Isla Verde, named after Capt. Juan Verde – the Spanish explorer, is located between Batangas and Mindoro and serves as the passage connecting Batangas Bay and Tayabas Bay. It is accessible from Tabangao Docking Area or Leah’s beach of Tabangao, Batangas where you have a view of giant refineries from afar.
We joined Bulusok Mountaineer’s Mt. Dagit-Dagit climb for Year 2011 Climb Against Cancer with Verde Island Side Trip but with the kiddos on the trip, we were left enjoying the shoreline of the island.
The side of the island where we stayed doesn't have a campsite and the beachfront is not an ideal swimming area. But the complement however is the great view of the sunset and the generous neighborhood where we relied on their sari-sari stores for our buys and family bathroom for our personal needs.
Despite the front beach having a discouraging look for swimming, the kiddos full determination prevailed. About 400 meters away from the camp, they found a small haven with just enough size to swim and play . They made best time with the beach -- from snorkeling to building sand castles to wave gliding and more -- another summer vacation spent best with the kids.
Travel Date: April 2011