Mariveles is located at the southern tip of the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines. The first class municipality which is divided into 18 barangays is about 173 kilometers from Manila.
Interesting Facts You Might Not Know About Mariveles
- Founded by a Franciscan Friar in 1578
- Originally part of Pampanga but declared its independence though The Superior Decree of July 1754
- It is the starting point of the famous “Bataan Death March” on April 9, 1942.
- The first free trade zone in the Philippines was established in its town which was passed in Congress on June 21, 1969
- Derived its name from ““Maraming Dilis” shortened to Mara-dilis and into Mariveles
Aside from its huge industrial complex of the Freeport Area of Bataan, its Mariveles Baywalk and its historical landmarks which include the Zero Kilometer Marker of Death March and the 1729 Parish Church of Saint Nicholas Tolentine, Mariveles prides itself of having the following wonderful natural attractions tourists can explore:
- Mount Mariveles
The dormant volcano which lies at the southern end of the Zambalez Mountains in the Bataaan Peninsula, west of Manila Bay. Three peaks familiar to the mountaineering community namely:
- Tarak Ridge – most well-known destination on Mount Mariveles with its jump-off point situated at Barangay Alas-sin, Mariveles.
- Pantingan or Banayan Peak – can be accessed through Sitio Duhat, Saysain in the town of Bagac.
- Mariveles Ridge – jump-off area at Sitio Parca, Mariveles.
- Five Fingers and the other coves
The finger-shaped west side of Mariveles, Bataan where the Japanese troops landed before the fall of Bataan on April 9, 1942. Five-fingers actually comprises six coves namely Talaga, Apatol, Nagbayog, Kinalalakhan, Kutad and Panoypoy. Three more coves follow Panoypoy along the coastline of Mariveles namely Talain, Lusong and Wain where Camaya Coast is situated. One can either trek or ride a boat doing cove to cove exploration.
Just few minutes away from the Poblacion area, Barangay Sisiman shares its own picturesque view of its environment. Points of interest include Sisiman Beach, Sisiman View Deck, San Miguel Rock, San Miguel Lighthouse and the Sisiman Groto.
Where to eat and stay in Mariveles, Bataan?
For budget conscious travelers, there are cheap restaurants, resorts and hotels around Mariveles. For more information, you can check http://marivelesbataan.gov.ph/placestostay and http://marivelesbataan.gov.ph/reasortsandrestaurants
How to go to Mariveles, Bataan?
Mariveles, Bataan is three and a half hours away from Manila by car. You can take either the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) or Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (STEX). By bus, there are daily trips going to Mariveles in Cubao, Pasay and Manila.
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