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    Top 18 Tourist Spots in Bataan You Shouldn’t Miss

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    Looking for Bataan tourist spots? Well, we have you all covered here!

    Bataan is so much blessed, not just with culture and history, but with nature as well. You can do beaches and falls hopping here, climb different Bataan mountains and ridges, visit parks, eat local delicacies, and many more!

    From beaches to mountains, everything you love is all here in Bataan — may you be someone who’s so much interested in Philippine history, a beach bum or an adventure seeker. Yes, there are lots of tourist spots in Bataan!

    But where is Bataan located?

    Bataan is a province situated in the Central Luzon Region of the Philippines. Bordered by the provinces of Zambales and Pampanga, Bataan faces the South China Sea to the west and Subic Bay to the north-west and encloses Manila to the east.

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    The Province of Bataan is blessed with different tourist spots that you shouldn’t miss.

    Yes, not just the infamous Death March, Bataan offers so much more.

    TOURIST SPOTS IN BATAAN

    If you are looking for Bataan tourist spots, we placed everything for you in this travel guide! Check this out!

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    There are a number of tourist spots in Bataan that you can explore — from historical places to parks, nature, and adventurous activities, Bataan has everything in store for you.

    1. BATAAN TOURISM CENTER

    • Location: Balanga, Bataan
    • Rate: FREE

    Bataan is just so blessed to have loyal, bubbly, and hospitable people who ensure Bataan Province is always out there, available to the tourists and locals to explore.

    bagac bataan tourist spots
    Inside Bataan Tourism Center. Love their lobby!

    We highly encourage you to drop by the Bataan Tourism Center, the first and only one-stop-shop tourism center in the Philippines, before roaming around Bataan. They can definitely assist you more in maximizing your stay in the peninsula.

    bagac bataan tourist spots
    From L-R: Jon Espina(jontotheworld.com), Allan Gokongwei (thefilipinorambler.com), Ms. Paula Gayeta, Bataan Tourism Staff, Armela Patalud (aroundthemetro.ph), Sir Alan Balbuena and Sir Vandolph Manabat, Bataan Tourism Staff

    You can also buy your pasalubong here as they have a souvenir shop inside the center.

    BATAAN TOURISM CENTER
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    2. DAMBANA NG KAGITINGAN (Shrine of Valor) – MT. SAMAT

    • Location: Mt. Samat, Pilar, Bataan
    • Entrance Fee: PHP 20.00
    DAMBANA NG KAGITINGAN (Shrine of Valor) - MT. SAMAT

    The Shrine of Valor (Dambana ng Kagitingan) was built in memory of the heroic deeds of the Filipinos and Americans who fought hard and died for our country.

    Dambana ng Kagitingan was built by the late President Marcos in April 1966.

    Four years after, in 1970, Marcos opened the shrine to the public for them to also pay tribute to our fellow Filipinos and Americans.

    DAMBANA NG KAGITINGAN (Shrine of Valor) - MT. SAMAT
    DAMBANA NG KAGITINGAN (Shrine of Valor) - MT. SAMAT

    From here, we saw the whole Bataan peninsula.

    DAMBANA NG KAGITINGAN (Shrine of Valor) - MT. SAMAT
    DAMBANA NG KAGITINGAN (Shrine of Valor) - MT. SAMAT

    3. BATAAN WORLD WAR II MUSEUM

    • Location: Balanga Elementary School, Bataan
    • Rate: PHP 30.00

    If you wanna know more about the World War II, Bataan is definitely a good start to know more about the past war.

    Did you know that the area that used to be the place of horrendous killings is now actually an elementary school?

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    This place used to be the place of when the Japanese people would kill Filipinos and Americans for even just a petty crime. Even babies were killed! They would usually throw the baby up in the air and stab them using their sword. I can’t bear to think about it!

    Located at the Balanga Elementary School in Balanga City, the museum is a private initiative of HAS Club of Balanga Foundation.

    We then registered and watched a video of what happened during World War II in Bataan, the Death March and how the Bataan peninsula was surrendered to the Japanese invaders.

    BATAAN WORLD WAR II MUSEUM

    The first floor of the museum is full of dog tags, helmets, plates, their inuman, and many other things that symbolizes courage of our ancestors. 

    BATAAN WORLD WAR II MUSEUM

    BATAAN WORLD WAR II MUSEUM

    I can still picture in my mind the photo of the dead baby after it was killed by a Japanese using a sword. Remember the one I mentioned above about the Japanese throwing the baby up in the air? Yes, this was one of the many babies who died in the war and was not given the chance to see the world in bright colors.

    4. SURRENDER SITE MONUMENT

    • Location: Balanga Elementary School, Bataan
    • Rate: FREE

    Still inside the Balanga Elementary School, the Surrender Site Monument is just a few steps away from the Bataan World War II Museum.

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    In this area, this life-sized monument was built as a reminder of where Major General Edward P. King signed the instrument of surrender on April 9, 1942.

    5. ZERO KM DEATH MARCH MARKERS

    • Location: Mariveles, Bataan
    • Rate: FREE

    Wondering where the Death March started? In the shores of Mariveles, Bataan.

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    The reason why it was in Mariveles is that, during that time, they are waiting for the command of General Douglas McArthur who was in Corregidor. And because Mariveles was just a 15-minute ride going to and fro, the soldiers decided to wait in the shores of Mariveles.

    However, because of the fall of Bataan, this marked the start of the infamous Death March of the American and Filipino soliders in 1942.

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    Other similar markers can also be found along the route to their final destination, Camp O’Donell in Capas, Tarlac.

    6. PHILIPPINE-JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP TOWER

    • Location: Bagac, Bataan
    • Rate: FREE

    After what happened during the World War II, Rissho Kosei Kai (RKK) of Japan in 1975, initiated the building of the Philippine-Japan Friendship Tower. This was established together with the Bataan Christian Youth Civic Circle (BCYCC) which symbolizes forgiveness, hope and restoration of relationships of both countries and brotherhood.

    7. BATAAN TECHNOLOGY PARK

    • Location: Morong, Bataan
    • Rate: FREE

    This 365 hectare area was the was the former site of the United Nations Philippines Refugee Processing Center.

    After the fall of Saigon, this park became the home to the refugees from the neighboring countries (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia) before they migrate to the United States, Australia, and Europe.

    Bataan Technology Park houses the monuments that depicts friendship and culture of the three nations such as Angkor Wat, Khmer, Vietnamese Temple and the likes.

    8. PLAZA MAYOR DE CIUDAD DE BALANGA

    Plaza Mayor de Ciudad de Balanga is located in the heart of Balanga, Bataan. You will see the Plaza Hotel here, Balanga’s City Hall, and the Balanga Cathedral across the plaza.

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    The Plaza Hotel in Balanga City is an old architectural icon in the heart of Balanga, Bataan. The hotel’s facade will surely take you to the Spanish era with it’s unique and stunning features.

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    9. LAS CASAS FILIPINAS DE ACUZAR

    Located in Bagac, Bataan, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a home to 17 restored old houses in this Spanish-inspired village.

    Although the ambiance of the resort is a bit reserved and old, each villa is still equipped with modern amenities for their guests’ comfort. Located near the beach, their guests can enjoy swimming at the beach or watch the sunset by the shore with their family and friends.

    Considered one of the best hotel and resorts in Bataan, Las Casa will surely give you an unforgettable experience that you will always want to go back to.

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    Photo credits: Agoda

    10. PAWIKAN CONSERVATION CENTER – MORONG

    11. BALANGA CITY WETLAND AND NATURE PARK – TORTUGAS, BALANGA

    12. LUMUTAN FALLS –

    BAGAC, BATAAN

    13. DUNSULAN FALLS –

    PILAR, BATAAN

    14. TARAK RIDGE – MARIVELES

    15. MT. NATIB – ORANI

    16. MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS

    Last March 31, 2019, we covered the Padyakan Festival in Pilar, Bataan. It was the 14th year of the festival and is held in line with the Araw ng Kagitingan commemoration.

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    Padyakan Festival, in particular, was a fun and exciting event to behold. From kids to lolos, everyone is welcomed here. 

    17. MT. SAMAT ZIPLINE

    Surprisingly, Mt. Samat has indeed a zipline! But when we visited the last time, it is under maintenance. Sayang! But will definitely go back Mt. Samat and try their zipline since I learned that this is actually the longest zipline in Central Luzon that offers a 540 meter length of breathtaking experience.

    Ugh. I miss ziplines!

    18. TREE HOPPING ADVENTURE

    Located at Dunsulan Park, Brgy. Diwa, Pilar, this Tree Hopping Adventure will thrill your bones to the max! Imagine going from one tree to another with just ropes to hold on to and pieces of small slabs to step in! But if you are a thrill-seeker like me, this should definitely be on your bucket list!

    WHERE TO STAY IN BATAAN?

    So are you now convinced to visit Bataan? Check some of the hotels in the widget below or head on to our list of hotels and resorts in Bataan.

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    Pia Bernaldohttps://piathought.com
    In love with coffee dates, mountains, and beaches. Currently in the season and process of unlearning, relearning, and learning together with God.

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