The Batangas International Port, locally known as the Batangas Pier, is the premier seaport of the CALABARZON region and is located in Batangas City along the shores of Batangas Bay in Batangas. (Whew! Lots of “Batangases” there.)
Unfortunately, despite the “International” in its name, Batangas International Port is still primarily a domestic port. It is a key Ro-Ro (roll-on-roll-off) port going to Calapan City in Oriental Mindoro and ultimately to Iloilo City, forming part of President Arroyo’s Strong Republic Nautical Highway. Among tourists and travelers, the seaport is more well known for being a gateway to Puerto Galera, especially Sabang Beach and White Beach. Entering the domestic terminal of the seaport, it’s impossible for you not to be bombarded by the people hawking their fastcraft services going to Puerto Galera.
Lousy photo by yours truly.
Within the greater Tagalog region, the Manila port still dominates the shipping economy, while Subic Bay trumps the Batangas port in international shipments, having an international airport as well as links to the Clark Special Economic Zone in Pampanga. But, eventually, Batangas will be able to handle more import and export shipping when the South Luzon Expressway is extended from its current terminus in Calamba City, Laguna to the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road, popularly known as the STAR Tollway, which is also being extended to the Batangas port. Once this ultra-highway is completed, travel between the Batangas International Port and Metro Manila should take only about one hour.