1Bataan Ferry-Bus System - the fastest way to Bataan from Metro Manila

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Visiting Bataan but tired of long drive and traffic jam? No worries! 1Bataan Integrated Transport System to the rescue!


From the usual 4-5 hours of travel by land from Manila to Bataan, travelers can now reach the Mall of Asia (MOA) in exactly 50 minutes with the launching of the air-conditioned Fast Ferry boat via Manila Bay.



Me and my friends were headed to Playa La Caleta Beach Resort in Morong, Bataan last weekend. We were thinking of the best way to our destination when one of us suggested to try the new ferry service of 1Bataan that was launched last February this year.

ALSO READ: 1Bataan Ferry opens Manila to Mariveles, Bataan via FAB (Freeport Area of Bataan)

Catching a bus ride was our first choice. Since we just need to arrive at 2pm to our destination, we have plenty of time to travel. The normal route will include a 2 to 3-hour bus ride to Balanga, more or less an hour jeepney ride from Balanga to Bagac and a 20-minute boat ride from the jumpoff to Playa La Caleta. That will cost us 4-5 hours travel time from Manila depending on the traffic.
But thank God, 1Bataan is now optional! Imagine, in about 45 minutes we can reach Orion, Bataan which is just an hour away from Bagac!

That night before our travel? We all said, "YES" to 1Bataan!

Esplanade Seaside Terminal MOA
There were only two scheduled departure time on a weekend (SEE THE FULL SCHEDULE LATER). We chose the earliest which is 6:30am. Gate closes at 6am. So we have to arrive at Esplanade Seaside Terminal (Seaside MoA) before 6. The terminal is just next to Vikings MOA Seaside.


HOW TO BOOK FERRY

There are TWO BOOKING OPTIONS: Online and Walk-in
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We arrived at around 5am. The terminal was open and good thing there's a 7 Eleven store and a coffee shop next to it to save us from not having breakfast yet!

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We already boarded before 6:30am. I was surprised that they have a couch in front with VIP seats.


THE FERRY RIDE EXPERIENCE

The ferry is fully airconditioned, has free WiFi, restroom, water dispenser and safety kit such as life vest. What I love is the cozy seats. You can even take a nap, relaxing it is! It's like you were riding a plane.

What I also noticed is that the ferry is very spacious and clean. The lifevests are located underneath the seats. The crew are very accommodating.

The trip was fast and time-accurate. I didn't feel the waves. We didn't notice the time. We arrived before 7:30am.
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ARRIVAL AT PORT CAPINPIN, ORION, BATAAN


Passengers can avail free shuttle bus/van from Port Capinpin in Orion, Bataan to different drop-off points in Mariveles, Dinalupihan and Balanga.

In our case, we booked a Hyundai Starex van from kuya Akal for P1500 only (one way ride) to Bagac (Fajardo Beach) since we were 10. You can reach him on 0906 540 9762. Kuya Akal is residing just next to the port. You can just ask his name from any of the staff their if you need a ride. He also accepts trips to any destinations in Bataan or even outside the province. Please ask him for the rates.



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Reminder: taking photos of the vicinity is not allowed as per the house guard.



We haven't eaten a legit breakfast. Thanks to Kuya Akal, he brought us to the nearest Jollibee drive through in Balanga.

WHAT TO DO IN BATAAN: Visit Playa La Caleta in Morong

GOING BACK TO MANILA


The next day (Sunday), we asked kuya Akal to pick us up at Fajardo Beach to bring us back to Port Capinpin to depart at 3:45pm to Manila.

This port is clean and neat. There are plenty of seats for the boarding passengers. There are clean rest rooms. I also noticed a water dispenser where you can drink purified water. Most importantly, it has a good security staff. They asked us to put our bags in line to get inspected by their security dog. The dog was cute though. Hehehe

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See the boat schedule below:



NOTES

  • Check-in time is 1 hour and 30 minutes before departure. Gate closes 30 minutes before departure.
  • Secure boarding pass at the ticketing booth upon arrival.
  • Present valid IDs for verification of each passenger. Passengers are also need to provide full name, age, and contact number for the manifest in compliance with Philippine Coast Guard requirement.
  • Each passenger is only allowed to carry 1 hand luggage with a maximum weight of 7 kg with a size of 56cm (22in) x 36cm (14in) x 23cm (10in).
  • Children below 2 years old are free of charge.
  • Pregnant women are not allowed to board the ferry for safety reasons.
  • Pets are not permitted.
  • Smoking is not allowed including e-cigarettes.
  • Parking space is available in both terminals.
Special thanks to Franco of lagawtravelogue.com for including me in this awesome experience! Follow him on Facebook and Instagram! :)

WHERE TO SEE THE ESPLANADE SEASIDE TERMINAL

Watch my vlog about our whole experience:


1Bataan Integrated Transport System

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Mobile Number: 09176294766
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/ITS1Bataan
Website: www.its.1bataan.com

DISCLAIMER

Although we were invited to come and try their service, this review is 100% personal. Special thanks to Danica Lolita Tigas of Bataan Tourism and 1Bataan Integrated Transport System for making this possible for us. :)

This just gives you more reasons to visit the beautiful province of Bataan!

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Also check out my fellow travel bloggers who made this trip more fun!
Franco 
| Lagaw Travelogue
Michael Footlocker Wanderer
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Milet Project Gora
Riza Rizanoia

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