Aurora located in the eastern part of Central Luzon region
Aurora is a coastal province covering an area of 3,147.32 square kilometres in east-central Luzon. To the north, it is bordered by the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park of Isabela, to the west by the central range of the Sierra Madre which contains the Casecnan Protected Landscape and Aurora Memorial National Park, to the south by the Umiray River, and to the east by the Philippine Sea which opens to the Philippine Sea. The San Ildefonso Peninsula lies in the province’s northern portion between the Philippine Sea and the Casiguran Sound.
Baler is the capital of the province of Aurora. It is situated on the east coast of Luzon, fronting the roaring waves of Pacific Ocean and enclosed by the mountains of Sierra Madre. The town’s relative isolation has preserved much of its historical sites, cultural heritage and tradition that are all deeply rooted on its vibrant past. How to Get to Baler, Manila to Baler. Genesis Transport Service is the only bus company that plies directly from Metro Manila to Baler. Their Baler bound buses are located in their Cubao Terminal. The executive luxury bus called Joy Bus, a non-stop service trip with snacks on a sleeper bus with Wi-Fi, a bus stewardess, blankets, pillows and a morning kit. There are at least three trips a day, with travel time of five hours and 750 pesos fare. Advance reservation is required. The regular air-con bus that travels six to seven hours for a fare of 450 pesos, advance reservation is not necessary. Tricycle is the common mode of transport in Baler, minimum fare is 10 pesos. It is also the cheapest mode of transportation in touring the town. A tour of Baler can be arranged for as low as 700 pesos for a trike that can sit at most four passengers. The tour includes the attractions around the Poblacion (Baler Museum, Dona Aurora Aragon Quezon House, Baler Church and Plaza), Ermita Hill, Fish Port, Lukso-Lukso Islet, Anao Islet, Diguisit Falls, Mother Falls and the Old Balete Tree. Where to Stay in Baler? Accommodation in Baler ranges from budget inns to posh hotels and most of them are located in Sabang Beach, the popular surfing spot. For solo backpackers, Jam and Jen’s Lodge offers single fan room for as low as 700 pesos per night. The place is along the street parallel to the beach, right beside Costa Pacifica. On non-peak season, you can get the room for as low as 600 pesos. They also have rooms for two guests. The place is equipped with free wi-fi. For groups, June Samano Homestay is a good choice for those in budget. They have rooms that are big enough for five persons for as low as 2000 pesos per night. The place is along the beach and right beside Bayler Inn. Free wifi too!
What to Do in Baler? 1st activity. Surf! Surf! Surf! Most resorts offer board rental and tutorial, add to this are the stand alone kiosks along the beach, The standard rate is 350 pesos per hour for the use of surf board and service of a guide. For board rental only: 200 pesos per hour; 400 pesos for half day; and 800 pesos for whole day. 2nd activity. Scuba diving/Snokeling. 3rd activity. Other water sports: paragliding, paddle boarding, kayaking. 4th activity. Tour Baler by visiting these attractions: Aniao Islet, Canawer, Dicasalarin Cove, Mother (Ditumabo) Falls, Ampere Beach, Diguisit Beach, Dinadiawan Beach, Ermita Hill, Aurora Aragon Quezon House, Museo de Baler, Baler Church, Cunayan Falls, Centuries-old Balete Tree. 5th activity. Try rappelling in Digisit Fals. 6th activity. Explore the beaches, caves, waterfalls and other attractions of the neighboring town of Dingalan, Dicasalarin, Casiguran, Dipaculao, San Luis and Dilasag. 7th activity. Go camping in the secluded beaches and coves. 8th activity. Trek Mt. Udok, Mt. Pamazam-pazam, Mt. Anacuao and Mt. Maaling-Alin.
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