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Baler Aurora - Diguisit Rock Formations, Ermita Hill and Diguisit Waterfalls


When the rain had stopped, we went out again of the hostel and rented a tricycle that brought us to Diguisit Beach. Only after 15 minutes, an awesome view of the Baler Bay welcomed us, as we enter Brgy. Zabali. I must say that Baler (and Aurora as a whole) is synonymous with serenity. It’s a place that will make you forget about the hustle and bustle of city life. A haven for reflection and a place for great relaxation.

However, as typhoon Egay had just left the Philippine area of responsibility on the day I arrived in Baler. The aftermath of the typhoon is evident with some land slides blocking Cemento road on our way to Digisit Beach. Luckily no one was hurt - as told by my friend.



So, we continued…

Our first destination, Diguisit Beach's stunning rock formations. Battered by crashing waves, these eye-catching rock formations will make every visitor in admiration for a long time. The huge rocks make up an amazing location for "cam-whoring" and photo shoots. We hopped from one rock formation to another just to take photos, with the Aniao Islets as a breath-taking back drop.




"Two small but imposing islands lie south of the islet of Dimadimalangat. These islets jut straight from the sea like bullets, with shrubs, small trees and other greenery growing on top surfaces. Kingfishers, gulls and hawks use these islets as lookout points for fish. Towering waves relentlessly pound the base of the formations, challenging even the most intrepid of rock climbers." (http://aurora.com.ph/)





After about an hour of candid "pictorial sessions" and some snacks, we left and bid goodbye to the beach. From there, driving further will lead you to the PAGASA Weather Station and to Dicasalarin Cove, but we decided to continue by making a U-turn. Along the way, my friend told the driver to stop so we could snap on some photos of the Diguisit waterfalls on the side of the road. You wouldn’t miss it as the water trickles down to the road. It would also be the best spot to freshen up.


It requires a bit of hiking on the side of the hill to be able to see the waterfalls' grandeur. But no worries, the delightful sight and the rushing sound of the water is enough reward for an easy 2-minute hike.



Then to our final destination, Ermita Hill - the highest point in Baler overlooking the bay. At the foot of the hill, you'll see a shrine called "Tromba Marina" which is dedicated to commemorate the families who climbed up the hill and survived the catastrophic tsunami that happened in December 27, 1735. The incident left the entire Baler town devastated, leaving only a number of surviving families.



Then our driver drove us to the top of the hill. A picturesque view of the town of Baler, Sabang Beach, Cemento and Dimadimalangat islet greeted us. We did another session of photo ops and some wandering around before going back to Sabang beach for my next activity, riding the waves!!! Yahoo!!!




For the adventurous and nature lovers out there, these are the sites worth visiting which are just a few minutes away from Baler town proper.



My 4-day "love affair" with Aurora happened last June 11-14, 2011. Here's a series of posts on what transpired during my stay in a province that I quickly have fallen in love with. This is my 4th solo trip and 27th province on my list.
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27 comments :

lakwatsera de primera said...

Hi Mervin, pwede ba magisland -hopping doon sa Sabang Beach, Cemento and Dimadimalangat islet all in one day o masyado sila malayo sa isat' isa.

chino said...

wow ang saya saya naman dito! sana mapuntahan ko din ito. alam ko super layo ng aurora. pero ok lang worth your trip naman .. =)

Leave the Cube said...

ganda ng mga natural formations ng mga rocks =) buti na lang umalis na si Egay nung dumating kyo dun. hehe

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@lakwatsera de primera - Sabang and Cemento are in the mainland, yung Dimadimalangat naman is malapit lang sa shore ng Cemento beach, pwede nga daw lakarin pag low-tide... hehehe! thanks Claire! :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@chino - akala ko din sobrang layo... pero hindi naman pala... parang Baguio lang ang layo... hehehe! Thanks ChinChan! :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Leave the Cube - the beach is not so nice, but the rock formations are stunning! oo nga eh, kung hinde, baka until now di pa rin ako nakakapunta sa Baler... hehehe! thanks po! :)

sibili said...

ang galing mo naman, alam mo ba na nasa panagibip ko lang yan na aurora, gusto ko pumunta dyan. you really are so blessed to travel those places, dami na ha. i saw your pics wen u came here in legazpi, tga rito kasi ako, at nakaka amazed na malaman na nag enjoy ka sa place namin. na apreciate ko tuloy ung mas malalapit na lugar dito sa bicol na puntahan. keep on posting.

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@sibili - I'm pretty sure, you'll also love Aurora when you visit it... I hope to inspire people to travel more, because for me, traveling is learning... thanks a lot po...

pack up and drift said...

digisit beach is my favorite in Baler..

Anciro said...

sosyal....sana makapunta 1 day dyan...

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@pack up and drift - the rocks in Digisit is really stunning! thanks po! :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Anciro - wahahaha! salamat Anciro... :)

Micamyx|Senyorita said...

Ewan ko, pero naging emo ako bigla nung nakita ko yung waterfall pic. Ilabit! :D

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Micamyx|Senyorita - wahahaha!!! may naalala kc cguro??? hehehe!!! thanks Senyorita! :)

morion said...

ganda ng mga rock formations! medyo malayo nga lng ang aurora,,, san kaya terminal punta dito?

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@morion - akala ko din malayo, pero malapit lang naman, 7 hours by bus... Genesis Bus Cubao has direct route to Baler... i'll post a complete travel guide by the end of this series... thanks Morion! :)

tim said...

Cool adventure! Ganda dyan ah..

adventurousfeet said...

naunahan mo pako magpost!! sarap sa baler no? limited lang time namin dito kaya bitin ako sa stay ko sa mga beautiful spots :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@tim - super ganda po talaga... thanks Tim! :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@adventurousfeet - yeah, super busy ka yata eh... habol ako ng mga back logs eh... hehehe!!! ako ng 3 or 4 days dun pero bitin pa din.. hopefully makabalik ako soon to explore more... thanks CA! :)

kill3rfill3r said...

Sarap talaga dyan sa Aurora,andami pwede gawin besides surfing. Yung papunta pa lang dyan adventure na:p

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

Baler oh Baler! mapupuntahan din kita! =) iakw pala my post ng Aurora, yihey! thanks for sharing! refer kame dito kapag napagkasunduan na ang date na pagpunta. hehe

Ding | Explored! said...

I went to Baler more than a decade ago, but we went there to train some people. It was unfortunate we were not able to move around. Ganda pala! Dapat mapuntahan ito!

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@kill3rfill3r - sinabi mo pa... hehehe! pero di ka naman mabo-bored... sobrang ganda naman kc... hehehe!

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@thepinaysolobackpacker - hehehe! thanks Gael... sana makatulong sa planning nyo ang mga posts ko... salamat.. :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Ding | Explored! - balik na sir! hinihintay ka na ng Baler... daming lugar dun na masarap i-explore... :)

batangkapampangan85 said...

i'm not a professional photographer,blogger and moutaineer, pero dahil sa mga blogs po nakatulad nito I'm trying to be one in my own way... Sarap magbakasyon sa Aurora...halos lahat ng outdoor activities nandun na sa isang package! thanks for inspiring us sir!

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