Baler is famous for its surfing spots, offering some of the best waves you can catch in Asia. But there’s more to this town than surfing. With tons of amazing places to visit, you will never run out of fun things to do in Baler.
From laid back to thrilling activities, this town has a lot to offer.
8 Fun Things to Do in Baler Aurora
While surfing is the most popular activity in town, you’ll be surprised that there are so many fun activities there. Here’s a list of the things to do in Baler you must try at least once!
- Surf at Sabang Beach
- Get a tan at Diguisit Beach
- Snorkel at Dicasalarin Cove
- Swim at Ditumabo Falls
- See the biggest Balete tree in Asia
- Learn about Baler’s history
- Pose in front of the iconic signage at Baler Town Plaza
- Explore Doña Aurora’s House
Prepare your travel bag and list down all these fun activities you shouldn’t miss!
1. Surfing at Sabang Beach
Sabang Beach is the most frequented Baler tourist spot because of 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. Get a tan at Diguisit Beach
If you’re not into catching waves and more of just a laid back traveler, perhaps chilling at the beach and getting a tan is the perfect activity for you. The best place to do that is Diguisit Beach. Also known as the “Rocky Paradise,” Diguisit Beach is one of the must-visit Baler attractions. There are rock formations in Diguisit beach called Lukso-Lukso where you can take your photos for the ‘gram. If you have a friend who’s always game for an adrenaline rush, Diguisit is a perfect spot as it also offers strong waves compared to Sabang Beach that’s why most professional surfers prefer this place.
3. Snorkeling at Dicasalarin Cove
Another popular tourist attraction in Baler Aurora 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. While its underwater world boasts colorful corals and sea creatures enough to entice you to snorkel. This secluded haven is privately owned by the Angara family but is open to those who want to visit in the daytime.
4. Swimming at Ditumabo Falls
One of the things to do in Baler Aurora Philippines you shouldn’t miss is swimming at Ditumabo Falls. Also known as Mother Falls, Ditumabo 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.
5. See the biggest Balete tree in Asia
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 one of the most frequented places to visit in Baler. According to reports, it requires over 60 grown men, arm-to-arm, to circle the trunk of the tree.
6. Learn about Baler’s history
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Just when you thought that Baler is only about sun, sand, and surf, here it is, surprising you with many interesting things to do in Baler. One of those is visiting Museo de Baler where you can learn about the town’s history. It houses several historical artifacts that link 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.
7. Pose in front of the iconic signage at Baler Town Plaza
Some might raise their eyebrows about this but nothing welcomes you grander in Baler more than the huge signage at Baler Town Plaza. The town plaza is the center of everything in Baler. From there, you can see some popular tourist spots all within walking distance. There are also several monuments and statues that pay homage to heroes and historic events of the country. So make sure you stop by at the Town Plaza and pose in front of the signage as this is one of the most popular things to do in Baler Aurora Philippines.
8. Explore Doña Aurora’s House
If you want to experience extraordinary things to do in Baler Aurora, travel back in time by visiting Doña Aurora’s House. She is the wife of late President Manuel L. Quezon and 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.
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 Things to Do in Baler
Q: What is there to do in Baler at night?
A: There are a lot of Baler things to do overnight—have a staycation, enjoy a drink or two at the bars with your friends, or just chill by the beach.
Q: How much time do you need in Baler?
A: Because it takes about 5 to 6 hours to reach Baler from Manila, dedicate a day for the travel time back and forth. But as for exploring the town, two to three days are enough.
Q: How do you get to Sabang Beach Baler?
A: From Manila, ride a bus bound for Baler. Upon arrival, ride a tricycle and tell the driver to drop you off at Sabang Beach.
Q: How long is the travel time from Manila to Baler?
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 your destination. Travel time from Maila to Baler is 5 to 6 hours.
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