Round Trip

De-toxing at island resort in Morong, Bataan

06/11/2019

Text and photos by Djan Magbanua

Toxic days sa office and you’re bored, worse, you’re burnout. You need to de-tox and take a break mula sa mga nakakapagod, nakapanglalatang pangyayari sa buhay mo.
And then, you decided you need a vacation. Pero saan ka makakapunta kung saan hindi ka susundan ng dreaded work load at online negativities?

The view from the beach.

DISCONNECTING
Why not try an island resort na hindi lang basta maganda kundi mura pa, for example Playa la Caleta.
This island resort located in Morong, Bataan will surely detach you from social media.
When you get there, the first thing you would notice is the poor signal. And that is all right.

Kaya nga, no work emails, negative social media posts, texts from makukulit na boss or officemates ang iistorbo sa weekend mo, especially kung ang ultimate goal is to “disconnect” and energize your soul.

If you really need to text, however, their command center has (I suspect) a signal booster that would allow you
to text and update your loved ones. Pero first things first.

Cabanas, tents are scattered along the beach.

HOW TO GET THERE:

(When commuting) Get a bus going to Balanga, Bataan (P219)

From the bus terminal in Balanga, ride a jeep or bus going to Bagac, (P48). Magpapaba malapit sa Bagac Public Market (kung sakaling gusto ninyo munang bumili ng supplies)

From Bagac, take a tricycle (P100 pax) to La Salle port.

Sasakay kayo ng bangka (P150 pax) papuntang Playa la Caleta.

Bookings, accommodations and other rates are posted sa kanilang website.

THE PLACE

Depende sa kung anong panahon kayo pupunta, the beach, most of the time ay puno ng mga tao na nagtatayo ng kanilang tent o simply may kanya-kanyang dalang chairs enjoying the water and the sun.
Malinis ang tubig at maging ang dalampasigan. Marami kang pwedeng gawin, and you won’t even noticed na maganda pa talaga na paminsan-minsan ay disconnected ka sa social media.
During the night, the skies are so inviting. Yung linaw ng kalangitan dala ng mga kumikinang na bituin ang masasaksihan mo rito — isang tanawin na hindi mo na makikita kapag nasa Metro Manila ka.

From La Salle Port, it takes about 20 minutes to reach the island.

 

ACTIVITIES

Going out with friends and being disconnected would allow you to enjoy what Playa la Caleta offers to their guests.

Signage in Playa La Caleta

Pwede kayong mag-rent ng kayak at paddle board. Pwedeng mag-snorkel

Kayaks are available for rent.

 

May hiking trail din sila na pwede mong subukan.

Beach sports such as volleyball, beach football, badminton and kite flying are available
for rent.

Advisable na mag dala ng pagkain at mag-cook out. They have grills available para sa gustong mag-ihaw ng kanilang meals.

Fun times at the beach!

Meron silang restaurant sa mismong island, (with a P700 group meal for four) kung sakaling ayaw mo naman magluto.

Tuwing Sabado, a band plays inside the resto-bar.

Scarborough Restaurant at night

TIPS

1. Bring a lot of ice and food, although they have a stored in the area, medyo limited lang ang supply nila at hindi madali ang access sa mga tindahan.

2. Insect repellant is a must.

3. Bago pa sumakay ng bangka papunta sa isla, you need to buy your supplies na from Bagac public market.

RANKING:

Accommodation : 5/10
Staff are very friendly. Hopefully they would do something about keeping the mosquitoes at bay.

Aesthetics: 8/10

The sea, the island, the night sky and the lush jungle is great. Island life feels.

Amenities: 7/10
Points deducted dahil kulang sila sa supplies.

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