Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Reach Bataan Faster with 1Bataan's Ferry-Bus Transport System

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What used to be a 3 to 4-hour land travel to Bataan can now be reduced to just an hour via ferry by the Esplanade Seaside Terminal in MOA.  This transportation option was launched last December 2017 by 1Bataan Integrated Transport System under a public-private partnership program with the local government of Bataan.  Apparently, Bataan is a fast-growing economic zone with the rise of manufacturing plants, in addition to it being a tourist destination both for its beaches and historical value. [Read: Ferry Schedule from Manila to Bataan]

MV XGC Express' maiden voyage was just last December 2017

The terminal sits beside Vikings in MOA and alongside a convenience store.  Check-in time starts at 5 AM so you can still catch breakfast while waiting. Be wary of scheduled fun runs though as some parts of MOA are closed to give way to these activities, so you’ll end up doing a 5-minute walk to the terminal. Fret not as 1Bataan sends out SMS updates to their riders for travel considerations like these.  Prepare as well to take a whiff of Manila Bay that’s undeniably Manila Bay’s. [Read: The Oriental Bataan Hotel Review]

Boarding gate for 1Bataan's MV XGC Express
Final security check before boarding the ferry

The ferry leaves exactly as scheduled which is a major plus point especially if you have booked tours and want to maximize time.  Upon entering, you will be greeted with a brightly-lit deck with rows of air seats for passengers.  There’s a good amount of leg room for the seats and the aisles are spacious enough to prevent people from bumping with each other.

The ferry deck has the look and feel of an airplane's.  Life vests are also provided under the seats.
For this trip, we got to try their VIP seats in the front-most part of the deck. It looks like a lounge where you have space enough to actually lie down.  As of the moment though, only the air seats can be booked.

The VIP area with its own TV and most importantly, an electrical outlet.

The ferry is well-equipped with facilities to make the 1 hour travel time ultra-comfortable.  They even have free Wi-Fi on board so it’s really easy to pass the time.  After an hour, we arrived at the Port of Capinpin in Orion, Bataan.  One of the best things about taking 1Bataan’s ferry ride is it includes a shuttle service from Port of Capinpin to various bus stops along Mariveles and Dinalupihan routes – talk about value for your money.  From these points on, you can conveniently have your tour guides pick you up or if you are DIY-ing, it would be easier to navigate to your destination.

Port of Capinpin, Orion, Bataan

Ferry schedules and bus drop off points are well-placed for easy reference

For ticket prices and online bookings, click here.

This trip was made possible by 1Bataan Integrated TransportSystem Inc.


About the Author

Beng Fontiveros works as an analyst for a global bank.  She bonds with Excel from day to night so she loves spending her free time traveling, practicing yoga, or just at home to Netflix and chill. 

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