Playa La Caleta – A Glamping Paradise
Third week is freedom! As for us, this is the only week we can relax after a stressful closing of the books. And so, we had our quick escape from numbers and sleepless nights. Went to a beach not too crowded but not too far, where we can pitch tents, sleep on hammocks (or even on the sand!), swim until pitch dark, and drink until we hold onto the fine grains of sand trying to avoid falling off the earth.
We brought ourselves to Playa La Caleta (PLC) in Morong, Bataan. A hidden beach paradise, 3-4 hour drive from Manila, 15 mins boatride from Fajardo’s Beach Resort. We availed a tour package from Bagac Adventure of P 2,000.00 each, for a two day escape (Van transport, tent and food included). You can contact Alvin if you want to avail the same tour package. Pros of tour package? We won’t be cooking for ourselves. Yas!
PLC will give you a ‘Nagsasa vibe’ or any Zambales cove vibe — no electricity during the day and no signal, which for me is good. Glamping tents and kubos will welcome you. Throw pillows and sleeping mats will comfort you and will invite you to chill and relax while looking at the blue-ish/green-ish, relaxed sea. And when I say relaxed, literally, it is. No. Wave. At. All! There is no wind, even during at night, so we have no choice but to sleep outside our tents, place sleeping mats and banig on the seashore, praying we will not drown in the morning when high tide comes.
A night filled with stars
At night, the island is peaceful. With little decorative lights on trees, the moon and the stars, everything is fine. We are not allowed to have a bonfire, or I guess we’re not allowed during our stay since I haven’t seen a single group light a fire that night. Maybe it is because of the turtle hatching season – I don’t know, I’m not really sure. But it’s OK. It is good for the beach as well. They also say the beach is magical at night, and with the ‘luminous plankton of Maldives’ effect. Unfortunately, I stayed until dawn but only saw the stars and the moonlight reflecting on the sea. But it is magical enough for me.
The children enjoyed the swim. The adults enjoyed the serenity of the place. There is a bar as well called Scarborough, with a live band but we didn’t notice it. We’re too busy singing along with our own playlist and sets. And yes, I almost forgot! When you go to PLC and you want to drink and get drunk, make sure you buy alcoholic drinks somewhere else. Alcohol here is costly. Empi lights is 200 php! Malalasing ka talaga sa presyo!
So, my verdict: still a worthwhile place to go for the second or the third time. Kind-of-white beach, not too crowded (because guests are regulated and you need to get your reservations first). Quiet and peaceful, comfort rooms are clean (may bidet sila teh!). The food is great (this is included in our package so we don’t have any problem with our food but from what I’ve heard, the food is pricey in the PLC, so bring your own food).
I cannot say this is by far the most peaceful beach resort I’ve been because for me, Isla Reta in Davao is still my favorite. But atleast, the ambiance is a little similar (just a little bit).
It is just right for a fresh air. If you want to go cliff diving, kayaking, trekking, you can do it here. But if you just want to relax and look at the sea to find the answers to your life questions, this place is perfect! Will I go back? If there’s a chance again, yes, I will still go back. 😊