Beaches in Bataan: How to Get There and Where to Stay

Take an extraordinary trip to Bataan and visit its picture-perfect beaches.

Amazing Beaches in Bataan


Beaches in Bataan
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Bataan, a quaint province found between the West Philippine Sea and the Manila Bay, has been known for the significant role it played when the Japanese invaded the Philippines during World War II. Located three hours away from Manila, the province today attracts local and foreign visitors with its historical landmarks including the Mount Samat, Corregidor Island, and Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.

But aside from Bataan’s rich history and cultural heritage, there are also plenty of manmade attractions and natural wonders that make the province a rising eco-tourism destination. Nature lovers and adventure seekers alike find solace in Bataan’s turtle sanctuaries, bird-watching sites, mountains, springs, and of course, beaches.
If you still haven’t decided where to go next, here are some of the loveliest beach destinations in the province of Bataan.

1. Morong


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Because of the countless resorts lined up in Morong, this calm municipality in Bataan became a go-to family destination for city dwellers. Morong is one of the nearest Bataan towns from the metro, making it an ideal destination for a quick escape from the urban jungle. In this town, city-weary travelers can enjoy the sprawling beach under the sun and even take side trips to historical landmarks and other natural wonders.

WHAT TO DO: Beach bumming, jet skiing, banana boat riding, sunset watching, side trip to Dambana ng Kagitingan, enjoying Loleng’s special hu tieu, bird watching, visiting the turtles at Pawikan Conservation Center, and taking a day trip at Bataan Nuclear Power Plant.

WHAT TO BUY: Cashew, buko pie, gourmet products, lengua de gato, araro cookies

2. Bagac


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Travelers can expect that Bagac, being the biggest town in Bataan, is a goldmine of natural wonders. Aside from its historical significance, this town also showcases pristine coastal and marine marvels that will capture the hearts of peace-seeking travelers. There are a lot of beach resorts in the area that offer affordable accommodations as well as day tour arrangements in the city.

WHAT TO DO: Diving, snorkelling, sightseeing, taking a day trip to Limutan Falls, visiting St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish, and taking a retro trip at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.

WHAT TO BUY: Tuyo, cashew, assorted chips (banana, taro, mussel, etc.), lengua de gato, longganisang Bataan, exotic seafood

3. Mariveles


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There is more to Mariveles than its famous freeport area where entertainment establishments are plenty. This seaside town is also rich in picturesque beach wonders where leisure travelers and adventure seekers can enjoy a well-deserved break. Some of the most breathtaking beaches to visit in Mariveles include the Five Fingers, Laki Beach, and Lusong Beach.

WHAT TO DO: Beach bumming, stargazing, sightseeing, relaxing at Balon Anito, quick photo shoot at the Zero KM Death March Marker, trying out Romalaine’s seafood favorites, biking, hiking to Mt. Mariveles, and camping at Tarak Ridge Campsite.

WHAT TO BUY: Locally-designed bags, fresh buko, bibingkang monggo, pure honey bee, cashew, araro cookies

HOW TO GET THERE


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Via public transportation


Bus companies, including Genesis, Bataan Transit, and Victory Liner, offer daily transport services for the commuting public from Manila (either from Avenida, Cubao, or Pasay) to Bataan. These trips are usually headed to the Balanga Terminal, where travelers can take a mini bus, jeepney, or tricycle bound for the nearby towns in the province. But for those who are headed to Mariveles, direct trips are available from the aforementioned bus companies. Travelers must prepare approximately PHP 200 for bus fare.

Estimated travel time: Three hours

Via private transportation

Travelers driving from Manila to Bataan can take the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and exit to San Fernando. From there, drive along the Jose Abad Santos Avenue (formerly known as Olongapo-Gapan Road), pass through Lubao, Pampanga, and head straight to Dinalupihan, Bataan. Proceed to the road leading to Roman Super Highway and follow the road signs leading to the Balanga city proper. From there, travelers can already drive to Bataan’s municipalities.

For a faster trip, travelers can take the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), head to Roman Super Highway, and drive to the city center of Balanga.

Estimated travel time: Two to three hours

WHERE TO STAY


For an extraordinary Bataan escapade, travelers can stay at these affordable hotels and resorts:

Juness Beach Resort
Brgy. Nagbalayong, Morong, Bataan

Phi-Phi Hotel and Beach Resort
Poblacion Morong, Bataan

Westwind Beach Resort and Hotel
Brgy. Nagbalayong, Morong, Bataan

Kai Lodge
Bataan Technology Park, Morong, Bataan

Miami Heat Resort
Brgy. Nagbalayong, Morong, Bataan

The Oriental Hotel Bataan
Hilltop St., Mariveles, Bataan

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