Thursday, July 24, 2014

TRAVEL GUIDE : Baler, Aurora

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Important things you need to know about Baler, Aurora : Where to Stay, Where to Eat, Things to Do and How to Get There.

The town of Baler in Aurora is an emerging tourist destination in the Philippines. It is is famous of its giant waves ideal for surfing. It is about 5-8 hours away from Manila and is accessible by public transport or private vehicle.


Where to Stay in Baler

Since there are already a lot of people visiting Baler, a number of accommodations have also opened recently. From high end hotel to backpacker hostels and homestays, Baler can offer you a comfortable place to stay depending on your preference and budget. 

Secret Spot Baler
Aliya Surf and Dive Resort
Contact Person: Roy Angara
Number: 0939-939-0844
Email: iracon@yahoo.com

Amihan Aplaya Lodge
103 Brgy. Sabang, Balar, Aurora
Contact Person: Lina Ferreras
Contact #: 0918-693-5904

AMCO Beach Resort
Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora
Contact Person: Caroline Amurao
Contact #: 0939-901-6724

Bahia de Baler II
Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora
Contact Person: Juliette Sayoc / Lanie
Contact #: 0908-982-7064
Email: juliette@bahiadebaler.com

Bahia de Baler Garden Resort 
Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora
Contact Person: Juliette Sayoc
Contact #: 0908-732-0672
Email: reservation@bahiadebaler.com

Bay's Inn
Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora
Contact #: 0908-982-3509
Email: baysinnbaler@gmail.com

Carlito's Inn
P.T. Ong St., Brgy Suklayin, Baler
Contact Person: Myla / Gisselle
Contact #: 0908-872-0816

Isla Virginia 2
Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora
Contact Person: Joel Regidor
Contact #: 0908-814-2373

Kahea's Surf & Lodge
Buton St. Brgy. Sabang, Baler
Contact Person: Ma. Victoria Namoro
Contact #: 0948-390-8873

Surfer Girl's Lodge
Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora
Contact Person: Chona Cope
Contact #: 0999-944-6734

MM Lodge
Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora
Contact Person: Engr. Andres Mamol
Contact #: 0919--537-9405

Moreno Lodge & Restaurant
Brgy. Suklayin, Baler, Aurora
Contact Person: Myma Moreno
Contact #: 0939-924-5836
Email: moreno.lodge@yahoo.com

Costa Pacifica Raintree Hotel
80 Buton St., Brgy. Sabang, Baler
Contact#: 0917857-4424
Landline: 853-3115
Email: inquiry@costapacificabaler.com
Website: www.costapacificabaler.com

Villa Juana's Angel Farm & Resort
Pudok, Brgy. Buhangin, Baler
Contact Person: Angel Gonong
Contact #: 0919-855-5338

EL Teodoro Lodge
Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora
Contact Person: Juan Cruz
Contact #: 0928-796-7402
Secret Spot Baler
Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora
Contact Person: Tita Rose
Contact #: 0928-453-1777

Sea Breeze Lodge
Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora
Contact Person: Lily Sanshez 
Contact #: 0908-207-53-64

Yishing Lodge
Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora
Contact Person: Jessie Esteves 
Contact #: 0946-994-0928

Pacific Waves Inn
Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora
Contact Person: Marvin John Lee
Contact #: 0920-919-0153

Azbahaen Leisure & Farm Resort
Tabing Ilog, Brgy. Reserva, Baler
Contact Person: Shine Necesito
Contact #: 0912-208-3588

Machiavelli Lodge
Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora
Contact Person: Gigi Garcia
Contact #: 0947-891-9217

Pasilyo Surf & Lodge
Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora
Contact Person: Rose Tandas
Contact #: 0908-251-5119

Desiree Lodge & Transient House
Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora
Contact Person: Edith Buluag
Contact #: 0921-751-8490

Bay-ler View Hotel
Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora
Contact Person: Shiela Tablang
Contact #: 0919-286-3105
Email: baylerviewhotel@yahoo.com

Emerill Inn
Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora
Contact Person: Alma Liceralde
Contact #: 0920-946-7636

Pedervera Beach Resort
Brgy. Buhangin, Baler, Aurora
Contact Person: Jon Dingle
Contact #: 0915-762-7929
Email: jonpedersen@rocketmail.com

Yellowfin Bar & Grill
Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora
Contact Person: Shelly
Contact #: 0999-843-6176

Twin's Inn
Bitong Ext., Brgy 1, Baler
Contact Person: Lilian Dizmo
Contact #: 0999-392-0529

Casitas Bed & Breakfast
Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora
Contact #: 0928-322-2218
Email: piasb_43@yahoo.com

La Flor Lodge
Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora
Contact Person: Flordeliza Amazona
Contact #: 0920-568-4191




Where to Eat in Baler

There are already quite a number of restaurants in Baler which serve both Filipino and international cuisines. Here's a list of places to eat while in Baler.

Nanay Pacing's Cafe
Have a bite of Baler's local delicacies at Nanay Pacing's Cafe. Nanay Pacing sells suman, espasol, rice cake in latik syrup, mango tarts peanut butter, coco jam and a lot more. 

Yellow Fin Bar & Grill
Yellow Fin Bar & Grill is located in Brgy. Sabang in between Costa Pacifica and Aliya Camp Surf which offers delectable grilled dishes. You can enjoy their grilled chicken, yellow fin, pusit, blue marlin and liempo while drinking you favorite beer by the beach.

Gerry Shan's Place
If you fancy buffet-style restaurants, Gerry Shan's Place is the right choice. For only P185 you can enjoy a variety of dishes to eat. They are located at Quezon St., Brgy. 2, Baler, Aurora.

Fermina's Snackhouse
Fermina's Snackhouse offer the best lomi and other noodle dishes in Baler. It is located at Zamora St. cor. Carrasco St., Brgy. 3 Baler, Aurora.

Ram's Tapsilog
If you want "silog" all day long, head straight to Ram's Tapsilog. They offer "silog" meals at very affordable prices starting at P45. They are located at Angara St., Corner Mabini St., Baler Aurora

Things to Do in Baler

Baler is more than just a surfing spot. There are a lot of interesting things to do in Baler aside from surfing. Visitors can enjoy both historical and natural attractions within the town of Baler, most of which are just walking distance to each other. Here's a list of the top 10 things to do in Baler:


1. Surf at Baler Bay
Baler is one of the most famous surfing spot in Luzon. Both local and foreign tourist come to Baler to enjoy its big waves.


2. Visit Dona Aurora House
The historical Dona Aurora house was re-built in honor of the wife of the late Commonwealth President Manuel L. Quezon. It is located at Rizal St., corner San Luis St., Baler, Aurora.




3. Visit Museo de Baler
The museum houses some photo exhibits of the late Pressident Quezon and his family and other leaders of the province of Aurora. It is located in Quezon Park.



4. Trek to Ermita Hills
Ermita Hill is a plateau which covers an ares of two hectares overlooking the Bay of Baler and the Pacific Ocean. It is situated at Brgy Zabali, Baler, Aurora.



5. Visit Baler Church
Baler Church was proclaimed as one of the historical landmarks of the Philippines by the National Historical Institute on February 29, 2000.



6. Experience sunrise at Baler Bay
Sunrise in Baler is spectacular. You'll enjoy viewing the sun while it rises in the horizon of the Pacific Ocean.

7. Visit Cemento Beach
Cemento Beach is suitable for tourists who loves snorkeling. It is also a good spot for professional surfers. It is also a popular haven for marine species like lobsters.

8. Explore Digisit Falls
A small but enchanting waterfalls located in Barangay Zabali, Baler, Aurora.

9. Visit Dicasalarin Bay
Dicasalarin Bay is a good place to relax. It has beaches, hills, coves, caves and reefs which will surely impress you. 

10. Explore Anyao Islets
These are two small but imposing islands which lie south of the islet of Dimadimalangat in Baler.

Things to do in Other Towns of Aurora

There are also other attractions in the province of Aurora that are waiting to be explored. Here's a list of tourist spots in the other towns of Aurora.

1. Visit the Balete Park and Millennium Tree
The park is located in the town of Maria Aurora about few minutes away from Baler. It is home to the 600 years old Balete tree.

2. Explore Bulawan and Ditumabo Falls
Ditumabo Falls is located in the town of San Luis, Aurora. It is situated within the 4,587.5 hectares of Ditumabo-Diteki Watershed Reservation are and is approximately 140 ft. high. Bulawan Falls on the other hand is located in the town of Dinalungan, Aurora. It is acclaimed as the cleanest inland body of water in teh region. 

3. Swim at Casapsapan Beach
Located in the town of Casiguran, Casapsapan Beach is another tourist spot in the province of Aurora.

How to Get to Baler

Baler is about 5-8 hours from Manila depending on the mode of transportation you take. Here's brief guide on the travel time from different points in Luzon.

From Cubao, Quezon City
JoyBus (Executive Class) - 5 hours
Genesis Transport - 8 hours

From Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija
Genesis Transport - 4 hours
D Liner Bus Company - 4 hours
Aurora Bus Line - 4 hours
Ma. Aurora Express - 4 hours
Private Van - 4 hours

From Baguio City
Lizardo Trans - 8 hours
D Liner Bus Company - 8 hours

For more information, you may contact the Office of the Municipal Tourism
Address: Second Floor, Executive Building, Municipal Hall, Baler, Aurora
Mobile #: 0998-989-8390
Email: delrosario_riza@yahoo.com

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