Baler is a quaint and coastal town in the eastern side of the Philippines. Its location is a bit off from Manila and you need to travel for 5 or 7 hours, private or commute, just to experience the surf-able waves. But aside from surfing, Baler also proves itself as a tourist destination with the presence of historical sites and some natural attractions within its vicinity.
Our plan was to spend 3 days and 2 nights but we managed to squeeze it into a weekend getaway. Here’s a simple guide; itinerary and expenses, where to stay and eat, and things to see and do during a weekend visit to Baler. You can click on the photos to open the separate posts.
2AM – 6AM Travel to Baler. NLEX – SLEX – TPLEX – Cabanatuan – Pantabangan – Baler
6AM – 8AM Early check-in accommodation
8AM – 11AM HISTORICAL TOUR (Quezon Park, Museo de Baler, Baler Marker, Baler Church, Aurora Quezon House, LT Gilmore Rescue Party Marker, Baler Town Hall)
11AM – 12NN Lunch Kusina Luntian
12NN – 230PM Snooze
230PM – 5PM Surfing in Baler
5PM – 6PM Dinner Baler Surfer Grill
7AM – 9AM Ditumabo Falls, San Luis Aurora
9AM – 1030AM Dicasalarin Cove
1030AM – 12NN Daguisit Area (Aniao Islet, Daguisit Falls, Daguisit Beach, Ermita Hill, Hanging Bridge)
12NN – 1PM Lunch Yolly’s Seafood Restaurant
1PM – 3PM Prepare to leave
3PM – 330PM Travel to Maria Aurora
330PM – 4PM Balete Tree
4PM Travel back to Manila
WHERE TO EAT
Just like any other destination in the country, Baler has numerous restaurants to choose from that offer, aside from good meals, unique dining experience. During our visit, we were able to try the following restaurants.
WHERE TO STAY IN BALER
Several accommodations dot the stretch of Sabang Beach but expect that the rates are a bit higher because they’re located in the main hub of the town. Backpacker lodges, mid-range to high-end resorts are available. There are also inns and lodges in the town center that are 3-5 minutes away from Sabang Beach.
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WHAT TO SEE AND DO
Item Group (13 pax) Per Person Van Rent, Gas, Toll 13000 1000 Accommodation 4200 300 Museo Baler Entrance 30 Kusina Luntian Lunch 135 Tricycle Rides 24 Surfing 300 Baler Surfer Grill 200 Breakfast 550 50 Tour Guide 800 62 Parking Fees 100 8 Ditumabo Falls Entrance 10 Dicasalarin Entrance 100 Aniao Islet 20 Yolly’s Seafood Lunch 270 Balete Tree Entrance 10 Total 2519
1. Regular Aircon Bus to Baler c/o Genesis is Php450 per way and Php750 for the Deluxe.
2. For the accommodation, we didn’t stay in Sabang Beach but in a lodge near the market 5 minutes away from Sabang.
3. Surfing rates is actually Php350 but the staff gave us a Php50 off.
4. Entrance Fee in Dicasalarin Cove is Php300 for walk-ins. Some of the group stayed in Costa Pacifica that’s why we were able to secure a vehicle pass and paid Php100.
5. If you plan to rent a van, you still need to get a local tour guide because they will not allow you to go to Ditumabo Falls.
6. Since our lodge allows cooking, we managed to cook our breakfast to save some.