A Bird's-Eye View of Baler, Aurora

Dicasalarin Cove
Baler in the province of Aurora is one of my favorite destinations in north. Not only because of its raw beauty but also because of its rich history and irresistible culinary delights. Towards the last quarter of 2014, I was so fortunate to have visited this town twice. Here, I share some snapshots of our trip.

Our pilot
An aerial view

Going down the helipad
Coconut trees abound
At Dicasalarin Cove's pristine beach
Blue and white
Bare beauty

Dicasalarin Cove's hidden spot

Alone on the quiet beach

On the rocks
To Ditumabo Falls

Bamboo bridge at Ditumabo Falls

The majestic Ditumabo Falls
Diguisit Rock Formation
The roaring waves of Sabang Beach
On the way back to Manila
Mt. Arayat
 How to go there:
If you're bringing your own car, Baler can be access through NLEX via Sta. Rita exit and head towards my hometown, Nueva Ecija. Just go straight, passing by Cabanatuan City. Take the Camiling-Pantabangan road straight up. You will be driving through scenic green mountains along the way until you reach the province of Aurora. You can also go thorugh the NLEX-SCTEX route passing through Tarlac-Zaragoza-Sta. Rosa and continue on to Cabanatuan City, all the way to Aurora. Depending on how fast you drive, travel time with a private car can take around 5-6 hours.

If you don't want to drive and just want to sit back and sleep throughout the trip, take the Joybus (the executive coach bus line of Genesis Transport) bound to Baler. The terminal is located at the corner of EDSA and New York Street in Cubao. Make sure you reserve a seat in advance at it gets fully-booked easily. (Joybus: +632 4211413, 4211422, 4211425, 7090803). Usually, there is a trip at 12:00 midnight and another at 2:30 am, but please confirm the latest schedule when you do your reservations. Fare is Php 700.

Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your expected time of departure as the bus will definitely not wait for you. Not showing up at the terminal at the time of your reservations will forfeit your seats. Should you miss your Joybus, there are regular aircon Genesis buses that leaves the terminal every hour.

You may also board any bus bound to Cabanatuan City (Five Star, ES, or Baliwag Transit). From the central terminal in Cabanatuan City, there are Genesis buses, mini buses, and passenger vans bound to Baler.

Once you are in Baler town proper, you may take a tricycle to Sabang Beach where accommodations in all shapes, sizes and price ranges are.

Costa Pacifica Raintree's Pasajero

Before leaving the terminal, you might want to book your return Joybus ticket. Otherwise, you can just take a Genesis bus to Cabanatuan City, and from there, board a bus to Pasay or Cubao.

Special thanks to Senator Sonny and Ms. Tootsy Angara 
for hosting us during this visit.


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