Marvelous Mariveles

Saturday, December 31, 2016


This is the sixth installment of the Spread The Impact series – a collection of travel narratives and guides to less-traveled places in the Philippines, with the aim to spread human impact to the environment as well as uplift the lives of communities through tourism.

The fist class municipality of Mariveles, just like the province of Bataan to which it belongs, reeks of historical significance. In 1578, it was founded as a pueblo by a Franciscan friar. It used to be part of the Corregimiento of Mariveles along with Bagac, Morong, the island of Corregidor, and Maragondon in Cavite. But aside from its place in Philippine history, the first class municipality at present offers more surprises.
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The view from the town proper

About a three-hour bus ride from Manila, Mariveles is perched on the tip of the Bataan Peninsula. Just 6% of its 150+ square kilometers of land area is used for residential and industrial use. The rest is either used for pasture and agriculture, or remains as forestland.

Often hailed as the "Batanes of the West", Mariveles boasts of beautiful landscapes that range from breathtaking views of the sea to panoramic coves and beaches. In its folds await many natural wonders for adventurers to discover.


Get an Amazing View of the Sea
In Brgy. Sisiman, a grotto dedicated to the Our Lady of Manaoag can be scaled for just about 15-minutes. Farther up the altar, a wide grassland overlooking the vast sea will greet visitors.
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Observe One of Mariveles' Industry
Still in Sisiman, a boatyard lies just along the main road. Fishing boats are constructed here.
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Marvel at a Mystical "Well"
In Brgy. Balon-Anito, a freshwater spring is a popular attraction. Known simply as "Balon", the pond of lukewarm water is shrouded in mystery as it is said that if you notice it bubbling, the more it does. It is also said that the spring used to extend to the nearby rice fields.
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Enjoy the Coves and the Beautiful Beaches
Mariveles has several beautiful beaches such as the Aguawan Beach in Sisiman. The beach remains free for all and remains a favorite among locals.
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Another one is Hawla Beach which is enclosed in a picturesque cove.
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There are bus terminals in Cubao and Pasay bound for Mariveles. Once in the town proper, one can rent a tricycle to chauffeur you to the destinations listed above. Should there be no Mariveles-bound buses, one can take a bus going to Balanga and asked to be dropped off at the Balanga terminal. From there, there are buses to Mariveles.


Day Tour

03:20 to 06:10 - Cubao to Balanga
06:10 to 08:00 - Balanga to Mariveles
08:00 to 09:00 - Breakfast at  the town proper, buy lunch, and get tricycle
09:00 to 09:50 - Explore Aguawan Beach
09:50 to 10:15 - Explore the Boatyard
10:15 to 11:30 - Explore the Grotto
11:30 to 12:00 - Travel to Brgy Balon-Anito
12:00 to 12:30 - Explore Balon-Anito
12:30 to 12:35 - To Hawla beach
12:35 to 15:00 - Explore Hawla Beach + swimming
15:00 to 15:15 - Back to Town Proper, bus terminal
15:00 to 15:45 - Wait for bus, buy meryenda 500
15:45 to 20:10 - Back to Cubao

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(per person unless otherwise stated)

Bus Fare (Cubao to Balanga) - Php200
Bus Fare (Balanga to Mariveles) - Php57
Tricycle Fare (Whole Day; good for two) - Php500
Aguawan Beach Entrance Fee - FREE
Cottages in Aguawan Beach - starts at Php150
Sisiman Boatyard Entrance Fee - FREE
Balon-Anito Entrance Fee - FREE
Hawla Beach Entrance Fee - Php 60 for adults (cottage is required)
Cottages in Hawla Beach  - starts at Php500


Kuya Manny
Tricycle Driver
+63 999 585 4147

This guide is not complete and will be updated soon. In the meantime, check out the other installments of the Spread the Impact series! Don't forget to travel responsibly because We Travel, We Care

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