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Haler, Baler 2013!

February 26, 2014

Last year, I had a goal to visit three new places in Luzon and one of the places I’ve had the opportunity to visit last November was the beautiful town of Baler, Aurora. My friends and I were charmed with the simplicity of life there as well as the undeniable fact that it houses great waves for Surfing (especially around September-February). Yes, my first ever surfing experience was in Baler.

Baler is located northeast of Manila and can be accessible via buses. Since not one of us owns a vehicle, we departed Manila via Joy Bus (it’s a coach bus of Genesis Bus Lines) for a more comfortable way of traveling. Visiting Baler doesn’t only let you frolic under the sun and enjoy the waves but it also boasts quite a pack of history from Spanish Colonization to American.

When we decided to go to Baler, we really don’t have any plan in mind except to wander and try surfing. We’ve no accommodation, no itinerary and no idea at all on where to go except for Sabang Beach. When we arrived, there were many tricycle drivers around the bus terminal. From there, we headed to Sabang Beach and just scouted around the area for a place to stay in. The are quite a number of accommodations that are in reasonable prices and yes, budget-friendly!

For us, we stayed in a transient house where the owner was kind enough to let us rent the whole two-story house for around 3000 a night. The house is actually good for 10 people but it’s big enough to accommodate around 15. The owner of the transient house was so accommodating, she made us use her utensils, dealt with our surfing package as well as the tour around Baler. The surfing package costs around 350/hour with board usage and instructor while the tour around Baler was around 800-1000 per group of 3-4 persons.

For me, this visit was more like ticking two items off of my bucket list with one trip! =)

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A view of Baler from atop the Ermita hill

How the waves are early in the morning. This is outside the transient house we've stayed in.

How the waves were early in the morning. This was outside the transient house we’ve stayed in.

Surfing 101. Included in the 350/hour package.

Surfing 101. Included in the 350/hour package.

Our long boards. The sand may not be as great as La Union's but the waves are at par.

Our long boards. The sand may not be as great as La Union’s but the waves are at par.

Here's me finally been able to ride the waves after numerous tries. :)

Here’s me finally been able to ride the waves after numerous tries. 🙂

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Us inside the giant Balete Tree, which is a must-see when you're in Baler

Us inside the giant Balete Tree, which is a must-see when you’re in Baler

Us outside the giant Balete Tree

Us outside the largest Balete Tree in Asia which is at 600 years old

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Learning more about Baler

Another side of Baler where according to the guide, the waves can reach up to 9 feet tall

Another side of Baler where according to the guide, the waves can reach up to 9 feet tall

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The mini falls

The mini falls

If you're in for a trek, visit the Ditumabo (Mother) Falls

If you’re in for a trek, visit the Ditumabo (Mother) Falls

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The view while you’re trekking to the Ditumabo Falls

The gang with the Ditumabo (Mother Falls) at the back

The gang with the Ditumabo (Mother Falls) at the back

Though I hate long walks/trek, this one was worth it!

Though I hate long walks/trek, this one was worth it!

I don't just like Baler, I love it! If given a chance, I'd visit the place again with no second thoughts!

I don’t just like Baler, I love it! If given a chance, I’d visit the place again with no second thoughts!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Janua Lavarias permalink
    April 17, 2014 2:06 pm

    What is the name of the transient house you stayed in?

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