MARIVELES — This town in Bataan may be off from your radar when thinking of your weekend beach bumming activities. Besides, it’s known for its coastal industrial zones and a few hiking destinations– Tarak Ridge and Mt. Samat.
However this summer, you might want to rethink your perception of Mariveles.
Dubbed as the “Mini-Batanes” by those who were able to explore the other side of its coast, Mariveles boast a scenery that will give you a gist of what it’s like to be in Marlboro Hills and Valugan Boulder Beach without spending too much on airfare and hotel accommodation.
Nestled on the southern tip of Bataan, facing Manila bay in the south, five fingers cove features many limestone cliffs and emerald-clear water. It’s also one of the places I’ve been that I was able to catch a perfect sunset scenery, so don’t miss that. We went there over the weekends to checkout what it has to offer.
We stayed at Panoypoy cove which is managed by Claubel Beach Resort (formerly Hawla), but honestly you shouldn’t do the same. Their registration fees are based on 6AM to 6PM basis and is slightly confusing. The matrix doesn’t fit for those who are coming from outside Bataan province, making you pay for unnecessary fees.
The resort also has a unit of really loud Karaoke machine, where some tourist belts their favorite songs until late in the evening. Unfortunately, the beach is almost half a square kilometer only, so escaping the noise can be really challenging. However, if you are into these kind of resorts, then it’s definitely for you.
Our boatman, Kuya Boni told us that Laki Beach is a better option when it comes to beach camping and service in the area.
Fortunately, sunset in Panoypoy cove is really breathtaking, and that you shouldn’t miss. Also, the bio-illuminating plankton are abundant for your amusement in your evening swim.
The next day, we were able to explore the different coves and cliffs of Mariveles through a 3 hour boat tour. I say that this is the highlight of our trip, specially cliff jumping. And while the cliffs vary from 10ft up to 20ft high, you can still enjoy every pitstop by swimming in the clear water.
Just be prepared by bringing atleast 4 liters of drinking water, bread and sun screen.
How to get there?
Board a bus bound to Mariveles from Cubao or Avenida (Bataan Transit). At the town proper, hire a tricycle that will take you either to Claubel Beach Resort or Laki Beach.
If you’re using your own car, take NLEX then turn right to San Fernando Exit (KM65) and drive straight to Bataan Provincial Highway leading to Mariveles proper. Parking space is available for both Claubel Beach Resort and Laki Beach.
0800 ETD Cubao terminal
1200 ETA Mariveles / lunch / buy supplies
1330 ETD Mariveles Market
1400 ETA Claubel Beach Resort (Panoypoy Cove) / pitch camp / register / picture-picture / chill / swimming
1700 Trek to Panoypoy cliff
1715 ETA Panoypoy cliff / sunset viewing
1930 Chill / swimming / stargazing / social
2200 Lights out
0600 Wakeup call / prepare breakfast
0700 Breakfast / prepare for island hopping
0800 ETD Island hopping
1100 ETA Claubel from island hopping / wash up
1215 ETA Elong’s Restaurant
1300 ETD for Manila
1430 ETA Manila
Rooms and tents are available for rent at the resort. Two shower rooms and toliet are also available for guests’ convenience.
Expenses for 10 pax:
Cubao – Mariveles: Php280 (vv. Php560)
Public market – Claubel/Laki Beach: Php35 (vv. Php70) / person
Registration fee (overnight): Php160
Cottage: Php80 (Php800)
Island hopping: Php250 (Php2,500)
Lunch at Elong’s: Php200
TOTAL: Php 1,520 or $30.50
Contact person: Kuya Boni – +639092279356
ViajeroMNL (Viajero Manila) is a lifestyle blog site that features different pop culture, travel, and food destinations in the Philippines. This article was written by Gillian Gacuma.