BALER TRAVEL GUIDE

 

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Your Baler trip is not complete without surfing! Destination- Sabang beach.

More than surfing, Baler and its surrounding towns in the province of Aurora has a wide varieties of attractions for tourist and backpackers to choose from.

I have read blogs about attractions and to do lists in the coastal municipality of Baler and I found out that there is so much to offer aside from surfing. It is a complete package in one destination

What I have noticed were the inaccuracy of travel guides pertaining to attractions located in Baler. The century old Balete tree is located in Maria Aurora not in Baler, which is about 20 km away. The Ditumabo falls or Mother Falls is in San Luis Town again not in Baler.

HOW TO GET TO BALER FROM TUGUEGARAO CITY

From Tuguegarao, Baler can be reached thru a private vehicle or commute. The van that goes to Dipaculao, Aurora via Santiago City, Isabela runs 24/7 and one tip is to wait patiently as it will fill in the passenger van on up to 21 people.

1st option: See details below.

Contact number/s: 09554128457, 09751340655 
Tip: Make your reservations in advance.
This route to Dipaculao may be steep but the driver can handle it.

ROUTE

TRAVEL TIME

FARE

Tuguegarao City – Santiago City

3 hours

200 via van

Santiago City- Dinadiawan, Dipaculao

300

3 hours

Dinadiawan, Dipaculao- Baler

100

1 hour

2nd Option: See details below.

ROUTE

TRAVEL TIME

FARE

Baler- San Jose City, Nueva Ecija

3-4 hours 140 via Lizardo trans
San Jose City, Nueva Ecija- Tuguegarao City 7 hours

439 via Victory Liner

Note that the estimated time of arrival and departure depend on the number of passengers as it will fill in the van capacity.

 

HOW TO GET TO BALER FROM MANILA

Genesis bus to Baler run from 3:00 AM to 7:30 AM (5-6 trips daily, 1 hour interval), 6-7 hours travel time and bus fare is around Php 550.

        GETTING AROUND BALER

The good thing about Baler is you can always ride a tricycle in an affordable price. To get to your hotel you can ask to drop you off in a minimal fee of 12-15 pesos each way. Getting around to major attractions will cost a lot of money. I highly recommend you to hire a tricycle to bring you tourist spots which cost 800 pesos a day for up to 3 people.

Don’t worry if you are traveling solo your best photographer will be your tour guides. They know more!

HISTORICAL TOUR AROUND BALER TOWN

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The statue of President Manuel Luiz Quezon that welcomes museum goers.
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Church of Baler

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The Aurora Quezon’s Ancestral House.
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The musuem is located at the town center where you can see artifacts and memorabilia of the province of Aurora.
Contact number: Mark Tolentino 09465759622
I highly recommend Mark to take you around these top attractions. Tricycle 
tour is at 800 pesos.

Other activities that can be done in Aurora province is to pay a visit in its century-old Balete tree in Maria Aurora town, you can also climb here and ask a ‘special photographer’ to take a picture using their special skills in photography. Promise they’ll leave you in awe!

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Balete Tree in Maria Aurora town

Next stop is the Ditumabo falls or Mother Falls located in San Luis town, you have to have a guide and trek for at least 30-50 mins depending on your pace. But, here you go! The place is cold and refreshing.

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Mother falls is refreshing after a 30-minute walk and hike.

Plus, you could buy the most refreshing drink of all time at a minimal price, Buko juice! Coconuts are abundant here!IMG_7975

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Sightseeing and feel the cool breeze of those trees and mountains.

Around Baler, you can see and revisit its rich culture and history. The Ermita hill is believed to have saved a family from a tsunami way back 1700’s.

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Children here replicate the scene during the 1735 tsunami

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The Aniao Islet from a offers an amazing view. I hope it was in BATANES!

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And this! The Aniao Islets.
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Diguisit Falls

 

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Sunrise watching in Sabang beach

Honestly, this is the best part of it. SURFING!!!!!

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Gloomy surf sessions in Sabang Beach

DESTINATION

ENTRANCE FEE

Baler Museum

30 php
Dona Aurora House

15 php

Balete Tree (Mari Aurora Town)

15 php

Mother Falls (San Luis Town)

30 php with tour guide 200php

Aniao Islet

Free

Ermita Hill

Free

Diguisit Beach

Free
Diguisit Falls

Free

WHERE TO STAY IN BALER?

Many hotels, inns and transient houses are located in Sabang Beach. I didn’t pay for my accommodation during my stay on August 19-21, 2017 as I did couchsurfing that time. Luckily, I was approved within the day of August 17, 2017 by my host Trizha who really made an extra mile to have my stay worthy and memorable. She happened to have an Airbnb so as a way of saying thank you I’d like to advertise her account here. Please look for her place named as CASA LAMIERDA! Sounds spanish? Yeah, the place is very cozy and 5 minutes away from the beach.

Here is the link:

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/11642454?location=baler&check_in=2017 -08-31&check_out=2017-09-02&s=UQF5qli1

 

And you can get your code here for P1,100 off to your first stay with a minimum spend of P2,600.

Copy the link here:

https://www.airbnb.com/c/marcusm420?s=3

WHERE TO EAT?

Restaurants are around the corner like Yolly’s Ihaw-Ihaw, Yellow Fin restaurant and Chloe’s Pizza Parlor all of these are must try when visiting there. Their main commodity in the province is coconut so expect to have lower price for coconut drinks! They’re very yummy, too!

BUDGET GUIDE for 2N3D Baler, San Luis, Maria Aurora in Aurora Province

ACTIVITIES

RATE

Accommodation

Free

Bus and Van Fare

1200 (Round trip)

Tricycle tour

700
Mother Falls

30

Surfing Lesson with Instructor

250
Balete Tree

45

Food

600
Total Expenses

Php 2825.00

*Note that this applies for a solo traveler and prices may lower down if your are traveling with a group.

 

Alright, as I always say! Pack your things and go. But please go home.

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