If you’re looking for a quick getaway from Manila, then look no further than Bataan. This province is home to both a rich history, having played an important role during World War II, as well as breathtaking sights, as it’s surrounded by tons of mountain ranges and luscious greenery. And not to mention, it’s only a few hours drive away from the Metro! If you’re someone who calls themselves a nature lover, then Bataan should really be on your bucket list.
Pawikan Conservation Center
Located near the Morong Coast, the Pawikan Conservation Center is dedicated to the preservation of the endangered Olive Ridley Sea Turtle, a species that’s prized by poachers for its supposedly protein-rich eggs. The group behind the center, many of them former poachers themselves, is dedicated to helping the public learn everything they can about the species. You can even help release baby sea turtles back into the ocean!ADVERTISMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW ↓
Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar
Nature and history blend together in perfect harmony at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. This heritage resort is home to Spanish-era houses and old cobblestone streets, all overlooking the sea. You can learn more about the city’s history through the resort’s heritage tours, which can either be done on foot or through a gondola ride on the river.ADVERTISMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW ↓Recommended Videos
Playa La Caleta
This resort doesn’t just pride itself on its spectacular location but also on its dedication to be eco-friendly and sustainable. Playa La Caleta makes sure to give back to nature by regularly holding beach cleanups and banning single-use plastics. It’s also near a lot of islands, making it an ideal resort to stay at if you’re into island hopping.ADVERTISMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW ↓
Mt. Samat is home to one of Bataan’s most famous historical sights. The Shrine of Valor honors the fallen American and Filipino soldiers who fought during World War II. It takes a bit of a climb get to this historical monument, but the history, as well as the beautiful views of Bataan, make it completely worth it.ADVERTISMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW ↓
Sisiman Bay and Lighthouse
Although it’s not popular among tourists, Sisiman Bay and Lighthouse is easily one of the most Instagram-worthy locations in Bataan. It’s surrounded by cliffs, which not only offer you great views of the sea but it’s also a great place to catch the sunset. Just make sure to wait for golden hour to get the best photos!
If you’re someone who doesn’t mind breaking a sweat, then Tarak Ridge is for you. This hike is a favorite among hikers because it doesn’t just give you a good workout, but it also rewards you with stunning picturesque views of not just Bataan but the surrounding Corregidor Island, Manila Bay, and Cavite as well.ADVERTISMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW ↓
Balanga Wetland and Nature Park
Reconnect with the best Mother Nature has to offer at the Balanga Wetland and Nature Park. This spot is known as a perfect bird-watching location as many migratory birds call the park home. There’s also a thick mangrove forest that surrounds the park, making it an ideal spot to have a picnic with friends and family.ADVERTISMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW ↓
This beach takes its name from the finger-shaped cliffs that surround it. You can climb up these cliffs to take in some spectacular views or if you’re a bit more of a daredevil, you can even cliff dive! There are also a number of coves and caves around the beach, ensuring that you’ll always have something new to discover every time you visit.ADVERTISMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW ↓
Bataan Heartland Garden
Considered to be one of Bataan’s best-kept secrets, the Bataan Heartland Garden is home to six different kinds of accommodations, from more traditional housing like the Ifugao house and Vigan House, to more eclectic choices like the Tree House and Cave House. There’s a distinct laidback charm to this resort, making it a perfect place to stay if you want to get away from it all.ADVERTISMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW ↓
Vista Tala Resort and Recreational Park
Whether you want to kick back and relax or enjoy some daredevil activities, then Vista Tala Resort and Recreational Park is for you. Surrounded by the beautiful landscape of Bataan, this resort and park has all sorts of activities that will keep you entertained for hours on end. There’s an infinity pool where you can laze around, but there are also wall climbing, rappelling, and ziplining facilities if you want to get your heart racing.ADVERTISMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW ↓
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