Best Places to Visit in Bataan Philippines (Things To do and Top Tourist Spots)
Bataan is very familiar because it played a big role during World War II, the Bataan Death March and the Battle of Bataan. That is why tourist are interested in going there to explore the amazing place and to know the story behind the place.
A perfect destination for anyone who wants to relax, have fun and escape from the whole week of hustle and bustle work. Here are the Best Places to Visit in Bataan Philippines.
1. Las Casas Filipinas de Acusar
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar – a famous tourist spot that lets you travel back in time that features the old houses from different parts of the Philippines. This 400 hectare picturesque resort showcases 30 heritage homes.
It is located in Bagac, Bataan and it is in here you will experience a unique heritage community that has history. It is packed with classic architecture, grandiose landscape and spectacular waterworks.
You can hop on the Tramvia and traverse along cultural routes through cobblestone roads, taking a balsa to go on a fluvial adventure and see the casas from different angle or by riding on public transportation to go around the resort.
2. Corregidor Island
Corregidor Island – is anothe best places to visit in Bataan Philippines. It is one of the most historical tourist spot in Bataan. It is a small rocky island located near Bataan and Manila Bay that was once the command post of Allied Filipino and American forces who battled against Japanese during World War II.
It comes from a Spanish verb “corregir” which means correct. It served as an evidence to the heavy bombardment that thousands of lives lost and the victory when the forces of Filipino and American are recaptured the island.
You can see some of the restored military installations, destroyed buildings and some important sites that provide as a tribute to the sacrifices of the Filipino and American group who died on protecting our country in contrary to Japanese.
3. Pawikan Conservation Center
Pawikan Conservation Center – this amazing tourist spot which is located in Morong, Bataan makes the sea turtles (pawikan) safe. You can see baby sea turtles hatch and make their way to the ocean.
This center is built to protect the sea turtles from harm and if you want to visit them, the best months is from August to February wherein you will witness a female turtle make their way to the shore to lay eggs.
The center is a community based action by a joint effort of the local government and non-profit organization partner. In every nesting season, they are the ones taking care over the laying of eggs. If they found the eggs they will carefully transfer it to the hatcheries to protect them from predators and poachers.
4. Plaza Mayor de Cuidad de Balanga
Plaza Mayor de Cuidad de Balanga – this building has a Spanish architectural exterior that looks like the Plaza Hotel and Galeria Victoria Mall. If you are going to visit this place, its like you are already in Spain because of its structure.
The majestic architecture and well planned layout makes you feel like you are in Europe.
5. Tarak Ridge Bataan
Tarak Ridge Bataan – one of the most popular hiking destination that can be found in Mariveles, Bataan. If you are a nature lover and love to go outside, this place is for you because of the stunning view of the mountains, scenic landscape, and rugged cliff where in you can go on a hiking.
It is also the jump-off point of Brgy. Alas-asin. It is a part of Mt. Mariveles, a dormant volcano and the highest point in the province which makes it to one of the best places to visit in Bataan Philippines.
6. Shrine of Valor ( Dambana ng Kagitingan )
Shrine of Valor (Dambana ng Kagitingan) – this historical spot is located on top of Mt. Samat in Pilar, Bataan. It has the shrines of Colonnade and the Memorial Cross. This cross measures 92 meters high and it is made of marble, steel concrete with an elevator and viewing gallery at the arms of the cross.
It is a shrine for all the soldiers who died fearlessly in the battle against the Japanese groups. The sculptures also include the historical events in the Philippines like the execution of Dr. Jose Rizal and the Battle of Bataan.
7. Five Fingers Cove
Five Fingers Cove – it is one of the most captivating tourist spot in Mariveles Bataan with five coves that look like a real fingers from the bird’s eye view. Each cove renders different activities like cliff diving, swiming, hopping, etc.
The first cove is called Cachino’s Point wherein you can see the cliffs, sea hills and the Mt. Mariveles. The second cove is Natsu Lagoon at Talaga Point, it is ideal for pumping cliff jump.
The longest of the five cove is Puntang Mahaba at Hornos Point where you can see the Pebble Cave, famous spot for prenuptial photos.
The fourth cove is Naiklec Point (ring finger), the home of the Mawakis Cove and the fifth cove is the Jump off the 40-ft cliff at Longos Kawayan Point, a place where you can eat your lunch and go on camping.
8. Bataan National Park
Bataan National Park – the last surviving closed-canopy dipterocarp forest in the whole Central Luzon. It is home for some wildlife species like giant fruit bats, wild monkeys, pygmywoodpeckers, wild boars, civet cats eagles and many more.
You can also see thousands of fruit bearing trees like coffee, jackfruit, guyabano and lanzones. This park is located in Orani, Bataan that covers 23, 688 hectares.
It is also a home for two awesome falls, the Pasukulan and the Dunsulan Falls.
9. Balanga Church ( St. Joseph's Cathedral)
Balanga Church (St. Joseph’s Cathedral) – one of the historic tourist spots that was used as an ordnance location during the Japanese occupation. The seat of the Diocese in Balanga that contains the entire of the civil province of Bataan.
It was formally declared as Diocesan Shrine on March 19, 2015. The walls are white and enormous chandeliers are hunged into the ceiling. Behind the altar was a structure painted of Jesus in the left, Mama Mary on the right and St. Joseph holding the hand of Baby Jesus.
10. Balanga Wetland and Nature Park
Balanga Wetland and Nature Park – this park is ideal for those who love to watch the birds flying. It is one of the most visited park in Bataan that is secured by the local government and a home for thousands of migratory birds that feeds on mudflats, wetlands and mangrove forests.
It emerge for viewing decks and picnic huts so that you can use them while visiting the park. The best time to see the birds flying around the crowds is early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
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