2020 BALER TRAVEL GUIDE BLOG: Things to Do, Tourist Spots, DIY Itinerary, Hotels & Resorts and More!


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Dubbed as the "birthplace of surfing in the Philippines", Baler can considered as a traveler's paradise in the province of Aurora. Just 5 hours away from Manila, it offers a wide array of activities and interesting attractions that you will surely enjoy. Rich in history, great food, adventurous activities and natural wonders, there are many things to do in Baler. In this Baler Travel Guide Blog I will help you plan your trip with useful information on how to get there, things to do, and DIY itinerary. A weekend getaway or a 3 days 2 nights Baler Itinerary is an ideal visit to see and experience most of Baler's famous tourist spots and attractions.

You can find many places and do many things in (and near) Baler. For first-timers, I listed below some of the most popular attractions and things to do in Baler as well as in the nearby towns of San Luis, Maria, and Dipaculao.

BALER TRAVEL GUIDE BLOG 2020: Things To Do, Tourist Spots, Attractions, DIY Itinerary and More!



From Metro Manila, go to Genesis Transport Service bus terminal located along EDSA in Cubao, Quezon City. This is where your journey to Baler begins. Genesis is the only bus company that has direct bus from Manila to Baler.

Genesis offers 2 types of bus service to Baler: Joy Bus and Regular Air-con bus.

The Joy Bus is an executive luxury bus service that plies directly from Metro Manila to Baler, non-stop. It has a toilet inside the bus so it doesn't need to have a stop along the way. When availing this bus service, you get a good "lazy boy" type of seat, free snacks, blankets & pillows, complimentary Wi-Fi, service by bus stewardess, and a morning kit. It has several schedules daily. Bus fare is around 700 pesos and travel time is around 5 hours. Advance reservation is required. I've tried the Joy Bus several times. It's definitely the fastest and most convenient bus service from Manila to Baler.



  • 1st Trip: 12:01 AM
  • 2nd Trip: 01:00 AM
  • 3rd Trip: 02:00 AM
  • 4th Trip: 05:30 AM
  • 5th Trip: 11:00 PM


Going back to Manila, here are the bus schedules:


  • 1st Trip: 04:301 AM
  • 2nd Trip: 11:00 AM
  • 3rd Trip: 01:00 PM
  • 4th Trip: 02:00 PM
  • 5th Trip: 03:30 PM

For the regular air-con buses no reservation is required. You just need to go to the Genesis Bus Terminal and take the next available bus bound for Baler. Bus fare is around 450 pesos and travel time is from 6 to 7 hours.

For inquiries and advance reservation on Joy Bus you may call Genesis Bus Cubao Office at (02) 709-0803 or (02) 421-1425.


New York Ave, Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila

You can comfortably travel from Metro Manila to Baler via private car. CHECK OUT HERE for the available transportation options.

You can also SEARCH bus schedules and availability below:


For first-timers in Baler, these are the top best things to do, tourist spots and attractions you should not miss. I also shared a DIY itinerary below based on these activities.

1. Surfing or Learn how to Surf

A trip to Baler would not be complete without giving surfing a try. Sabang Beach, as a prime surfing site in the Philippines has become Baler’s source of pride alongside its rich history and natural wonders. It's a popular surfing destination among surfers and non-surfers because of its distinct long stretch of gray sandy shoreline with crashing waves coming from the Pacific Ocean. You can get surfing lessons from any of the surfing schools by the beach. A 1 hour lesson would cost about 350-500 pesos with the instructor helping you out. This is a must-do activity when visiting Baler.

SEE ALSO: Surfing in Baler (A Surfer Wannabe's 2nd Surfing Experience at Sabang Beach, Baler Aurora)

Things to do in Baler
Visiting Museo de Baler

2. Historical Walking Tour Around Baler Town

Visit the different historical landmarks within the town proper. Start at Quezon Park to see the statue of President Manuel Luis Quezon. Then proceed to Museo de Baler to see the province's priceless artifacts and memorabilia that showcases the province's rich history and culture. A few steps away from the park is the old Baler Municipal Hall, with the statues of Rizal and Quezon greeting you at the entrance. Then continue the walking tour with a visit to the Church of Baler. It is rich in history as it is the site of the "Siege of Baler" during the Philippine revolution from 1898 to 1899. Lastly, visit the replica of Aurora Quezon's Ancestral house. Doña Aurora Aragon Quezon is the wife of former President Quezon. She was born in Baler, and the province was named after her.

SEE ALSO: Historical Walking Tour Around Baler Town

Things to do in Baler
The stunning rock formations of Diguisit Beach

3. Explore Diguisit's Beach, Rock Formations and Waterfalls

Rent a tricycle and tell the driver to bring you to Diguisit Beach in Brgy. Zabali, just about 15 minutes away from the town proper. An awesome view of Baler Bay will welcome you, as you enter Brgy. Zabali. Enjoy the stunning rock formations battered by crashing waves. These eye-catching rock formations will make you in admiration for a long time. You may choose to hop from one rock formation to another and take photos with the Aniao Islets as a breath-taking back drop. Take a stop at Diguisit waterfalls. It can be hiked on one 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.

SEE ALSO: Diguisit's Beach, Rock Formations and Waterfalls

Baler Aurora Tourist Spots and Attractions
Sabang Beach

4. Watch the Sunrise

Facing the east and the mighty Pacific Ocean, there are many spots to watch the sunrise in Baler. Be it on top of Ermita hill, along Diguisit beach, Ampere beach in Dipaculao or at the shores of Sabang Beach, almost everywhere is a perfect spot to watch the sunrise.

Baler Aurora Tourist Spots and Attractions
Ermita Hill

5. Climb Ermita Hill

Ermita Hill is considered as the highest point in Baler overlooking the bay. At the foot of the hill is 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 1735. On top of the hill, enjoy the picturesque view of the town of Baler, Sabang Beach, Cemento and Dimadimalangat islet.

SEE ALSO: Baler's Ermita Hill

6. Trek to Ditumabo Mother Falls

Located in Brgy. Ditumabo in the town of San Luis, it's one of the major attractions of the province. According to some locals, it is the biggest waterfalls in the province so it gets the name mother falls. Going there is easy. From Baler, hire a tricycle to Brgy. Ditumabo and alight at the national road. Another option is to drive a motorcycle which could navigate from the national road all the way to the hydroelectric power plant. It will cut the trekking time to almost half. This magnificent waterfalls has a height of 140 feet. When you get to it, you’ll feel like it’s raining around the area because of the strong current of water rushing from the top. The wide basin and the huge imposing cliffs on both sides are superb work of nature. Truly, nature at it's best!

SEE ALSO: Trek to Ditumabo Mother Falls

7. Go on a Food Trip in Baler!

How about a good meal after a long day of exploring the sights and attractions in Baler or surfing the mighty waves of Sabang Beach? Indeed, Baler has a lot of dining options to offer, but one that stands out from the rest is Baler Surfer Grill located at the Baywalk Area along Sabang Beach. It is a humble outdoor dining venue that offers an interesting list of dishes that will surely satisfy your cravings for good food.

SEE ALSO: Baler Surfer Grill, "Baler's Ultimate Grilling Sensation"

Baler Aurora Tourist Spots and Attractions
Baler Suman! Yummy!!!

Also try the different restaurants in the resorts lining up Sabang Beach, or go to the town proper where cheap and affordable eateries, restaurants and carenderias abound. And oh, don't forget to have a taste of Baler's peanut butter, suman and pako. These also make an awesome pasalubong to bring back home.

Baler Aurora Tourist Spots and Attractions
Sunrise at Ampere Beach

8. Visit Ampere Beach in Dipaculao

About 1 hour away from Baler, Ampere beach is one of the best places to watch the sunrise. Go here as early as 5:00 or 5:30 in the morning and see the sunrise unveil amid crashing waves and huge rocks.

Baler Aurora Tourist Spots and Attractions
Climbing the Belete tree in Maria Aurora

9. Climb the Century Old Balete Tree

Located in the town of Maria Aurora, which is about 30 minutes away from Baler, this century-old Balete tree is a sight to behold. For a minimal fee, you can also enter the huge opening of the tree and climb its branches. Just be careful not to fall! :)

Pasalubong Shopping in Baler Discover Baler Souvenir Shop

10. Souvenir Shopping in Baler

There are so many souvenir shops in Baler offering a wide selection of pasalubong and souvenir items. If you're looking for a pasalubong center where you could buy high-quality shirts, souvenir items and some food items, checkout Discover Baler Souvenir Store! It's definitely one of the best places to buy souvenirs to bring back home to your family, friends and loved ones.

SEE ALSO: Discover Baler Souvenir Store

What to do in Baler Aurora

There are really a lot of things you can do and experience when visiting Baler. I highly suggest that you visit these tourist spots and attractions and make your Baler trip special and a memorable one.

SEE ALSO: 6 Reasons Why I Hate Baler, Aurora (An Open Letter)


Here's a sample 2 days and 1 night Baler DIY itinerary perfect for a Baler weekend getaway. You can adjust it depending on the tourist spots you want to visit and the activities you want to do in Baler.

12:00 MN - Travel to Baler from Manila

06:00 AM - Arrive in Baler
07:00 AM - Breakfast
08:00 AM - Start Baler tour
  • Historical Walking Tour around Baler Town
  • Explore Diguisit's Beach, Rock Formations and Waterfalls
  • Climb Ermita Hill
12:00 NN - Lunch at Surfer Grill
01:00 PM - Travel to San Luis
02:00 PM - Enjoy Ditumabo Mother Falls
04:00 PM - Travel to Maria and see the Century Old Balete Tree
05:30 PM - Back at the hotel/resort
07:00 PM - Dinner

04:00 AM - Wake-up early and travel to Dipaculao
05:00 AM - Arrive in Dipaculao. Enjoy the sunrise in Ampere Beach
06:00 AM - Travel back to the hotel
07:00 AM - Breakfast
08:00 AM - Enjoy Sabang Beach
09:00 AM - Learn how to surf
10:00 AM - Back at the hotel
12:00 NN - Check-out / lunch
01:00 PM - Go to Discover Baler Souvenir Store to buy pasalubong and souvenirs
02:30 PM - Proceed to the bus station
03:00 PM - Depart for Manila
09:00 PM - Arrive in Manila


As a top tourist destination in central luzon, here are many hotels and resorts in Baler to choose from. From cheap and affordable guest houses, hostels and transient houses, to mid-range Baler accommodations, and luxury beach-front resorts, you'll find an accommodation that will best suit your need. To save on travel expenses, I highly recommend that you book in advance online. Many hotels and resorts gets fully-booked during summer, weekdays and holidays. By booking online, you will be assured that you will have a room to stay upon arrival in Baler.

Here are the hotels and resorts that I've personally been to and I highly recommend them for you to try.


To help you more in planning your Baler Itinerary, you may also check out these Baler Travel Blogs from my previous trips in Baler.

I hope this Baler Travel Guide Blog 2020 helped you in planning an amazing and memorable Baler adventure! What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and plan now your trip to Baler!

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1 comment :

  1. Thank you for this! I'm going to Baler in May and wanted to go sight seeing!! Any good places for desserts and coconuts??



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