Bagac Travel Guide

  • St. Catherine of Alexandria Church
    St. Catherine of Alexandria Church
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Bagac Highlights

  • Pro
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    LeoM says…

     A nice drive 

  • Con
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    mlt_t says…

     nothing I can think off! not yet ready for public! 

  • In a nutshell
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     Life is a beach! Oh yeah??? 

Bagac Things to Do

  • Visit the Philippine-Japan Friendship...

    The tower which was constructed with the help of the Japanese government is located on a little triangle of land in the middle where a local road and busy national road meet. It is to symbolize the reconciliation between the two countries and the wish for continued peace and friendship. In the middle of the three pillars of the tower is hung a...

  • Finer Sands & Nice View At Old Montemar

    When you go to Montemar Beach Resort, explore the left side of the cove. That's where "old" Montemar was. Now, the place is no longer used; the banks of the resort area have eroded, the structures/huts are already dilapidated. Yet, if you go there very early in the morning, you can see a glimpse of the sunrise behind the palm trees in the compound....

  • Sunset Watch

    There were overcast skies when we reached Bagac, so we didn't expect to witness a beautiful sunset. However, we didn't lose hope. We put some chairs on the beach facing the horizon, and patiently waited for the "magic hour' when an awesome display of colors would hopefully present itself. Dark clouds loomed, but we stayed on. Then, just when we...

  • Beach Wedding

    When we went to Montemar, I noticed that there were floral decorations at Talisay terrace. I asked the waiter if there was an occasion, and he said there was a wedding reception the previous day. Just in case you're interested about beach wedding at Montemar, look up their pictures and rates.

  • St. Catherine of Alexandria Church

    I learned from friends (who knew our fascination for old churches) that since Bagac town was established in 1873 by Spanish friars, one of the oldest churches in the Philippines may be found there. I was curious to see the miraculous "Ina Poon", as I'm confused if the locals were referring to St. Catherine of Alexandria, the patron saint of the...

  • Bagac Pawikan Conservation Center

    Not to be confused with the Morong Pawikan Conservation Center which has been around much ahead, the Bagac Pawikan Conservation Center is an initiative of Montemar Beach Resort in collaboration with The Department of Environment & Natural Resources and other agencies. Having read that Montemar is actively in the forefront of the Pawikan...

  • Boat Tour

    There are boats docked at the beach that are acccredited by the Beach Resort. At Montemar, you can rent a boat for P550/hour. The boat can bring you to a snorkeling site, or you may opt for cave exploration at the Bat Cave and swimming at the White beach (reportedly owned by a former General who became an Ambassador). The outrigger boat accredited...

  • Stop By The Filipino-Japanese Friendship...

    Bagac Bell Tower a.k.a. Filipino-Japanese Friendship Tower is a 27-meter high tower conspicously seen on the national road. The tower was erected as a gesture of friendship, and conceived to symbolize the peace and reconciliation between Japan and the Philippines after the bitter encounter during World War II. The beautiful tower has three pillars...

  • See Where It All Started: Km. 00

    The Zero Kilometer Death March Marker in Bagac is a reminder of that fateful day of April 11, 1942 when the POW Filipino and American soldiers of the United States Armed Forces of The Far East were forcibly gathered by the Japanese Army to start the march to Camp O' Donnel in Capas, Tarlac. My father was among the prisoners of war who survived the...

  • Masseuse Service

    After your day's activities, have a relaxing traditonal and/or Swedish massage in your room. Just give advance notice (1-2 hours) to the Front Desk Staff and they will make the arrangements. My daughter who frequents various spas in Metro Manila said so far, she had the best massage in Montemar. Her masseuse was Nida who used a combination of...

  • Relaxed Swimming At The Blue Pool

    Montemar's Blue Pool is aptly named, it being tiled blue so that the water seems to have a dark blue color. The deepest part is only 5.5 feet. The kiddie pool is adjacent to the big pool. On one side of the pool is a hut-type gazebo with underwater stools. Loungers and chairs surround the pool. Showers and faucets are near the pool steps. A...

  • Enjoy Swimming At Montemar Beach

    Nestled between the hills of Bagac and the pristine waters of South China Sea, Montemar Beach Resort lies on a sprawling 12-hectare cove. Its website says it "boasts of a clean stretch of 500-meter white sand beach and has unpolluted and calm waters that are free from underwater rocks and corals making it ideal for swimming and other aqua...


Bagac Restaurants

  • Al Fresco Dining

    Talisay Terrace is Montemar's outdoor outlet which is just outside El Meson. We prefer to have our snacks/dessert there, where there's a good view of the sea and the pool, and where nearby trees provide shade and fresh air. We enjoyed eating our halo-halo (sherbet-like dessert with mixed sweetened beans and fruits topped with ice cream) there.

  • Cozy Restaurant

    El Meson is Montemar's Restaurant. It offers breakfast, lunch and dinner in a cozy atmosphere. I like the ambience and interior decor of the place. It looks clean, except for some flies hovering over our food. They must have slipped through the doors at the side which the waiters had kept open while delivering food to the outdoor dining area. The...

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  • Evening Stroll With Your Loved One

    Before retiring into your room, you can have an evening stroll around the beach resort with your loved one or friends or family. Not only a good way to hasten digestion of your dinner food, but a good opportunity for bonding.At Montemar, you'll feel secure strolling around the compound because there are roving security guards, and there is ample...

  • Coffee or Night Cap

    After dinner, you can have nice chats with coffee or a night cap at El Meson or Talisay Terrace. No special dress requirement

  • Night Swimming

    In the evening, the Blue Pool of Montemar is not crowded, so quiet with colorful but romantic lights. Sometimes, you can even have the place to yourselves, with the quiet company only of the lifeguard. proper swimwear


Bagac Transportation

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    For your convenience, I suggest you travel using your car/private vehicle. The road trip to Bagac, Bataan is a leisurely drive through the NLEX,SLEX, Roman Superhighway and concrete national road with only a small patch of poor road between Samal and Abucay, afterwhich roads are fine.

    Route: Take NLEX, entry toll fee is P36 (for class 1 private cars). Exit at Dau, toll fee is P138 . Enter SCTEX and exit at Dinalupihan, toll fee is P88. After exiting Dinalupihan Toll Plaza, turn right towards Balanga, Bataan. Turn right to Pilar when you see the Total Gas Station (leftside of junction at Roman Superhigway). Drive straight ahead past Mt. Samat towards Bagac. To go to Montemar, turn left at Bell Tower a.k.a. Filipino-Japanese Friendship Tower. (If you drive straight ahead, you'll reach the town proper). When you reach a fork, take the left road. This narrow road willl lead you to Montemar’s gate (right side) in just a few minutes.

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Bagac Shopping

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  • Beachwear, Souvenir T-shirts & Bags

    At the Front Desk office, you'll find a souvenir shop. You can buy items you might have forgotten to bring, or anything you just fancy to buy for yourself. Montemar souvenir t-shirts, beachwear, sun dresses, intricately/uniquely designed beach bags Depends on what you buy. Quite pricey for the quality, though if the item makes you happy and look...

  • Shell Craft and More!

    A kiosk-type gazebo at the beach front, very near the restaurant sells souvenir items like shell craft, pearls, beach jewelry, decors, etc. Personally, I found the items being sold very expensive so I didn't buy anything. Some items are being sold at Subic for much, much less. Polished decorative shells were also being at high prices. The vendors...

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Bagac Warnings and Dangers

  • Sandflies!!!

    I went to the left side of the cove to take pictures. Curiousity got the better of me so I went further to see the site of Old Montemar. While I was there, I felt some small bites on my legs which I thought were the doing of mosquitoes (it was a little bit dark yet), but I couldn't see anything. When we got back to Montemar Resort, I told the nurse...

  • Coconut Beetles!

    When we were going to the beach, my grandson (who always runs ahead of us) stopped by the huts under the coconut trees, then motioned to us not to pass that way. I thought he saw ants, but what he discovered was unexpected: coconut beetles on the grass! He said there were so many of them on the grass, and most looked dead (I wonder why?), but he...

  • Slippery Rocks & Deep Sea At The Right...

    During low tide, the right side of the cove bares quite a number of boulders/rocks beautifully scattered around, forming a natural rock garden. It is favorite place of photo hobbyists and curious tourists. The rockbed has interesting shallow pits/small ponds with small fish so children enjoy looking at them and sometimes, catching them. Children...


Bagac What to Pack

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    All-Weather Sandals

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    Luggage and bags: Backpack or small bag to fit your clothes, camera bag, beltbag

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: aquatic shoes or all-weather sandals with good traction; swimwear, sundress, malong, cotton tops, shorts, scarf, hat

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: personal maintenance medicines, personal hygiene necessities, anti-allergy & anti-diarrhea medicines, band-aid, sunblock

    Photo Equipment: digicam/videocam, tripod/monopod

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: snorkeling gear

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Bagac Sports & Outdoors

  • Beach Volleyball

    Beach volleyball just for fun or for team building competition is something you can do at Montemar Beach. The lifeguard will give you the ball and time for use of beach volleyball area after paying rental fee.

  • Have Fun While Kayaking

    For an equally fun but less daring watersports, go kayaking. Kayak may be rented for P300 per hour for two persons at Montemar.

  • Have An Adrenaline Rush With Jetskiing

    I watched with fascination the young men who went jetskiing during sunset and early morning. They were really having a good time, screaming then laughing out loud whenever they fell from the jetski. At Montemar, jetski may be rented for P3,000 per hour for two persons, or P1,800 per hour for two persons.


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    History and featured of this house:The gem in the crown of Philippine domestic architecture towers with all sense of urbanity lifted from the street by pairs of slender masonry posts and made even lofty by the ionic columns that adorn its second floor façade. The celebrated home of the Enriquez family had to be designed by no less than the...

  • old houses, great beach and lovely...

    I’d been visiting all the finished houses… but my 1st visit here is very scary experience for me, since we (with my husband & youngest daughter) visited the place at night in time my daughter and her company stayed overnight at the place. So we kind of like to check out the kids where they’d stayed and whose company she’s with. So we travel at...


    History and feature of this house:Undoubtedly one of stellar examples of Bulacan’s rich architectural heritage, this house from Baliuag shows the Filipino carver’s prowess in transforming what could have been a very plain adobe wall into a series of arches decorated with local flora and separated from each other by twisted columns that have the...


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