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ChristineB_110284
Manila, Philippines13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Friends
Baler is approximately 6hrs away from Manila..Better prepare some waste bag because the zigzag roads and narrow roads will surely gives u dizziness. It was exhausting but the travelling is worth it once you reached the beach. The waves are huge and awesome! Its our first time to try surfing and I really liked it and realized it wasnt scary and hard like what everybody thought. The locals are very friendly and nice. There's a lot of cheap lodging around, we stayed in Pacific Waves Inn, their staff was very accommodating and very much willing to help and to assist. We even met the owner and they tried to help us in looking for a place to stay for another night (they are fully booked and cant accommodate us for 1 night extension). The place is very cozy and nice, the room that we had is big enough for 5, and it was very cheap by the way. The surfing instructors are very nice and patient (specially for someone like me). Surfing fee is very cheap! 350php per hour (Maddox surfing school). It was really enjoyable and the visit was worth it.
Written January 13, 2014
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JohnCYap
Baler, Philippines49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016
summer is here. you can definitely feel the scorching summer sun.
the salty calm breeze of the pacific. the waves and the surf that will provide you an excitement to try surfing.
the friendly faces of locals who will always greet you with a smile.
great food, great view.
sorry about this review, currently tongue tied. no words to explain the place. will go back this March 19, 2016. see you all there.
Written March 15, 2016
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Velardy
Manila, Philippines420 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Family
lovely wide shoreline with very fine gray sands; you can walk barefooted without worrying of hurting your feet. beach is clean and no nipa huts and boats that will distract the ocean view.
Written March 8, 2015
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Lenglu
Bataan Province, Philippines1,591 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
There are lots of surfing instructors. P350 per hr for the instructor and surf board. I thought it was very hard to do it. But the instructors will help you and you may Learn surfing in 1hr! The beach is not very good for swimming because of the big waves but great for surfing.
Written January 31, 2015
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mocha_frap82
9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014
Went there late March along with some friends to try out surfing.We arrived mid-afternoon and the waves were really huge and since we're beginners,we were hesitant to try it out.You can hire an instructor and a surfing board for 300php an hour.My freinds tried it out but I chickened out due to the strong waves.The instructor recommended to try early in the morning as the waves are small w/c is great for first timers.Next day we visited Ermita Hill w/c has a nice view,overlooking Baler's beautiful landscape,great for picture-taking.We then went to Ditumabo Falls w/c is a long walk from the entrance by the way but its all worth it once u get there.You can enjoy lunch at the bahay kubo store/carinderia located at the entrance after coming back from the falls because for sure you'll be hungry by then.Last stop was the huge Balete tree.It was quite amazing as u can go inside the tree and a person there can take pics of you if you want free of charge as long as you have your own camera.There are still a lot of places to explore there as we only went there for an overnight stay we werent able to see much.Best to stay for 2-3 days at least to get to explore the beauty of this place.
Written June 25, 2014
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Trudy A
Boracay, Philippines161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
Loved Sabang Beach - it's extensive although most of the activities, restaurants and beachfront hotels are in a 3k stretch. Black sand, mostly clean but with occasional pockets of trash here and there.

Waves are consistent and perfect for beginners being a beach break. And there are a lot of instructors around, and guides for intermediate surfers.

We stayed in relatively expensive hotel rooms (I won't mention the hotel). For the price we paid we expected a better standard of room and service. Front Office were disorganized and unable to determine if they were fully booked or not (we booked in advance). The phone was put down on us 5 times in the course of trying to book our rooms. Each time we rang back, repeating the same information all over again, we were greeted with a giggle and no apology for the previous hang ups. On arrival, 7am (when we had expected to arrive around midnight the night before) we were told "oh so you want early check-in" ???!!! How much effort does it take to realise we were expected to already be in the rooms the day before - and that was inclusive of ringing them ahead to advise we would now arrive early morning. Both rooms I stayed in, I woke up covered in the droppings of Bok Bok - in a 3k a night room ... not just a little bit .. my bed was full of it; it was permanently dropping so not something that housekeeping could have missed.

Weirdly, the Hotel restaurant was well run and a completely different experience.

Anyway, I do plan to visit again and for longer but will be looking at alternative hotel options lol
Written April 13, 2019
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artfrommanila
Lipa City, Philippines55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
For 20 years I planned to visit Baler.Finally I made it.
400 kms from Lipa City where I live and 7 hours drive.
Was it worth it ? You bet. It is so beautiful.
The drive there through the mountains and the drive out northwards also through the mountains was magnificent.
The Philippines really is a beautiful country.
Written March 20, 2019
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Jujay_24
Dubai, United Arab Emirates103 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Friends
We took the Joy Bus (Genesis Transport) at 05:30AM in Cubao, Quezon City going to Baler. We were on Semi-Deluxe Joy Bus and it costs 635PHP. They advertise that travel time is only for 4 hours if you opt to take the Joy Bus, but that is not the case, it will still take you 6 hours of travel time from Manila excluding traffic. Also, I strongly recommend you make reservations prior, as Genesis Bus staff won’t really entertain you that much if you arrive there without booking, as was our case. They will always, ALWAYS say it’s fully booked even though they aren’t and will put you on “waiting list”. You have to constantly prod them for availability and keep reminding them that you are “waitlisted”. It happened to us, going to Baler and going back to Manila. Travel time itself is quite long as, you’ll be passing through towns and some roads are still being smooth, not to mention it’s a zigzag road when you’re nearer to Aurora Province. You can always entertain yourself with movies being shown in the bus or just to take in the scenic countryside view that you pass by.
Baler itself, surfing aside, is pretty much a laid back town. Typical provincial town actually, it’s still very peaceful and quiet at night. Foods aren’t that pricey, very reasonable. It gets a bit touristy in Sabang area. Sabang Beach is really what it boasts for, surfer’s paradise. Don’t expect white sand though, as it is not. Though sands are fine it’s greyish in color. I know how to swim but I’m not a surfer, haven’t done so in my entire life. So if you’re thinking of going here to take a dip, think again, as the waves will overwhelm you. They can be huge and scary. But if you want to try surfing then this is a perfect place for you. Even if you’re a beginner, it doesn’t really matter, as there are a lot of group that offers surfing lessons and board rentals. Prices are reasonable as well, but better learn how to haggle, to still get a better price. I recommend staying in Baler at least three days to explore the town itself and still have enough time to surf all you want.
Written May 21, 2016
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LanahBrowne
Metro Manila, Philippines1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Family
I have had visited Baler many times especially their beach. I love the place that I keep coming back, but recently, I have observed that the cleanliness of the place is getting out of track. It starts to be polluted, plastics and all other sort of garbage are scattered on the beach, some floating in the water, dogs poo on the walk way of the beach, and more.
Its so sad to see this situation, I love the place and would like to go there more often.
I hope the city or any organization will work on this. I'm calling out to the people who can be of help to keep cleanliness in this one beautiful tourist spot of the Philippines.
Written November 12, 2015
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Che R
Makati, Philippines60 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Solo
This is where I first learned how to surf years and years ago but nowadays, it is better to look for a less crowded area in Baler. This isn't a problem because there are surf spots everywhere
Written August 18, 2015
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