Gone are the days when you take a vacation and do nothing but swim, eat, and stay in your hotel room all day. With the pandemic holding us back for two years, it’s time to go on an all out adventure! Ready your pen and paper as we give you a list of things to do and tourist spots to go to in Bataan that will bring out the best in you.
Check our 5-day travel guide below!
What’s inside this blog?
- Relearning the Philippine War History: Bataan Tourist Spots Itinerary – Day 1
- A Day in Balanga City: Bataan Tourist Spots Itinerary – Day 2
- Day Hike: Bataan Tourist Spots Itinerary – Day 3
- Corregidor Island Tour: Bataan Tourist Spots Itinerary – Day 4
- Island Hopping: Bataan Tourist Spots Itinerary – Day 5
- List of Bataan Beach Resorts
- Frequently Asked Question About Bataan
Bataan Tourist Spots Itinerary: Day 1 – Relearning the Philippine War History
The series of destinations on Day 1 will consist of locations near Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, one of the main attractions of Bataan (other than the beach resorts, of course!)
Pawikan Conservation Center
The coastline where the Pawikan Conservation sits is the original nesting site of endangered marine turtles called Olive Ridley. Their mission is to secure the eggs laid during nesting season – between September and January. If you want to be part of their advocacy, visit this place!
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a unique tourist spot in Bataan. It is a beach resort, convention center, and heritage destination rolled into one. People visit this place for weddings, photoshoots, staycations – you name it.
There are many things to do in the Bataan beach resort alone, but if you just want to take photos to capture the beauty of this Bataan tourist spot, you’re more than welcome to do so.
Philippine-Japanese Friendship Tower
This national monument in Bataan is a few minutes away from Las Casas. This is a significant part of Philippine history as this serves as a reminder of the friendship between Japan and the Philippines after the war ended.
Zero Kilometer Marker
Two hundred meters from the Philippine-Japanese Friendship Tower is the Zero Kilometer Death March Marker. While the previous monument serves good memories, this tourist spot in Bataan is a testament to one of the most gruesome parts of the Philippine war history.
Mt Samat National Shrine (Shrine of Valor)
The Shrine of Valor is another historical tourist spot in Bataan. It was built to commemorate the bravery and chivalry of Filipino and American soldiers and their sacrifices when the Japanese attacked the Philippines during WWII.
Bataan Tourist Spots Itinerary: Day 2 – A Day in Balanga City
Welcome to Day 2! Let’s explore more Bataan tourist spots in the city of Balanga, Bataan.
Bataan World War II Museum
Head to Bataan World War II Museum to continue with your history lessons. The museum was built as a tribute to the fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in 1942. It showcases tidbits, short video snippets, and dioramas about the war.
Plaza Mayor de Balanga
Less than ten minutes away from the museum is Plaza Mayor de Balanga, which has become a tourist spot of some sort in Bataan. You’ll see Balanga City Hall, The Plaza Hotel, and a mall in the area. Every Christmas season, the local government lights up the whole area by putting ostentatious Christmas lights and decorations for locals and tourists to feast their eyes on.
Saint Joseph Cathedral
Facing the plaza is the Balanga Cathedral, formerly known as Diocesan Shrine and Cathedral Parish of St. Joseph. During World II, it was used by the Japanese Army as an artillery emplacement to bombard Mt. Samat, where the Filipino-American troops were making their last stand.
Balanga Wetland and Nature Park
To cap off your day, head to this tourist spot in Bataan, which hosts thousands of migratory birds. View decks and picnic huts have been built for visitors to have a safe and meaningful encounter with the birds.
Bataan Tourist Spots Itinerary: Day 3 – Day Hike
For this activity, you can either hike to Tarak Ridge or Mt Natib.
Tarak Ridge can be found at Mariveles, Bataan. At the top of the ridge, you can see the fantastic view of Bataan and neighboring islands, including Corregidor, Manila Bay, and even Cavite! Some hikers choose to stop here as the view is already astonishing enough. However, some hikers continue to the peak where abundant greenery and magnificent mountain views can be seen.
The hike can take up to 5-6 hours, depending on your climbing ability. In between the hike, you can stop at Papaya River – which, funnily enough, does not have any papaya trees – and take a break.
Another favorite climb in Bataan is Mt Natib, located in Orani.
When you reach the peak, you’ll see scenic views of the West Philippine Sea and most of Bataan Province, including Mt Mariveles and Mt Samat. You can even see as far as Subic Bay and Mt Arayat! It takes about 3.5-5 hours to reach the summit of Mt Natib.
Additionally, you can make a side trip to Pasukuan Falls, about two hours away. And if that doesn’t satisfy you, you can trek all the way to Morong, Bataan.
Bataan Tourist Spots: Day 4 – Corregidor Island Tour
Corregidor Island Tour
Corregidor Island is a famous tourist spot in Bataan. You’ve probably been to this island as part of your excursion trip back in elementary school. But if not, you’ve at least heard stories about it.
On this small island, you’ll find the Pacific War Memorial, numerous gunneries, and the Malinta Tunnel, which served as a supply depot, hospital, and Gen Douglas Macarthur’s headquarters.
Bataan Tourist Spots Itinerary: Day 5 – Island Hopping
Laki Beach and Five Fingers Island Hopping
What better way to end your Bataan tour extravaganza than with island hopping?
For this activity, you need to find a tour company or rent a boat that takes you specifically to Laki Beach and Five Fingers Bataan. You can choose to do a day tour or avail a 2D1N package.
Five Fingers Cove is a series of coves located on the southernmost tip of the Bataan Peninsula. It is called Five Fingers because the coves look like five fingers when you look at the island from above. Laki Beach, on the other hand, is another popular tourist spot in Bataan due to its proximity to Manila. You can take a quick dip here or face your fear of heights and go cliff diving!
On this tour, you can expect to see:
- White sand beach
- Crystal-clear waters
- Beautiful rock formations
- Cliff diving spots
- Natural infinity pools
- Instagrammable backdrops and more!
Looking for Bataan Beach resorts? Take a look at our top picks!
- Bataan White Corals Beach Resort
- Bagac Bay Beach Resort, Bataan
- CoralView Beach Resort, Bataan
- Brisa Marina Beach Resort, Bataan
- Pamarta Bali Beach Resort, Bataan
- Montemar Beach Club Resort, Bataan
- Westwind Beach Resort, Bataan
- Morongstar Hotel and Resort, Bataan
- La Jolla Luxury Beach Resort, Bataan
- Anvaya Cove
- Playa La Caleta
- Camaya Coast
- The Waterfront Beach Resort, Bataan
- Verde Azul Leisure Resort
- Acqua Morong Beach Resort, Bataan
Frequently Asked Questions About Bataan
Q: Is Bataan open for tourism in 2022?
A: Yes, Bataan is open to tourists!
Q: What are the travel requirements needed in Bataan?
A: For fully vaccinated tourists, you only need to present your vaccination certificate. For unvaccinated tourists, a negative RT-PCR test result with 48-hour validity is required.
All tourists must present a confirmed booking at any DOT-Accredited Tourism establishment.
Note: Each establishment has its own rules and regulations. Ensure to check with your chosen destination prior to booking.
Q: How far is Bataan from Manila?
A: Bataan is about a 2.5-hour drive from Manila.
Q: How to go to Bataan?
A: There are a few ways to get to Bataan.
Via private car:
- From Manila, take North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and take either the San Fernando toll exit or the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX).
- Upon exiting San Fernando, proceed to Jose Abad Santos Ave all the way to Lubao, Pampanga and Dinalupihan Bataan.
- At the Layac junction, take the road leading to Roman Super Highway on the left (right turn leads to Olongapo City) all the way to the City Center of Balanga, Bataan.
- If going via SCTEX, take the Dinalipuhan exit and turn right at Roman Super Highway.
- From Manila, you can take any bus from Genesis, Bataan Transit, Sinulog, or Victory Liner.
- Genesis has terminals in Pasay and Avenida, while Bataan Transit has terminals in Avenida and Cubao.
- Travel time can take about 3 hours, with a fare of P200 per person.
Q: What are some tourist spots in Bataan?
A: Places you can visit in Bataan are Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Shrine of Valor, Pawikan Conservation Center, Bataan World War II Museum, Corregidor Island, and more.
Q: What are some Philippine tourist spots near Bataan?
A: Some tourist spots near Bataan are Subic, Zambales, and Pampanga.
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