“A wave a day, keeps the diabetes at bay.” – Van Dorph
WHERE: Aurora Province, Luzon
HOW TO GET THERE: Facing the Pacific Ocean, Baler is located in the east coastal area of Aurora Province. Since I haven’t experienced yet traveling to Baler via bus, here’s a guide from my travel idol, PinoyAdventurista:
Option #1 : Genesis Transport, Inc. is the only bus company that provides direct trips to Baler, Aurora from Cubao. The first trip is at 2:00 AM with subsequent trips at one hour intervals, last trip leaves Cubao at 7:30 AM. From Baler to Pasay, the first bus leaves at 4:30 AM, also with subsequent trips every hour. The last trip is at 3:00 PM. Travel time is approximately 7 hours. For more information, visit their website or you may call +(632)709-0803/+(632)421-1425.
UPDATE: Genesis Transport’s Joy Buses are scheduled daily with trips at 12:30 AM, 1:30 AM and 2:30 AM. Fare is around PHP 700.00 each. This is the fastest way to get to Baler by public transportation since the trip has no bus stops. Travel time is about 5 to 5.5 hours from Cubao to Baler.
Option #2 : Take any bus from Metro Manila bound for Cabanatuan, Nueva Ejica. There are several bus companies that goes to Cabanatuan City (Five Star Bus Co., ES Transport, Genesis Transport Services, Baliwag Transit, Inc). Bus terminals can be found in Pasay, Avenida, Cubao and Caloocan. Travel time is 2.5 – 3.5 hours depending on which route it will take. Te fastest route is via SCTEX. From Cabantuan City, take a Baler bound bus or van from the central terminal. Travel time is around 4 hours from Cabanatuan City.
By Private Car
From Manila, enter the North Luzon Expressway at Balintawak and exit at SCTEX (entry is at LaPaz, Tarlac toll gate). From here, follow the highway leading to Aliaga and to Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija. Upon reaching Cabanatuan City Proper, take the Nueva Ecija-Aurora highway, passing through the towns of Talavera, Rizal and Pantabangan until reaching the Nueva Ecija-Aurora border, then drive thru the towns of Maria Aurora, San Luis, until you reach Baler. Travel time would take about 5-6 hours.
WHAT TO EXPECT: A place of adventure and history.
WHERE TO GO AND TO STAY: A line of hotels and transients lie near the shore of Brgy. Sabang for accommodation. Our choice is Nina’s Transient House. Besides the beach bumming and surfing, there are many things you can do and visit in Baler and its nearby municipalities. You may go around Baler and visit its historical sites like Ermita Hill, Aurora Ancestral House, Baler Museum and Baler Church to name some. Province of Aurora is also blessed with rainforest and running waters. You may also be interested in waterfall hopping. Diguisit Falls and Mother Falls are your choices.
WHERE TO EAT: Food trip? No problem! Baler has many food choices to offer. Our choice is Gerry Shan’s Place – a buffet of seafood and Chinese cuisine. It’s also good to drop off their Baler market, buy fresh seafood and cook it yourself. 🙂
- 1000 day tour guide/tricycle.
- 1000+++ /day accomodation.
- 200 Gerry Shan’s Place buffet.
- 10 donation to enter Aurora House.
- 50 entrance to Baler Museum
- 300 /hour surfing lesson
- 200 rashguard rental
- Surfing is best during the Amihan days (Northeast Monsoon) since Baler faces the Pacific Ocean.
- There are ATMs and banks in the town and credit cards are accepted in major establishments.
- Cellular signals are available for major networks.
- Souvenirs are sold in the town.
- Bring your own chargers/powerbanks for your gadgets.
- You can do a day tour within Baler, San Luis (where Mother Falls is located) and Maria Aurora (Millenium Tree).
Juan Dela Cruz | @morefunwithjuan