WHERE IN THE WORLD ARE WE?
Portulano Dive Resort is in The PHILIPPINES, in South East Asia, between China and Japan. Fly into the Manila International Airport (NAIA) serviced by major airlines from Asia, Europe and the United States.The resort is in Luzon, Batangas, on the north side of Anilao. It's a 2-2.5 hour drive away from the Manila International Airport or the Makati Central Business District. Our boat, marked Portulano will pick you up at our private pier and parking area for your 5 minute boat transfer to the resort.
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PRIVATE LAND TRANSFERS:
Land Transfers: (from Manila International Airport, Manila/Makati Central Business District) can be arranged for you.
Car Service: PHP 5,500+/way
Van Service: PHP 6,500+/way (rates are subject to change due to fluctuating gas prices)
IMPORTANT SCHEDULING TIPS:
Ideal arrival time would be in the morning so traffic and boat transfers to the resort are easy to manage. For late evening arrivals, boat pick up from resort private pier to the site is possible usually during November-May.
Low tides and disturbances usually prevent evening boat trips from June to October. Boat transfers are usually not possible from 9pm-5am. Since there is a 2.5-3 hour travel time between the Airport and resort pick up point, we can recommend a hotel airport http://www.belmonthotelmanila.com or arrange the nights stay at the charming Taal Heritage Town https://www.paradoresdetaal.com/, or MAROBA PAWS BY THE SEA, Beach House a private residence, beside our private pier.
Make sure you agree with your driver/car service which BAY in the airport you will be picked up. There are 3 arrival terminals, these are the usual locations: TERMINAL 1: one floor below the arrival area exit and stand under letter “P”; for TERMINAL 2: proceed to BAY 16; for TERMINAL 3: proceed to BAY 5. Arrival details will be sent to you once you have confirmed your booking and provided your flight/pick up details.
Fastest route from Manila is to exit at the very end of STAR (Southern Tagalog Arterial Road) and taking the San Pascual Diversion Highway. This route helps you avoid the traffic at Lipa City.
Scenic route is through Tagaytay. It will take a bit longer but is recommended only in the mornings until noon, passing through this area in the afternoons on weekends could add more than an hour to your trip because of traffic.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT An easy and convenient option to get here if you have minimal luggage. There are 2 stations to choose from.
Departure: Makati JAM Buendia LRT Bus Station
Take a GRAB or TAXI from the Airport or your Manila location to the JAM BUS station at TAFT ST. corner BUENDIA ST.(Sen Gil. Puyat).
This should cost you PHP 200-400. Locate the JAM bus headed for LEMERY, Batangas. The bus takes 2 + hours. Check trip schedules and fares through the Book a Bus link below. Scroll down to look for the LRT Buendia (Makati) station to Batangas Lemery Trip details.
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Arrival: JAM Bus Station Across Xentro Mall
The BUS will stop at the LEMERY Station across Xentro Robinsons Mall. Cross the street to Xentro Mall to take a tricycle (PHP150-200 - 3-4USD) to SAN LUIS, Balite where the resort private pier is located. Tell the driver you are headed for San Luis, BALITE Portulano Resort Pier. The ride is 15-20 minutes.
It's best to advise us once you ride the bus from Manila and of your location once you are in Xentro Mall Station so boat pick up can be arranged. Contacts, arrival & coordination instructions are usually given via email once you finalise your booking.
DRIVING YOUR OWN VEHICLE
You may use WAZE or Google Maps destination: Portulano Resort Parking & Pier. Do not type Portulano Resort as waze could lead you behind the mountains.
Check the Google Map Location Link: Portulano Resort Pier on Google Maps.
ROUTE VIA S.T.A.R. TO PORTULANO PIER/Barangay Balete: This route takes about 1.45-2 hours, It is the fastest route with only 25 km of provincial roads, the rest are all highways.
ROUTE TIP: Fastest route is from SLEX (South Luzon Expressway) through the SKYWAY, the SLEX is connected directly to the STAR TOLLWAY. From the STAR TOLLWAY exit all the way to the very end and then turn right at the rotunda. In about 200. meters, turn left to enter San Pascual-Bauan Highway. Note: Waze directs vehicles straight into a smaller road for a detour, but this is not recommended due to very narrow roads. Just turn left to San Pascual Highway, this will save you 5-10 minutes. At the very end, turn right into Palico-Balayan Batangas Road . After 5km, turn left to Muzon where there is a small roads with tricyles, Bauan-San Luis Provincial Road (9km), at the very end turn left to San Luis. The private parking & pier is about 5km away. Use waze or googlemaps to find the location, kindly refer to the instructions above.
MAP VIA TAGAYTAY TO PORTULANO PIER/Barangay Balete: This route takes about 2 to 2 1/2 hours. It's a good alternative if you want to have breakfast or dinner in Tagaytay. You can take either Sta. Rosa exit from South Luzon Expressway. An alternative is to exit Buendia to Roxas Boulevard headed for Coastal Road to Aguinaldo Hi-way to get to Tagaytay, it takes only a little over 2 hours if you leave early around 6am.
Boat Pick up schedules at the parking are below: (please book your slot) kindly note that schedules are subject to change. Arrival instructions & contact information is given when you make your booking arrangements.
8-8:30am, 9-9:15am, 10-10:15am. Kindly consider stops when you plan your trip so you can arrive on time as there may be others joining you in the boat.
Our boat, marked Portulano Resort will pick you up at the resort parking for your 5-10 minute transfer to the resort, please give an allowance for wait times.
Afternoon schedules may also be arranged depending on boat availability and water conditions.