TOURISTS SPOTS IN BALER + AURORA for First-Timers

baler tourist spots

Located Northeast of Manila, through a long and majestic mountain pass accessible by bus or a private vehicle is the province of Aurora. The Municipality of Baler, the capital province of Aurora, is the most popular tourist destination here, home to spectacular rock formations, rich cultural heritage, sumptuous food and of course, one of the best surf spots the country has to offer. Here’s a list of the top Baler tourist spots for first-timers.

 

HOW TO GET TO BALER, AURORA

baler, aurora 

Traveling to Baler is quite easy. One can ride the Genesis air-conditioned bus located at Cubao Bus Terminal. Daily trips are available (5 to 6 trips per day), having an hour interval in-between trips. Travel time is  approximately 5 to 6 hours from Manila priced at PHP 500 to PHP 600 per person.

You can also travel via Joy Bus’ executive coach (also owned by Genesis). Passengers are pampered 1st class with soft blankets and pillows, with snacks served by their own bus stewardess. Fare is at PHP 700 to PHP 800 per person.

Or you can go road tripping via NLEX and SCTEX making an exit at La Paz, Cabanatuan straight to Baler, Aurora.

 

HOW TO TOUR BALER 

 

If you don’t have a private car or vehicle, you can get around in Baler using the following:

 

By tricycle : Standard rate for destinations within the town center is about PHP 10.  But if you want to tour Baler and Aurora, you can rent a tricycle for PHP 800, good for 3 pax. Half day tour is PHP 400.

By van: You may rent a van for PHP 2,500 per day, good for 10 pax

By motorcycle: PHP 800 per day

By bicycle: Mountain bike rental is PHP 300 per day or PHP 35 per hour

 

The standard Baler tour covers the following attractions:

  1. 600 year old Balete Tree
  2. Ditumabo Falls
  3. Diguisit Rock Formations
  4. Diguisit Falls
  5. PAG-ASA View point (motorcycle and van tours)

 

BALER TOURIST SPOTS

 

1. Museo de Baler

baler tourist spots - Baler Museum

 

Baler Museum (Museo de Baler) houses local and Spanish artifacts that commemorates ties between the Philippines and Spain, relieving the Siege of Baler. It was named after Former President Manuel Luis Quezon, a native son of Baler who served as the father of the Commonwealth from 1935 to 1944.

 

Location: Quezon Street, Poblacion, Baler, Aurora

Entrance Fee: PHP 35 (good for Baler Museum + Aurora Quezon House)

How to go to Baler Museum: Take a tricycle in downtown Baler, fare is roughly PHP 10 per person

Nearby Baler Tourist Attractions: Aurora Quezon House, Baler Church, Baler Town Plaza

 

2. Aurora Quezon House

 BALER TOURIST SPOT- Aurora Quezon House

Baler is the capital of Aurora, a province named after the wife of the former Philippine President Manuel Quezon – Aurora Aragon-Quezon. Today, one can visit her ancestral house in Poblacion, Baler, which is open to the public with a minimal admission fee. It is walking distance to Baler Museum and is right in front of Baler Church.

 

Location: Poblacion Baler

Entrance Fee: PHP 35 (good for Aurora Quezon House + Baler Museum)

How to go to Quezon House: Ride a tricycle in Baler and ask the driver to take you to Aurora Quezon House, it is also walking distance to Baler Museum.  Fare is around PHP 10 per person.

Nearby Baler Tourist Spots: Baler Church, Baler Museum, Baler Town Plaza

 

3. Baler Church

 BALER TOURIST SPOT- Baler Church

 

This unassuming church in Baler, known as San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Parish, is a surviving proof of the courage and resiliency of  the Baler residents.  This historic church, dubbed as the “Last Spanish Garrison”, was the location of the Siege of Baler wherein 54 Spanish soldiers refused to concede to the Americans even if the battle is already over. The Spaniards retreated in Baler Church for almost a year before they surrendered in 1899 because of illness and famine. This church was actually moved to its current location sometime in 1939 retaining some of its original parts. Don’t miss the 17th century Campana de Baler housed in the church’s bell tower.

 

Location: Rizal Street, Poblacion Baler

Entrance Fee: FREE

How to get to Baler Church: Take a tricycle in Baler and ask the driver to take you to Baler Church.  Fare is around PHP 10 per person.

Nearby Tourist Attractions in Baler: Aurora Quezon House, Baler Museum, Baler Town Plaza

 

4. Sabang Beach

 baler tourist spots - sabang beach

 

Your Baler escape will not be complete without grabbing a surfboard and riding the famous waves of Sabang Beach. For PHP 350 an hour, an instructor will teach you the ropes of surfing. Don’t be afraid to be wiped-out a couple of times. As the cliche’ goes, “No pain, no gain.” So, what are you waiting for? Surf’s up!

 

Location: Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora

Entrance Fee: FREE

How to get to Sabang Beach: Take a tricycle in Baler downtown and ask the driver to take you to Sabang Beach.  Fare is around PHP 10 per person.

Nearby Tourist Spots in Baler: Baler Church, Baler Museum, Quezon House, Baler Town Plaza

 

5. Dicasalarin Cove

 

baler tourist spots - Dicasalarin Cove

 

A secluded and privately owned paradise that offers a breathtaking view of the ocean that what makes Baler famous for. But before that, you must conquer your fear of heights and go up a 170-step uphill climb. Once there, enjoy the calmness of the moment and become one with the whisper of the sea breeze and the sound of the waves.

Location: Brgy. Zabali, Baler

Entrance Fee: PHP 300, PHP 100 for Costa Pacifica Guests + PHP 50 parking fee

How to go to Dicasalarin Cove: Take a tricycle to Dicasalarin Cove. This isn’t part of the standard Baler tricycle tour but it can be done together with Ampere Beach. But take note that since this is a private cove, you need to register first at Costa Pacifica. Roundtrip fare is PHP 300, good for 2 persons. If you are a guest of Costa Pacifica, only PHP 100. Then transfer and ride another motorcycle once you are inside the premise. Your tricycle will wait for you at the gate. You may also go there by renting. Privat van for PHP 3,000, this is good if you are a large group. Inquire at the resort for assistance.

Nearby Baler Tourist Destination: Baler Hanging Bridge, Ermita Hill

 

6. Baler Hanging Bridge

BALER TOURIST SPOT -Hanging Bridge

 

This popular bridge that connects Brgy.Tibang to Brgy.Sabang in Zabali Road has beckoned tourists visiting Baler because of its scenic view. Thus, it is now part of the standard Baler tricycle tour.

Location: Zabali Road, Baler

How to get to Baler Hanging Bridge: Take a tricycle to the Hanging Bridge.

Nearby Baler Tourist Spots: Dicasalarin Cove, Ermita Hill

 

7. Ermita Hill

 

Upon arriving in Ermita Hill, you will most likely notice a statue of people holding hands. This was built to commemorates the deadly tsunami that hit Baler, wiping out the town. The only survivors were the residents who climbed Ermita Hill. Now, this historic area is a popular viewing deck, offering a panoramic view of Aurora towns such as Casiguran Bay, Sabang Beach, Pacific Ocean, Dimadimalangat Islets, and even the Pacific Ocean.

Location: Sitio Cemento, Brgy. Zabali, Baler

Entrance Fee: PHP 15 per person

Parking Fee: PHP 10 per vehicle

How to get there: You can ride a tricycle to Ermita Hill. This is part of the Baler tricycle tour.

Nearby Tourist Spots in Baler: Hanging Bridge, Dicasalarin Cove

 

8. Diguisit Falls

BALER TOURIST SPOT - DIGUISIT FALLS

This is part of the Baler standard tricycle tour. This small falls is nearby the popular Diguisit Rock Formation.

Location: Sitio Diguisit. Zabali, Baler

Entrance Fee: FREE

Cottage Rental: PHP 200 per cottage

How to get there: Ride a tricycle to Diguisit Falls.  This is part of the Baler tricycle tour.

Nearby Aurora tourist attraction: Diguisit Beach

 

9. Diguisit Beach

BALER TOURIST SPOT - DIGUISIT ROCK FORMATIONS

 

About a 30-minute ride from the town proper brings you to the picturesque rock formations of Diguisit Beach. It’s the perfect spot for photo enthusiasts especially during sunset. So, get your cameras ready and smile away!

Location: Sitio Diguisit, Brgy. Zabali, Baler

Entrance Fee: PHP 20 per head

How to get there: Ride a tricycle to Ditumabo Falls.  This is part of the Baler tricycle tour.

Nearby Aurora tourist spot: Diguisit Falls

 

10. Baler Town Plaza

BALER TOWN PLAZA

Tourists flock to Baler Town Plaza to have a souvenir photo with the massive “Baler” sign.

Location: Quezon Street Poblacion, Baler

How to get to Baler Hanging Bridge: Take a tricycle to the Hanging Bridge.

Nearby Baler Tourist Spots: Baler Museum, Baler Church, Aurora Quezon Ancestral House

 

11. Baler Food Trip

All of these activities will definitely make anyone hungry. Explore their local food served by various beachfront restaurants and hole-in-the-wall eateries from meat to fresh seafood, to fruits and vegetables. A must-try is their Paco, a fern-like leaf that goes perfect with grilled meat and salted egg.

 

12. Baler Festival

BALER FESTIVAL

 

If you’re lucky enough, you can catch one of Baler’s festival.  The town usually celebrates music festival during summer – April to May. You may also catch the foundation day of Aurora every February 19, which happens to be the birthday of Aurora Quezon.

 

 

BALER SIDETRIPS

 

While you are in Baler, make time to visit some of the key tourist spots in Aurora. Here are some of the popular attractions in this massive province.

 

The  600 Year-Old Balete Tree

BALER BALETE TREE

A Balete tree know to have been around for 600 years is a definite crowd drawer. Trees as such are known by many as superstitious in origin so one needs to gather enough courage to climb or walk through its humungous roots.

Location: Brgy. Quirino, Mari Aurora

Entrance Fee: PHP 15 per person, if you want to go inside the tree, additional PHP 10

Parking Fee: PHP 10 per person

How to get there: Take a tricycle to Balete Park. This is part of Baler tricycle tour.

 

Ditumabo Falls

BALER TOURIST SPOT - DITUMABO FALLS

 

Traverse the rocky path and cross small wooden makeshift bridges until you reach the breathtaking Mother Falls or Ditumabo Falls. Take a dip in its cold icy waters, a refreshing reward for that 30-minute uphill trek.

If you have a private vehicle, you can go until the end of the trail.  Otherwise, you can hike or rent a tricycle for PHP 200 (roundtrip).

Location: Brgy. Ditumabo, San Luis, Aurora

Entrance Fee: PHP 30 per person

Parking Fee: PHP 30 per vehicle

Tour Guide Fee: PHP 200

How to get there: Ride a tricycle to Ditumabo Falls.  This is part of the Baler tricycle tour.

 

Ampere Beach

baler tourist spots - AMPERE BEACH

Popular beach to photographers because of its rock-hemmed coast. The beach itself is ordinary, not swimmable.

Location: Dipaculao, Aurora

Entrance Fee: FREE

How to get there: Ride a tricycle to Ditumabo Falls. This is not part of the standard Baler tricycle tour but you can also do this as a tricycle day tour together with Dicasalarin Cove.

 

Where to Stay in Baler

BALER RESORT

 

There’s plenty of accommodations in Baler for all types of budget.  Best to book ahead in advance as resorts in Baler can get fully-booked during weekends and holidays. Here are some of the top Baler resorts.

Brown Epitome Lodge

Location: Sitio Dike, Baler, Aurora

Type: Budget hotel

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

Go Surfari House

Location: Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora

Type: Budget hotel

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

Playa Azur Baler

Location: Brgy.Sabang, Buhangin, Baler

Type: Mid-range resort

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

Endless Summer Hotel

Location: Sabang Beach, Baler

Type: Mid-range resort

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

Costa Pacifica

Location: Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora

Type: Luxury Baler resort with pool

RESERVE ROOM HERE

 

 READ MORE: BALER BUDGET TRAVEL GUIDE

 

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About the Blogger: Lester John Gojar is a bank manager, traveler and a contributor at www.happyphilippines.org.

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