Baler, The Stoked Heartland of Philippine Surfing

Note: This article was written by John Borthwick and published in The Australian.

Love the smell of surf in the morning

I take a seat on a bus that leaves Manila before dawn, my surfboard jammed in the luggage rack above my fellow passengers.

Climbing 140km over the Central Cordillera range, then winding down to the Pacific coastal plain, eight hours later we reach Baler, the snoozy capital of Aurora province and the stoked heartland of the country’s surfing.

I find a neat town of about 35,000 people, a church that was the scene of the most famous siege in Philippine history and the empty, almost infinitely long, volcanic sands of Sabang Beach.

When Hollywood came to town, Coppola had scheduled a six-week shoot here and elsewhere in Luzon. Instead it took him 16 months, 11 of those in Baler.

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Genesis Transport Now Has Night Trips to Baler

Good news to weekend surfers and travelers to Baler. Genesis now has a night schedule for you to have more time exploring and enjoying the town. The earliest trip going to Baler is now 1:00 am. With this trip, you will arrive in Baler at 7:00 in the morning. From Baler, last trip going to Cabanatuan or Manila is 2:00 in the afternoon daily.


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Baler: A Place Rich in Surfing and History

This article was written by Alexander Villafania and published in Click here to read the complete article.

Photo by: Joseph Gonzales.

I’m no surfer but I do like to watch people surfing, which is quite rare in a country where there are few places that have big waves. I was lucky enough to get a chance to visit Baler, renowned as a surfer’s paradise and proclaimed as one of the best surf spots in the Philippines, next only to Siargao.

Directly facing the Pacific Ocean, it boasts of waves that can reach 9 feet high during peak season, which starts in early December until the end of May.

Going there is quite easy; you can hop on a Genesis Bus from Cubao, which travels across Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, and crisscrossing roads in Sierra Madre. Dirt roads still riddle the path to Baler, which prolongs travel time.

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How to go to Baler

Visit Baler created  an instruction on how to go to Baler, Aurora. Please click the link below.


We will be coming up with a more detailed instruction on how to go to Baler. Hopefully we can include a map with it.

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Rediscovering Baler

This article was written by Vic Albornoz Lactaeon and published in Manila Bulletin on May 5, 2010. Here are some excerpts from the article. Click here to read the full article.

“Aurora province still boasts of lush mountain forests. This was very noticeable as one enters the province coming from Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija. There is a stretch of about 50 kilometers of rough mountain road which is now 99 percent fully cemented from Bongabong,  Nueva Ecija to San Luis, Aurora that gives visitors a scenic drive (even to those on easy-rider motor vehicles). The welcoming greenery of the plains as you leave the mountains toward the ocean is definitely worth the long ride.”

“The town of Baler is situated very close to the sea. The population is a mixture of Tagalas, Visayans, Chinese, Ilocanos and Bicolanos. Occasional Ilongots and Aetas come down from the mountains to barter their mountain harvests and fresh catch of sea bass, lobsters, prawns, wild pig or tapa at the town’s public market. The province’s main industry is still agriculture, and excess produce such as rice and coconuts are supplied to the neighboring provinces. As one reaches Baler, one notices that the flora becomes a thick foliage of deep green. The trees are much taller, of a wider variety appropriately spaced, yet in a wild arrangement. The temperature drops and the air becomes a fragrant breeze. Aurora province is one of the last remaining (primary growth) rainforests in the country where Philippine eagles can still be found. With many trees, much of the rainwater is stored underground, assuring the inhabitants of a constant supply.”

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Baler Homestays

List of Baler, Aurora homestays accredited by the Aurora Tourism Office

Eleanor M. Prado
Brgy. Suklayin, Baler, Aurora
Contact: Eleno Marco
Number: 0920-822-8676

Gigi P. Gomez
Gomez St., Brgy. 3, Baler, Aurora
Contact: Gigi Gomez
Number: 0921-730-4560

Soledad H. Natividad
Querijero St., Brgy. 5, Baler, Aurora
Contact: Sheryl Natividad
Number: 0927-556-4414

Edith S. Buluag
Buton St., Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora (beach front)
Contact: Edith S. Buluag/Desiree S. Buluag
Number: 0921-751-8490/0920-480-0978

June B. Samano
Buton St., Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora (beach front)
Contact: June B. Samano
Number: 0910-304-7568/0920-748-8528

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Baler Hotels and Resorts

Here’s a list of  hotel and resort accommodations in Baler. Info provided by the Aurora Provincial Tourism Office.

Aliya Surf and Dive Resort

Location: Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora (beach front)
Contact Person: Roy Rolin Angara
Number: 09297586005
Email: iracon@yahoo.comFacebook: Aliya Surf Camp

Amihan Aplaya Lodge
Location: Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora (beach front)
Contact Person: Lina Ferreras
Numbers: 09186935904/09184263268/09186328566

AMCO Beach Resort
Location: Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora (beach area)
Contact Person: Adelaida Miemban
Numbers: 09209190590/09182383977/09094068278

Bahia de Baler Garden Resort
Location: Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora (beach front)
Contact person: Meryl Kate Almarez
Number: 09215765655

Bahia De Baler II
Location: Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora (beach front)
Contact person: Camille Pedreno
Numbers: 09167701980/09286875424

Bay’s Inn
Location: Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora (beach front)
Contact person: Rhoda/Ledda
Numbers: 09089823509/09156077391

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