It’s summer time again for us, Filipinos! And what we love about living in this tropical country is to enjoy our beautiful beaches especially on this time of the year. If you’re looking for a beach less crowded, you might love this resort we discovered. It’s not your normal beach resort but they offer a total beach glamping experience located in Lobo, Batangas. Here’s a travel guide to Kawai Beach Camp.
I rarely hear Lobo, Batangas when it comes to travel and beach destinations in Batangas as it always been overshadowed by the more famous white beaches of Laiya. If you haven’t heard about this coastline town, Lobo is located in the southern tip of the province of Batangas and just about a 3-4 hour drive from Manila. They have white sand and pebble beaches along the coastal barangays of Fabrica, Olo-Olo, Sawang and Malabrigo. Aside from these beaches, you may also visit their mangrove eco park and hike to Malabrigo Lighthouse.
How to go to Kawai Beach Camp
From Manila, ride a bus going to Batangas Grand Terminal. From Batangas Grand Terminal, ride a jeepney going to SM City Batangas. Jeepney terminal to Lobo is located at the back of the Most Holy Trinity Parish Church located just across SM City Batangas (Fare is Php 100). Once arrived in the town of Lobo, ride a tricycle going to Kawai Beach Camp. Fare is Php 150 per ride and since the resort is quite new and drivers may not be familiar of it yet, just tell the driver that it is located beside Punta Malabrigo Beach Resort.
From Manila, ride a bus going to SM Lipa. From SM Lipa Grand Transport Terminal, ride a mini bus to Lobo (Fare is Php 125/each). Once arrived in Lobo proper, charter a tricycle that will take you directly to Kawai Beach Camp.
Kawai Beach Camp
I’m glad that I found this beach camp when I am browsing over facebook where to go for an overnight beach trip. Kawai Beach Camp is located in Brgy. Malabrigo, Lobo, Batangas just beside Punta Malabrigo Beach Resort. We arrived at the resort at around 1:00 PM and we were welcomed by the owner of resort. What I first noticed is how warm, friendly and welcoming both the owner and their staffs.
The resort has 7 glamping tents where 3 of them are airconditioned while the rest of the 4 tents are in a fan setup. Tents can be 1-bed setup good for 1-2 pax, 2-bed setup for 3-4 pax or 3-bed setup good for 5-6 pax (depending on its availability). Here are the current rates of the resort for the month of March to May (This already includes breakfast that can be served from 7AM to 10AM).
Here’s also a rough map of the resort for your reference:
We booked the tent number 5 which is an AC tent and we were surprised on how big the tent is and how clean, comfortable and aesthetic the overall style of the accommodation. It’s complete with furnishings you will be needing for your stay such as mini cabinets, baskets, table, own trash bins, additional fan (above your AC) and power outlets to charge your gadgets. You also have your own fairy lights inside the tent, another tables and chairs outside each tent for guests use and bean bags you may seat and lie on to relax. It has 4 common toilets and 4 common showers and based on my experience, since they only have limited guests due to limited number of tents, there’s no queue in using these common areas.
The resort is beach front so you may access the beach anytime you want. Staying also includes the following:
- Unlimited Kapeng Barako
- Unlimited purified drinking water
- Use of grill
- Fresh towels
- Soap and shampoo (provided in the shower area)
- Free bonfire at night
Don’t expect the beach here to be powdery as what most of beach bums like. The shores of Malabrigo beach are pebbled and the waters are crystal blue. We walked along its shore and take some photos on few rock formations we found near the resort. We also had a mini trek going to the Malabrigo Lighthouse. I love it here as you can really have a day of solitude away from the chaotic crowd. We had our bean bags settled in the beach front and witnessed how lovely the sun sets from this point.
During the night, you can enjoy the bonfire inclusion on your stay. Staffs may ask you when do you want the bonfire so they can set it up for you. For dinner, you may order in the resort as they also offer food on their menu to serve. In our case, we had Pork Sinigang for Php 395 good for 3-4 pax. Here’s the resort’s complete menu for your reference.
Other things to know before going:
- Check-in time is 2:00 PM and checkout time is 12:00 Noon
- Resort does not offer any Wi-Fi service but Globe/Gomo are reliable cell signals
- No smoking of cigarettes within the premises
- The resort requires 50% down payment to reserve that can be paid through Gcash or BPI
- The resort does not allow bringing of portable stoves and appliances for cooking
- Access to treehouse is for tent 7 guests only
- For other inquries, contact Kawai Beach Camp on their official facebook page here
Overall, this is a fun glamping experience by the beach that I would recommend for everyone to try. From the accommodation up to the excellent services of the resort, I would definitely love getting back. Book your stay now at Kawai Beach Camp!