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! 

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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

Pawikan Conservation Center tourist spot in Bataan

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 

building facade of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, a tourist spot in Bataan

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 

Philippine-Japanese Friendship Tower tourist spot in Bataan
Photo from beholdbataan.ph

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

Zero Kilometer Marker tourist spot in Bataan
Photo from filipino-americanmemorials.org

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)

Shrine of Valor tourist spot in Bataan
Photo from flickr-joelcgarcia

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. 

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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 

Bataan World War II Museum tourist spot in Bataan
Photo from lakadpilipinas.com

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 

Plaza Mayor de Balanga tourist spot in Bataan
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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 

Saint Joseph Cathedral, one of the oldest churches in the Philippines, is a tourist spot in Bataan
Photo from wikimedia commons

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 

Balanga Wetland and Nature Park tourist spot in Bataan
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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

Tarak Ridge tourist spot in Bataan
Photo from wikimedia commons

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. 

Mt Natib

Mt Natib tourist spot in Bataan
Photo from pala-lagaw.com

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.

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Bataan Tourist Spots: Day 4 – Corregidor Island Tour

Corregidor Island Tour

corregidor island tourist spot in Bataan
Photo from corregidorisland.com.ph

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

laki beach and five fingers cove beach resorts in Bataan

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!

  1. Bataan White Corals Beach Resort
  2. Bagac Bay Beach Resort, Bataan 
  3. CoralView Beach Resort, Bataan
  4. Brisa Marina Beach Resort, Bataan
  5. Pamarta Bali Beach Resort, Bataan
  6. Montemar Beach Club Resort, Bataan
  7. Westwind Beach Resort, Bataan
  8. Morongstar Hotel and Resort, Bataan 
  9. La Jolla Luxury Beach Resort, Bataan 
  10. Anvaya Cove 
  11. Playa La Caleta 
  12. Camaya Coast 
  13. The Waterfront Beach Resort, Bataan 
  14. Verde Azul Leisure Resort
  15. 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. 

Via bus: 

  • 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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When someone says Bataan, the first thing that comes to mind is how it has played a big role during World War II because of the Bataan Death March and The Battle of Bataan. That’s why history buffs love exploring Bataan tourist spots that will not just amaze them by its beauty but also because of the interesting stories behind every place.

While the province is rich in history, it’s also the perfect destination for anyone who wants to escape the hustle and bustle of the city life. 

Top 16 Bataan Tourist Spots

Planning your Bataan tourist spots itinerary? We got you covered! From Bataan historical places to pristine beaches, we’ve listed all the best places to visit in this province.

  1. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar – A famous Bataan tourist spot that lets you travel back in time. It features original old houses from different parts of the Philippines.
  2. Shrine of Valor – A memorial to all of the soldiers who died bravely in the battle against the Japanese forces and those who died during the Bataan Death March in World War II.
  3. Corregidor Island – It was once the headquarters of allied Filipino and American forces who fought against the Japanese during World War II, and a witness to the braveries of these soldiers.
  4. Pawikan Conservation Center – Here you can watch baby sea turtles hatch and make their way into the ocean, and learn more about the conservation efforts of the organization.
  5. Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga – The buildings in this Balanga tourist spot have a Spanish architectural facade.
  6. Balanga Cathedral (St. Joseph’s Cathedral) – One of the historic Bataan tourist spots because it was used as an artillery emplacement during the Japanese occupation.
  7. Tarak Ridge – This Mariveles tourist spot offers a majestic view of the mountains and lets you connect with nature.
  8. Bataan World War II Museum – This Bataan tourist attraction houses war memorabilia and dioramas, particularly those from the world-renowned Bataan Death March
  9. Balanga Nature and Wetland Park – This Balanga tourist spot has recorded about 35 species and 15 bird families. 
  10. Mount Natib and Pasukulan Falls – Mount Natib is a dormant volcano standing at 1,253 meters above sea level with a difficulty level of 6/9. 
  11. Bataan Techno Park – This park used to be a site of the United Nations Philippine Refugee Processing Center.
  12. Five Fingers Cove – This tourist attraction consists of five coves that look like actual fingers from a bird’s eye view, hence the name. 
  13. Laki Beach – A perfect spot to have quiet relaxation at the beach. 
  14. Sisiman Bay – The place gives off a rustic feel and stunning views of the sea.
  15. Bataan National Park – The last remaining closed-canopy dipterocarp forest in the whole Central Luzon.
  16. Tala View Deck – This spot offers a great view of the lush greenery of Bataan. 

Read this Bataan travel guide to help you explore the tourist attractions hassle-free.

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Bataan Travel Guidelines 2021 | COVID-19 Updates

The province of Bataan is currently under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) until August 15, 2021. Checkpoints were established as the province started to implement stricter health protocols. Under NECQ, only authorized persons outside of the residence (APOR) are allowed to go out and only essential travels are permitted. So if you’re planning to explore the popular places to visit in Bataan, make sure to check with the local government unit first.

Best places to visit in Bataan

Whether you’re visiting Bataan to chill or looking for some adventure, Bataan has something for you. Here are the 16 most-loved Bataan tourist destinations you should visit that will not just feed your eyes but also your mind.

1. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

las casas filipinas de acuzar bataan 2

There’s no doubt that the most famous tourist spot in Bagac Bataan is Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. Here you can experience a unique heritage community that is brimming with history. You will see Old Manila’s glory from the collection of heritage houses that were transported and restored.

Packed with classic architecture, grandiose landscape, and spectacular waterworks, there is surely beauty anywhere you go. To tour the area, you can either hop on the Tramvia and traverse along cultural routes through cobblestone roads, go on a fluvial adventure by taking the balsa, and see the casas from a totally different angle, or go around the resort by taking the most common public transportation of the modern-day Philippines. Whatever your choice is, it’s surely fun! So when you’re in Bagac Bataan, make sure to check this place.

Address: Brgy. Ibaba, Bagac, Bataan
Entrance fee: Heritage tours at this Bagac Bataan tourist spot start at P1,500/person

2. Shrine of Valor

shrine of valor bataan

Photo source of this Bataan tourist spot: Wikimedia Commons

Also known as the Mount Samat National Shrine, the Shrine of Valor in Bataan is a memorial to all of the soldiers who died bravely in the battle against the Japanese forces and those who died during the Bataan Death March in World War II. Don’t miss this place as it’s one of the most notable Bataan historical places.

Address: Pilar, Bataan
Entrance fee: P20

3. Corregidor Island

Corregidor Island makasaysayang lugar sa pilipinas

Photo credits to cisc1970 via Flickr

Another historic tourist spot in Bataan is Corregidor Island. Corregidor is a small rocky island located near Bataan and Manila Bay. It was once the headquarters of allied Filipino and American forces who fought against the Japanese during World War II, and a witness to the braveries of these soldiers. While the Japanese had occupied lots of places in the Philippines, they avoided Corregidor because of the fear of the huge canyons surrounding the place. 

Entrance fee: P200

4. Pawikan Conservation Center Bataan

Pawikan Conservation Center bataan tourist spots

Photo source of this tourist spot in Bataan: Wikimedia Commons

The Pawikan Conservation Center is a safe haven for sea turtles. In this Morong Bataan tourist spot, you can watch baby sea turtles hatch and make their way into the ocean, and learn more about the conservation efforts of the organization. If you want to witness the release of the baby sea turtles, it’s best to visit from the months of November to February. 

Address: Purok VI-Aplaya, Nagbalayong, Morong, Bataan
Entrance fee: P20

5. Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga

Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga bataan tourist spots

Photo source of this tourist spot in Bataan: Wikimedia Commons

A visit to Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga will make you think about whether you’re still in Bataan or already in Spain. The buildings in this Balanga Bataan tourist spot have Spanish architectural facades like the Plaza Hotel and Galeria Victoria Mall. So, no need to hop on a plane to see Spain because just in the province of Bataan, you’d feel like you’re in Europe already. Make sure to add this to your Bataan tourist spots itinerary.

Address: Balanga, Bataan
Entrance fee: Free

6. Balanga Cathedral (St. Joseph’s Cathedral)

Balanga Cathedral bataan tourist spots

Photo source of this tourist spot in Bataan: Wikimedia Commons

Another Balanga Bataan tourist spot you must visit is St. Joseph’s Cathedral, also known as Balanga Cathedral. It’s just right across Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga, so when you’re done exploring Plaza Mayor, you can just cross your way to this Bataan tourist spot. Like other heritage sites in Bataan, it is not just stunning but it also has a significant historical background because it was used as an artillery emplacement during the Japanese occupation.

Address: Calero Street, Balanga, Bataan
Entrance fee: Free

7. Tarak Ridge Bataan

Tarak Ridge bataan tourist spots

Photo source of this Mariveles Bataan tourist spot: Wikimedia Commons

If you’re someone who fancies the outdoors and nature, consider visiting Tarak Ridge in Mariveles, Bataan Philippines. For you to see its raw and stunning views, you will have to go on a challenging hike first. This Mariveles Bataan tourist spot offers a majestic view of the mountains and lets you connect with nature. From its summit, you’ll be able to see Corregidor Island, Manila Bay, and Cavite.

Address: Malaya, Freeport Area of Bataan, Mariveles, Bataan
Entrance fee: P40/person

8. Bataan World War II Museum

Bataan World War II Museum

Photo credits to Bataan World War II Museum

If you want to learn about the province of Bataan’s participation in the horrifying world event, Bataan World War II Museum is the place to be. This Bataan tourist attraction houses war memorabilia and dioramas, particularly those from the world-renowned Bataan Death March in 1942, wherein thousands of Filipino and American soldiers marched from Bataan to Tarlac, about 69.6 miles.

Address: Jose Basa St., Balanga, Bataan
Entrance fee: P20/person

9. Balanga Nature and Wetland Park

Balanga Nature and Wetland Park bataan tourist spots

Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

If you want to be close to nature while admiring stunning views, then a trip to Balanga Nature and Wetland Park should be on your Bataan tourist spots itinerary. Aside from the mangrove forest and wetlands around the park, you can also have a picnic and go bird-watching in the park. This Balanga tourist spot has recorded about 35 species and 15 bird families. The best time to catch these birds in action is early in the morning.

Address: Fourlane Commercial, Balanga, Bataan
Entrance fee: Students (City of Balanga and Bataan) – P5; Residents of Bataan P10; Philippine citizens – P20; Foreigners P50

10. Mount Natib and Pasukulan Falls

Mount Natib and Pasukulan Falls bataan tourist spots

Photo source: Pixabay

If you’re more of an adventurous type of traveler, a trip to Mount Natib and Pasukulan Falls in Abucay, Bataan Philippines would be great. Mount Natib is a dormant volcano standing at 1,253 meters above sea level with a difficulty level of 6/9. While reaching the summit is quite challenging, this Bataan tourist destination remains one of the favorite climbs of hikers as it offers a great view and other attractions including the Pasukulan Falls, also in Bataan province.

Address: Abucay, Bataan
Entrance fee: P70

11. Bataan Techno Park

Bataan Technology Park

Photo credits to bataan.gov.ph

The 365-hectare Bataan Technology Park along the rolling hills of the Morong Special Economic Zone in Bataan overlooking the South China Sea is the former site of the United Nations Philippine Refugee Processing Center. The center was a training and transition center for Indochinese refugees from Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam who fled to the Philippines in the 1970s. 

There’s also a museum in this Morong Bataan tourist spot where you can see evidence of the camaraderie between the Indochinese refugees and Filipinos. Bataan Technology Park is the best tourist spot in Bataan if you want to experience many things in one place.

Address: Morong, Bataan
Entrance fee: P30

12. Five Fingers Cove

One of the most popular and beautiful Bataan tourist destinations is the Five Fingers Cove. This Mariveles Bataan tourist spot consists of five coves that look like actual fingers from a bird’s eye view, hence the name. It’s not all beaches though, each cove offers different activities such as cliff diving and swimming among the clear waters.

Address: Freeport Area of Bataan, Mariveles, Bataan
Budget: P2,500 boat rental for day tours

13. Laki Beach

If you want a place to visit in Bataan to just unwind and forget all the city stress, Laki Beach is the perfect Bataan tourist destination for you. This Mariveles Bataan tourist spot may be popular but it remains quiet so you can still enjoy a serene getaway. 

Address: Mariveles, Bataan
Entrance fee: P350/person

14. Sisiman Bay

Another Bataan tourist attraction you shouldn’t miss is Sisiman Bay. The place gives off a rustic feel and stunning views of the sea, a perfect backdrop for an Instagram photo. Many tourists visit the place to catch the sunrise and sunset as San Miguel Peak also offers a panoramic view of the area.

Address: Freeport Area of Bataan, Mariveles, Bataan
Entrance fee: P30 (kids); P60 (adults)

15. Bataan National Park

Home of several wildlife species, Bataan National Park is the last remaining closed-canopy dipterocarp forest in the whole Central Luzon. Aside from the thousands of fruit-bearing trees, you can also see giant fruit bats, wild monkeys, wild boars, civet cats, eagles, and pygmy woodpeckers in this Samal Bataan tourist spot

Address: Samal, Bataan

16. Tala View Deck

If you want to see more of Bataan’s greenery from above, head to one of the most popular Bataan tourist spots: Tala View Deck. However, going there can be quite a challenge but once up there, your jaw will drop as the beautiful view welcomes you. There are also gazebos in this Bataan tourist spot where you can have a picnic or just hang out. This Orani Bataan tourist spot is definitely a must-visit. 

Address: Orani, Bataan
Entrance fee: P20


How to get to Bataan

If you’re visiting tourist spots in Bataan, don’t worry, the commute is easy. From Manila to Bataan, the travel time is around 3 hours. There are bus terminals going directly to Bataan in Sampaloc and Avenida in Manila, Pasay City, Caloocan City, and Cubao.

These bus lines are Genesis, Bataan Transit, Victory Liner, and Sinulog.


Where to stay in Bataan

Exploring the Bataan tourist spots can be fulfilling but tiring. So end your day with comfort at a quality hotel that fits your budget.

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Eva’s Paradise Beach Resort

Address: Panibatuhan Zamora St., Morong, Bataan
Amenities: Parking, Swimming Pool, Baggage Storage, Designated Smoking Area, 24h Security
Price from P2,500/night


Frequently Asked Questions About Bataan Tourist Spots

Q: Why should you visit Bataan?
A: Bataan is a great place to travel to because of its many beautiful spots. It’s rich with natural wonders and Bataan historical places that will not just feed your eyes but also your mind.

Q: What is the festival in Bataan?
A: Every November, Bataan holds the Pawikan Festival which is a celebration of the endangered ‘pawikan’ or sea turtles. This Bataan Festival is a must-experience especially for those who love marine life.

Q: Ano-ano ang mga pagdiriwang Bataan?
A: Ang mga pagdiriwang Bataan ay binubuo ng mga sumusunod:

  • Pawikan Festival
  • Kabuhayan Festival
  • Alimango and Sugpo Festival
  • Araw ng Kagitingan
  • Banga Festival
  • Bakawan Festival

Q: How many hours travel from Manila to Bataan?
A: Travel time from Manila to Bataan is around 2.5 to 3 hours.

Q: What is Bataan known for?
A: Bataan is known for its historical places thanks to its great role in world history. Among the most famous ones are the Death March, Siege of Bataan, and the Fall of Bataan.

Q: Where to go in Bataan?
A: While Bataan is known for so many historical sites, there’s still so much to see in Bataan province. From Dinalupihan Bataan tourist spots to Bagac Bataan tourist spots, we’ve listed all the beautiful places in Bataan you shouldn’t miss:

  1. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Bagac Bataan
  2. Shrine of Valor
  3. Corregidor Island
  4. Pawikan Conservation Center
  5. Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga
  6. Balanga Cathedral (St. Joseph’s Cathedral)
  7. Tarak Ridge
  8. Bataan World War II Museum
  9. Balanga Nature and Wetland Park
  10. Mount Natib and Pasukulan Falls
  11. Five Fingers Cove Bataan
  12. Laki Beach Bataan
  13. Sisiman Bay Bataan Philippines
  14. Bataan National Park
  15. Tala View Deck
  16. Bataan Techno Park

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