Weekend Adventure at Playa La Caleta (Morong, Bataan)

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Something in the air has changed and all of a sudden Manila felt cold and damp.Since a few weeks ago, we have been experiencing heavy rains, gloomy skies and and lots of thunderstorms. And when these things happen, you know that summer (or dry season) has ended and the wet season is settling in. Although I love the sound of rain drops, this weather is not that great for beach lovers like me. Thankfully, I had a super fun beach getaway at Playa La Caleta in Morong, Bataan before I said good bye to summer! 
Welcome to Playa La Caleta!
About Playa La Caleta 
Playa La Caleta (which means “Beach Cove”) is an eco-tourism resort with a 100-hectare cove. Located in the municipality of Morong in the province of Bataan, it has a 1-kilometer fine, gray sand (which look glistening white under the sun) beachfront, lush green forest in the middle and 3 waterfalls at the back. On the left side of the cove facing the ocean is a 1-hectare islet called Miguelito Island. As one of the best cove resorts in Bataan, Playa La Caleta provides easy access to nearby coves and islets, snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities, close proximity to the city, and friendly staff members to help yo enjoy your stay. 
Outdoor enthusiast will surely love Playa La Caleta's available activities for guests.

Resort Amenities and Facilities 
While its stunning beach is the star of Playa La Caleta, it also offers a complete range of amenities and facilities inside the property to create the perfect beach getaway. Whether you are in the mood for sun bathing or swimming, the beach is very near the cottages and accommodation options. Comfortable lounge chairs and umbrellas are aplenty at the beachfront for guests’ comfort. The Scarborough Restaurant, Shark Bar and Coconut cafe offer a delightful selection of thirst-quenchers and light snacks for your dining pleasure.
Scarborough Restaurant of Playa La Caleta
My Blogger Friends :)
Exclusive to guests who are staying in the air-conditioned rooms, this Bali-inspired hangout place at the beachfront is your ultimate Instagram-worthy spot. My blogger friends and I spent a lot of time there because it was so cosy. It’s also the best place in the entire resort to unwind, relax and meditate. And although the sun does not set on this side of Bataan, you’ll be rewarded a splash of colors during the golden hour, blue hour and twilight. Playa La Caleta's a true photographer's paradise! 
Let's pretend it's candid haha
I adore this wooden gate leading to the beach rooms.
Accommodation Options
Whether you’re looking for budget accommodations or want to splash out a bit, need romantic getaway or family-friendly options, Playa La Caleta has something for everyone. For budget travellers, feel free to pitch a tent for only 300 pesos. If you don’t have one, you may rent a tent for only 500 pesos (good for 2-3 pax). Another budget-friendly option is the Ocean-View Gazebo (good for 3-4 pax) which costs 2,000 pesos. For bigger groups, you may avail an Ocean-View Cottage (good for 4-5 pax) for only 3,000 pesos.
The Beach Room
The Beach Room, our home away from home, costs 5,500 pesos for Ocean-View and 5,000 pesos for Forest View. It was equipped with an air-conditioning unit, mini fridge, flatscreen TV, lamp, chair and table, coffee maker, ceiling fan, and clothes cabinet. It was ideal for relaxing but staying in is probably the last thing you want to do when there’s many activities available to guests. For updated room rates, please refer to Playa La Caleta’s official website
one of the camp sites at Playa La Caleta
Resort Activities and Other Things To Do 
Playa La Caleta offers an array of activities for weekend warriors, outdoor enthusiasts and adventure-seekers. Outdoor activities include hiking, mountain biking, kite flying, beach volleyball, football and badminton. Water sport activities include kayaking, stand-up paddling, 75-foot water slide, snorkeling, cliff jumping, windsurfing, skim boarding, body boarding and surfing. A visit to Miguelito Island is also one of those PLC’s quintessential things to do. 
Getting to Miguelito Island by Boat
Anywhere in Miguelito Island was Instagram-worthy!

Overall Experience
For me, Playa La Caleta is an ideal resort for those who would like to get away from the metro. My absolute favorite part of the resort was the Bali-inspired hangout place at the beachfront where I watched the gentle waves crash, the golden and blue hour, twilight and the stars. WIFI and mobile signal were non-existent (or just for Globe subscribers?) which made that weekend pretty detoxifying. The only negative thing I could say was that the power was very unstable. The light in our room flickered like crazy and the air-conditioned turned on and off countless times. I hope PLC will do something about this fluctuating power supply very soon. 
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Travel Notes
How to get to Playa La Caleta
Option 1
🌍From the Five Star bus terminal in EDSA Cubao, take a Genesis Bus, Bataan Transit or First North Luzon Transit (trip starts at 4:00am every 30 minutes) to Balanga Central Terminal. One-way bus fare is 200 pesos. Travel time is 2-3 hours depending on traffic situation.
🌍From Balanga Central Terminal, take a jeepney going to Bagac. One-way fare is around 50 pesos.
🌍Upon reaching Bagac, get down at the Bagac Public Market and take a tricycle to Fajardo’s Beach Resort. One-way fare is around 10 pesos.
🌍Take a boat from the resort to Playa La Caleta. Boat rental costs 1,800 pesos (good for 10 pax, round trip).

Option 2 
🌍Take the 1Bataan Transport System ferry at SM MOA Seaside Esplanade to Orion, Bataan. One way fare is 450 pesos (online booking rate). Travel time is less than 1 hour! Check my ferry experience here.
🌍From Port of Capinpin in Orion, take the free shuttle ride to Balanga. This shuttle service is free for all 1Bataan Transport System passengers, which will take you to various towns in Bataan.
🌍From Balanga Central Terminal, take a jeepney going to Bagac. One-way fare is around 50 pesos.
🌍Upon reaching Bagac, get down at the Bagac Public Market and take a tricycle to Fajardo’s Beach Resort. One-way fare is around 10 pesos.
🌍Take a boat from the resort to Playa La Caleta. Boat rental costs 1,800 pesos (good for 10 pax, round trip).

Sample 2D/1N Budget
Cubao to Balanga - 200 pesos
Balanga to Bagac - 50 pesos
Bagac to Fajardo’s Beach Resort - 10 pesos
Fajardo’s Beach Resort - Playa La Caleta Boat - 180 pesos (assuming you are 10 in the group; roundtrip already)
Overnight Entrance fee - 300 pesos
Tent Pitching Fee - 500 pesos (250 pesos if you are 2 in one tent)
Bagac to Balanga - 50 pesos
Balanga to Cubao - 200 pesos
Total: 1,490 pesos
*food and pasalubong are not yet included


Playa La Caleta
Address: Playa La Caleta Waterfront Estates (with Miguelito Island), Morong, Bataan
Contact Number: +63 956-795-9420 (Globe) and +63 947-436-6681 (Smart) 
Check-in time: 1:00 PM
Check-out time: 11:00 AM

Disclaimer: Playa La Caleta sponsored this trip. As always, all opinions are my own.

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