It's More Fun in the Philippines, No.1 for Fun!




 

Planning a trip? Those who love to travel know the essence of all travel is about you and your enjoyment. Travelers know that the destination is a major part of planning a trip, experiencing and delving deeper into unfamiliar places, people and culture is paramount.

Expand your horizons and set your sight to the Philippines, an off the beaten path travel site! An undiscovered paradise made of thousands of islands and white sand beaches all around! A tiny dot in the map of the world, and yet a haven for travelers, backpackers, retirees and even passersby.

It offers awesome tourist attractions, magnificent beaches, hot spring resorts, colorful festivals, hundreds of scenic spots and world-class hotels and facilities. Not to mention the tropical climate, the affordable prices as well as the friendly and hospitable, English-speaking people! You will be glad you came, and we’re sure, you WILL come back for more FUN in the Philippines!

 

 

ABOUT BALER

 

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Baler, a beautiful town bordering the Pacific Ocean along the eastern coast of the Philippines became a well-known tourist spot after the Hollywood classic, Apocalypse Now, was filmed in the area. The famous scene from the movie, which had U.S. soldiers surfing, was shot in the high waves at Charlie’s Point near Sabang Beach. The movie not only put the small town in Aurora province on the international surf map, but also fuelled local interest in the sport, thanks to the surfboards left behind by the film crew. Baler boasts of one of the best surf spots in the country and is home to some of the famous Filipino surfers.

While surfing is one of the main reasons that visitors come to the area, Baler has many places to see and things to do for keeping non-surfers busy. The beautiful beaches, coral formations off shore and the mountainous terrain of the Sierra Madre ranges in the surroundings present opportunities for snorkeling, trekking, scuba diving and other outdoor activities. The Aurora province also has a few historic sites that are worth a visit, such as the Baler Church, which was held under siege for over a year by Spanish resistance fighters during the war against the Americans. In addition, the region has several places of natural beauty, including waterfalls, springs, caves and islets, all within easy reach. There are many resorts and inns in Baler that cater to tourists, and most activities can be booked at these resorts.

While English is widely spoken in the Philippines and Filipino is the official language of the country, in Aurora the population comprises mostly of Tagalog and Ilocano people, so you can expect to hear the locals communicating in these dialects.

Aurora province, of which Baler is the capital, is located in the east central region of Luzon, which is the main island group of the country. From Manila, you can either travel by road or take a short flight for getting to the city. The drive is around 230km and takes approximately four to six hours. Genesis Transport Services, which offers the most regular services to the region, has six buses a day connecting Manila and Baler. If you want to take a flight, SEAir has services twice a week from Manila. The journey time is 45 minutes.

If you are going to the city for surfing, the months from October to March have the best waves. June to September has the wettest spell due to the South West monsoon, and this is also the typhoon season. The hottest months are from March to May. However, this is the ideal time for diving and snorkeling as the sea is at its calmest during this period. The summer months are also best suited for other outdoor activities such as mountain climbing, mountain biking and trekking.

So before you plan your vacation, be sure to consider the weather in Baler and the type of activity that you want to experience.

Directions

From Manila, road access to Baler in Aurora province is through a mountain pass in the Sierra Madre ranges. The city is located at a distance of around 230km from Manila. An alternative mode of transport from Manila to Baler is by air.

 

BY BUS – Genesis Transport Service has air-conditioned buses from Manila, departing from the Cubao bus station in Quezon City. There are around six services daily between 1am and 7.30am from Manila to Baler and between 4.30am and 3pm on the return route. The journey time is approximately six hours, with stops at Cabanatuan City and Pantabangan. The fare for the aircon deluxe bus is around 415 pesos per passenger. There is also a Joy Bus, which runs nonstop and costs 650 pesos.Another option is to take a bus to Cabanatuan City (185 pesos) and then get on a jeepney to Baler (200 pesos). This might be a quicker, but in the early hours of the morning, the vans usually wait until they are full, before departing, and this might delay you.
BY CAR – Traveling by car to Baler will get you there in around four hours. The route followed is via NLEX, SCTEX and then through Pantabangan. Hiring a car would cost marginally more (around 1000 pesos per person) than taking the bus.BY AIR – From Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport, SEAir has charter flights twice a week (Mondays and Fridays) to San Luis’ Dr. Juan C Angara Airport, which is 20 minutes away from the center of Baler. The one-way airfare for the 45-minute flight is around 2,500 pesos per person on a 19-seater aircraft (usually Dornier or Falcon). The onward flight from Manila leaves at 8am, while the return flight departs Baler at 9.30am.

– Texts and photos above from:  http://balerphilippines.com

 

 

Read More on The Grand Province of Aurora

Read More on Baler, the Capital of Aurora

Read More on What To Do In Baler

Read More on Popular Places to Visit in Baler

See Baler Photo Gallery

 

 

 

 


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