I read and heard a lot about Baler, i expected too much from this trip and hey! I got more from what i expected. Surfing, trekking, picture perfect views, food galore, hospitality of Aurorans (the Baler people) and quality time with my friends. All in one bucket! Absolutely a good adventure and a perfect summer getaway with my friends, we spend less, we explore more, and we had a blast of fun for 3days-2nights. Planning a trip is easy , but making it real is hard. Especially for friends with different work location, schedule and not-so-good-salary. #RealTalkHere -And its a blessing when everyone had the courage to go, the schedule matches, and the budget agree with the plan. Then its time to be good with your boss, file your leave, search about the place, plan your itineraries/basic expenses, think of your #OOTD, pack your things and prepare your camera! This is it! Unfortunately none of us have a car so we decided to commute instead of renting a car or avail agency packages. Well i guess this one of the imperfection of our trip that made our trip prefect. (wink) #Commuters. We did search about the place, where to go, the best spot and etc. But we didn’t make Tour Itinerary before heading to Baler ‘coz we want to plan it over our first meal together at the beach. And it’s a good decision! Check out our Baler Summer Getaway pictures below! Do not miss our Tips for each attraction we visit.
1st Day-1st Attraction (Sabang Beach or the Surfing beach)
Regular Surfing Rate: Php300/hour and per person with orientation and training. Tips: Bidding is not a sin here. Smile and try your luck. We got ours for only Php1050 and that’s good for 5 person and no time pressure. And hey! be nice to your train-or, he’s your only hope to succeed here. (wink) Do this on your first day, it will definitely set the adventurous mood of yours, the excitement and the mindset to let go and forget everything and only think of the sea, sun kisses and your video while surfing! hahahahah! Tip: Instead of picture, ask your friend to take a video. You will appreciate it more. Here’s mine..
2nd Day – 3rd Attraction (Rock Formation Island)
2nd Day – 4rd Attraction (Ermita Hill or “Pook na ligtas sa tsunami” (A place that is safe from tsunami) This place touches our heart, year 1735 a huge tsunami hit Baler and according to our tourist guide only 7 families we’re able to survive.Thanks GOD they we’re able to climb here.
2nd Day – 5th Attraction (Ditumabo Falls or The Mother Falls) The Mother Falls is the next most famous attraction at Baler next to surfing of course. If you are a mountaineer you will surely love the 30-45 minutes trekking. But for us, urrghh! It’s tiring especially on the first 100-200 kilometer, but as we trek further, our body adjusted and our eyes got full because of the dramatic scenery inside the forest, surprisingly we did enjoy the adventure and and carefully continue the trekking. After a long walk… here it is.
The water is extremely cold! Sad, we do not have high quality waterproof camera, we improvised instead. Thanks to our remote, mobile phone, tripod and waterproof case we got a not-so-clear picture in front of the falls, better than nothing, right? 🙂 The water is extremely cold , we do not risk to take off the mobile phone on its plastic case and most especially our camera, moist will absolutely kill our gadget.
2nd Day – 6th Attraction (The Hanging Bridge) Dream come true for us! Our first time to see and passed a true hanging bridge! ♥
This attraction is not just about the hanging bridge, the view is superb! Tip: Visit this attraction between 4-5pm, we just thought its the best time, we came here between 5:30-6:00pm its a bit late so we’re not able to took more pictures there’s a light post of course but not enough to give us a perfect lightning. Warning: The bridge is scary at first hahahah!
3rd Day – 7th Attraction (Lukso lukso Islet) This is the attraction inside and exactly infront of the resort where we stayed (Dela Torre Beach Resort) and our house is exactly in front of the Lukso-lukso Islet. As we say, it’s a given attraction to us, no cost, no hassle, no rush..Every morning when we woke up it’s our view. So we decided to explore it on our last day at Baler. And it’s a good decision. Lukso lukos Islet is a very proud attraction, as if every islet is shouting “Come here if you can!” You will also notice its similar feature with the Rock formation island but their difference is, Lukso lukso islet is much more easy to explore,you can easily climb on the big stones/islet during low tide, and during high tide the water will give you a very dramatic scene. Perfect for a prenup!
3rd Day – 8th Attraction (B A L E R Monument) I wish we have a better photographer but this is ok. Better than nothing 🙂 The monument behind us was named Baler 400 Years. Based on Baler’s government website, the Baler 400 Years Monument has four pillars representing the town’s 400 years of history. The 40-foot monument has 100 stainless steel bars interconnecting the pillars. Tip: Do not leave Baler without taking a picture here. It’s a MUST for social media posting! hahaha. For everyones information!
How to get there:
1. Five star bus from Cubao to Cabanatuan Terminal. Travel time: 3hours
2. Cabanatuan Terminal (D’liner Bus) to Baler Central Terminal. We choose bus instead of van, Nhiece told us we will see the view better if we’re on a bus. And besides the van doesn’t look urrrggh! …safe. (Sorry!Just saying the truth here) We meet there at 4:00am, which we assume the first trip, unfortunately the travel start at 5:30. We waited until the bus is full. Travel time: 3-4hours.
3. Baler Central Terminal to Dela Torre Beach. Tricycle driver will come to persuade you as soon you touch your foot in the ground hahaha!, we got ours for only 40.00/head. Bid, ok? Travel time: 15-20minutes
4. That’s it!
Basic Expenses per pax:
Cubao to Cabantuan (Aircon Bus)- 205.00 each
Cabanatuan to Baler Centra Terminal (Ordinary Bus) – 176.00 each
Baler Centra Terminal to Dela Torre Beach – 40.00 each
Accomodation (2nights) – 2000X2 = 4000/5pax = 800.00 each
Food For 3days (We cooked our own) – 300.00 each
Dela Torre Beach to SAbang Beach (two way) – 300.00/5 = 60.00 Surfing – 1050 / 5 = 210.00 each One day Tour – 1000.00 /5 = 200.00 each
Environmetal fee to Mother Falls – 10.00 each
Dela Torre Beach to Baler Central Terminal – 300.00/5 = 60.00
Baler Central Terminal to Cabanatuan (Aircon Bus) – 247.00
Cabantuan to Shaw Blvd = 205.00 Total of 2513.00.
The rest of our expenses on our vacation are simple ihaw ihaw on the street while taking the tour, fresh buko after the tour and etc etc.
Where to stay at Baler: Resort: Dela Torre Beach Resort
Contact person: Lani Dela Torre (the owner)
Contact Number: 0920-509-6849
Feedback: Dela Torre Beach Resort owner and staff are really nice, very accomodating. Will surely come back to Baler and stay to their resort again. Contact Ate lani if you wish, just tell her you found out her contact number on my blog 🙂
Surfing Train-or/Tourist Guide/Service/Photographer/All in 1:
Who: Kuya Fernan
Contact Number: 0929-4598976
Feedback:Friendly and lots of connection! He’s a big help in our tour!
General Tip: Speak nicely, be a good tourist but don’t be a dumb. Do not rely to one-question-one-people- only,always try to make a comparison and ask somebodyelse especially if it’s the pricing that is involve. Be considerate but be wise always. It’s not a sin to check others pricing, it’s natural and again Bidding is not a sin, even millionaires is doing it.:) Travel with the people you love. Search about your destination. Don’t be a coward, be adventurous but be concious to what you are doing, safety first. Have fun and cherish every moments, it’s the best souvenir after all, the experienced and the memories you create. Take pictures as long as you can! Selfie, groufie, jumshots and etc. Share your experienced and learnings to people (like what i’m doing now) and do not stop travelling.. by reality or by book or by blogs! 🙂 Hope you had a good time travelling by just reading my blog!
Baler, Aurora, Phillipnes is an awesome place andI highly recommend this place to everyone! #Phillipines #Baler #Summer2015