Aside from being renowned for a historical siege, Baler, the capital town of Aurora Province, is noted for its fine scenic beaches and of course – its killer waves. With that, it has been considered as one of the top surfing spots of the country.
Its main attraction is the strong waves that reach up to a height of between 9 to 14 feet. It comes as no surprise that hundreds of surf lovers and beach aficionados alike flock to this most sought-after tourist destination, one of the most popular Philippines beach holidays.
What To Expect in Baler
Aurora Province is wondrously teeming with exceptional bay formations. There’s the Dibut Bay in San Luis which is just a boat ride away. Enjoy the view of the cliffs, surrounding beaches and rock formations when in the area.
Amazingly, Baler has 328 kilometers of pure coast. Resorts become crowded with beach goers and surfers from anywhere around the world during the surfing season between the months of September to March.
For the newbie surfers, Sabang Beach is the perfect place to be. Surf shops and schools abound in the place which look after the needs of both neophytes and seasoned surfers as well. Further, sunbathers will love its wide expanse of gray sand.
Another spot for the brave of heart is the Dapa or Cobra Reef known for its towering waves – so ideal for the adrenaline junkie. During the off-season, beach lovers will still enjoy wind surfing, and that’s between March and June.
• Snorkeling, Scuba Diving and Windsurfing
Apart from riding the giant waves, you also experience lots of sand, sun and sea. There’s Casiguran Sound, with its shimmering waters and white beaches ideal for leisure swimming, windsurfing, snorkeling as well as diving.
Snorkeling is best in Digisit Beach, Lukso-lukso islets, and Dicasalarin Bay as all these spots have terrific snorkel enclaves. Diving, also among the favorite activities in Baler is better done in Borlongan Beach which has a mushroom shaped coral.
Water sports and activities are not the only popular things to do in Baler. You can also enjoy the breathtaking sights, white sand beach, gentle waves, and sprawling hills as you explore Dicasalarin Cove.
How To Get To Baler
The place is estimated to be 230 km from Manila. When in Cubao, take any bus or van bound for Cabanatuan City. Once there, you have two options – the Baler-Bongabong road and the Canili-Pantabangan road. The latter is recommended for better roads although it’s the longer route. The former is quite adventurous since you’ll be crisscrossing the rough roads across Sierra Madre.
Sadly, no commercial airlines fly to Baler, but, it has an airport for private planes in Brgy. San Isidro, San Luis, Aurora. It’s about 10 kilometers from the town proper. Travelers may also avail of chartered flights from Seair.
Delicacies in Baler
Aling Rose’s purple suman, a local delicacy can be bought as a pasalubong for those you left back home. Likewise, homemade products like peanut butter (made from pure, quality peanuts) from Nanay Pacing’s is also good to go as presents.
The Philippine tourist attractions of Baler are just a few of the best spots to go for the holidays. Interested in more Philippine destinations? Find them all here in our pages.
Batangas is considered to be one of the beach capitals in the Philippines. Situated in Southern Luzon, this destination has always been famous for having the best sandy beaches and pristine waters. Budget isn’t even a problem because they offer a wide range of affordable to high-end resorts.
With its picture-perfect and serene setting, Batangas is one best holiday beaches that will give you a wonderful opportunity to spend time with your loved ones. Moreover, this destination is highly accessible since it’s only a two-hour, at least, drive from Metro Manila.
Excited to plan your next outing? Here is a list of beaches that you can visit:
1. Anilao Beach
Located in Mabini, Batangas, Anilao is also a famous beach in this southern Philippine province. Anilao is popular for its clear, blue waters and white, sandy shores. In addition, this too has some of the best diving sites.
Some resorts to check:
• Aguila Beach Resort
• Dive7000 Resort (Diving)
• Anilao Outrigger Resort
• Punto Miguel White Beach
• Vistamar Beach Resort and Hotel
2. Laiya Beach
Laiya Beach is found in the quiet town of San Juan Batangas. It’s no surprise that their grayish white sand and pristine blue waters are the top reasons why tourists love to visit them.
Some of the resorts you can visit are:
• Acuatico Beach Resort
• Acuaverde Resort
• Balai sa Laiya
If this is a family beach vacation, you might want to check these destinations:
• Blue Coral Beach Resort
• Hugom Beach
• Laiya Coco Grove
• Estrellas de Mendoza Playa Resorts
3. Matabungkay Beach in Lian
Matabungkay beach is very accessible from Metro Manila, which is why most people choose this as their weekend or day trip getaway. Visitors love going back to this place because of its white sand and crystal clear waters. Since Matabungkay is a 5 kilometer stretch, there are definitely a thousand things to do.
The resorts you can visit will include:
• The Coral Beach Club
• Al Fresco
• Fred Beach Resort
• Matabungkay Beach Resort & Hotel
4. Calatagan Beach
The Calatagan peninsula is considered a home to the near-white sandy beach resorts, making it a favorite escape for the rich and famous. Because of that, this little piece of heaven was categorized as ‘Forbes Park of the South. In fact, a number of wealthy families are lucky to own their very own estate at Calatagan’s beach front.
Since Calatagan is surrounded with rocky shorelines, most resorts in this area offer pool recreational facilities. But for the beach lovers, there’s nothing to worry because some of them have fabulous beach lines and snorkeling and diving activities.
The popular resorts in Calatagan area that you can visit are:
• Lago de Oro
• Blue Waters Beach House
• Golden Sunset Village & Spa
• Punta Baluarte
• Hidden Virgin Beach
• Pantalan Beach Resort
5. Bauan Beach
Bauan, Batangas has a long stretch of rocky beach line, making it ideal for diving. Even though their beach is filled with coral formations, visitors can still find tons of activities during their weekend getaway. But of course, divers and snorkelers will definitely enjoy every moment of their stay in this tourist destination.
You can find accommodations in these resorts:
• Rosemund Resort
• Rosana Beach Resort
• Portulano Dive Resort
Prepare your swimsuits, best snorkeling gear, sun tan lotion and other swimming equipment for another unforgettable experience. You and your family can bask under the sun, go diving or even engage in aqua sports. Indeed, there are a lot of things to do in these beaches!