If you are looking for nice beaches close to Metro Manila, Nasugbu Batangas is definitely on the top list. On our recent visit, we discovered KAYRAANG COVE, which is ideal if you enjoy a camping type of adventure like me.
Also known as Angara Cove, this beach is privately owned, allowing beach campers to stay and enjoy its beauty. Since I love beach camping, I decided to invite friends from social media to join me for a night. There is nothing much on the itinerary but to relax, swim, get to know each other, and chill.
How to Get to Kayraang Cove
1. Take a bus from Buendia to Nasugbu via DLTB
2. Once at Nasugbu, take a tricycle or Jeepney (c/o Kuya Nanok) to Barangay Papaya
3. Kuya Nanok will meet you there, and his boat will take you to the Cove
Please make sure to constantly keep in contact with Nanok Limbok. He could also organize a pick-up for you in Nasugbu.
If you have a car or are on a motorbike, you can Waze it easily.
We arrived early in the morning at Jollibee Nasugbu, where we had our breakfast while waiting for the Jeepney to take us to Barangay Papaya. When it arrived, we asked the driver to take us to Nasugbu Public Market to buy whatever was needed for the beach camp, such as charcoal, food, ice, eggs, and more.
Important Facts Before visiting Kayraang Cove
- There is no toilet, which may be a problem for some.
- There is a well (Balon) that can be used for bathing or washing dishes.
- There is hardly any network signal in the cove. It would be best if you walked to the very far left of the beach to get one.
- Expect trash on the beach brought by the winds and currents.
- No electricity in the cove, so make sure you have a lamp, torch, and a fully-charged power bank with you.
The boat trip only took us a maximum of 30 minutes. This is a much closer destination compared to our beach camp at Bituin Beach. It was a scenic and picturesque boat ride, especially when you see the lighthouse and other rock formations en route. Upon arriving, we immediately looked for a spot to set up our tents and prepared for lunch. I asked Nanok if there was some freshly caught fish, and luckily there was; we bought a big one at a very affordable price.
Since it’s a private cove, nobody was there, and we had the entire beach all to ourselves, which was amazing. Pine trees and coconut trees are everywhere, providing us with nice shade to pitch our tents. One of our friends even got us some fresh coconuts to drink during the camp.
And since nobody is there to maintain the cove, trash brought by winds and tides is evident, so we decided to grab our extra trash bags and ask some of them to pick up the plastic bottles on the beach and bring them with us properly disposed of. I believe that a small act of kindness can do greater things, so let us do our part because it’s never too late to save our Mother Earth.
The beach was still amazing, though, and the sand is close to almost being fine. The water was calm and super clear perfect for swimming. It also stays shallow for some distance. I advise you also to wear some aqua shoes to protect you from rocks or other debris.
It was sunset, and even though we didn’t see it directly, you still get a picturesque backdrop of cloud formations on the horizon. It was beautiful!
To make it clear, there was a human-made ridge where the bonfire was set up responsibly and NOT on the beach because we know the negative side-effects it could bring on the sand and on the beach itself. Before it became dark, we gathered some leaves and old wood to use for the bonfire. Others brought their lamps as well, which added some source of light during the night. After dinner, we gathered around the fire and socialized with some fun games like category games, which lasted until morning. We had fun that evening, but we were also looking forward to swimming some more the next morning.
It rained a little bit that night, but it wasn’t bad. Luckily, some of our friends woke up early and prepared breakfast for everyone. Thanks, guys! It was the best time to swim and do some photoshoots in good and sunny weather.
You can easily walk along the rocks on the east side during low tide, and you will find another awesome place to swim. There is also a little cove with a small patch of white sand. Oh, this is also the place where you can catch a network signal.
The beach was so calm and beautiful, so we decided to swim right after breakfast, which was how our Sunday morning was spent. At around 11 am the boat arrived that would take us back to Barangay Papaya. While on the boat, we all agreed that Kayraang Cove really could be an enjoyable beach camp destination in Nasugbu. I hope the local community and the future campers will also do their part by picking up some of the rubbish on the beach as part of their activity.
I am so pleased that we visited Kayraang Cove, and we got to enjoy the entire place to ourselves. With no phone signals, we got to enjoy the beauty of nature, bonded and got to know each other very well, and achieved total relaxation! I want to thank my friends who joined us on this trip and made this beach camp a fun and memorable adventure—looking forward to our next beach camp adventure!
(updated as of 4/11/21)
Here is another one; if Kayraang Cove is not available, there is Kayraang Laki, a cove located right next to this beach above. This beach is bigger and has more places to camp. There is a caretaker on the beach, so we felt safer, and there is a deep well pump if you wish to wash up. It’s nice, and if you are a budget-conscious type of beach camper, this one is also something to consider.
Kayraang Cove Contact Number
Kayraang Cove Itinerary and Expenses
4:00 am – Bus ride from Buendia [DLTB] to Nasugbu Jollibee
7:00 am – 8:00 am – Arrived at Jollibee Nasugbu
9:00 am – Jeepney arrived and took us to Nasugbu Public Market for some additional requirements
10:30 am – Arrived at Barangay Papaya, where the boat was already waiting
11:00 am – Arrived at Kayraang Cove
1:00 pm – Lunch Time / Chill/ Swim/
6:30 pm – Dinner Time / Bonfire/ Booze
8:00 am – Others woke up and prepared Breakfast/ Swim
10:00 am – Pack-up time
11:00 am – Boat arrived and took us back to Barangay Papaya
1:00 pm – Arrived at Nasugbu and lunch at a Lomi house, a few meters away from Jollibee
1:30 pm – Bus Station to Pasay
Buendia – Nasugbu – Php160.00 each way
Jeepney to Brgy Papaya – Php 2500.00 / Roundtrip per group
Boatride to Kayraang Cove – Php 250.00 /Roundtrip per person
Additional Food/ Ice/ Water/ Porkchop/ Fish – Php 150.00 ( Contribution)
Food: [Potluck] Each one brought food/utensils/other necessities to share before our beach camp.