Every time I tell someone that I want to go to Baler, the first thing that they ask me is – where’s that? For many, the Baler they know is located in Quezon province and besides that, they have no idea what’s really in Baler.
I’m not sure if there really is a Baler in Quezon, but the only one I know of is the one located in Aurora.
There’s really no better description for Baler other than “beach” and “surfing.” However, besides beach bumming and surfing, there are actually other places to visit in Baler. No matter what type of activity you prefer, there’s a big possibility that Baler has it too.
For history lovers:
Museo de Baler and Quezon Memorial Park
These two tourist destinations comprise of a large part of the history of Baler. Manuel Quezon, a former president of the Philippines who is famous for being the Father of the National Language, was born in Tayabas, Baler, thus a memorial park stands in his name, with his statue, right in front of the Museo de Baler. Museo de Baler, on the other hand, is a two storey establishment filled with paintings, mini-architecture, fossils and remnants of the past. For those who love history, they can dwell in the collection of historical artifacts and information inside the museum.
Aurora Aragon’s House
As the wife of the second president of the country and the first Chairperson of the Philippine National Red Cross, the province of Aurora was named after Aurora Aragon-Quezon. Her beautiful house, still intact, made of wood and accentuated with remnants of the past like clothes, shoes, hats and a huge guitar stands as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Baler. Before you leave, don’t forget to pay respects to a great woman and donate to keep the house in good condition.
Have you ever watched the movie Baler? Well, I did and it made me an instant fan of the Anne Curtis – Jericho Rosales love team. It also made me a fan of the place itself, with the beautiful sunset, the gorgeous beach and the memorable church, where Rosales’ character died in the end. When I told my family that I would be going to Baler, the first thing my brother asked was if I was going to see the church. While technically, the church looks far from the one in the movie, it was still a very significant moment to realize that those scenes in the movie happened in Baler.
Did you know that Baler was once hit by a huge tsunami? Yes, in 1745, December, what was known as a tromba marina then, hit Baler after midnight, engulfing almost the whole town. The few survivors of the tragedy swam up this hill with the parish priest of Casiguran. Today, this hill has been reinvented to become a famous tourist destination, with beautiful views of the ocean, a small field, a tiny chapel and after climbing some steps, a huge cross marking the once – significant moment of Baler’s life. Ermita Hill is one of the most popular places to visit in Baler.
For those who love nature:
600 year old Balete Tree
I am always amazed by the new things I see every time I travel. In Baler, I was amazed by the huge, 600 year old Balete tree that was so big people can actually enter the middle of the tree. We enjoyed taking photos inside the tree and outside the tree. Children from around the area make climbing a hobby as they can practically reach the top of the tree from the inside.
Another famous place to visit and one I truly enjoyed was the Lukso-Lukso islets. Called Lukso-Lukso because you had to keep jumping just to get to any place because of the huge rocks, the place is accentuated by the gorgeous waters of Baler, washing onto the huge rocks and the clarity of the waters enough for you to enjoy watching small fish swim. Absolute haven for photographers and models who are trying to build lookbooks, this place will definitely be one of the locations to do it.
Diguisit Beach and Diguisit Falls
I’m more of a beach type of person so I’m more enthralled with new beaches than I am of climbing mountains. Diguisit beach, located just next to the Lukso-Lukso islets, boasts of calm, clear waters and film cream-white sands. Since it doesn’t have the tide like the one in Sabang beach, this will be a better place for families, especially kids, to swim in. Diguisit Beach is one of the most common places to visit in Baler, not only for tourists, but also for the locals.
I didn’t get to test the waters, though, we were in a rush to get to other places by then.
For those who love adventure:
If nature and history is not enough, people who love adventure will definitely love the Ditumabo Falls. Consisting of one huge falls and two preliminary falls, the Ditumabo Falls will only take up 30 – 40 minutes trek along picturesque forests, streams with huge rocks and a challenging traverse that will make you wonder what’s more important – your head or your camera.
Tripped twice during the traverse, the first thing that I worried about was my camera, either getting hit by a rock or getting wet. I didn’t even notice that I had scratched myself until we returned to the resort. Your Baler experience will never be complete without visiting the Ditumabo Falls.
By the way, this is my first falls. A more detailed accountability of my experience can be found here.
Sabang Beach, named so popularly because this is the main beach with resorts and restaurants lined along the shores. This is also the place where surfing takes place. Swimming may be a little dangerous here, especially during the afternoon. However, if you’d like to try surfing, you can find many surf instructors along the beach. For only P300 – P350, you can get 1 hour of surfing with an instructor who will help push you through the waves. Your Baler experience will never be complete without visiting the Ditumabo Falls.
With this being my first time to surf as well, here’s a more detailed accountability of my experience as a beginner surfer.
Baler is more than just beach and surfing. Because of its laid-back atmosphere and uncluttered ambiance, it’s the perfect place to spend a weekend without worries. You won’t even have to spend more than P3000!
If you need a place to stay in Baler, you might want to consider Pacific Waves.