6/09/2013

Surfing The Wonders of Baler, Aurora - Part II

 After a long day touring Baler, all of us had a great sleep and were able to recover from staying up too long.  Looked outside and saw this awesome view of the waves and Sabang beach. Also were very happy that the weather was really excellent! Perfect time for surfing! 


If you walk around, you will find many places to eat breakfast. 
That morning we had our breakfast at Bay's Inn Restaurant. 


That day, we checked out from Pacific Waves Inn and moved to a different place which is called Bahia De Baler /Costa Pacifica. For me, I think this is one of the biggest resorts along Sabang beach. I also think that this is poshest resort in the area.

                                      https://www.facebook.com/bahiadebaler

We were picked up from our resort and transported all the way to Bahia De Baler 
and we're loving it! 



When we arrived, we were given this refreshing Coconut Juice 
and a cold towel to freshen us up. 


I wasn't able to take pictures of the room, but based from my experience they have the most comfortable beds and room.  We were simply loving Bahia De Baler. 


Their pavillion, we had a buffet breakfast here overlooking the ocean. 




In my previous blog, we ate at a 100 Pesos Store. On our 2nd day, we wanted to have something different so we went to the Rolling Stores which was located at the town of Baler. You can take a tricycle to get there. Bahia De Baler transported us all the way here. 


So many to chose from and all were very affordable. I went for a Tuna Fillet which cost me Php 50.00 and Php 5.00 for the rice. It was delicious! Something you should consider eating out when you visit Baler. 


Burp!!! All were very satisfied with their meal. 


Not far from the Rolling stores was Museo De Baler. We felt that it was worth 
the visit so we did. 









We passed by their Municipal Hall. 



Time to go back to Bahia De Baler and we went for a quick dip. 


Mid afternoon, we went back to Mahdox Surf and enrolled ourselves
 for an hour lesson of Surfing. 


It costs 350 per hour. I think this is the standard price. We were just so excited since this was something new to us. 
  


Oh yes, a quick lesson on land and we're  ready to surf! 


This is what Mahdox Surfing School taught me! And I was so impressed with myself. 



Fell many times but my trainer always reminded me of things I should do 
and should not have done. 


All in all of us were able to stand on the board and just having a great time surfing. We're simply loving the experience!


Us with the our great Mahdox Trainers. After we went surfing, the trainers of Mahdox even played volleyball with us. We didn't win the game though but all of us had fun. 

I really like Mahdox Surf School a lot! The trainers and staff were very friendly and accommodating to us. And you always see smiles on their faces. 


On our last night in Baler, we walked and looked for a place to eat and we came across Baler Surfer Grill. How cool is this idea to make the Beetle your grill?  This is super cool! 


After dinner, time to celebrate for this trip was a very memorable, fun and successful holiday for all 8 of us. Most importantly, friendship grew amongst us and we even met other friends from Manila. 


Another place we hung out was Freddies Bar and Grill. We enjoyed ourselves dancing with the live band and one of my friend even had a chance to perform using his POI. 



On our last day in Baler, we wanted to go for another surf. We wanted to make the most of our trip. Rented a surf board for Php 200.00 for an hour. 





Time to head back to Manila and would like to thank everybody who were part of this trip. Baler has it's beauty of it's own that they should be proud of. This won't be my last time in Baler, since we are planning already for our second visit. 

Great People, Beautiful Baler simply  means we had Perfect Holiday! 




Where we stayed:  Pacific Waves Inn and Bahia De Baler
Where we ate: Baylers Inn, Baylers View Restaurant, Bahia De Baler, Rolling Store,
                            Carlitos Restaurant
Surfing school: Mahdox Surfing School http://www.mahdoxsurf.com/
Total budget: Php 6000.00








6/08/2013

Surfing The Wonders of Baler, Aurora - Part I

After so many weeks of preparing for this Last Hurrah for Summer Holiday with friends, time has come for us to explore Baler, Aurora. Heard so many nice things about Baler specially surfing. But I didn't know that Baler has more to offer than surfing. And that's what I'm going to write now. 


The only bus that goes to Baler is GENESIS BUS. They have two options of getting to Baler, either the Joy Deluxe Bus or the Ordinary Tourist Bus. We wanted the Deluxe bus. The bust left at 12:00 midnight and arrives at around 5:00 am. They provided us with blankets, water and biscuits. They even have a stewardess in the bus. WiFi is also available. That's luxury! 

P.S. If you are planning the Deluxe Bus, book ahead of time. You will need to go to their Terminal
Office in Cubao for tickets reservation. Website: http://www.genesistransport.com.ph/


Arrived safely at Baler and took a picture of the places you can visit and things to do in Baler. 


Arrived at Pacific Waves Inn, we were going to stay there for one night. For 8 people in one room, we payed Php 3000.00. Not bad! 
Pacific Waves Inn: (632)5143020/09178950276





This is the view from outside our room. Lovely!


The beach is called Sabang Beach, this is the best place to surf specially for beginners.  


We spotted Mahdox Surf, and decided that we wanted them to teach us how to surf. 



We arrived pretty early and we did not want to waste our day sleeping, we had breakfast, lots of coffee to keep us awake the whole day. What better thing to do to spend your day is go on a DAY TOUR.

Instead of hiring a van, we hired a Tricycle instead. We paid Php 800.00 for 4 pax for the whole day tour. Very Affordable! It may not be the most comfortable but for the price that will do. 

First Stop: BALER CHURCH

A mass was on going when we arrived and we were wearing shorts which was not 
appropriate at that time so we just stayed outside and took some pictures. 



2nd Stop: DO√ĎA AURORA QUEZON HOUSE

Right across the church is the houe of Dona Aurora. 
She was the wife of our former President Manuel L. Quezon. 








3rd Stop: MOTHER FALLS

Everybody was talking about these falls. The ride would take around 30 minute tricycle ride from the Baler Church. Once you arrive there, you will still need to walk for few kilometers since our tricycles cannot make it because of the terrain. We didn't mind walking at all. We felt that it was really fun! 


The walk to the Mother falls was exciting. Seeing the clear waters and 
the landscape made us more excited to see what it's like. 



Part of the walking we did was crossing to some of the bamboo bridges 
made by the people. The place was indeed beautiful! 


Getting to the Mother Falls really was an adventure. The fact that we needed to cross these rocks to get to the falls, was so much fun! But be careful as some rocks can be quite slippery. 



And here it is, Mother Falls! Just amazing! 
Walking here indeed was worth it. 


Water was cold but it didn't stop us from enjoying ourselves. 


4th Stop: MILLENIUM TREE

This tree was huge! After the falls, coming here took us around 20 minutes and we were stunned. This must be the biggest tree I've seen in my entire life. We even climb up its roots and went in the tree in between those huge roots. Kinda freaky once inside but it was great




Fifth Stop: 100 pesos Lunch Buffet

I didn't know you can eat as much as you want for Php 100.00. Well,  now I know I can here in Baler!We were told by so many friends that we should try this one out. We loved the food. 
It was delicious and for 100.00? We hit the jackpot!




 

6th Stop: Ermita Hill

Back in 1735, Baler was hit by a tsunami that killed many people. This family in the photo survived the tragedy by climbing up this hill. And this monument was made to commemorate the survivors of the tsunami. 



View from Ermita Hill



7th Stop: Diguisit Rock Formation

Not far from Ermita Hill is Diguisit Beach and where a nice rock formation stands. 
Make sure you stop on this spot to get a nice view of Diguisit beach. This is also perfect for picture taking.  Just like what we did! Lol.



You can go through this rock formation and take some pictures.
 I think we came in at a right time when it was low tide and just picturesque! 


My friends and I just having a great time! 



8th Stop: Diguisit Falls

Close to the rock formation was our last stop and these falls. Compared to Mother Falls, the hike was much shorter and smaller. Yet, the fun never ends! 


We all had a great time with our tour and in the end we realized that we did well on our first day. 


Stopped again and took more pictures. It was a successful day for the 8 of us! 


We arrived on the 31st of May and what a treat for us to witnessed their Flores De Mayo. The road was blocked temporarily to give way to them and so happy that this tradition still lives. 



Late afternoon and we all went for a swim. The waves here in Sabang were different to the normal waves since Baler faces straight onto the Pacific Ocean. The beach goes shallow for a long way which is good and facing the waves of Sabang Beach made us more excited for our surfing class the next day! 



Found Jelly Fish, but didn't seem to sting this guy. 



Our day 1 went quickly but what we did will surely last a lifetime. 



Our Baler Trip - Part II 
http://angelotheexplorer.blogspot.com/2013/06/surfing-wonders-of-baler-aurora-day-2.html