Amazing Sights, Majestic Experiences
In a destination known mainly for endless surf breaks, Baler is also home to captivating sights for nature lovers and thrill-seekers alike. In the first leg of our #CreatingConnections series, we invited two city girls to explore this serene paradise.
Those who have visited Baler before can agree that one essential part of its unique charm lies in the locals. For those seeking a peaceful respite outside the city, expect nothing less than impeccable service.
Where to StayYour home away from home in Baler comes in all sorts and sizes - whether it's an upscale resort, glamping hotspot, a cozy bed & breakfast or a secluded beach retreat.
Welcome to Baler’s deluxe resort destination, Costa Pacifica. With 106 well-appointed rooms and suites to call home, first-rate facilities that include a kids’ nook and gift shop, service that is nothing short of exemplary, as well as a raved-about dining experience at the Beach House Restaurant—they make sure every stay here is worthy of a repeat performance.
And the location? Spot on. It’s right by Sabang Beach and just a short distance away from some of Baler’s top tourist spots. Head over for an experience that’s one for the books and treat yourself to something better than your usual surfing escape.
Rejuvenate as you reconnect with nature in an eco-conscious sanctuary on the quiet side of Baler. Your destination? Kahanamoku Bed & Breakfast.
Located at the foot of a hill across Cemento Beach, this quaint guesthouse offers a laidback retreat away sans the crowds. Laze in the hammocks under the trees, practice asanas in the yoga shala, meet new friends, or head out to the beach and surf.
Nesting in the majestic island of Dipaculao, Aurora lies a hidden boutique stay: Côte Resort.
Located at the edge of a 3.6-hectare coconut plantation that houses six atypical container vans as beach cabin accommodations. A diamond in the rough, Côte Resort offers its customers a restful retreat from the busy urban life to rejuvenate the soul by getting in touch with nature.
This secret spot is a paradise for unwinding and letting the waves embrace you with its glory.
L’Sirene Boutique Resort is the brainchild of actress Sam Pinto, who has channeled in on her passion for surfing and transformed it into a business venture for travelers to find rest through an inspiring stay in Baler.
This quaint, pet-friendly resort offers 15 spacious guestrooms well-equipped with comfortable beddings and all the essentials needed for a restful stay. It’s decked in whitewashed walls with vibrant splashes of color that exude a homey and calming vibe. Escape to L’Sirene Boutique Resort and discover a place you can call home.
Notable Places to VisitTeeming with natural beauty and rich history, Baler and its neighboring areas in Aurora are definitely sightseeing and touring pleasures. Here are the top places to visit when in town:
Known as the surfing birthplace of the Philippines, the vibrant strip of Sabang Beach is the place to be. Here you will find laidback eateries and well-appointed accommodations that range from quaint B&B’s to hip full-serviced resorts. Catch a fantastic view of the sunset, ride its world-famous waves or simply soak in the good vibes - the Baler experience won't be complete without paying a visit to this hotspot.
Dicasalarin Cove and Baler Lighthouse
Thirty minutes away from the town proper stands a unique triangular base lighthouse that marks the highest point of the mountain. Take a stroll along the pristine waters of Dicasalarin Cove and witness its unspoiled beauty firsthand. From its shoreline leads 170 steps up to the modern structure, where a panoramic view of sky, sea and land greet you at the top.
A one-hour drive from Sabang Beach will take you on a scenic route through the coastal road leading to one of the town’s must-see destinations. Witness a breathtaking view of the ocean and majestic mountains in the backdrop as you reach the unspoiled white sand paradise of Dipaculao Beach.
Towering 140 ft. and often referred to as Mother Falls, Ditumabo Falls provides refuge during the hottest of the summers with its refreshingly cold waters. Put on your trusty hiking shoes and venture into this natural gem. (TIP: Go early in the morning to avoid the crowds. Plus, a tour guide might also be of help so you won't get lost!). This majestic natural attraction promises you a euphoric experience and awe-inspiring views that will take you worlds away from reality.
What to DoHow do you make the most of your Baler trip? Go out and immerse yourself in the myriad of activities this destination has to offer! Below are several ideas that will get you started:
Surfing the Waves
When in Baler, do as the locals do! Learn the basics of surfing and hire an instructor who will teach you how to paddle out and catch a wave. Surfing hotspots Sabang Beach and Charlie’s Point offer medium-sized swells that are great for beginners. For more advanced surfers, you’ll find that Cemento Beach offers clean quality waves while Lindy’s Point has tall, strong and sharp waves.
Exploring the Beach on Fat Bikes
For a blissful morning excursion, explore Sabang Beach on a Fat Bike. This off-road bicycle with oversized tires gives an improved grip compared to a regular bicycle, making it highly suitable for biking on the sandy beach. Whether alone or together with a fellow traveller, it's a great way to get you in tiptop shape while on vacation.
Dining at Press Start Cafe
A well-known hangout hub for surfers, Press Start Cafe offers a well-curated menu of delectable sandwiches, creamy pastas and oven pizzas all made with love. Tucked in a quiet street of Sabang Beach, the al fresco setting allows you to enjoy your food with the splendor of the great outdoors. Any Baler guest would come back not only for the amazing food and handcrafted brewed coffee, but for Head Chef Marco's amusing tales as well.
Going on a Paddle Board River Adventure
Satisfy your hunger for adventure with a paddle boarding session. Take a leisurely glide across the calm river waters and indulge in the ethereal beauty of the azure as it meets the lush shade of greens. Stand Up Paddling (SUP) can be as thrilling as many other water sports, but ultimately it provides a serene antidote to stressed vacationers.
Touring the Town Proper
Take a trip to the past as you discover Aurora’s rich history and culture through the towns’ establishments and heritage structures that include the Dona Aurora House, Ermita Hill, Baler City Hall and Museo de Baler.
Roaming the Outskirts of Town on a Dune Buggy
Go on an adventurous road trip! Hop on your very own 4x4 Dune Buggy and traverse the outskirts of Baler. Zoom through the lush forest canopy, across the hilly terrains and up the rocky dunes.
Glamping Under the Stars
Glamping offers a cozy abode that allows you to bond with nature with all the modern comforts of a hotel stay. At night, fall into a deep slumber under the blanket of stars (you'll enjoy a surreal view of the Milky Way!) and bask in the picturesque morning view of Baler at the glorious glamping grounds of My Easy Adventure.
While primarily known as a surfer’s paradise, Baler’s charm goes beyond the waves that bless its shores. It’s the town’s magical combination of nature, history, culture, and adventure that attracts visitors from all over the Philippines—and the world.
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