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The Quest for the Idyllic Beach Front Resort in Baler

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Nalu Surf Camp
Nalu Surf Camp

Idyllic Beach Front Resort in Baler

We arrived at Baler with no resort reservations. We had looked online for beach front accommodations, but all the ones that we preferred were full. Instead we had full reign of our instinct, which is always better.

A thriving community on the road behind the beach
A thriving community on the road behind the beach

The driver of the van that we had taken suggested us his employer’s house, which he said had a room for rent and that it was a few minutes walking distance from the beach.

We checked the house, which turned out that the owner was willing to rent out her daughter’s bedroom for transients. Though they were nice, the place was not what we were looking for.


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So we rode a tricycle and asked to be taken to a low-cost beach resort. We went to the southern part of Sabang Beach, the city’s famous surf spot.

Baler kids playing on the sand at sundown
Baler kids playing on the sand at sundown

We saw La Parola Seaside Cottages, which was a quaint native style family-run resort. The rooms were just enough for the twin bed that it had, while the bathroom was common for resort guests. There was an available room for 1,800 php per night, but it was too small for us.

Dusk glowing amid the tree-lined baywalk along Sabang Beach
Dusk glowing amid the tree-lined baywalk along Sabang Beach

So we searched some more within a range of a few meters and found a nice transient place. It is a two-storey concrete building along the road behind the beach. The rooms were simple but clean with queen and twin beds, clean towels, pillows, a TV (with just one channel), and a private bathroom. We were able to get the room for 1,800 per room. I did not get the name of the place, but it was easy to find, with a sari-sari store in front and it is near La Parola Seaside Cottages.

First-time surfers proudly pose with their boards and instructors
First-time surfers proudly pose with their boards and instructors

Hungry for food and for the revitalizing ocean breeze, we unloaded our stuff, changed our clothes and set off to the beach.

From the southern point that we were in, we happily welcomed the strong breeze gushing through the Pacific Ocean that was in front of us.

Nalu Surf Camp
Nalu Surf Camp

With the pleasant taste of saltwater on our mouths, we walked barefoot on the dark grey sand, breathing in the vibrant vibe of Sabang bay and leaving footprints, as we passed kids playing on the sand, surfers riding smoothly on the waves, and first-time surfers having their pictures taken with their boards.

Non-stop waves begets non-stop surfing action in Baler
Non-stop waves begets non-stop surfing action in Baler

The long-awaited beach walk that reinvigorated and excited us was put to a halt at the sight of families eating cheerfully in the cabanas of a resort. We walked up the makeshift ladder on the concrete seawall to see what’s cooking inside the resort.

At S.M.A.R.T. Beach House, as the resort was called, we were met with a homely ambience where people could relax and enjoy the raw scenery under the care of wonderful people. Aside from the cabanas, there was a cozy dining area near a grassy lawn and the rooms at the end.

Our nice unnamed transient house along the road
Our nice unnamed transient house along the road

As my instincts drew me further in the place. I asked the sweet-smiling staff if there was an available room and she said yes. I was so glad that there was vacancy still, but since we had checked in for the night already, I set my heart out to transfer in this resort the next day.

Taking the concrete footpath, we continued our walk by the beach. I was caught by another lovely resort, called Nalu Surf Camp. It had many small villas with a veranda facing the ocean, some more rooms around and a wide garden that’s great for camping.

Picturesque driftwood swept into the coast
Picturesque driftwood swept into the coast

Right after Nalu Surf Camp was the beach’s main driveway from the inner town leading to the ocean and beyond were definitely more sights to see.

S.M.A.R.T. Beach House' inviting facade
S.M.A.R.T. Beach House’ inviting facade

From the main driveway, bound to the north of the coast, was a concrete baywalk wide enough to accommodate cars, bikers street vendors, and many more people. There, the grand Costa Pacifica Hotel highlighted its attractive modern setup with swimming pools and a vast Bermuda garden.

Strong waves creating a thrilling breakwater adventure for kids
Strong waves creating a thrilling breakwater adventure for kids

Further along the parked surfboards on the baywalk, we stumbled upon some resorts that we saw online like Bay’s Inn and Bayler View. Both resorts reflected full occupancy online, apparently there were still a few rooms available.

Surfboards everywhere along the coast
Surfboards everywhere along the coast

While our hunger grew, we finally decided to take a seat at Bay’s Inn restaurant to check out their gastronomical offering, and in my mind was the gnawing vision of staying in that charming resort with beach front cabanas, sweet-smiling staff and narrow footpath in front.

Also read: List of Hotels and Resorts in Baler Aurora

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