History and nature come together in the province of Bataan. If you’re interested in both, Bataan is the perfect place to visit. The province was an important site during World War II which explains the presence of several war museums and monuments.
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In most recent years, tourism efforts have been focused on transforming Bataan into an eco tourism hot spot. Read about the top things to do in Bataan. We’ve included commute directions and entrance fees to help you plan your trip!
How to Get to Bataan
Manila to Bataan via Public Bus
Bus companies that operate trips to Bataan include: Genesis Transport, Bataan Transit, Victory Liner, and Sinulog Bus. Buses have stations in both Pasay and Cubao. Travel time from Manila to Bataan is about 3-4 hours, with a fare of 300+ PHP.
Manila to Bataan via Ferry
Travelling by sea to Bataan is now possible because of 1Bataan Integrated Transport System. The vessel departs from the Pasay Esplanade Seaside Port and docks at Port of Capinpin in Orion, Bataan. Ferry rates start at 299 PHP. Not a bad deal considering travel time is only 1-2 hours! Upon arrival, free shuttles to Mariveles and Dinalupihan are available for passengers.
Things to do in Bataan
Hike to Mount Samat National Shrine
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Opening Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Entrance Fee: Free
Parking Fee: 20 PHP
Getting to Mount Samat: The shrine is located in the town of Pilar. From Balanga, take a jeep bound for Cabog-Cabog. There will be a big sign welcoming you to the shrine. Get off here, then you can walk or hire a tricycle to get to Mt. Samat
Mt. Samat is a memorial for the fallen soldiers during World War II. There is a park, altar, and museum which details the historical events. You can hike to the gigantic cross to get a panoramic view of Corregidor Island, Manila, and Bataan’s mountains. The hour-long stroll is leisurely, since the path is paved. But if you want to save time, you can drive or hire a vehicle to take you to the top. This way, you have more time to explore the neighboring mountains and Dunsulan Falls.
Explore Corregidor Island’s Wreck
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Entrance Fee: 200 PHP
Getting to Corregidor Island: Easiest way to travel would be to take a Sun Cruises ferry from Manila. You can also get to Corregidor by travelling from Bataan. Ride a bus bound for Bataan until Cabcaben Arc in Mariveles. Once there, hire a tricycle to take you to the beach with boats going to Corregidor. Rent a pump boat and you’re on your way!
As a strategic harbor base, Corregidor Island has been able to preserve some remnant artillery and structures from the war. Scattered military installations and wrecks are all around the area. The main highlight is the Malinta Tunnel: you can explore the pitch black passage which has been the talk of many ghost stories. Other activities you can do on Corregidor are beach bumming, kayaking, ziplining, birdwatching, and biking.
Release Baby Turtles at the Pawikan Conservation Center
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Opening Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Entrance Fee: 30 PHP
Getting to Pawikan Conservation Center: Ride a mini-bus to Morong from Balanga. Get off at Morong’s town proper then hire a tricycle to get to the center directly.
Since 1999, the Pawikan Conservation Center has been dedicated to rescuing and hatching turtles. The best time to visit is from November to February which is the hatching season. For just 50 PHP, you can adopt a turtle and release it at the center’s beach. Eggs are not always available though, so it’s better to contact them beforehand. Every year, the Pawikan festival is held here where there is a showcase of local products and sculptures, dances, and the viewing of hatchlings.
Chase Pasukulan Falls on Mt. Natib
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Environmental Fee: 70 PHP per person
Guide Fee: 800 PHP per group
Getting to Pasukulan Falls: Ride a bus to Bataan that will pass through Balanga or Mariveles. Get off at Orani Junction then take a tricycle to the Pasukulan Falls registration area.
Hidden in the heart of Mt. Natib is a majestic falls that towers over 197 feet. The journey to Pasukulan Falls starts at Brgy. Tala, the jump off point for the Pinagbutasan Trail. Hiking to this hidden falls will test your endurance. The whole trek takes an average of 8 hours to complete. With a lot of greenery, the shaded trail will protect you from the heat, but be on the lookout for snakes and leeches along the way!
Take a stroll at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
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Weekday Tour: 1,500 - 1,850 PHP
Weekend Tour: 2,500 PHP
Getting to Las Casas Filipinas: Ride a bus to Bataan all the way until Balanga Bus Station. Take a jeep bound for either Bagac or Morong. Alight at the Filipino-Japanese Friendship Tower. There should be a tricycle station nearby. Hire a tricycle to take you to the resort.
One look at Las Casas Filipinas’ photos and you’ll immediately see why it’s such a popular tourist spot. The restored Spanish houses and ambience make you feel as if you’ve been transported back in time. After participating in the cultural shows and activities, you can engage in some water sports by the beach.
There’s also a spa and resto bar within the vicinity. Travel Hack: instead of booking with Las Casas directly, book your walking tour tickets with Klook for a 30% discount! See available dates here.
Accommodation in Bataan
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