Going to Baler, Aurora on a quick trip? Check this Baler weekend itinerary to help you out for your two day adventure.
I haven’t been to Baler, Aurora until last September when a former colleague and I decided to spend a weekend there. We only had two days, so we had to plan on what to do, and what to forego, because of the time constraints.
It was both our first time to visit Baler. Vanessa and I vowed to make the most out of our time there, enjoy, and celebrate her birthday.
Here are some of the places we went to and the things we did during the course of our two-day trip:
Surfing in Baler
Of course, you have not experienced Baler if you did not get the chance to surf. According to our instruction, surfing in Baler peaks during October to February. We went there on September but the waves, according to our instructors, are just perfect for beginners.
We are fortunate to meet surfers and instructors during our stay at The Circle Hostel who taught us surfing for an hour.
If you’d like to book surfing lessons, you may contact El Dawn Surfing School at 09488641116.
Sabang Beach Strolling
Aside from surfing, you can just stroll by the beach of Sabang in the afternoon or early morning. You can also rent a bike for an hour.
What to See in Baler
Going around town is easier if you rent a tricycle. For a half day tour, we paid PhP 500. This covers the following:
Ermita Hills is the first stop. Our tricycle driver who also served as our tour guide said that a tsunami called “Tromba Marina” hit the old settlement of Baler, in Brgy. Sabang.
Only a few families–including Angaras, Bijasas, Bitongs, Lumasacs, Carrascos, and Pobletes, where the ones who survived as they evacuated in Ermita Hill. As a reminder of how this has helped the survivors of Baler, there were statues of people–men and women carrying kids–trying to climb the steep hill for survival.
On top of Ermita Hill you can see the views of Baler Bay. There are parking spaces and souvenir shops in the area too.
Zabali Hanging Bridge
The hanging bridge is for the purpose of locals crossing the river which separates Brgy. sabang and Brgy. Tibang.
Crossing the bridge gives you a sense of excitement and fear, especially for those who are a little afraid of heights. But really, you do not need to fear anything as it is concrete and it is a little steady, unlike other hanging bridges which are rocking. While crossing the bridge, shades of green will welcome you–from the long and vast river and the trees surrounding the areas. On the other side of the bridge is a small community with friendly locals. There are a few stores selling souvenir items too.
Diguisit Beach and Rock Formations
If you are a non-surfer, you can spend a day at Diguisit Beach and frolic into its dark blue waters. What’s amazing about this beach are its stunning rock formations.
For me, Diguisit Falls is one of the falls that are very easy to reach. It is located just near the road. You can climb up to the falls for up to five to ten minutes and deep into its cool waters. It has a small swimming pool.
Old Balete Tree
Thie 600-year old bewitching tree is not located in Baler but in Maria Aurora. However, you can still inject this into your half day tour. The ride from Baler to to the Old Balete Tree takes a tad long so this will probably your last stop for the half day tour.
Even when the massive tree looks so scary to explore, you will still get encouraged to check it out for yourself as kids and toddlers (with their parents) even go in its insides.
There is a small opening just enough for a single person to enter but once inside, several people can actually fit in. Its big branches and stems are a sight to see and you will see the rays of light illuminating inside the tree, which gives the enchanting vibe.
Be careful though as you walk because of some branches you might tripped on and there are also big ants.
It is prohibited to climb the tree beyond three meters but there are still some who go beyond the limits. There is an entrance fee of Php 10.00.
Museo de Baler
After the half day tour and lunch, we rested for a while and then went to the town’s proper to check out Museo de Baler and Dona Aurora House.
Museo de Baler houses the documents that proves the rich history of the place, as well as some mementos from the Baler movie (starring Jericho Rosales and Ann Curtis) which also showcases significant events in the place.
Dona Aurora House
When you visit Museo de Baler, the ticket also gives you an entrance at Dona Aurora House just a few streets away from it. The house, which was reconstructed for tourism purposes, gives a peek on Dona Aurora’s household–including their kitchen and study area.
How to Get There
- Ride a Joy Bus bound to Baler, Aurora. Fare is PhP 650 for semi-deluxe. It has free snacks (biscuits and a bottle of water)
- From the terminal, ask the tricycle driver to drop you at your hostel. Fare is PhP 30.
Where to Stay
For our weekend Baler adventure, we stayed at The Circle Hostel. The place is perfect for solo travelers and barkada who would love to have a laidback vibe accommodation.
Where to Eat
The Circle Hostel has The Eats where it serves dishes like Chicken Teriyaki. We also had coffee and snacks at Charlie Does Cafe and had dinner at The Good Food Project which serves some great liempo meals.
Where to Drink
Baler has an array of booze sites to choose from. For our stay, we decided to try out Cauti Bar and Grill. And then after a couple of beers, we headed to Yellow Fin Bar and Grill just along the same Buton street.
There are tricycles there waiting outside the bar so if you want to go somewhere even when it’s late at night, you need not to worry. Be careful though, of course, as I am not sure if the tricycle drivers are available until the wee hours.
Sample Baler Weekend Itinerary
12 mn-5am Travel to Baler from Cubao
6:00am-6:30am Early check-in at Circle Hostel
Diguisit Falls, Diguisit Beach, Hanging Bridge)
9am-11am Travel and tour for Old Balete Tree
1pm-3pm Back to Hostel, rest
3pm-5pm Musuem tour
5pm-6pm Snack at Charlie Does
6pm-7pm Stroll by the beach
8pm-onwards Bar hop
11am-12pm Lunch (and buy pasalubong too)
12pm-onwards Back to Manila