Bataan is generally classified as having rugged terrain, with steep mountains stretching across the province and large portions still covered by lush jungle. A peninsula jutting into the West Philippine Sea to shelter the northern portion of Manila Bay, much of the Bataan coastline consists of ridges, cliffs and headlands.
Our road trip itinerary required us to take off from our office in Quezon City, traverse the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and proceed through the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) exiting at Dinalupihan to arrive at the capital city of Balanga.
The 3-day itinerary prepared by the Bataan Tourism Office took us to different destinations in the province. In all, we drove over 330 kilometers across some very challenging terrain. While the roads were generally well-paved and in good condition, much of these were winding mountain roads with some very steep inclines and sweeping curves.
Luckily, our Road Trip partner-vehicles—a Suzuki Ertiga, a Mitsubishi Xpander, and a Ford Everest—all proved very capable of taking on the challenge.