Top 12 Tourist Spots and Best Things to do in Baler, Aurora, Philippines
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Just 5 hours away from Manila lies Baler, dubbed as one of the best surfing destinations in the Philippines. More than being a surfing capital of the North, the beautiful town of Aurora provides a lot of activities and historical sites where both local and foreign tourists can really appreciate and enjoy.
Here are some of the things to see and do if you plan on having a Baler escapade anytime soon.
Visit the Famous Balete Tree
Also called as the Millenium Tree, this 200-ft tall tree situated at Barangay Quirino has surely stood the test of time, and has been one of the favorite tourist spots in Baler. Locals said that it has been in its place for almost 600 plus years now and. You can take pictures and shop around the vicinity. As a matter of fact, you can ask some of the locals to take pictures of you, because they know how where the best angle from the tree is.
Surf at Sabang Beach
What better way to fully appreciate Baler than to try surf, right? The Surfing session at Sabang Beach usually cost around 300-400 pesos including the board rental. This beach is usually the most crowded place in Baler, and is known for its long stretch of gray sandy shoreline. Before surfing, you’ll need to do the basic steps and stretching for 5 to 10 minutes and you’re good to go. Surf instructors will guide you for one hour, so there’s no need to worry if you’re a beginner. However, if you prefer stronger waves, you can head over at Lindy’s Point.
Chill at Baler Surfer Grill
Among the many dining options in Baler, the Baler Surfer Grill is considered to be one of the favorites among locals and tourists. Along the long stretch in the shoreline, this one is very much noticeable with a Volkswagen Beetle car parked in front. To add a more authentic beach vibe, this place put up a music, surf boards, and enough wooden chair for guests. Some of the must-tries are the grilled fish, the Bulalo and Chicken Barbecue. Give it a try!
Visit the Ditumabo Falls
First thing newcomers do in Baler is visit the Ditumabo Falls which is a 20-minute trek from the starting point. Located at San Luis, the Ditumabo is also called as the Mother Falls and the most rewarding trek one will experience. Make sure you have all the energy to trek, as you’ll pass through stony paths, wooden bridges and even cross rivers with fast currents (make sure you bring sandals to prevent slippers from being washed away). Once you get there, you’ll be welcomed with the cold and refreshing waters and relaxing sound of the cascading waterfall. A breathtaking destination in Baler.
Get Your Breakfast Fix at El Teodoro Canteen
El Teodoro Canteen is one of the best silogs in town. Usually, tourist tend to visit the place before starting their adventure in Baler. It is also known for serving home-cooked meals for lunch such as pork sinigang, tuna, dinuguan, and pinakbet.
Try Gerry Shan’s Place!
Hungry surfers usually head over at Gerry Shan’s for their Chinese and Filipino-themed buffet. Starting at 11 in the morning, people already flock at the restaurant located at Quezon Street, Barangay 2, to have a taste of their signature dishes. It comes with a free-flowing iced tea as well. Definitely a must-visit!
Take a Detour at Dicasalarin Cove
If you want to see a breathtaking view and one of a kind destination in Baler, then head over at Dicasalarin Cover, owned by the Angara family. Atop the lighthouse, you’ll get a sweeping view of the clear blue waters, amazing rock formations, and hilltops. Other must-try activity here includes snorkeling where you’ll see the rich marine life of Baler. You can also do picnic, but make sure to leave no trash behind.
Cross the Zabali Hanging Bridge
Crossing this bridge is not for the faint of heart. However, the views atop is amazing and definitely wonderful. The views of the river and the mountain is one-of-a-kind, and will definitely bring anyone some peace of mind. Keep in mind that the wind may sway the bridge so only bring friends who are not afraid of heights. It’s located at the endpoint of Zabali road.
Trip down Memory Lane at Museo de Baler
Know the rich history and culture of Baler and visit Museo de Baler near the Quezon Memorial Park. The two-storey museum houses several photos, artifacts, paintings, sculptures and other artworks from the Spanish, Japanese, and American occupation periods. It is open daily from 8am to 5pm.
Visit Doña Aurora Quezon House
Just a few walks from the Baler Church lies the Doña Aurora Quezon House, the wife of the late President Manuel Quezon, where you’ll also see the presidential car inside the compound. The house is made of wood and nipa, which is more or like an upgrade of the famous bahay-kubo.
Inside the well-preserved house are memorabilia, colorful paintings displayed on the walls, furniture made with bamboo, old-style flat iron, and some old coffee table. Entrance fee is 15 pesos.
Experience Sunset at Diguisit Beach
Witness another God-given wonder when you visit the Diguisit Beach aka the Rocky Paradise. Professional surfers usually prefer this place because waves are stronger and more challenging to surf at. Also, rock formations called Lukso-Lukso islets are picture-perfect scenery which also deserves a visit. Try staying until sundown!
See Baler in a Different Perspective at Ermita Hill
Another great spot to take a great picture of the Sabang Beach is heading at the Ermita Hill. Aside from providing far-reaching views of the town, it is also said that this place served as a sanctuary when it was stricken by a Tsunami in 1703. You can visit the Tromba Marina where a sculpture on life-size human climbing the hill was displayed to serve as a reminder of that incident.
Now that we’ve provided with you with our top 12 best things to do in Baler, an exciting weekend getaway is now within your reach!
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