By Ann Gabriel | PinoyTrekker
If you are looking for a refreshing getaway that will really take you out of the busy metropolis, Camaya Coast might be your dream come true. Located at the Municipality of Mariveles, Bataan, Camaya Coast Beach Resort contains a coastal length of 3.2 kilometers. Promoted as the Little Boracay of Bataan, Camaya offers fine white sand and clear blue waters. Its name originated from the town of Mariveles itself, which used to be called Camaya. Since the area promotes environmental and friendly community, the beach is kept clean and garbage free.
If you plan to travel there via land, it’s suggested that you leave the house as early at 5am and allot 4-5 hours if you are coming from Manila. Since it’s a private resort, it is advised that you bring your own vehicle as Camaya is not accessible by public transportation from town proper of Mariveles, Bataan. As for us, it only took us 1 hour and 45 minutes to reach this awesome place. Thank you to Metrodeal, we were able to save time and money. We purchased the “Enjoy the Ferriest Days of Summer at Camaya Sands Resort and Leisure with a Day Tour Pass, Ferry Transfers and More” from Metrodeal for only 599 pesos. This includes access to pool and beach, complimentary use of bikes and volleyball court for 30 minutes.
Food and accommodation is not included in the promo but Metrodeal offers a separate deal for those who wish to avail. You can purchase this through credit card, online bank transfer or bank deposit. Proper swimming attire is required. If you are planning to bring food to the resort so you can save, don’t even make an effort to bring because it isn’t allowed in the resort. You can buy food from their food kiosks, though there were only few to choose from – Figaro, Max’s Restaurant, Shakeys, Pancake House, Potato Corner, and Camaya Coast’s very own Sand Bar.
The ferry leaves the dock in Manila at 10am and coasts back at 7:30pm by reservation. The terminal is located at One Esplanade which is at the far right side end of the Mall of Asia along Seaside Boulevard. I’m not quite sure if there’s an earlier departure time than 10am since it’s the only available schedule that we got from the Camaya Coast website.
Aside from the Metrodeal reservation, you also need to book ferry schedule from the official site of Camaya Coast. We were able to arrive there before lunch time which is just in time to fill our empty stomachs. Pricing of food in the resort is the same price in Manila except for the drinks which costs 65 pesos both for water and soft drinks. Overall, it was such a nice place accompanied with friendly staff and good customer service.
Camaya Coast offers:
- Residential lot
- Beach Villas
- Beach Villa Condominium
- Camaya Premiere-Condotel
- Banana Boat
The ones listed above are the only ones I saw available when we went there. Sadly, they don’t offer snorkeling and parasailing unlike other resorts. The accommodation starts at Php8,000. So better start saving if you plan to go overnight. We also noticed that the place is still under construction that’s why there were few food and drink stands. There were only 2 pools that opens 8am-7pm while the beach operates from 6am-6pm.
As we enter, we were given a reloadable Camaya Coast card. I liked how high tech the place is! You can just tap your card to open the gates and your locker. We paid extra for the locker which costs 49 pesos each for the entire day. However, we also noticed that some of their lockers are dysfunctional so we had to change lockers.
I enjoyed the Beach because of its clear waters and floating playground which makes it unique from the others. Just be careful because there are few big rocks placed near the floating playground. What I also liked about here is the presence of 2-3 lifeguards from pool to the beach. You will really feel safe knowing there’s someone who supervises the safety and security of tourists.
We were only few in the resort that’s why our visit seemed so refreshing. I was told that most of tourists visit the resort on Fridays-Saturdays because of the band and other night activities that only fall on weekends. Unfortunately, the deal that we got is only available for weekday trips.
The air is pure and the place is magnificent. It would be better if the place will be filled with more kiosks, hopefully once all the constructions are done. Come, visit the place and experience a new adventure beckon!
Camaya Sands Resort and Leisure