Itching to go somewhere outside Manila and wanting something else other than Tagaytay or Batangas? Get ready for this quick guide to take you to Subic and Bataan. The two provinces are located conveniently beside each other and holds historic, iconic and scenic locations.
3D2N laidback and romantic tour
Prepare budget for: Bus tickets, hotels, private tricycle to Mount Samat
DAY 1 – Subic
Take a bus going to Olongapo from Manila, Pasay or Quezon city via Victory Liner fare is less than Php300 and travel time takes 2-3 hours. From Olongapo ride a cab to Lighthouse Marina Resort.
The popular lighthouse landmark creates a unique serene experience. Nestled at the Subic Freeport Zone, the leisure resort has interesting architecture details that you can explore all day together while taking instagrammable shots.
The rooms (price varies) are spectacular and airy providing ultimate relaxation and quality sleep. My favorite is their glass bathroom and balcony that provides view of the bay,
I also love how all hallways have access to the lighthouse and some hallways are near a reading nook.
At night, you can chill by the pool and order from the daybeds at their cute bar! The view is majestic.
DAY 2 – Subic & Bataan
Enjoy splendid buffet breakfast at The Lighthouse Marina Resort and before noon prepare to take off and transfer back to Olongapo via cab (you can have this arranged at the reception) from there you can ride the Genesis Bus going to Balanga Bataan (takes less than an hour).
Once arrived, check in at The Plaza Hotel Bataan (room starts at Php2,800) which would make any art or history enthusiast giddy! You can immediately head off to Mount Samat by a chartered tricycle outside the hotel. You can also opt to do this the next day early morning before going home.
Located at the town of Pilar, Mount Samat is a historic spot which features a a shrine dedicated to the fallen Filipino and American during the war. The ride to the top is quite steep and bumpy but worthy. (Entrance fee is less than Php50)
You can check out a hidden museum below the staircase or even go to the to top of the massive cross as the views are panoramic and spectacular.
After taking in such wonderful scenery you can go back to the hotel and enjoy its own cafe with views of the actual municipal plaza.
It offers a snuggly vibe and great menu items.
DAY 3 – Going Home
There are also small museums around the city of Balanga that you can explore in the morning. You wont be worried about travel time because buses going back to Manila are available via one tricycle away!
Don’t forget to take home Plaza Cafe’s signature dream cake! Order a day in advance, its really really good.
Disclaimer and Transparency Clause: Information such as bus routes, estimate fees and prices, locations are subject to change without prior notice. This guide is based on a hundred percent “heyjaey” hands on experience and personal views. We may or may not be always on the same page but hey thanks for dropping by anyway! Feel free to drop in some comments/suggestions.