The beach is nice! clean waters!
Haven't seen much of historical places, only the beach.
Unspoiled, Beautiful Ocean & Beaches
Bataan Beaches are known for nesting marine turtles (Pawikan) coming in the evenings. It is said that people from poor communities used to come to collect the eggs for food or trade, and sometimes hunt the female turtles to eat the meat, then sell the shells and skin to traders who resell them as illegal by-products (stuffed pawikan,ornaments for...more
I was part of a group that visited the Pawikan Conservation Center in Morong, Bataan and it was a mixed experience. For one, it was a heartbreaking realization of how we as a species have systematically almost wiped out another by sheer greed and carelessness. The center staff who talked with us said that out of the 45,000 sea turtle hatchlings...more
Each November the town of Morong, Bataan celebrates the Pawikan Festival. Aside from the bazaars, street dancing competition and art contest, the most important part of this festival is the release of hundreds of tiny pawikan (Olive Ridley turtles aka Lepidochelys Olivacea) hatchlings into the South China Sea.You too can take part of this activity...more
To go to the White Beach or the Pawikan Conservation Center or other beaches you want to explore, you may rent a banca or outrigger boat. Rental rates range from P1000 to P1,500. Lifevests are provided to passengers. Just be sure to let the Front Desk know of your whereabouts and check out the boatman's credentials.more
Today, probably 99% of tourists have cameras/ videocams with them when they go for vacation out-of-town. Photo enthusiasts will surely enjoy the wide array of possible subjects for photography: seascape, sunrise,sunset, human interest, macro shots, etc. Aside from these, I personally enjoy "shooting the shooters" :)more
As you stroll on the beach, vendors carrying caged birds will approach you to sell local parakeets which they have supposedly gotten from the mountain. While the birds are cute and nice to bring home as pets, it would be wise not to buy them. These are endangered species that shouldn't be hunted by locals for commerce. My daughter gave a woman...more
Morong is known for its beaches. Situated on the Western side of Bataan, Morong faces the South China Sea. It reminds me very much of Ilocos in that the beach seems to stretch to infinity to your left and right. Sunsets are very beautiful here. If the sky is clear, you can watch out for the "green flash" as the sun is setting.more
The White Beach Resort's Dining Hall is a big, airy pavilion near the beach and salt water pool It has a nice, refreshing ambience with local interior decor.
Favorite Dish: Grilled chicken & pork, grilled eggplants with "alamang" (saute'ed fermented small shrimps)
I was with a tour group when I went to visit Morong. But I talked with some locals and they said that you can get on a bus (Genesis or Bataan Transit with stations along EDSA, Cubao) with signboard Balanga. The common terminal in Balanga has minibuses and jeeps that go straight to Morong.more
I bet you never thought cashews are made by nature like this. The cashew nut/seed is on the outside of the fruit. The fruit, although edible, isn't that well liked. I tried it once but tastes tart with a spongelike texture to the flesh. Like biting onto a tart dish sponge. haha.
The Tagalog bugtong (riddle) for Kasoy(cashew) is:
"Isang princessa, nakaupo sa tasa."
(One princess, sitting on a teacup.) I guess it does look a bit like somebody sitting on a cup.
Amazing how many fruits it would take for a bagful of nuts. But there is no shortage of Casoy in Morong. Many of the trees lining up the zigzag roads are either cashew trees or mahogany trees. Even off season, you can still buy cashew nuts packed in jars off some stall by the road.
What to buy: The packaged cashew nuts are already roasted so ready to eat. The ripe nuts are bigger in size. They shrink after cooking. If you can, try the fruit too. It is said to be a cure for diabetes. Maybe not a cure but it lessens the sugar in your system (so they say)... the same way ampalaya (bitter gourd) does.
What to pay: Nice thing about buying things in the Philippines is you can always haggle for a discount on the price of items. But, this time, I think.... better to just pay the price they quote because so cheap. I think we paid P150 or around $3 for a big jar of cashew nuts. There are various sizes to choose from and even bags worth $1.. even less, if you just wish to try it. Come to think of it, they offer to let you taste samples if you like. Anyway, dont haggle over the price and just consider it a gift on your part. You'll understand what I am saying when you notice how friendly the people are despite a bit hardships with money.
Beware of Coral View Resort's marketing staff that book your stay. We have already paid 50% downpayment for our stay in Coral View Resort and have had close contact by phone with the marketing staff that booked us. On the eve of our supposed vacation, I even talked with her to ask if we could go to the resort and head for the beach before our...more
At the beach, vendors holding bead and pearl necklaces,earrings, etc. will approach you and offer their jewelry items. Unless you're really that eager to buy, don't even dare to hold any item, otherwise, if you don't buy, you will be tailed wherever you go, and the vendor will give you a litany of his miserable life in Mindanao and his poverty after relocating his family. He will "cajole" you into getting the item you held.
Unique Suggestions: Just ignore the vendors. If you are continually pestered, pretend to leave to buy a drink.
Fun Alternatives: Tell the security guard about your problem with the hard-selling vendors. They will be the ones to tell the vendors to leave the beach premises.
Luggage and bags:
Backpack or small traveling bag will do for the travel.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Beachwear, sari, shorts & cotton tees, flipflops or sandals, marine shoes
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring your maintenance and first-aid medicines, as well as lots of paper towel, tissue paper and wet wipes.
Photo Equipment: Digicam and/or videocam, tripod if you will take pictures of the sunrise/sunset
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: snorkeling gear, lifevest
Here's your chance to have your picture taken 'Indiana Jones' style. This hanging bridge can be found in Barangay Binaritan, Morong. The bridge connects the Aeta settlement to the rest of the Barangay. More details coming up in a travelogue.
since it was my first time to visit the place, i was kinda disappointed on the signage- if your trying to get people to stay in your resort, you need to have a good impression and it has to stat with how you welcome them.signage really look so cheapthe place is small but the cottages are clean and plenty of rest rooms.if your cutting off some...more
THEY HAVE A NEW PLACE HERE... "ANVAYA COVE" they'd called this place "little boracay"...but this place a residential, you have to buy land or rather lot area to them before you could use their facilities and they have everything in one place that surrounded by the ocean. I have taken pictures for you to see. Ohhh, I love everything! If you have...more