The Ferry to Bataan is in air-conditioned comfort!
You have basically two options to travel to bataan.
Either by road or ferry.
Now if I have a choice and when I'm traveling I always do, I always take the easy way. Not because I'm lazy but because I want my trip to be a simple and hassle free as possible.
The easiest way to get to Bataan is by ferry. No arguments here, it is simple and dare I say it, relaxing. Forget the long road trip, the ferry has arrived!
Where do I catch the Ferry to Bataan?
This is the easy bit.
The ferry, from Sun Cruises, departs from the Bay Terminal at the CCP Complex as you can see in the above photo.
The CCP Complex is off Roxas Boulevard in Manila. The CCP Bay Terminal is inside the Marina on Manila Bay. There are no reservations show make sure you turn up with plenty of time to spare.
Now you have to pay the fare for the voyage and the Terminal Fee. When you pay the Terminal Fee they give you a little stamp sized piece of paper, don't lose it and keep it handy.
When you are called to board the ferry to Bataan there will be an official who is waiting for you on the top of the walkway which leads to the pontoon which the ferry is tied too. this official will request your Terminal Fee ticket, if you do not have it then you will have to head back into the CCP Terminal and purchase another.
I remember getting to the top of the walkway with my backpack on not realising I had to produce the Terminal Fee ticket, I had to rummage around for it holding everyone up, finally got it and was rather annoyed with myself...oh well you live and learn.
MV Bay Cruiser to Bataan
The MV Bay Cruiser is perfect for the one (1) hour voyage across Manila Bay to Orion on Bataan.
Not only are the seats comfortable but it is enclosed and air-conditioned, absolute bliss. The trip is uneventful, you may want to take something to read unless you are like me and love looking at the window and daydreaming.
Orion Wharf Bataan
This is where you end up, Port Capinpin in Orion or what I call Orion Wharf.
From here it is easy to get anywhere in Bataan or across to Subic Bay. You can arrange for a car to pick you up and take you where you want to go, make sure you organise the car before you get there, or you can wonder up to the main road and catch one of the numerous jeepneys.
getting to Bataan has never been easier, the travel time is pretty much consistent every time and it is way more reliable than the road journey, which could tale anywhere from 2 1/2 hours to over 4 depending on traffic and weather.
The first ferry leaves the CCP Complex at 7:00 am and is on time, I will repeat that, it leaves on time!