Bagac, Bataan Beaches

April 23, 2017

Our Bagac, Bataan trip was barely planned. All we had was a rough itinerary, four tents which weren’t enough to fit everyone, and minimal budget. We were 14 in the group, four of whom were kids but most of them were family, so we’re pretty much comfortable with each other. The thing with barely or unplanned trips is that they almost always turn out great. I think it’s mostly due to the lack of expectations.

Stella Mariz Resort in Bagac Bataan

Our tents at Stella Mariz Resort

Our rough plan was to camp at Stella Mariz Resort located in Bagac, Bataan, hire a boat and go to Playa La Caleta for a day tour. We left Manila at 4:30 am, one car took the SCTEX route, the other took the Pampanga route. The Pampanga route is shorter, cheaper, and faster unless there’s heavy traffic in Pampanga, so make sure to consult your Waze app before choosing your route. Once you see the Stella Mariz sign, you still have to tackle 1km of unpaved road. By 8:00 am, we were already at the resort and quickly parked our car beside our camp site. Being able to park our car beside our tents was a big plus especially since we’ll be away for most of the day. We kept our valuables inside the car, but we made sure our tents were set-up before we left for our boat trip to secure our spot. Before heading out, we rented two tables at Php 200 each, so we’ll have a place to eat and prepare our meals.

Stella Mariz Resort in Bagac, Bataan from the boat

There are boats docked near the beach, so you don’t need to contact a boatman before your trip. There are even boatmen who approach tables offering tours. But, it’s still a better idea to finalize cost and schedule with a boatman before your trip especially if you’re working on a tight budget and a smaller group. One boat can fit 12 people, but since there were 14 of us, we had to take two boats. Our boatman suggested Looc Beach (aka La Salle beach) as an alternative to Playa la Caleta. According to him, Playa la Caleta charges 200 pesos per person for day trips, while La salle Beach charges only 300 pesos per boat. That’s a Php 2,100 difference for our whole group which is why we decided to go with Looc Beach instead of Playa La Caleta.

Other half our group in another boat leaving La Salle Beach

Before heading to the beach, we stopped by Sugong Cave. The cave was small, but the water was very clear. If you want to swim, this is the best place to accomplish that – you’re safe from the sun and the water isn’t too cold. If you have the courage to go cliff diving, that’s also an activity you can experience in this place. You can also bring your life vest from the boat if you prefer to swim or jump with a vest. The fee here is Php 100 per boat and the time limit per group is only one hour.

The cave was one of the highlights of our trip. I’m not sure though if I could say the same thing if the place is packed with too many people. Keep in mind that it’s a small cave with little to no resting spots, so either you stand on the rocky area near the water, or you swim.

Sugong Cave in Bagac, Bataan

Swimming at Sugong Cave

After a while, we got tired of swimming, so we went back to our boats and started heading to La Salle beach. Before going there, our boatman took us to see Playa La Caleta. We didn’t dock, we just passed by to take a closer look and take photos.

View of Playa La Caleta from the boat

When we finally reached Looc beach (aka La Salle beach), the first thing I noticed was the lack of shade. Our group had no choice but to stay near the rocks under the shade of the trees. Luckily for us, everyone else had their places within the resorts, and most people were hiding from the afternoon sun. Looc beach is a good enough beach. The water was suitable for swimming because it was clean and the shallow area goes on for a few meters. We noticed the other side of the beach had more trees, unfortunately, that area is private. Since the beach lacked resting places and shade, it’s a bit hard to stay there the whole day unless you rent a cottage or stay there overnight.

Looc Beach (aka La Salle Beach)

Our resting spot in Looc Beach (aka Lasalle beach)

Our boat rental was only good for half the day, something we failed to clarify during the start. But we were okay with it since we also wanted to rest. We went back to Stella Mariz, cooked our meals and took naps. By dinner time, it was dark, and our area didn’t have any lighting, so bring ample light for your group. Also, be sure to keep all your trash high up, dogs and goats can easily rip open trash bags. Keep your camp clean before going to bed. One pig was sniffing around our tents in the middle of the night looking for something to eat.

Stella Mariz Bagac, Bataan Sunset

The next day, bigger groups started coming in because it was a Friday. I assume Stella Mariz resort is packed on weekends, so that’s something to consider. Fortunately, Bagac, Bataan has a number of resorts to choose from so keep your options open. Before going home, make sure to stop by Mount Samat National Shrine. Entrance fee is only Php 30 and the parking fee is Php 40.

Mt. Samat National Shrine

Mt. Samat National Shrine Side Trip


  • Boat good for 12 persons Php 1,500 – Php 2,000
  •  Sugong Cave Entrance Fee Php 100 per boat
  •  La Salle Beach Entrance Fee Php 300 per boat
  •  Playa la Caleta Php 300 per person overnight, Php 200 for day trip
  •  Stella Mariz overnight Php 100 per person (bring your own tent)

Bagac, Bataan Boat Contact Information

  • Noriel 0909-8299982
    • You can park your car at his place for a fee
    • Rate is Php 2,000 for whole day of boat rental
    • He also has tents for rent at P200
  • Glen 0930-3338547

Looc Beach (aka La Salle Beach) Contact Information

  • 09183402104 Abella
  • Cottages are Php 800 for day tours

Bagac, Bataan Photo Gallery

How to get to Bagac Bataan by Private Vehicle

  1.  SCTEX Route
    •  Take NLEX northbound going to SCTEX
    •  Exit to SCTEX
    •  Take route going to Subic
    •  Exit Dinalupihan
    •  Turn right on Roman Highway
    •  Just keep going straight until you see the sign going to Mt Samat
    •  You will pass Vista Mall on your right, on the next intersection, there will be a total on the left side, turn right there
    •  Follow the road to Bagac
  2. Pampanga Route
    • Take NLEX northbound
    • Exit San Fernando
    • Turn right after exiting, it’s the route going to Bataan/Subic
    • Just go straight (you will pass Lubao, Dinalupihan, Hermosa, Orani, Abucay, Balanga)
    • You will pass Vista Mall on your right, on the next intersection, there will be a total on the left side, turn right there
    • Follow the road to Bagac

How to get to Stella Mariz Resort by Bus

  • Take Genesis Bus or Bataan transit bound for Balanga, Bataan
  • Walk to Balanga Terminal
  • From Balanga Terminal, ride a jeepney to Bagac Market.
  • Take a tricyle going to Stella Mariz Resort


  • If you’re looking for a luxury resort in Bagac, Bataan, check out Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
  • There are open cottages for rent in Stalla Mariz which have power outlets
  • Both Globe and Smart have signal but Smart’s data connection is much reliable
  • Make sure to bring all needed camping gear like flashlights, rechargeable fans, powerbanks, pots, pans and charcoal.
  • Mount Samat is in Pilar, Bataan but it’s on the same road going to Bagac
  • Both Stella Mariz and Looc Beach (aka Lasalle beach) are accessible via car
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  • Laarnie

    Hi, I’am a fan of your travel blogs! May I know if all the Island there in Mariveles has Entrance Fee? Thank you in advance. 🙂

    July 24, 2017 at 7:05 am Reply
    • Juander Woman

      Hi Laarnie. During the time of our visit, there were no entrance fees. But Laki beach and Talain Cove both have fees for day tour and overnight visits.

      July 24, 2017 at 5:48 pm Reply
  • gelly

    Thanks sa info mam more power for ur travel blog

    September 24, 2017 at 7:33 pm Reply
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