Sunday, May 08, 2016


We had a relaxing two days and one night sponsored trip in Batangas...a getaway from our hectic life in Manila. We stayed in Haybols Scuba Hub, a bed and breakfast inn that offers scuba diving services, open water swimming and rescue courses. It is an old bamboo house renovated and converted into a bed and breakfast guesthouse located in Mabini, Batangas.

As soon as we arrived, we were welcomed by their friendly staffs and lead us to the main house. The entrance have a shoe rack where you can leave your shoes/slippers. Guests are required to remove footwear upon entering the house. The interior is a rustic country home...a traditional Filipino vacation house. The reception, dining and entertainment area have bamboo flooring. Windows are made of capiz wooden panels.

It has three modern rooms in the main house named as: Pating, Pawikan and Pagi. It is a carpeted air-conditioned room with two queen sized bed. Each room also has towels and bathrobes.

I'm already looking and about to ask for a clock and television. But then, I have read this...

There are no clocks and televisions because it is their way of encouraging the guests to experience a relaxing and simple way of life. And to just purely enjoy the serene environment. In fact, the place is very quiet and very tempting to take a quick nap. 

There's also two new traditional bahay kubo rooms available outside the main house. These are air-conditioned room with two single beds.

The bathroom has a nice scent of aroma candles. It has hot and cold shower with complete bath and body essentials like shampoo, liquid soap and hand wash. Toothpaste and toothbrushes are also available upon request. The three modern rooms inside the main house have private bathrooms while the bahay kubo rooms are using the common bathroom.

Their entertainment area have sungka, board games, coloring materials, books and magazines. Sungka is a Philippine traditional game during my time :). I taught the kids of the game rules and they had fun playing it :).

Last, but certainly not the least is the lanai. The lanai is used as a common dining area. The lower lanai is an extended relaxation area with two wide sofa-bed that offers comfortable seating and a perfect bay view. This is actually our favorite spot.

And this is how it looks during night...

The food here is great. During our stay, authentic Filipino cuisine is served. And of course, authentic Batangas coffee is unlimited for all the guests.
Upper lanai common dining area

Lower lanai common dining area

The open water is ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving. The water is crystal clear with a rocky bottom bed. Corals are just underneath. The kids have enjoyed swimming in the cool and refreshing open bay water. Booties and life vest are recommended especially for the kids.

Other activities that you can enjoy here aside from scuba diving and snorkeling, is kayaking.

The kids are collecting these...

Do I need to say more? Well, I guess these photos shows how much we really had a great time here :).

Thank you for the wonderful experience Haybols!
Until next time!

You may check out their Official Website: 
or Facebook Page: Haybols Scuba Hub

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