Quick Getaway to Baler

(Baler, Aurora – Travelled on April 14 to 15, 2016)

 

It’s already mid-April and I still don’t have a summer getaway yet! I don’t know what-went-wrong. Haha. Thankfully, one of my closest friends was also craving to have a beach trip. After much discussion if we are really going or not, whether to head to Zambales or Baler, I let her choose the place. She chose Magalawa Island in Zambales. But in the end, we found ourselves heading to Baler. Yup, I won. 😉

 

Why Baler? Why not?

At first, I was really up to the idea of going to Magalawa Island. However, after I did my own research, I realized that an island trip is not a very good idea for just the two of us. Don’t get me wrong. I love my friend so much and I’m willing to go on a trip with her to wherever. But… Magalawa Island is such a secluded place, with very limited phone signal. Apart from swimming and snorkeling, there is not much to do. Perhaps for a couple, it is a great idea: just the two of you in a far-off island, with no one to disturb you. But I want this trip to be full of “adventures”. So in the end, I persuaded her to go Baler. After all, when I asked her where she really wants to go, she said, “Kahit saan. Basta alis tayo.” Okay. 🙂

Though this is just a two-day trip, I want it to be packed with activities. This is the primary reason I chose Baler – there are numerous things that we can do – surfing (of course), swimming, nature tripping, and museum visits.

 

Off to Baler!

We agreed to meet at 6:00 am at Genesis bus terminal in Cubao to take the direct bus to Baler. She arrived past 7:00 am. (err…) Well, when it comes to friends, we have no choice but to wait for them no matter how late they are! Unfortunately, we did not catch the last bus bound for Baler! Good thing there is another option: we went to the Baliwag bus terminal (along EDSA Cubao) to take the Cabanatuan bus. The fare is around Php 200 (can’t remember the exact amount), and travel time is 3 to 4 hours. From Cabanatuan City, we took a tricycle to bring us to the central terminal where the Baler-bound buses are found. Fare is Php 200 (approximately), and it will be another 4 hours before reaching Baler.

Lesson learned: it pays to be early. Hehe.

 

Hello Baler!

Upon arriving in Baler, we took a tricycle to Bay’s Inn where we will be staying. This hotel is at the beach side so you have a great view of the ocean.

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Entrance of Bay’s Inn
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Take note of the beach rules!

Because we were already starving, the first thing we did was to eat!! There are a lot of restaurants along the beach so you won’t have to worry about getting hungry.

After filling our stomachs, we decided to explore the town a bit.

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Gateway to the ocean.

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That Chowking sign is a big photobomber. 😦

After going around the town, we headed back to the hotel and had a nice dinner. Of course, nothing beats having a cold beer while chatting with your bestie in this laid-back place.

 

Day 2 in Baler

We woke up early the next day to start another round of tour. Destinations: Mother Falls and Diguisit Rock Formations. We contracted our tricycle driver from yesterday to bring us to these places. (Sorry, I can’t remember how much was the trike rent! But most tricycle drivers are really nice and they will offer you to bring you to different spots in Baler.)

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The “trike” trip will take about an hour from the town proper to Mother Falls. You also need to walk for about 20 to 30 minutes to get to the falls.

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Sadly, we found some trash along the way. People, please let’s all be responsible travelers!! Mother Nature does not deserve this!

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Hello, Mother.. Falls!

After a few moments of chilling by the waterfalls, we headed to our next destination: Diguisit Rock Formations.

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There are kubo huts along the beach that you can rent.

And now, we know we have to go back to the hotel because we are already starving! But this also means that we have a few hours left in Baler. 😦

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Why does it look so easy for them to surf? While I can hardly balance on the surfing board!

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Bye, Baler!

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And that concludes our summer getaway. Two days is not enough to explore everything that this beautiful town has to offer. We will definitely be back!

 

PS

Going back to Manila is not a hassle. Just ask the trike driver to bring you to the Joy bus terminal. Joy bus don’t do any stopovers (don’t worry, there is a toilet inside) so the travel is faster.

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