Bataan is bordered by the provinces of Zambales and Pampanga to the north
Bataan is a province situated in the Central Luzon region of the Philippines. Its capital is the City of Balanga. Occupying the entire Bataan Peninsula on Luzon, Bataan is bordered by the provinces of Zambales and Pampanga to the north. The peninsula faces the South China Sea to the west and Subic Bay to the north-west, and encloses Manila Bay to the east. The Battle of Bataan is famous in history as one of the last stands of American and Filipino soldiers before they were overwhelmed by the Japanese forces in World War II. The Bataan Death March was named after the province, where the infamous march started.
Bataan is one of the largest and most populous islands in the Philippines. On its northwest coast is Subic Bay where underwater explorations reveal shipwrecks and beautiful coral reefs. On the south lies a marine turtle sanctuary that’s popular with locals and tourists. In the east coast is a famed wetland and nature park that’s also a bird life sanctuary. On the west, the coastline greets the South China Sea. Further, Bataan is located within 2 famous mountain peaks, Mt. Mariveles and Mt. Narib. Hence, the landscapes of Bataan are a huge attraction to mountain hikers, bikers and nature conservationists. How To Get To Bataan? The most exciting way to get to Bataan is by the Manila-Bataan Ferry Boat. Travel time is 1 hour. Just board the ferry from the Esplanade Seaside Terminal in Manila. The arrival terminal is at Port Capinpin, Orion, Bataan. Travel fare is 450 pesos/one way if booked online via their website. Walk-in passengers can expect to pay a higher fare of 799pesos/one way at the terminal. The cheapest way to Bataan from Manila is by bus. There are plenty of bus liners to choose from. Popular ones include Bataan Transit, Genesis and Victory Liner. Bus fare is from 200 pesos per person. Travel time is around 3 hours. However, it is a perfect way to enjoy the sights along the way to Bataan.
Things To See And Do In Bataan? To travel is to live. And that certainly is the case in Bataan with plenty to see, do, explore and feast your eyes on. All journeys have secret destinations, and you’ll discover places in Bataan that you never knew existed. 1st activity. Visit Mount Samat National Shrine, its summit is a memorial to fallen soldiers of World War II. The climb up Mt. Samat is not too challenging thanks to paved roads leading the way to the peak. Shady trees and picturesque mountain-scapes make the hike even more memorable. Entrance fee: from 20 pesos. 2nd activity. Zoobic Safari, Watch the biggest members of the cat family come up close and personal to say hello. It’s also a great opportunity for kids to interact with the park’s other safari animals. Entrance fee: from 545 pesos (adults) and 445 pesos (kids). Free for kids below 3ft. Keep a lookout for Klook promo code for discounts on tickets and tours. 3rd activity. Pawikan Conservation Center, visitors can enjoy the experience of releasing baby sea turtles back to their natural habitat. In fact, simply watching the hatchlings return to sea is an event by itself. Entrance fee: from 20 pesos. 4th activity. Balanga Wetland And Nature Park, Famed as a top bird-watching haven, the park is a favourite stopover for migratory birds. Best times for bird-watching are in the early mornings or late afternoons. Entrance fee: from 20 pesos (locals) and 50 pesos (foreign tourists). 5th activity. Go to Corregidor, its rocky landscapes and decades-old military fortifications, tells a story at every corner. The former battleground commemorates the battle between US and Filipino forces against the Japanese during World War II. Entrance fee: Day Tours from 2,250 pesos per adult (weekdays) or 2,4449 pesos per adult (weekends) or 1,400 pesos per child. For all your souvenir needs, be sure to stop by the Bataan Tourism Center. It houses the provincial tourism office, Bataan World War II Diorama and a Bataan souvenir shop and Pasalubong Center that showcases some of the province’s products, souvenirs, handicrafts and delicacies.
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