Time seemed to hit an indefinite pause on the streets of Poblacion again, with everyone’s energy still climaxing at 3 in the morning. I was hungry and Lazy Bastard’s sandwiches won over the bed’s comforts. We drove to their welcoming buns, capping off the celebration with a mini treat to our palates. πŸ˜‹

As the enticing neon signs danced, it dawned on me that I had to be at a pier in Mariveles by 7am to catch the boat. I hurriedly stuffed my mouth with hotdogs and milkshakes, already visualizing where I’ll be situated at the crack of dawn. I remember saying goodbye to confused faces that begged the question, “Why Bataan?”

Believe me, I’ve asked myself the same question. πŸ˜‚

Back in college, I was sent to Abucay, Bataan for a month-long internship. I had no idea what awaited in this town but I had one wish: “Sana maraming kainan.” And the genies had been kind. πŸ™πŸΌ

I lived in the clinic’s quarters for a month, conducting speech & language therapy to special kids, occasionally going to Balanga to dine and satiate my “urban craving”. The community immersion was a remarkable experience and Bataan was on a fast track to progression. πŸ™ŒπŸ» Balanga was starting to mimic the metro but a part of me pleaded for it to slow down as I tried to ingrain its natural grandeur and rural beauty.

I’ve longed to go back and explore more of its towns. When our friend, Bruce, told us he’s flying to Manila, Bataan came up on the proposed daytrips. How timely!πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ As we started researching, a famed series of coves piqued our interest. It didn’t take long for us to decide that we definitely have to see them up close.

Here’s a short video in response to the question, “Why Bataan?”

Even with little to no sleep, I had a great time embracing the ocean. It was a day full of cliffdives, seascape, and island hopping. Even the rock formations looked rad! ✨

This gem in Mariveles was named “Five Fingers” as the series of coves looked like five fingers spread out. We hopped from one cove to another, jumping at every cliff. They have 10ft, 15ft, and 40ft high cliffdive spots!

Jumping off cliffs hadn’t been sitting well with me after a bad experience in Sabang, Mindanao.πŸ˜… I couldn’t breathe post dive and my back hurt for a week. Even laughing felt as if my ribcage would collapse. BUT that was a year ago.☝🏼 I’m fine now, and I still find myself standing on the edge of cliffs, trying to shove off thoughts of being hurt again upon impact (don’t you take this as a hugot πŸ˜‚). I take an embarrassingly long time, but I still keep doing it anyway. I won’t let fear eat away the spirit of such a fun activity.

My friend and I shared footages of the trip, and it was great to collaborate with like-minded individuals who share love in creating content. 😊 The following were used:

  • DJI Mavic Pro
  • Iphone 6s
  • Samsung S7
  • Go Pro 5
  • Gimbal
  • Dome


 

We booked a day tour with Mariveles Five Fingers Tour by BWP:

Php1,199 Day Tour inclusive of:

  • Boat transfers (7-8am assembly) at Bonifacio Pier
  • Tour guide fee
  • Island hopping
  • Cliff diving and snorkeling
  • Lunch buffet at Aglaloma beach

Php 1,699 Overnight inclusive of:

  • Boat transfers (9-10am assembly) at Bonifacio Pier
  • Tour guide fee
  • Island hopping
  • Cliff diving and snorkeling
  • Lunch, dinner, and breakfast at Aglaloma beach
  • You need to rent their tents for accommodation

 

⚑️ You may want to bring your personal snorkeling gear and booties to protect your feet. You’ll come across rocks with sharp edges while trekking (tell the wounds on my feet about it ☠️) and sea urchins here and there.

For a Bataan escape, bring your friends and leave a message at 09152483726 (Jayvee Gabriel) or visit their Facebook page! πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ