Just about everyone I know has been raving about Baler – said to be the birthplace of surfing in the country. Curious about all the fuss, I decided on a whim to take an overnight bus ride to Quezon.
I initially thought Baler was just very near like Tagaytay. Then I found the trip was in reality about 5-6 hours by bus from Manila. Lesson learned.
Baler is a small, sleepy town. Simple homes line the street. Mostly tricycles occupy the road.
Yet even with just a weekend to explore there are several interesting things worth discovering there.
Photo op at Baler monument
The marker was built in 2011 to celebrate 400 years of Baler’s township.
A look at the enormous Balete tree
Diguisit rock formations
Museo de Baler
House of President Quezon and Aurora Quezon
Surfing at Sabang Beach
There are still some other spots I missed seeing like the Baler hanging bridge, the
photographer favorite Ampere Beach, Lamao caves, the Ditumabo and Diguisit waterfalls and the Dicasalarin Cove, among others. I’ll make sure to visit those on my return!
- Friday (midnight): overnight bus travel to Baler
- Saturday: Arrival in Baler, short tour, surfing/ beach
- Sunday: Surfing/ beach until return bus trip