Baler, Aurora
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Bits & Pieces of Aurora Province

To avoid the Holy Week rush, my family and I embarked on a 6-hour journey to Baler, Aurora — a popular surfing destination in the Philippines. For more than a year now, a lot of people have been telling us how beautiful Baler is. And you know what? They’re absolutely right! Baler, Aurora is fucking beautiful.

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Baler, despite its growing popularity, is still untouched by commercialism. There are no McDonald’s or SM here. In fact, fast-food chains like Jollibee and Chowking were only in the form of food trucks. While I waited for my food order, the staff at Jollibee told me that they’re all from Nueva Ecija and was assigned to stay in Baler for a couple of months. Perhaps the company was testing the waters and see there’s a need to set up a permanent store?

Another thing I noticed about the province is the lack of signal. As a travel blogger, it’s my job to share my adventures on a real-time basis but connecting on LTE was a huge struggle. Most of the time, I won’t even have a signal reception! I don’t mind disconnecting from the online world though because it made me appreciate Aurora even more.

During our stay, we tried our best to visit as many places as possible. Some of the sights were fantastic, some were meh. So do ask the locals for suggestions! :) If I were to choose my top picks, I highly recommend the following:

  1. Sabang Beach
    Sabang Beach may not be as pristine as Maira-Ira Beach, but it does offer an exhilarating experience I’ve never tried before. Here, tourists can learn how to surf for PHP350 per hour. I had the impression that one hour is too short for a beginner’s lesson, but I was so wrong. Depending on your pace, you can master~ the basics of surfing within 5, 15, 30 or 45 minutes!
  2. Ditumabo Falls
    Also known as the Mother Falls. You need to trek at least 1.3KM to reach this magnificent waterfall. Getting to the falls is not a walk in the park, so I recommend you wear shoes that won’t easily slip when on water (you’ll be crossing streams every now and then). Is the trek worth it? ABSOLUTELY! After soaking my whole body in the natural pool, I never felt so refreshed in my entire life.
  3. Balete Park and Ampere Point
    They both get the third spot because I can’t tell which one is better. At Balete Park, there is this gigantic Balete tree that you can climb have your picture taken. You can also go inside the tree, which was cool and a little scary HAHA. While Ampere Point is like any other beach except it’s covered with huge smooth rocks. Layers and layers of rocks. There’s not much to do in both sites, but for me, they’re both a sight to behold.

Note: Dicasalarin Cove looks like a great place to lounge and relax. Unfortunately, we didn’t proceed because we felt PHP300 per person was too expensive for a half-day visit.

For many, Baler is synonymous to surfing. And while I enjoy crashing the waves, Baler Aurora actually has so much more to offer. But I’ll the photos do the talking, so you could see for yourself. :)

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Mikyu Maglasang
    May 18, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    I wanna try surfing in Baler! I’ve only surfed in Siargao, but I wanna try other places too like Baler & La Union!

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      Kisty Mea
      May 19, 2015 at 12:51 AM

      I wanna try La Union, para naman mas malapit! :)) Medyo mabato yung shore ng Baler but di naman yung tipong masusugatan ka.

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    Trish
    May 18, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    This is perfect! I will be going to Baler by the end of the month! Will check out your recommended places! :)

    • Reply
      Kisty Mea
      May 19, 2015 at 12:50 AM

      Yay! I swear, you’ll have so much fun! Try to leave around 4PM so you’ll be in Aurora around 7AM, because maganda rin yung view on the way to Baler!

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      Kisty Mea
      May 19, 2015 at 12:50 AM

      There are other sights rin which are nice but buwis buhay to take a photo :))

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    Louise Ramos
    May 18, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    I love the last photo. Am such a sucker for bato pictures haha.
    Caffeine Rush

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    Pam
    May 21, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    KISTY YOUR PHOTOS ARE BREATHTAKING.

    I’ve always had Baler in my “quick weekend roadtrips” list and now, I’m so determined to actually go. Sometimes, a quick, no-plan-needed trip is what we all need to quickly refresh our mind :) Definitely checking out all the spots you mentioned!

    BTW, enjoy Japan!!

    • Reply
      Kisty Mea
      May 25, 2015 at 11:44 PM

      Thanks, Pam! Yes, I agree + the fact that Baler doesn’t have much 3G reception. A great place to disconnect for the weekend!

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    Kandice
    June 11, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    such a beautiful place :)

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    Kai
    July 25, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    We went here last April 5-7! It’s so fantastic! It really made me appreciate Aurora much. They’re rich on water, the place isn’t commercialized yet like you’ll seldom see a taxi or even a jeepney it’s just a tricycles. However, the market buys are kinda expensive. Lol

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      Kisty Mea
      July 25, 2015 at 3:11 PM

      Hahaha that is true and I think it’s because they all travel to Nueva Ecija pa to get stock pa, kaya it’s best if you bring everything you may need (sunblock, rash guard, etc)

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    Julian Sobornizo
    March 25, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    Hello Guys,

    I would like to ask if the there’s a good signal na in Baler? like LTE or 3G?
    Does they have a hotel offering internet connection with a fee?
    Thanks.

    • Reply
      Kisty Mea
      March 28, 2016 at 7:20 AM

      There’s LTE or 3G in some spots but I don’t consider it as good. I think our hotel had wi-fi but I could barely connect.

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