While Baler, Aurora is popular for its sensational waves, surfing isn’t the only thing you can do in this town. There are many Baler tourist spots that are also worth the visit.
From historical places to pristine beaches for relaxation, this town has everything you need.
Top 11 Places to Visit in Baler
Believed to be the birthplace of surfing in the Philippines, Baler is getting the attention not just of local travelers but also foreigners. To guide you on your Baler trip, here’s a list of spots to help you determine the best Baler tourist destination.
- Sabang Beach
- Dicasalarin Cove
- Diguisit Beach
- Museo de Baler
- Balete Park and Millennium Tree
- Ermita Hill
- Baler Town Plaza
- Baler Catholic Church
- Ditumabo Falls
- Doña Aurora’s House
- Zabali Hanging Bridge
We’ve rounded up the best Baler tourist spots to visit that will come in handy when you need a break in the future… or now.
1. Sabang Beach
Sabang Beach is the most frequented Baler Aurora tourist spot for its soft sand and thrilling waves that could reach up to 14 ft. during peak surfing season. There are many resorts, bars and restaurants lined in the two-kilometer stretch of beach.
2. Dicasalarin Cove
Another popular Baler tourist destination is the Dicasalarin Cove. It’s surrounded by white sand beach, rock formations, and clear blue waters reflecting the mountains that attract all types of travelers. This secluded haven is privately owned by the Angara family but is open to those who want to visit at daytime.
3. Diguisit Beach
Also known as the “Rocky Paradise,” Diguisit Beach is another must-visit Baler Aurora tourist spot. Waves here are stronger and more challenging compared to Sabang Beach that’s why most professional surfers prefer this place. Aside from its towering waves, you can also see the beautiful rock formations called Lukso-Lukso.
4. Museo de Baler
Museo de Baler houses several historical artifacts that link it closely to the Philippines’ first and longest colonizer, Spain. The museum also contains pieces that are significant to Baler’s history like the Chinese porcelain items from the Galleon Trade recovered from shipwrecks in Manila Bay, Luzon and Palawan.
5. Balete Park and Millennium Tree
Balete Park is known for the Millennium Tree—the biggest Balete tree in Asia. This Balete Tree stands at 215 feet with a diameter of almost 200 feet, making it a must-visit Baler Aurora tourist spot. According to reports, it requires over 60 grown men, arm-to-arm, to circle the trunk of the tree.
6. Ermita Hill
Another great tourist spot in Baler Aurora Philippines is Ermita Hill. here you’ll get an unobstructed view of the Pacific Ocean, Casiguran Bay, Sabang Beach, Dimadimalangat Islets and the towns of Aurora. But more than just a view deck, Ermita Hill has also a historical significance to the province.
In the 18th century, a tsunami hit Baler wiping out the whole area. Survivors were said to have climbed Ermita Hill, seeking refuge. That’s why you’ll see a statue at the bottom of the hill to commemorate this historic event.
7. Baler Town Plaza
Huge standees that spell out “Baler” and a 400 years monument in the middle, that serves as a reminder of the historic 400 years of Baler, welcome tourists. The town plaza is the center of everything in Baler. From there, you can see several Baler tourist spots all within walking distance. There are also several monuments and statues that pay homage to heroes and historic events of the country.
8. Baler Catholic Church
One of the most iconic places to visit in Baler is the Baler Catholic Church. Also known as San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Parish, it serves as a testament to the strength of Baler and its locals during the Spanish era. In the 2008 movie “Baler”, the church was the setting of the Siege of Baler wherein 54 Spanish soldiers refused to surrender to the Americans even after the war ended.
Dubbed as the “Last Spanish Garrison”, the rebels took refuge in the church for almost a year before raising the white flag in 1899 after suffering from starvation and disease.
9. Ditumabo Falls
Also known as Mother Falls, is the grandest of all waterfalls in Baler standing at 140 ft. What travelers love about it is its cold water from the highland of Sierra Madre Mountain Range perfect for swimming after a tiring trek. Speaking of trek, the journey to Ditumabo Falls is not an easy one but definitely worth it.
10. Doña Aurora Quezon’s House
Doña Aurora, wife of late President Manuel L. Quezon, is a pillar in Aurora’s history, so much so that the province was named after her. Locals admired her for her commitment to goodwill and humanitarian efforts. Doña Aurora was the first ever chairman of the Red Cross and helped build learning centers. To remember her great contributions, her ancestral home has been turned into a heritage site.
11. Zabali Hanging Bridge
Crossing this bridge is a bit of a challenge and may not be suitable for people who are afraid of heights. However, the view from the top is amazing and definitely wonderful.
Where to stay in Baler
- Machiavelli Lodge
Price Range: P1,400 – P4,500/night
- Ver Amare Place Baler by ZEN Rooms
Price range: P3,500 – P6,000/night
- ZEN Rooms Hotel ni Pepe Baler
Price range: P3,500 – P5,000/night
Frequently Asked Questions About Baler Tourist Spots
Q: What is there to do in Baler overnight?
A: There are a lot of things to do in Baler overnight—have a staycation, enjoy a drink or two at the bars with your friends, or just chill by the beach.
Q: Where is Baler located?
A: Baler is located 244 kilometers northeast of Manila. It is home to spectacular geographic formations and is situated on a vast plain at the south end of Baler Bay, a contiguous segment of the Philippine Sea.
Q: How do you get to Baler Aurora?
A: From Manila, ride the Joy Bus that will take you directly to Baler. You can also ride the Victory Liner bound for Cabanatuan but you’ll have to transfer to another bus to reach Baler. Travel time to Baler is 5 to 6 hours.
Q: What are the best Baler resorts?
A: The best Baler resorts are Costa Pacifica, L’Sirene Boutique Resort, Seasta Beach Resort, and ZEN Rooms Baler.
Q: How do I get to Ditumabo Falls?
A: To get to Ditumabo Falls, hire a tricycle or ride a van from Baler town to Barangay Ditumabo. Travel time is about 30 to 45 minutes. From Barangay Ditumabo, you will have to hike through a narrow trail to reach the falls.
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