Tadonggeniuskuno goes to Playa La Caleta Bataan


Playa La Caleta Bataan is a resort for those looking for an alternative getaway near the Metro.

playa la caleta bataan beach

I was on my way home from a work-related training in Binangonan when I got a message from my friend Claire a.k.a. I Am Traveling Light if I was available for a weekend trip to Morong, Bataan and be her representative as she had another engagement. I do not usually agree on a short notice but since it was a long weekend and I had nothing to do anyway, I was on board. The only beach escapade I had this summer was our office team building so this was essentially my real summer outing for all its worth.

The invitation was for a beach clean-up drive and that was what made me agree immediately, a weekend by the sea and doing something good for the environment, what’s not to like?

We boarded a Balanga bound Five Star bus in Cubao at six in the morning (it was supposed to be at five but I was late, yeah, the few times I was late in this lifetime) and arrived in the capital at around 10:30 am, just enough time to eat a late breakfast before heading to Bagac. The mini bus had already left the terminal so we took the jeepney (P47.00), and after a forty minute ride, we arrived at the Bagac Public Market where we had to ride a tricycle to get to the Lasalle, the jump off point for the 15-minute boat ride to the resort.

bagac tricycle

The trike ride costs us P200.00 and this was as we were told the standard fare, a steep amount for the steep road to Lasalle. We had no choice since this was the only way we could get to our destination. The sun was brightly shining as we sailed our way to Playa La Caleta Bataan.

playa la caleta bataan

playa la caleta bataan

Playa La Caleta Bataan or simply PLC is located in the municipality of Morong, Bataan (177 kilometers from Manila). We arrived around noon and were cordially received by the owner Migs Camacho. He informed us that they limit the number of visitors to the property in order to protect the surroundings and to maintain the pristine condition of the beach.

playa la caleta bataan

After doing the standard registration procedure, we were invited by Migs for a boodle fight lunch in the middle of a stream leading to the beach. The setting is perfect, especially on a hot day.

playa la caleta bataan

playa la caleta bataan

After the sumptuous lunch, we were escorted by the resort’s amiable staff to our cottage where we will spend the rest of our stay. The resort has a camping area for those who would like to set up camp by the beach and another area with rustic cottages. There are no formal rooms at the moment but air-conditioned suites are under construction at the southern end of the property.

playa la caleta bataan

playa la caleta bataan

The 1st PLC Beach Clean Up

playa la caleta bataan

The main reason why we were in the resort was to join the beach clean up. The habagat (Southwest monsoon) season brings monstrous waves which in turn carries junk and other marine debris from other areas to the shore of Playa La Caleta Bataan. The PLC Beach Clean Up is the resort’s answer to this seasonal malady. The activity was led by Migs and the staff of PLC along with other beachgoers who volunteered for the cleanup.

playa la caleta bataan

playa la caleta bataan

playa la caleta bataan

My only complaint was that the cleanup could have been done earlier in the day as it was too hot to walk on the beach at three in the afternoon (a morning cleanup, perhaps?). Thank goodness as the resort provided drinking water for the volunteers.


playa la caleta bataan

After the cleanup, it was time to chill and relax by the beach because all work and no play make Tadonggeniuskuno a dull boy. Kidding aside, as a reward we were given snacks and drinks while waiting for the sunset. The orange colored bamboo beds with throw pillows were available for us to just lie down and bond with blogger friends. It was my first time to meet Franco a.k.a Lagaw Travelogue, and Pareng Popoy who represented Karl (Turista Trails) but it felt like we were long time pals. Of course, I was also with  Budget Biyahera, The Mermaid Travels and Lonely Travelogue who are all great to be with.

playa la caleta bataan

The resort also offers books for those who want to do some reading and there are also board games for rent (P100.00/hr). But for those who want to engage in more strenuous, fun beach activities, you can also ride a kayak or paddle board, fly a kite, ride the slip and slide, and play soccer on the beach. There is also a hiking trail for those who love the outdoors, the 3.4 km hike will take you in the middle of the property where there is a water fall. We did the hiking the next day but the water fall was not as magnificent as we expected as it is not yet the rainy season.

playa la caleta bataan

playa la caleta bataan

The biking trail is currently under construction and is another feature that will surely entice people who are into adventure activities. We were not able to visit Miguelito Island but you can also do the hiking trail so you can take a dip in the tidal pool and watch the sunset from its vantage point.

playa la caleta bataan animals

It was also surprising to see a poultry trio roaming around the PLC beach, the turkey, goose, and rooster paid a visit to our cottage the next morning. Squad goals, dear readers, squad goals.

All in all, it was a pleasant stay at the Playa Caleta Beach Bataan although I hope to see the improvements as they continue to develop the estate while maintaining the pristine condition. It’s good that the resort limits the number of visitors and that facilities are eco-friendly. Additional outdoor sinks would be nice if you just want to wash your hand.

We were also located at the far end of the property and the male restroom near our cottage was still under construction so we had to walk to the nearest one which was three cottages away. Not a complaint but I am sure the restroom near where we stayed would be operational when we visit the resort in the future.

playa la caleta restroom

playa la caleta bataan beach

Playa La Caleta Bataan is a promising destination for those who are looking for an alternative getaway near Metro Manila. The owner revealed that they are also constructing a road where 4×4 vehicles can pass through to provide an alternative route to the property. This would make it easier for people to come over as riding a boat is pricey. I just hope that they maintain their limit on the number of visitors to protect the beach and its environs.

playa la caleta drone shot(Photo courtesy of Lagaw Travelogue)


How to go to Playa La Caleta Bataan
Via Public Transport
Option 1: via Fajardo’s
a. Take a bus from the Cubao to Balanga via either Bataan Transit or Five Star (Php200)
b. From the Balanga Bus Terminal, take a jeep to bring you to the Bagac Public Market (Php47) or bus (Php40)
c. From the Bagac Public Market, take a tricycle to Fajardo’s Beach Resort located in Bagac, Bataan (Php50)
d. From the port of Fajardo’s Beach Resort, take a 25-30 minute boat ride to PLC (Php1,800 for 10 persons)

Option 2: via La Salle
a. Take a bus from the Cubao to Balanga via either Bataan Transit or Five Star (Php200)
b. From the Balanga Bus Terminal, take a jeep (Php47) or bus (Php40) to bring you to the Bagac Public Market (Php50)
c. From the Bagac Public Market, take a tricycle to Jaime Hilario Integrated La Salle School in Morong, Bataan between kilometer 56 & 57 markers (Php250 for 2 persons)
d. From the port of La Salle School, take a 10-15 minute boat ride to PLC (Php1,800 for 10 persons).

For rates and more information, Like Playa La Caleta Bataan’s Facebook Page. You can also follow @playalacaetabataan on Instagram.

 

 

 

 

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