 million pesos up with a starting lot size of 500 sq meters per lot.

So what's the catch? Nothing. Kawayan Cove delivers up to its promise as stated in its marketing brochures. It is definitely a serene, secluded and secured beach escape which could be interpreted as boring if you like the night life or looking for some cool happenings in this resort.

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Aidan will give you a glimpse of Kawayan Cove. Tara na!

Related Posts:
[Kawayan Cove #1] Bamboo Beach @ Kawayan Cove
[ Playa Calatagan #1] a Beach Discovery in Calatagan, Batangas
[ Playa Calatagan #3] Stay a week or stay a lifetime @ Playa Calatagan!
Playa Calatagan- First Signs of Life's a Beach

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November 14, 2006

[Kawayan Cove #1] Bamboo Beach @ Kawayan Cove

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So far this is the best beach I've seen in the Nasugbu Area. Very clean and well maintained. I'm starting to use the beach evaluation guide provided by Allen Staley of Laiya Cocogrove on the primary considerations for Swimming beaches. I'll start off this Kawayan series with a beach evaluation guide of the Bamboo Beach @ Kawayan Cove.

Beach: Bamboo Beach
Location: Kawayan Cove, Nasugbu, Batangas
Rating: 3 Stars!

Sand quality and color: Consistently Beige
Water quality: Very Clear and Clean Water. You can see your feet clearly
Pollutants: obviously clean and looks like a big swimming pool.
Gradient: perfectly gradual slope
Waves: calm and small waves action
Currents: No noticeable currents near the shoreline
Underwater obstructions: Mostly sand, and some rocks near the edges
Marine life: Plenty of fishes that you can feed. Oh and by the way, we feed them squids. I'm not sure why but that was what they gave us to feed them.
Other hazards: Fishes that might nibble your hand because of food. Also, if you are not fond of fishes, be warned! It was said that they were trained since fishes tend to avoid or swim away but this one follows you around, swimming in circles. It is like they are protecting you from being harmed.

(my additional considerations)
Sunset: The sun directly sets in front of the beach!
Winds: Kinda hot and less winds passing through the beach area.
Availability of Good Food: awesome Filipino Food.

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