Mariveles Five Fingers – from the History Hub of Central Luzon, the province of Bataan is also known for its splendid panoramic scenery and its possessed beauty. Bataan peninsula is located southwards from the western shores of central Luzon, forming the enclosed and well-sheltered Manila Bay. Bataan is popularly known for its historical site. In fact, Bataan is the first strong line of defense combined Filipino and American soldiers against Japanese invasion during the world war II. The Bataan Death March was named after the province, where the infamous march started. Aside from historical sites, beautiful beaches and gorgeous landscapes can also be found in this province, that’s why Bataan is also dubbed as the ‘Batanes of the West‘.
MARIVELES FIVE FINGERS
Five fingers Cove is one of the newest attractions and it is located in the southern area of Mariveles. I was surprised and I never thought that Bataan had a lot more to offer aside from its historical sites. Not only does Bataan gives you an ample beach to choose from, cove to cove hopping would also allow you to experience some death-defying stunts, cliff diving, and snorkeling. By the way, have you ever wonder why this place called ‘Five Fingers’? If you haven’t seen on the map yet, basically, it has a five small peninsula that makes it look like a Five Fingers. Mariveles Five fingers is composed of Pitas or Cochinos, Apatot, Pulong Kawayan, Tinanlakan and Sitio Kutad.
We came from Ortigas, Pasig and we left Pasig around 2:15 AM then we arrived at the Talain Beach at exactly 7:30 AM, 15 minutes away from mainland Mariveles Porto.
Island Hopping is not applicable here at Five Fingers, instead, local tour guides simply call it Cove to Cove hopping since the destinations here is located into different Coves.
The first spot that we visit is the Pulong Kawayan Cave. This nature made small littoral cave carved in a huge adobe stone wall is one of the best sites to see here in Mariveles Five Fingers. Every time I see a cave like this, I always wondering how nature made it. This spot is simply amazing, you can also jump from the boat and swim into the fresh water. However, the water that surrounds the area is a bit itchy because of the jellyfish. So, better to wear a rash guard and don’t forget to bring snorkeling gears when you visit Pulong Kawayan Cave.
After visiting the Pulong Kawayan Cave, we went to what they called ‘Nagbintana Arch‘. Nagbintana arch is also known as the Little Finger. It is a huge rock formation lying in a shallow water in the northern part of Five Fingers. They called it Nagbintana arch since there is a small window-like tunnel in the middle of this rock formation.
A few meters away from Nagbintana Arch, you can see a multi-layered slate rock formation which is best for a group picture.
Adventurers, nature photographers and thrill-seeker should visit this hidden paradise in Mariveles, Bataan.
TINANLAKAN CLIFF(40 FT HIGH)
For adrenaline junkies out there! This would be the best thing to try in Mariveles Five fingers. Honestly, this is the highlights and probably the most memorable part of our adventure in Mariveles Five Fingers for me. This cliff is definitely much higher than the cliff I have jumped in Badian, Cebu. This death-defying stunt will require you some extra courage as well as emotional and mental collaboration to be able to jump this 40 ft high cliff. But nonetheless, this is not advisable for those who have an acrophobia or fear of heights. It will totally make you feel dizzy especially if you are not used to it. But If you are brave enough, I would recommend to at least try this very exciting once in a lifetime experience. 🙂
WHERE TO GO
- Tinanlakan 40ft high cliff
- Nagbintana arch
- Pulong Kawayan Cave
- Cliff diving
- Cove to Cove hopping
WHERE TO STAY
We spent our night and we set up our tents at Talain Cove. There’s a big house in the middle of the resort which is also available for the visitors and tourist. Unfortunately, we haven’t got a chance to ask how much would be the rate per night in this house.
HOW TO GET THERE
If you have availed a tour package including a van transfer to Mariveles, no need to follow this instruction but if you are a DIY traveler you have to read this carefully.
- Take the Genesis bus from Cubao to Mariveles terminal P280
- Ride a tricycle to Aplaya P75 (up to 4 passengers)
- Hire a boat -P2,500
- Ask the locals
Honestly, we were so disappointed with the agency where we availed our tour package and it’s not recommendable. So, if you are planning to visit Mariveles Five fingers, I would suggest going to Bataan Weather Page on Facebook since a lot of tourists have been in this place before also recommend Bataan Weather Page.
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