Playa La Caleta is a 100-hectare beach cove cleverly hidden within Morong, Bataan and can easily reach 2-3 hours from Manila through 1Bataan Integrated Transport System. Owned and run by the Camacho family, the overall ambiance of the resort displays elements from different parts of the world. Mr. Miguelito Camacho is actually the one who primarily runs the resort with the help of his beloved parents. Furthermore, the nearest island from the resort was named after him which is the Miguelito Island.
The water at Playa La Caleta is quite clear and anyone walking along the shore will be able to see the sand underneath the water for what seems like miles. The ripples in the sand look like it has been drawn there by hand, but they are simply from the waves and marine life that swims through the area.
While Playa La Caleta used to be a remote destination, nowadays, it is a resort area that you will feel at home. The owners of the resort constructed all the open cottages and huts out of wood, and they all look native to the area. A few newer rooms have been built that include air conditioners.
AMENITIES & ACTIVITIES
Most people will want to be in the water during their time at Playa La Caleta, but they have many more options than just swimming. Everyone can rent kayaks, sailboards, paddleboards, and more and challenge themselves to stay out on the water for much of each day.
Visitors can walk along the sandbar near the southern side of Playa La Caleta to go to the small island of Miguelito Island. The tide needs to be low in order for people to do this, but those who time their visit right will be able to have some fabulous adventures like snorkeling and cliff diving when they are there.
Cliff jumping at Sugong Cave, Bagac, Bataan is one of the BEST ACHIEVEMENT EVER in my life!!! Whooohooo!!! This must be included in your itinerary if you will be visiting Playa La Caleta.
I haven’t tried this before but it seems so easy while watching some jumpers from our boat. When my foot stepped on this cave I was the first one in our group who went to the top of the cliff. But after I saw how high the cliff was from the top my knees started to be shaky. It took 36 minutes with many attempts and cheers from the crowd before I finally jumped in the cliff.
During the rainy season in Playa La Caleta, visitors may want to hike into the forest behind the beach, as there is a waterfall there. It can take a couple of hours to reach the falls, but it is the perfect destination for a picnic lunch or a mid-day snack as everyone sits down to relax. Of course, relaxation can also be found in one of the hammocks that are scattered about Playa La Caleta.
PHILIPPINES-JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP TOWER
Playa La Caleta is truly a paradise in the heart of Bataan. The place is perfect to chill and relax especially when you go here on weekdays. Visitors will leave Playa La Caleta with a plethora of pictures because everything there seems so photogenic. Marine life is waiting to be photographed as are the unique rock formations that seem to be everywhere a person looks. The sunset viewing is phenomenal that you shouldn’t miss out.
HOW TO GET THERE?
Option 1 (Via 1Bataan Ferry)
1. Book online through 1Bataan Integrated Transport System.
Travel Time – 1 hour
Fare – 499
2. Avail free shuttle bus/van from Port Capinpin in Orion, Bataan to Balanga.
***Or you can ask Kuya Akal on 0906 540 9762 to bring you to Bagac jumpoff for only P1500 only good for 10pax.
3. Then ride a boat to Playa La Caleta for 1800 for 12 pax roundtrip.
1. From Cubao take a bus to Balanga via Bataan Transit (inside Five Star Bus terminal) other bus company going to Balanga is Genesis
Travel Time – 3 hours
Fare – Php 200
2. From Balanga ride a jeep to Bagac Market
Travel Time – 1 hour
Fare – Php 47
3. From Bagac Market ride a tricycle to Fajardo’s beach resort
Fare – 15 pesos if you’re alone or 10 pesos per person for a group of 4 persons
4. Then ride a boat to Playa La Caleta for 1800 for 12 pax round trip
SAMPLE OVERNIGHT BUDGET BREAKDOWN
UPDATE: I made a detailed itinerary and budget breakdown for both transportation via land and via ferry. You may access and download the files HERE.
In case you cannot access the files, below is the basic budget breakdown for an overnight stay at Playa La Caleta.
Cubao to Balanga and vice versa 200 x 2 = 400
Balanga to Bagac Market = 47
Tricycle to Fajardo’s = 10
Boat to PLC 1800/10 pax = 180
Overnight Entrance Fee = 300
Tent Pitching 300 per tent/2 pax = 150
Tricycle from Fajardo’s to Market = 10
Tricycle from Market to jeep terminal = 10
Jeep from Bagac to Balanga = 35
TOTAL 1,142 per person
*Food expenses not included
- Contact Playa La Caleta so that they can recommend a boatman for your group
- If you will stay overnight, bring mosquito repellents and a thick blanket
- Mobile Signal: Smart – 3G; no signal for Globe
- Overnight parking fee at Fajardo’s is P200.
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/playalacaletabataan
Address: Playa La Caleta Waterfront Estates (with Miguelito Island) Morong, Bataan
Booking Price: check here
Check-In: 1PM / Check-Out: 11AM
Recommended boat man:
09121676877 or 09474130420
Disclaimer: This was a sponsored trip that was made possible by Playa La Caleta together with 1Bataan Integrated Transport System
Note: This post was originally published in May 2017 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.