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If you are looking for a quick escape from the wild environment of the city, sudden thirst for salt water, or if your friends or family just want to relax, Bataan is the perfect destination for you.
Bataan is a province situated in the Central Luzon. A very historic place in the Philippines, on April 9, 1942 the “Bataan Death March” or Martsa ng Kamatayan sa Bataan started. This was the result of the war between Filipino and Americans with the Japanese Imperial Army. After the war, it left peace and historical places where you can visit and look back to our brave men’s battlefield.
Apart from being a place rich in history, Bataan also holds some of the most beautiful beaches and hidden paradise in the Central Luzon.
Bataan is a no hassle place to go. Being situated in Central Luzon, it will only take you 2-3 hours travel from the Metro.
There are many bus lines that has a route going to Bataan. You may choose from the bus lines in Aurora, Cubao. Fare is from P80-P290 depending on your stop.
For those who have private transportation, from Manila, take North Luzon Expressway and make an exit at San Fernando and drive through the National Road straight to Bataan. You may also choose to make an exit at Dau and take on SCTEX. Exit in Dinalupihan and drive your way to your destination.
If you have your own car then it wouldn’t be a problem for you when you want to take a stroll around the province. But getting around the town by commute is not so bad, you may take tricycle or jeepneys in getting to your destinations.
Mt. Samat National Shrine or as the locals commonly calls as “Dambana ng Kagitingan” (Shrine of Valor) is a famous destination for tourists and devotees specially on lenten season, the 74-meter Memorial Cross of Bataan National Shrine towered over the summit of Mt. Samat as a symbol of honor and recognition for the mighty Filipinos and Americans who fought during the Battle of Bataan.
Travel back in time in Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar, located in the town of Bagac, Bataan. It’s like you went back to the 17th century, old houses and structures were purchased in different places in the Philippines and was delicately arranged as if you are visiting a Spanish-Filipino town back way in the days.
You will be fascinated how they preserved the antiquity of the “casas,” which is the Spanish term for house. It is now open for the tourists and is still developing, relocating more old villas and mansions from around the Philippines. Tour guides are available starting from 8:30 in the morning and several tour scheduled throughout the day. The regular tour rate is P1,200 per person, this includes the entrance fee, tour guide, lunch meal, snacks and beverages.
Bataan also occupies the whole peninsula of Luzon, the peninsula faces the South China Sea to the west and Subic Bay to the north west and Manila Bay to the east making Bataan surrounded by seas. Resorts has become the locals way of making a living. Our family has already made friends with one of the resort owner in Morong. They are very accommodating and friendly every time we stay.
If there is one thing that comes in mind when going in Bataan, it’s totally the beach. There are many resorts around so you’ll never get to experience a crowded beach and have a relaxed vacation. Snorkeling is also one thing to do when you visit Bataan, you’ll just rent a bangca to take you to the middle of the sea and get taken to another world by watching the colorful fishes and beautiful coral reefs.
If you’re an animal lover or just a curious mind, there is a Pawikan Conservation Center in Morong, Bataan. If it is its season, you may watch turtles lay their eggs on the shore. Once the eggs hatched, you may help the baby turtles make their way to the vast ocean.
Being blessed with the wonders of nature, aside from its beaches, Bataan has mountains that you can hike. Overlooking the peaceful province and the sea around it.
El Paradiso is an all in one resort to go, enjoy the scenic view of the scenic sea front while you savor specialized Filipino cuisines and their seafood specialty. A bar is also available if you want to toast a drink with your friends, choose from variety of cocktails to champagne.
Located at National Road Area Freeport of Bataan, it is impossible to missed Pupungs Grill. Different seafood and Filipino cuisine is served in this restaurant. They also have a live band performing that will entertain you while you eat and drink.
Taste Vietnamese cuisine at LoLeng’s Hu Tieu-an. This eatery is owned by Lo Leng who was a refugee at Vietnamese camp during the 70s and 80s. Over the years, LoLeng has already improved and cooked its best Hu Tieu-an, a hearty noodle soup with rice noodles in a golden brown broth with pork slices (or chicken) and topped with toasted garlic, leeks and mung beans.
You can pretty much enjoy your night by having good drink with friends while on the seashore. Enjoy a walk by the sea with your loved one or just sit by the shore and feel the cold sea breeze. There are also bars where you can spend the night to party and meet new people.
If you are travelling solo, you may choose to set up a tent near the beach. There are resorts who allow campers and there are pay per use restrooms available around. If you’re not a camper type, locals have set up rooms at their own house for rent, it is more convenient and cheaper than renting a room at a hotel. Different rate may apply depending on the type of the room you are going to rent, you may choose from rooms with AC or cable or just a simply room where you can keep your things and sleep.
For big groups or family outing, there are resorts and hotels to choose from. White Corals Beach Resort and Hotel has can accommodate both. It has facilities to enjoy recreational activities. Has three pools including a kiddie pool.
● Adventure packed trip is always fun but if you are going to a new place, might as well make a research and make a plan on where to stay, what activities to do and read blogs or reviews regarding the place.
● Plan your itinerary base from who you are traveling with. Always consider the comfort and safety if you will be traveling with kids or old people.
● Pack light! Plan ahead on what to wear and bring what is only essential.
● Have a sling bag with your where you can put all your essential stuff, like phone, keys, money or cards.