Our hosts at the Provincial Tourism Office of Bataan treated us to a stay at Playa La Caleta. This was part of their media outreach to promote the festivities that commemorate the Philippine Veterans Week and Day of Valor. The site of one of the most vicious and impactful battles in the history not just of the Philippines but of the rest of the world, Bataan is known for its historical attractions. Many have yet to recognize the province as the ecotourism destination that it is. Here, I’ll take you to one of the hidden wonders of Bataan.
Playa La Caleta (PLC)
Taking the extra mile to conserve the environment and promote responsible travel, Playa La Caleta (PLC) is the epitome of ecotourism. A hidden cove located in the municipality of Morong, this ecotourism resort is a gem in Bataan many have yet to discover.
Playa La Caleta (which is Spanish for Beach Cove) is a 100-hectare cove or coastal inlet with a white sand beach stretching out by a kilometer at the front, three waterfalls waiting to be explored at the back, and a lush mountain jungle tucked in the middle. Off to the left side of the cove is Miguelito Island, an islet where you can dip in a tidal pool, go snorkeling, and jump off a cliff.
Yours truly, Tahna de Veyra of Urban Ponder
For an entrance fee of Php 300, you get access to the 1-kilometer white sand beach & waist-deep waters, two natural spring pools, bathroom and shower facilities, 28 outdoor showers, tire swing areas, beach umbrellas and chairs, hammocks, open-type kitchen and grill area, restaurant/bar/cafe, lounge areas, sports shop and general store.
The small fee also provides access to the bird/fowl mini-zoo, Miguelito Island’s tidal pools, snorkeling/swimming areas, and cliff jumping area. Overnight guests get to enjoy acoustic nights and movie nights on the beach.
Via Galang-Tancuan of Encyclopevia
Olive-Ridley Turtle Hatching Site
Home to pawikan turtle or olive-ridley turtle species, PLC was recently discovered as a marine turtle sanctuary. So don’t be surprised to find hatchlings on the beach or giant turtles in the sea, especially around the cold months of October to January. Every year, turtles hatch on the beach of PLC, after which the hatchlings go back to the sea. The PLC management team records and documents these activities and implements standard marine-friendly releasing procedures.
Activities on the Island
One thing I love about Playa La Calata is that there are tons of things to do in the resort. I can’t swim, so it’s great to have something to keep me busy even if I can’t get my own feet and hands to paddle away in the water.
Migs Camacho, the owner of PLC, patiently taught me how to do some water sports. I am not really the athletic type, so it was especially delightful for me to get the chance to do a bit of sporty stuff. It helped knowing that I was in a cove. Open seas feel more treacherous to me, like they would literally wash me away.
Migs Camacho, and some of the water sports equipment available at PLC. The resort aims to limit our carbon footprint, so they don’t offer any motorized equipment. They also want to make a statement – that we can have fun without causing unnecessary stress to the environment.
I got to try stand up paddling, wind surfing, kayaking, and slip n slide. Other water sports you could do at the resort are skimboarding, bodyboarding, snorkeling, and surfboarding.
There are also amenities or nets for volleyball, beach football, American or Aero football and badminton right on the beach.
Safety first! Wearing a life vest is mandatory for all water-sports activities at PLC.
Baby steps. Tried Stand Up Paddling while kneeling first. Listen to the sound of the water, guys. So calming.
Finally did Stand Up Paddling while actually standing. hahah
I did it! Migs is telling me in the video that some prefer to do SUP when there are waves in the sea. I think I’d much prefer it still though. hahah
The sea remains waist-deep a good distance from the shore. Great for kids and uhmm people like me. hahah. The weather also worked in my favor, with the sea perfectly still.
Tried windsurfing … and failed! hahah
The sail was too heavy for me! You will hear Gel Miranda of Euro TV laughing while saying, “The sail is heavier than Tahna.”
Kayaking with my pregnant blogger friend, Via of Encyclopevia
Slip n Slide. It was fuuun!!!
Activities, Equipment and Fees
Prices are in Philippine Peso
Prices are in Philippine Peso
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Author: Tahna de Veyra
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