Baler

A Surf Town Beyond the Mountains

Tucked in the peaceful province of Aurora, this chill town has grown to be one of the top surfing spots in the country. The municipality is even known as the Birthplace of Philippine Surfing because of the movie Apocalypse Now but you’ll see that the industry in the area has really boomed in the recent years.

Walking around Sabang beach and the town proper, you’ll find an eclectic mix of locals, young millennials, backpackers, and expats. But the municipality isn’t all sand and surfboards, Baler also offers other nature attractions like Ditumabo Falls and Cunayan Falls and the famous old Balete Tree.

For history buffs, you can check out historical sites like Museo de Baler, the 400 Year Monument of Baler, and a replica of Dona Aurora Aragon Quezon’s House, which can be found in Baler and surrounding towns.

Rock Formation in Baler

Head over and catch a wave at Sabang beach or other surfing spots like Charlie’s Point, Cobra Reef and Lindy’s Point. Trek rugged trails to take in the views of stunning waterfalls. Roam around the city proper and discover more about our country’s history. And don’t worry if you miss anything, you’re always welcome to come back.

 

Fast Facts

  • Public Transportation: Tricycles, Jeepneys, Buses
  • Languages/Dialect: Ilocano, Tagalog, English
  • Payment Options: Cash, Credit/Debit Card
  • Known For: Surfing, Sabang Beach, Balete Tree

 

What to Know Before Visiting

  • Easy Adventure in Baler is a beach resort that let’s you go camping in style. Instead of rooms, the resort offers roomy tents and soft mattresses complete for a comfortable night out in the elements.
  • There’s a saying that you should never point straight at a Balete tree because you might find yourself getting sick or struck with bad luck.
  • Dicasalarin Cove is actually one of Baler’s top hidden spots. This private beach is a go-to for people looking for unspoilt white sands and peaceful surroundings.

 

Best Time to Visit Batangas

Things to Do in Baler

If you’re a surfer or a someone who wants to learn surfing, the best time to go to Baler would be during the Northeast Monsoon. This happens around the months of September to April.

You can even go during the rainy season as well if you want stronger waves just be careful when you pass through the winding roads across Sierra Madre because they could be slippery and dangerous. If you prefer a chill time at the beach with your friends, summer is the best season to go.

 

How to Go to Batangas

By Air

There are no direct flights to this part of Luzon. If you’re coming from Visayas, Mindanao, or even other countries, the best way to get here would be to book a flight to Manila and take a bus from there onwards.

By Land

To get to Baler, you can take a bus, a rented van, or a private car that goes through a winding mountain pass in Sierra Madre. Only the bus line Genesis has a direct route to Baler from Manila and you have the option of booking their tickets online or buying a ticket at the terminal. Tricycles are their main mode of getting around the municipality and nearby towns.

By Sea

There are no direct sea routes going to Baler. If you’re coming from Visayas or Mindanao, you can ride a ferry to Batangas or Manila Pier and ride a bus going to Baler from there.

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