We took advantage of the holiday last Friday and scheduled an overnight stay in Morong, Bataan. We stayed in Morong Star Beach Resort, an ocean front resort with many activities that will keep everyone entertained.
Commuting to/from Morong
We took the Cubao-Olongapo-Bataan route. There are many buses from Cubao that will take you to Olongapo like Victory and Genesis. We chose Victory liner because going to their terminal was more convenient for us. Unfortunately, there were very few Victory buses bound for Olongapo!
Of course, we found this out later after we had already bought the tickets. The dreadful outcome = almost 5 hours of waiting time! Five freaking hours!! And I was so happy we got to the terminal early, 730ish in the morning, only to spend the entire morning waiting for the bus. Lessons learned most definitely. One lesson: we’re taking Genesis next time!
When the bus FINALLY rolled into the terminal it was already lunch time. I had envisioned that around this time, we would already be enjoying lunch at the resort but we were just about to leave. Good thing Marmee made sandwiches! Moms do have sharp instincts!
Here are the directions:
- Take a bus from Cubao to Olongapo.
- In Olongapo (get off at the Victory bus terminal if you took this bus), board a yellow jeep (Sta Rita) that will take you to the main gate of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA). Ask for directions where to find the jeep. We had to walk a short block from Victory terminal to the main road where the yellow jeeps were passing by.
- At the SBMA gate, you’ll find a mini-bus or jeep waiting for passengers going to Morong. Get off at Morong town proper.
- Then, take a tricycle to Morong Star Beach Resort. The trike drivers would know where it is.
Total travel time: 5 hours.
Fare breakdown per person (one way):
Cubao-Olongapo bus: P207; senior rate P166
Olongapo Victory terminal to SBMA gate jeep: P8
SBMA to Morong town proper mini-bus: est P50
Morong town to Resort tricycle: P40
Going back to Cubao was way easier. Just do everything above in reverse. We recommend taking a bus to Cubao via the SCTEx highway for faster travel time, about an hour or so faster.
Now the Fun Part
It was late in the afternoon when we got to the resort. It was chilly so swimming had to wait for the next day. Actually, I don’t think swimming was the first thing on our minds…food was since we didn’t have lunch. After checking in to our separate rooms, I ordered food at the resort’s restaurant. Because it was off-peak season, the menu was limited. It was fine because the selection was still good. All meals were freshly cooked so it took some time to prepare. It was already dinner time when we finally had a proper meal.
The food was good but take note that the servings of SOME dishes (lechon kawali, grilled pork liempo, fish fillet) are only good for 2 people so, if you’re a group like us, you need to order more to have enough for everybody. Ask the very kind staff about food servings to be sure. Another tip: Give them about an hour to cook your food. Say, you plan to eat lunch around 11:30, order an hour in advance.
The rooms: I booked two basic rooms: one good for 2 persons and another good for 4 persons. Both have queen size beds, table, AC, cable TV, private toilet/shower. They have many rooms available and the deluxe ocean front ones look especially nice.
Resort Amenities: There’s an adventure park, several rides you can rent, a short zip line, billiards, kayaking and other amenities. You can also arrange for an island hopping tour, which is ideal for large groups. The resort is very near the Pawikan Conservation Center, which I’ll write about in a separate post.
The beach: This I really enjoyed. We were out in the water after breakfast the next day and I wish we had more time. The sand is light gray and very fine. The water was shallow and very very calm. It was also cold brrrr! But my body temp adjusted after a few minutes. It was such a peaceful morning. I thank God for allowing my family to experience it together.
This trip was really special for me because as far as I can remember, we haven’t had any such trip as a family when I was growing up. My dad worked overseas in Saudi Arabia when I was young and all throughout college so he was rarely home. Family trips were basically visits to relatives in the province. So, I’ve always wanted for all of us to spend a day or two on a trip like this. It may be a very short trip but it was very precious. 🙂 Salamat sa Dios!