Looking for some quick weekend getaway with your friends, families or loved ones? Here’s the perfect place for you. I bet you all knew this. Baler is one of the top places you have to visit here in the Philippines.
Baler is located 231 kilometers (144 mi) north-east of Manila via a mountain pass accessible by bus and private vehicle. It is host to spectacular geographic formations and is situated on a vast plain at the south end of Baler Bay, a contiguous segment of the Philippine Sea.
How to to get there?
- If you’re taking a public transportation, travel time is roughly 5-6 hours.
- From Cubao or Pasay, take any Baler bound bus via Genesis Tranport. Fare is P450.00 one way
- You can also ride Genesis Joy Bus which is more expensive than their normal bus fare. For a fare of P700+, you get to travel in style and with NO STOPOVERS. The Joy Bus has an onboard comfort room, free snacks served by a bus stewardess, free wifi, blanket & pillow and a good morning kit. Schedule is 12MN and 4:30AM. Travel Time: 5-6 hours Non-Stop, To book, you can call Genesis at (02) 709-0545 / (02) 709-0544 / (02) 441-6834. The terminal to Baler is along the Northbound lane of Edsa near Cubao.
Note: rates are subject to change
If you’re D-I-Y traveler, tricycle drivers around the terminal offers a tour to the main transactions of Baler. Trike tours cost P800.00 (whole day) good for 3 people.
PLACES TO VISIT
GIANT BALETE TREE (Entrance Fee: P10.00 – adult / P5.00 – kids)
You can ask for a tour guide if you want to climb the tree or you want someone to take your friendship/relationship goals photos. Just give him a tip.
DITUMABO FALLS / MOTHER FALLS
If you’re fan of trekking, then this is for you. Before you reach Mother Falls, you have to trek for 30 minutes depending on your pace. It’s a 4 kilometer long hike and I can still remember how hard it is for me to reach the falls because I was really tired, hungry and sleepy at the same time due to lack of sleep during the entire travel.
HANGING BRIDGE (Entrance Fee: NONE)
DOñA AURORA QUEZON HOUSE
This is one of those historical places in Baler. This is a house rebuilt in honor of the wife of the late Commonwealth president.
Ermita Hill plays an important part in the history of Baler. It is where the only survivors of the catastrophe “Tromba Marina” (tsunami) fled for safety on the night of December 27, 1735 where the entire old town of Baler was engulfed with sea water.
DIGUISIT ROCK FORMATION
MUSEO DE BALER (Entrance Fee: 30/pax)
It’s a small museum where you could find artifacts and paintings about Aurora province.
Now this is what I’ve been wanting to do during my visit in Baler. We all knew that you’ve never truly experience this place if you haven’t tried surfing. We went there last June 2016 as our post birthday celebration. Fortunately, we still catch some baby waves.
You can rent surfing boards and hire a surfing instructors to give you your beginner lessons for 30 minutes. Tutorial is P350.00 per person. As far as I remember, we choose Michael’s Surf Shop.
To summarize my experience, I’ve enjoyed it and it’s one of the most memorable summer vacation I’ve had. There are other tourist attractions you can visit in Baler. For me, P2500.00 is enough budget when you choose a D-I-Y trip. This includes accommodation, entrance fees, surfing lessons, food and even a souvenir.
If you have other questions, feel free to comment below.