Baler is the capital of the province of Aurora. The ocean waves in Baler is perfect for surfing. So if surfing is one of your hobbies, you should definitely give this place a visit. This is also a great place to visit if you enjoy biking. But, surfing and biking are not the only reason to visit Baler. You would also see a lot of beautiful scenic views and interesting history about Baler. And you will see some of the things you can do and places you can visit here in this Baler Travel Guide.
- 1 How to get to Baler?
- 2 Where to stay in Baler?
- 3 Where to go in Baler?
- 4 What to do in Baler?
- 5 Where to eat in Baler?
How to get to Baler?
The easiest and most convenient way to get to Baler is through a bus. If you are coming from Manila, some buses go directly to Baler. The expected travel time would be around 6 to 7 hours.
If you are looking for a cheaper option then go for Genesis Bus. But if you value faster and more comfortable travel then go for Joybus.
Where to stay in Baler?
L’Sirene Boutique Resort
It is located at Purok 6, Barangay Reserva, Baler. If you want a quiet getaway on a beach then go to this resort. This is a perfect alternative for Sabang Beach because you won’t have to deal with a huge crowd. There are also a lot of instagrammable spots where you can take great selfies. Entry-level surfing is also available.
Kahanamoku Bed and Breakfast
It is located at Barangay Zabali Cemento Beach, Baler. This place is perfect for you if just want to relax and unwind. This place is secluded which means you would get a peaceful rest on your stay here. The coconut trees make the scenery even better for your photos. There is also yoga decks and hammock available.
Costa Pacifica Baler
It is located at 80 Buton Street Barangay Sabang, Baler. If you want a more extravagant getaway then this place is for you. You would surely enjoy the food and excellent service here. You can also get some private surfing lessons here. And there are times you can have the pool for you and your family.
Where to go in Baler?
Sabang beach is the most popular beach in Baler. The frequent ocean waves make it one of the best surfing spots in the Philippines. Surfers of different levels of expertise can surf here depending on the time and spot you surf. There is no entrance fee and the beach is noticeably clean. If surfing is your passion or you have always been intrigued by surfing then you should definitely visit this beach.
Ermita Hill is a historical landmark here in Baler. There is the Tromba Marina sculpture at the base of the hill which serves as a reminder of when Baler was almost wiped out by a tsunami in 1735. To reach the top, there are around 250+ steps you need to take. But going through all that is worth it because there is a wonderful view waiting for you at the top. You would see a bird’s eye view of Sabang River, Baler Bay, and the Pacific Ocean.
You should visit Discasalarin cove if you want a peaceful place to enjoy nature. Unlike Sabang Beach, this place is not for surfing and less crowded so you won’t be constantly disturbed for surfing lessons or to buy pearls. After you take a dip in this secluded beach, go see the great view this place has to offer. Climb up the top of the hill where the lighthouse is located to get a panoramic view of the cove.
Balete Park is where you will see a lot of Balete trees, also known as strangler figs because it grows on other trees which would later strangle and suffocate the host tree. This is where you would see the largest Balete tree in Asia. It is called the “Millennium Tree” and it is also the oldest tree in the Philippines. You could actually enter the tree the hollow trunk.
Ditumabo Falls is also known as The Mother Falls. The entrance fee is 30 pesos per person and 200 pesos for the tour guide. You would need to trek for about 30 to 40 minutes before you reach the falls. After doing a tiring trek, plunging into the cold water will leave you feeling refreshed. The crystal clear water also makes the waterfalls enchanting and majestic. When you visit this place, make sure to be careful and wear the proper footwear.
What to do in Baler?
If you surfing is your hobby then Baler will be a haven for you. And if you don’t know how to surf then you can have a relaxing vacation here while learning a new skill. The waves here are perfect for surfers whatever their level of expertise may be. Sabang beach is the best place to go if you are planning to go surfing. It will also be easier for you if you are a beginner because there are a lot of people offering surfing lessons and surfboard rentals on Sabang beach.
Visit historical places
On your visit to Baler, try to know more about its history by going to historical tourist spots. There is Museo de Baler where you will see exhibits about the municipality of Aurora. There is also Dona Aurora’s house where you can see exhibits of the Quezon family. You can also visit the San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Parish which is commonly known as Lucban Church.
You could use a bike to go to a different tourist destination in Baler. This would be an eco-friendly and healthy way to enjoy Baler. If you like biking long distances then why not try it here in Baler. Enjoy the wonderful scenery while breathing in the cold refreshing air. You will be able to visit the tourist spots while having fun exercise at the same time.
Take Photos and Videos
There are a lot of instagrammable places you can visit here in Baler. Take a lot of photos and videos on your visit. You could take a video of yourself learning how to surf. Take photos of the foods you will eat. Take creative selfies in front of the breathtaking scenery you see. And take videos of the activities you did then share them on your social media.
There are more water activities you can do aside from surfing. There are a lot of beaches and waterfalls you can swim. You could also snorkel to see the colorful corals and sea creatures at Dicasalarin Cove. There are also diving spots in Baler like in Dimadimalangat Islet, Cemento Beach, and Lukso-Lukso Islets.
Where to eat in Baler?
Baler Surfer Grill
It is located in Baywalk Area Sabang Beach, Baler. This restaurant is located right next to the beach port so you feel the breeze and enjoy the view while you wait for the food. The Volkswagen grill is the main attraction of the restaurant. If you are at Sabang Beach then give this place a visit.
It is located at Sabang Beach, Baler. This restaurant focuses mostly on Indian foods so if you like Indian foods then you should check this place out. It would take some time to prepare the dishes but it is worth the wait.
It is located at Alley 2 Sabang, Baler. This restaurant focuses on a mixture of Filipino and western dishes. This place is for you if you like to eat in a place with great ambiance and good music. You should try their pizza and their sisig.
It is located at Quezon Hi-way Suklayin, Baler. This place is perfect for you if are craving something sweet. They offer cakes, sandwiches, bread, desserts, coffees, and frappes. They offer a wide variety of cheesecakes you can choose from. Some of the flavors you taste are matcha, blueberry, coffee, and more.
The Good Food Project
It is located at Buton Street, Baler. If you are craving Mexican foods like burritos, quesadillas, and tacos then visit this place. There are also Filipino foods like ribs, kinilaw, and pork liempo. The foods here are also surprisingly affordable.
This Baler travel guide only showcases a few of the many amazing things you can expect in Baler. There are many more things and places that may surprise and develop you as a person. I wish you a safe and exciting travel to Baler.