Last updated on March 4th, 2023 at 12:24 pm
Bataan is located in Central Luzon. It’s close to our home Angeles City in Pampanga. The capital of Bataan is Balanga. We have been visiting Bataan 3 times so far and today we will write all the amazing Bataan tourist spots.
Bataan is popular because of history since it was one of the last stands of the Filipino/American soldiers against the Japanese in World War II. If you like history and beaches make sure that you read our Bataan travel guide which will inspire you to visit Bataan soon.
Batan Travel Guide
How to get to Bataan
Getting to Bataan from Clark
If you are getting to Bataan from Clark. You can ride a van from DAU Terminal in Angeles City. It will take one hour to get to Balanga and the price is 180 PHP. From Clark International Airport you can go by taxi or Grab to DAU Terminal. It will take you around 15-20 minutes to get there and prices can be around 200-300 PHP by Grab and 500 PHP by taxi.
You can also get a jeepney to San Fernando. Once in San Fernando you get the bus going to Balanga 220 PHP.
Getting to Bataan from Manila by Bus
If you are getting to Bataan from Manila by bus. It will take 3-4 hours depending on the traffic and where you catch the bus. If you are coming from Cubao it will take around 3 hours 250 PHP. Genesis and Bataan Transit are the companies going to Bataan from Cubao.
And more than 4 hours 280 PHP if you are coming from Pasay. Genesis buses are going to Bataan from Pasay.
Once in Balanga Terminal you can get a tricycle or a jeepney to move around Bataan. Prices are starting from 10 PHP depending on the distance.
Getting to Bataan from Manila by Ferry
If you are getting to Bataan from Manila by ferry to Orion. It will take you around one hour to get there. The departure of the ferry from Manila is 7 am and 5 pm. It will take 50 minutes and it costs 450 PHP. From Bataan to Manila the schedule is 9 am and 7 15 pm. There are free shuttles going to Dinalupihan and Mariveles in Bataan from Orion.
Getting to Bataan from Manila by Private Transportation
If you are getting to Bataan from Manila by private transportation. It will take you 2 hours and a half to reach there from Manila. You have to drive to North Luzon Expressway and exit in San Fernando and going thru Lubao. Or you can exit in DAU and take the SCTEX on the way to Dinalupihan.
Getting to Bataan from Baguio
If you are getting to Bataan from Baguio. There are also buses from Baguio going to Bataan. It will take 7 hours to reach there and prices are around 500 PHP.
BEST TIME TO VISIT BATAAN
If you’re traveling to Bataan you can expect considerably small changes in the city’s weather. Humidity is high in the Philippines and the warmest months here are April and May. Basically, January to March is the best time to visit Bataan as this is the sunniest period of the year and is relatively cooler than other months.
DAILY BUDGET TO VISIT BATAAN
Many of the restaurants and hotels in Bataan are inexpensive yet more than satisfying. A full meal in the city can go for as low as 80 PHP per person while a bottle of beer can be bought for around 50-65 PHP. Restaurant meals can be bought for around 500-800 PHP for two people. Pretty cheap, right? And if you only have 20 PHP in your pocket when you’re feeling pretty hungry, you can even buy plenty of street food with that.
Transportation is also cheap with jeepneys and tricycles going all over town. The main problem in transportation there are big distances and the schedule of public buses isn’t very often. Be patient and make sure you go during the day since at night time there are only a few buses and mini buses going to Bataan. If you prefer joining a tour prices are starting at 1300 PHP for a day trip with lunch, entrance fees and transportation included.
There are also budget hotels costing for around 600-900 PHP in a promo while three-star establishments go for around 1,000-2,000 PHP, that’s only $19-38 USD! For those who want a more luxurious stay, you can check in at very nice hotels at around $50-120 USD. You can also try AirBnB in Bataan.
Things to Know Before Visiting Bataan
Smoking isn’t allowed in the streets in Balanga in Bataan. If you do you will get a fine. It’s similar than Davao.
Bataan Technology Park is the former site of the Philippine Refugee Processing Center for Indochinese refugees. They were coming 80% from Vietnam and 20 % between Laos and Cambodia.
The first nuclear power plant in the country named Bataan Nuclear Power Plant. It’s located in Morong.
The Death March was the starting point of World War II. It’s located in Mariveles in Bagac.
The most popular pasalubongs are dry fishes and dry marine products.
TOURS AND ENTRANCE FEES IN BATAAN
If you want to visit Bataan tourist spots the best way to do it is by private transportation. The entrance fee to the Bataan tourist spots are usually between 30-50 PHP, so affordable. If you don’t have private transportation you can join to tours in Bataan tourist office.
There are tours starting from 1300 PHP with guide, lunch, entrance fees included and van with air conditioning. We did ourselves the tour with the Tourism office with Allan as a guide. Everything was well organized and we enjoyed a lot touring around Pawikan Festival. We had time to attend the Festival, beach party, enjoying sunsets and learn about the historical sites in Bataan.
In the tourist office you will find apart from all the detail information with the most modern system to videos about the places to visit in Bataan. There are also souvenirs and it’s so convenient to go before visiting Bataan tourist spots to have the best information. I would say is the first of this list of Bataan tourist spots that you should visit.
BATAAN TOURIST SPOTS
1. Food Trip in Bataan
First thing that we did and we totally recommend is food trip in Bataan. We started in Wooden Leaf eating healthy food, delicious juices, salads and pasta. It was a perfect start of the day. Hu Tieu-An a Vietnamese restaurant in Balanga Bus Terminal was great. We enjoyed salads, delicious noodle soups and our favorite Bahn Mi (typical sandwich from Vietnam).
2. Bataan World War II Museum
Bataan World War II Museum is located in Balanga City. The museum is a tribute to the heroes of the Battle of Bataan. The entrance fee is 50 PHP.
3. Mt. Samat Shrine of Valor
It’s a Memorial Site for the Filipinos who fought and died in World War II. The cross is 92 meters high and 11 meters wide. You can go up with the elevator and enjoy a 360 degree view of Bataan. The entrance fee is 30 PHP. After the hike you can enjoy the museum on the bottom where you can see pictures about World War II.
4. Zero Kilometer Death March Markers
The monument is located in Mariveles and Bagac. It was the start point of the Death March of American and Filipino soldiers in 1942. You can also find similar markers in San Fernando on the way to Pampanga.
5. Philippine-Japan Friendship Tower
The tower was conceived by Rissho Kosei Kai of Japan in 1975. It’s for simbolizing the reconciliation and friendship between Japan and the Philippines after World War II.
6. Flaming Sword
It’s a symbol of the Filipino courage and gallantry. You can see illuminated at night and it’s located in Pilar town.
7. Surrender Site Monument
You can find the Surrender Site Monument in the Bataan World Museum. It was built as a marker where Major General Edwar P. King signed the insstrument of surrender in 9th of April, 1942.
8. Bataan Technology Park
It become home for refugees of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. 10 000 people coming from Indochina. You can see in the museum the history and how they came thru Palawan to Bataan. It’s located in the hills of Morong. The museum received the visit of Pope John Paul II. The entrance fee is 50 PHP.
9. Enjoying the sunset at the beach
One of our favorite sunsets in the Philippines we enjoyed in Morong Beach. The colors were amazing and if you love sunsets as we do. Make sure you are on time with a beer or a coconut to enjoy.
10. Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is an open-air museum located in Bagac. It’s full of restaurants and there is also a beach. You can stay in Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar if you want to have a luxury experience in Bataan. You can also tour around with a river cruise or riding a calesa.
11. Plaza Mayor Balanga City
It’s a commercial area where you can find restaurants and now a new hotel. It’s so beautiful at night with the lights to walk around.
12. Zip Line in Bataan
A 500 meters zip line is waiting for you in Bataan if you love adventure. It’s the longest zip line in Central Luzon. Rachel enjoyed the wide views and after enjoying this experience you can refresh yourself in Dunsulan Falls the ending point of the zip line. The activity costs 350 PHP.
13. Tree Top Adventure
You can also enjoy the Tree Top Adventure after the zip line or after swimming in Dunsulan Falls. It’s located in Morong. The entrance is 50 PHP for the Tree and the waterfalls.
More Bataan Tourist Spots
14. Waterfalls in Bataan
Limutan Falls and Ambon Ambon Falls
Limutan Falls are located close to Mount Natib. It’s close to Ambon Ambon Falls. To reach there you have to hike 45 minutes from Linao National Road.
Dunsulan Falls is a perfect visit after trying the zip line in Bataan. Since is finishing there. A perfect place for relaxing after enjoying this adventure. There is an entrance fee of 50 PHP.
Pasukulan Falls are located in the Southern part of Mount Natib. You can swim and enjoying activities around.
Kairukan Falls are located at the upper side of Kairukan River. You can swim around and you can even camping if you like to stay longer around the area.
15. Kanawan Hanging Bridge
Kanawan Hanging Bridge is another beautiful Bataan tourist spots that you shouldn’t miss. You can take nice pictures and check the views. No worries is safe even the motorbikes go around. It’s free of charge.
16. Visit Old Churches
Our Lady of The Pilar Church
It was erected in 1607 from the elements of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque sources. It’s located in Morong.
St Joseph Cathedral
The Cathedral survived to the War that’s why is so popular. It was renovated and it’s located in Balanga City Center.
If you want to have a tour of Historical sites and Churches you can ask for information in the Tourism Office that offer packages of 2 Days starting from 2100 PHP.
17. City of Balanga Wetland & Nature Park
It’s an outdoor museum were you can see the importance of the migratory birds. There is a Festival celebrated every December called Ibong Dayo. You can get a great view of view of Mt. Samat and the Manila Bay.. There are cottages for rent if you wish. The entrance fee is 20 PHP per person.
18. Pawikan Conservation Center
We visited during Pawikan Festival. It’s located in Morong Beach. They are protecting the marine turtles. The Festival is every year in November. The entrance fee is 30 PHP. We took a drone shot where you can see how busy was Pawikan Festival.
19. Mountains of Bataan
Hike Tarak Ridge
If you like hiking you can join a two day adventure. You can hike and camping. The peak is 1130 meters above the sea level. If you are planning to hike make sure you get the information in the Tourism Office in Bataan.
A volcano 1250 meters above sea level where you can see amazing views of Mount Mariveles and Mount Samat.
20. Bataan National Park
Bataan National Park is located Northern half of the Province in the border with Subic in Zambales. You can find waterfalls like Pasukulan and Dunsulan Falls. There are important species of flowers and orchids.
21. Enjoy the Beach in Morong
Make sure that you are bringing your snorkeling mask to swim around the beach in Morong. The beaches are quiet and calm. Most of them are located inside the resorts and they charge around 300-500 PHP entrance fee to spend the day.
22. Beaches in Bagac
You can explore beaches around Bagac: Quinawan Beach, Aglaloma Beach, Laki Beach and Kaibubo Beach on the North.
23. Five Fingers Cove and Laki Beach
There is an entrance fee 300 PHP during the day and 400 PHP if you stay overnight. You can go swimming and if you like adventure you can go cliff diving. The name of Five Fingers is because the shape looks like Five Fingers from the top view. The water is so clear and you can swim around.
24. Sisiman Mariveles Bay and Lighthouse
Sisiman Beach is a rocky Beach where you can find a lighthouse. in the southeast of Bataan Province. You can hike around and enjoy amazing sunsets.
25. Bataan Nuclear Power Plant
Bataan Nuclear Power Plant was built by former dictator Ferdinand Marcos as a solution to what was then an impending oil crisis.It was completed but never fueled. It’s located in Morong.
Where to Stay in Bataan
We have been a few times in Bataan. Last time we decided to stay at White Corals Beach Resort located in Morong Beach. It’s only one kilometer far from the town just in case you need to visit to buy something. A peaceful place where you can enjoy swimming in blue waters. Our favorite was the sunset. The staff is so friendly and the food was delicious. You can also spend your day in the resort for 500 PHP per adult and 400 PHP per kid.
Where to Eat in Bataan
Wooden Leaf focuses in healthy food and lifestyle. You can find delicious juices, there are no sodas. The restaurant is beautiful with delicious and healthy food. We really love the juices, salads and pasta that we tried. It’s located in Balanga City Center next to the market.
Hu Tieu-An And Bahn Mi
A Vietnamese restaurant located in Balanga Bus Terminal. You can find noodle soup, the traditional Bahn Mi which is one of my favorite ones. Salads were great and prices were affordable. As always in the Philippines friendly and helpful staff in the restaurant.
Festivals in Bataan
You can go every month of the year and you will find Festivals. We attended to Pawikan Festival and we really liked it. It’s celebrated in November. You will enjoy dance, music and even a beach party during the festival. The most important part is the realizing of the baby turtles.
There are other Festivals in Bataan like Pagbubunyi Festival celebrated in May with a night procession. Kuraldal Festival that includes a parade celebrated in June.
There you have it, our favorite Bataan tourist spots! Did you enjoy our Bataan travel guide blog post? Are we missing any of them? Let us know in the comments below and we’d love to add it in our list!
Thank you so much to Behold Bataan for organizing these days and guide us around the Province. Our amazing tour guide Alan and his family, friends and team. It was great meeting Paula, Danika, Alicia Pizarro and the whole tourism Office in Bataan. Also all our talented blogger friends that we met Karla Around the World, Travel with Karla, JC Navarro for amazing videos, and Tina from Hungry Travel Duo (the winner of the photography context), Dierict for videos. See you soon!
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About the Author: Ruben, co-founder of Gamintraveler.com since 2014, is a seasoned traveler from Spain who has explored over 100 countries since 2009. Known for his extensive travel adventures across South America, Europe, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Africa, Ruben combines his passion for adventurous yet sustainable living with his love for cycling, highlighted by his remarkable 5-month bicycle journey from Spain to Norway. He currently resides in Spain, where he continues to share his travel experiences alongside his partner, Rachel, and their son, Han.