Jun 292018

Due to its close proximity to Manila, Bataan has become one of the go-to places whenever people crave for a quick escape from the busy city life. There are lots of beach resorts lined up in this west coastal part of Luzon, but there’s one beach resort that’s unique among others. I mean they all have unique features but this resort that I’m pertaining to has a natural attribute that you’ll not find in any other resorts in Bataan.

When you think of a beach scene, you basically see clusters of coconut palm trees creating a complete tropical beach vibe. But what if Pine trees (Agoho) are present instead of coconuts? Hmmm.. Let’s see 😉

Beach view
Only few folks around

This is what made Stella Maris Beach Resort stand out. It’s quite an unusual sight as we commonly associate pine trees with cooler places like Baguio and Tagaytay. It’s like putting a little taste of Baguio on the sea-side, which gives a surprising mountain ambiance to the beach landscape. Beaches like this can also be found in Zambales area. It actually looks like a “huge” version of Anawangin, and a little smaller and under-developed version of Crystal Beach Resort, both in Zambales.

We went here last summer on a Friday to make sure that we get to enjoy the tranquility of the place before it gets crowded. Weekenders started arriving on Saturday morning, little by little. Noon time came and the resort officially became really crowded, just in time when we left the place.

Aerial shot of the beach @ 7:45am. Thanks bamboo 😜
IG worthy camp site
Playing with angle at the camp site

The place is a bit hard to reach though. The road going to the resort is rough. But the struggle was all worth it once you reach the place. Indeed, difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.

What I also liked is that the whole resort is beach-front. Whether you’re at the camp site or even at the entrance, you’ll see the ocean view. Maybe because the place is under-developed, no establishments obstructing the beach view. Having no fancy facilities made it even more attractive, it’s just you and nature.

The beach @ 9:45 am (katirikan ng araw). Sands are grey to off-white
Pink sunset!!! @6:50pm
Pink Sunrise din! @ 5:20 am

 PROS:

  • The beach is wide and clean
  • Kid-friendly. The sea floor slopes down very gently
  • The water is crystal clear!
  • Sands are smooth and clean, barefoot-friendly!
  • Great for camping. Camp site is huge and shaded by lots of trees
  • The resort is big that it doesn’t feel so crowded even when packed with people
  • IG worthy especially those Agoho pine trees
  • Budgetarian. 100/head entrance fee good for 24 hours sulit na!
  • Pet-friendly
  • They have designated grilling station
  • No corkage fees
  • Resort staff are kind and approachable
  • Mobile network signal is available for Smart and Globe (although for me this is not really a big deal)
Me, celebrating the clearness of the water
Me again, doing some IG stuff

 CONS:

  • Almost 1km of the road going to the resort is rough.
  • Not all shower/comfort rooms are functioning
  • No restaurant/eatery/stores available. So you need to bring all your supplies before going there.
  • The road is bumpy so it’s a struggle going back and forth to the public market
  • There are some parts of the shoreline that are messy, though I’m not sure if those are still within the resort area because it’s quite far from the resort.
Not sure where to rent a jetski, nobody offered us from the resort
The sunset after it turned pinkish

HOW TO GET THERE:

  • Via private vehicle: Just waze Stella Mariz Beach Resort
  • Via commute:
    1. Take a Bus bound for Balanga, Bataan
    2. From Balanga Terminal, ride a jeepney to Bagac Market
    3. Take a tricyle going to Stella Maris Beach Resort

 RATES/FEES:

  • Entrance Fee = 100/pax (both daytrip & overnight)
  • Picnic Tables = P200/day
  • Open Bench = P400/day
  • Seaside Picnic Tables = P400/day
  • Camp Site Fee = P500/day (Good for 4 tents)
  • Open Cottage Small (10pax) = P1,000/day
  • Open Cottage Big (15pax) = P1,500/day
  • Kubo Closed (4-5pax) = P2,000/day
  • Villa (10pax on beds, 10 on floor) = P3,500/day
  • White House (6pax on beds, 10 on floor) = P5,000/day
  • Pavilion (50 to 100 pax) = P5,000/day
  • Tent rental:
    Good for 3pax = P200/day
    Good for 4pax = P300/day
    Good for 6pax = P500/day
    Good for 8pax = P700/day
    Children below 5 years of age are free of charge

 For more inquiries you can contact them directly @

Our expenses:

  • Kubo Closed (good for 4pax) = 2,000
  • Camp Site Fee = 100/tent = 200 for 2 tents
  • Tent Rental = 0 (we brought our own tents)
  • Entrance Fee = 100/pax = 900 for 9pax
    TOTAL = 3,100 for 9pax (food and transpo not included)
  • Gas&Toll = 1,700
  • Food = 1,750 (approx)

    Cheap right? We only spent a total of 6,550 for 9pax. That’s 730 each, for 2D1N!

Some of the awra photos we took para sa ekonomiya 😜

Sunkissed 💋
Our humble hotel for 1 night

Okay, enough of photos. It’s time for you to go there and see for yourself!

Have fun and enjoy!

Love,

Dea Mariano

Dea Mariano

Hey there, I'm Dea! Filipina wanderer, 20-ish, observer, crazy, introverted. It's quite hard to describe yourself when you know yourself too well that you don't even know where to start 😅 In case you want to know more about me and this blog, feel free to click  here.

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