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Travel Guide : Aurora - How to Get There, Things to do, Tourist Spots and Attractions, Accommodation, Transportation, Travel Expenses, Contact Details and Itinerary




HOW TO GET THERE

How to get to Baler from Manila

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 www.genesistransport.com.ph or you may call +(632)709-0803/+(632)421-1425.

Option #2 : Take any bus from Metro Manila bound for Cabanatuan, Nueva Ejica. Then take a Baler bound bus or van in the central terminal.

How to get to Diguisit from Baler town
Rent a tricycle for 250 pesos. Be sure to haggle on the price as it may get as high as 400 pesos.

How to get to Ditumabo Falls from Baler town
Hire a jeep or tricycle or take a private vehicle from Baler town proper going to Bgy. Ditumabo passing through Poblacion in San Luis. From there, it is a 4-km hike over rough terrain and river trail.

THINGS TO DO, TOURIST SPOTS AND ATTRACTIONS




ACCOMMODATION IN BALER AURORA

There are a number of accommodations to choose from at Sabang beach in Baler. But if you are on a tight budget (like me), I would recommend Jam Jen's Lodge.

 Jam and Jen's Lodge
Address: Brgy. Sabang, Baler Aurora
Room Rates: starts at 600 pesos per night for a fan room good for 2-3 persons
Contact Details: 09215983588 / 09162001731 look for Ate Marivic or Kuya Marlon


 Notes: Their facility is somewhat a home stay facility as the owners' home is just beside the rooms. As of this writing, they have 3 rooms, of which 1 is air-conditioned. I took the non-aircon room which costs 600 pesos per night and was able to haggle with the price and made it 500 pesos. Clean room and bathroom, I highly recommend this lodge when you stay in Baler.

TRANSPORTATION

The most common mode of transportation in going around Baler is with a tricycle. Minimum fare is at 10 pesos. You can also take a bus if you want to go to the other towns.

ITINERARY

This is a proposed 2-day itinerary for an easy weekend getaway.

DAY 1
 02:00 AM - Departure (Manila - Baler)
 07:00 AM - Breakfast (Bus Stop @ Nueva Ecija)
 09:00 AM - Arrive in Baler / Check-in
 10:00 AM - Tour around Baler Town
 11:00 AM - Lunch
 12:00 NN - Explore rock formations, waterfalls and Ermita hill
 03:00 PM - Surfing in Sabang Beach
 05:00 PM - Sunset viewing by the beach, swimming, chill out
 07:00 PM - Dinner 08:00 PM - Booze, Party, Acoustic night by the beach
 11:00 PM - Back to hostel, Sleep

DAY 2
 06:00 AM - Daparture from Baler to San Luis
 07:00 AM - Arrive at San Luis, start trek to Ditumabo Falls
 07:30 AM - Rest, breakfast at the cottages
 08:30 AM - Resume trek
 09:00 AM - Arrive at the falls
 10:00 AM - Start decent
 11:00 AM - Back at the high-way
 12:00 AM - Arrival in Baler, Lunch
 01:00 PM - Back at the hostel, freshen up and check out
 03:00 PM - Departure (Baler - Manila)
 10:00 PM - Arrival in Manila

MUST-READ: 10 Best Things to Do in Baler, Aurora

Note: If you will be staying for more than 2 days, you might want to visit other tourist spots such as Dicasalarin Cove and PAG-ASA Weather Station in Baler; Ampere Beach in Dipaculao; Dibut Bay and NIA watershed in San Luis; Casapsapan and Motiong Beaches in Casiguran; Bulawan waterfalls in Dinalungan; and Balete Park and Dimasalang waterfalls in Maria Aurora.

MY 4D/3N TRAVEL EXPENSES


DAY 1
Deluxe Bus Fare (Cubao-Baler)
Tricycle (Bus Terminal - Sabang)
Tricycle (Sabang - Poblacion)
Brunch
Tricycle (Poblacion - Sabang)
Tricycle Rental to and from Diguisit
Surf Boarding Lesson (1 hour)
Fish for Dinner
Accommodation (1st night)
TOTAL (Day 1)

DAY 2
Breakfast
Cellphone Load
Lunch
1L Mineral Water
Dinner
Accommodation (2nd night)
TOTAL (Day 2)

DAY 3
Breakfast
Tricycle (Sabang - Poblacion)
Fish for Lunch
Tricycle (Poblacion - Sabang)
Tricycle (Sabang - Terminal)
Dinner
Tricycle (Terminal - Poblacion)
Accommodation (3rd night)
TOTAL (Day 3)

DAY 3
Tricycle (Poblacion - Terminal)
Brunch
Bus Fare (Baler - Pasay)
TOTAL (Day 3)

GRAND TOTAL
Php 500
20
10
80
10
250
350
150
500
1,870


100
40
Free
30
None
500
670


100
10
170
10
10
80
10
Free
390


10
70
429
509

3,439*

*Estimated Budget


For more travel information, please contact: 

PROVINCIAL TOURISM OFFICE
 Provincial Capitol Compound Brgy. Suklayin Baler, Aurora 3200
 Mobile : 0921-3207015
 Email : tourism_aurora@yahoo.com
 Facebook : Tourism Aurora
 Website: www.aurora.gov.ph

  **Prices and rates are correct as of posting time



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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19 comments :

eg said...

nice.. trip... sana balang araw makagawa din ako ng ganyan... ung trip na gusto mo.. nice :)

glentot said...

OK to ah nalist mo talaga ang expenses mo... Ako kasi lagi kong nakakalimutan...

Ed said...

Wow na wow, nagamit namin ang information mo on how to get to the coves in Zambales. Thanks for these tips for Aurora! Babalikan ko toh mervz! :D

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@eg - it will come.... go go go lang... thanks Eg! :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@glentot - kaya lagi akong may ballpen at maliit na notebook... pag wala naman, i recall the expenses at the end of the day before ako matulog... hehe! thanks Glentot! :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Ed - sure... sana maka-visit din kayo sa Aurora, i'm sure you will enjoy it too! Thanks Ed! :)

Dylan said...

Very informative post you've got there! I'll take note of this for my future Aurora trip.

Thanks for sharing! :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Dylan - hehehe! thanks Dylan! :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Dylan - thanks Dylan! :)

dong ho said...

detalyadong detalyado. magagamit ko to pagpunta ko diyan.

ill recommend this post to people planning to go there.

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@dong ho - Thanks Dom! :)

Josiah said...

Nice post again! details that can make people get to Aurora. Will be using this when I go there. Thanks. :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@Josiah - hope makatulong cya pag nag plan ka na pumunta dun... thanks again... :)

:) said...

nice post! super like. how about the safety? I heard there is still a community of leftist and insurgency? is there truth to that?

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@:) - based on my experience, there's no such thing... mas malaking problema nila yung mga illegal loggers.. :)

Anonymous said...

wow... super like namn ung pag travel u... sna ako din...

ken agsaway said...

alin ang mas mura budget(surfing)
Baler o La Union? thanks

Pinoy Adventurista said...

@ken agsaway - pareho lang po... :)

Anonymous said...

hi, we are planning to visit baler this holy week 2,3,4. Ask ko lang if may reservation ba yung genesis bus? Since holy week baka super dagsa yung tao.

thanks :)

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