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Monday, March 31, 2014

Baler: Itinerary, Budget, & Where to Stay

Baler Itinerary, please?
Where to Stay in Baler?
How much was your budget for Baler?

These are the questions that flooded my FB after posting a bunch of Baler photos over the weekend. Some even took time to send me SMS. :)

So, since I'm in the mood to be nicey-nicey today, I'll share our secret on how we were able to go to Baler for less than Php2500.
Chasing Waves at Baler, Aurora

How to Get to Baler:
via Public Transportation aka Commute

You may take JoyBus for a comfortable ride to Baler. It's a little bit pricey but it's an executive luxury non-stop trip with the ff: bus stewardess, blankets, pillow, snacks, and CR on board. Trip would be approximately 5 to 5 1/2 hrs.

Bus Schedule:
Manila to Baler: 12 MN, 2 AM, and 4:30 AM; Fare is Php750.
Baler to Manila: 4:30 AM and 3 PM; Fare is Php750.

Another option is to take the regular aircon bus of Genesis, Fare is Php450.00. Trip would be approximately 6 to 7 hours.

Bus Schedule: Hourly trip starting 1 AM to 8 AM.

For booking, you may call 7090803, 4211425.

via Private Vehicle
For this trip, we rented a van for Php12,000.00 only; we were originally quoted Php3000/day + Gas + Toll Fees so since we're just a total of 10pax, we asked the driver if we can close it to Php12,000 all-in for a 3-Day Trip to Baler, he agreed. Anyway, this rate already includes going around Baler. So, how can we not go to Baler with this cheap budget right? :)

From Manila, enter NLEX at Balintawak and exit at SCTEX (entry at La Paz, Tarlac toll gate). Follow the highway leading to Aliaga and to Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija. From Cabanatuan City Town Proper, take the Nueva Ecija - Aurora Highway, passing thru the towns of Talavera, Rizal, and Pantabangan until you reach the Aurora  border; then thru the towns of Maria Aurora, San Luis, and finally... Baler.

Where to Stay in Baler:
There are a lot of resorts, transient houses, inns, and lodges in Baler. Since it's Peak Season, it was really hard to book even a night stay in Baler. Good thing, we found Desiree's Lodge located at Sabang. It's not located beachfront but it would just be like a 2-minute walk to the beach.

For reservations, please contact 09204800978/09217518490 and look for Tita Edith.

Things To Do in Baler:
* SURF! SURF! SURF at Sabang Beach

* Dip into the cool waters of Ditumabo Falls aka The Mother Falls
Ditumabo Falls


* Enjoy the white sand at Dicasalarin Cove aka the Angara Resort
At the leftmost part of Dicasalarin Cove

Baler Itinerary:
Day 1
05:30 AM     Assembly
06:00 AM     ETD Makati to Baler
01:00 NN      ETA Baler
01:30 PM      Check-in at Desiree's Lodge
02:00 PM      Late Lunch
03:00 PM      Roam around Sabang/Socials

Day 2
05:30 AM     Wake-up Call
06:00 AM     Buffet Breakfast at Bay's Inn
07:00 AM     Start of Baler Tour (Ditumabo Falls aka The Mother Falls, Balete Tree, Dicasalarin Cove)
03:00 PM      Go to Market, Pasalubong Center,
03:45 PM      Roam around Sabang Beach. Surf.
04:00 PM      Prepare for Dinner
06:30 PM      Dinner/Socials

Day 3
06:00 AM     Breakfast
07:00 AM     Socials
09:30 AM     Go to Sabang Beach. Get Ready to Get Stoked!
10:00 AM     SURF BABY! :)
11:30 AM     Back to Desiree's Lodge
01:00 PM      Check-out
01:30 PM      Lunch at Carinderia beside Museo de Baler
02:00 PM      ETD Baler Town Proper
08:00 PM      ETA Makati

Baler Trip Budget:
You can make it cheaper by slashing off the Buffet Breakfast at Bay's Inn and by renting the surfboard for half an hour only (Php150), for half day (Php400), and for one whole day (Php800).

IMPORTANT:
* All mobile networks have strong signal. 3G is even available.
* If traveling by bus, you may go around Baler by renting a Tricycle. Rate is Php700 for one whole day tour good for 2 pax.
* You may roam around Sabang and Baler Town Proper by Bike. Rental fee is Php35/hour. Bike rental is available beside Yellow Fin's restaurant at the back of Costa Pacifica.
* ATM machines are available only in Baler Town Proper.
* There are no convenience stores/sari-sari stores open at nights in Sabang. But if you're hungry and at least you want to sip a hot choco/coffee, there's an available Coffee Vendo near Bay's Inn. Rate is Php5.00 only.

66 comments :

  1. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  2. If I do the mathe right, it should be somewhere to $55. Am I right? Because it's not expensive at all and this trip seems to be awesome!

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    1. It is not expensive at all. Even the food choices are budget friendly!

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    2. Agree. Yes, food is cheap! We even had our lunch in this Eat All You Can Restaurant for Php180 only. :)

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  3. It's nice that there are easy modes of transportation and also private vehicles that can be economical for large groups. I want to go to Baler too.

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  4. Wow!that place looks so great,so much things to enjoy there and the main thing is it have good transportation.

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  5. that's really a budget tour. will try to visit Baler this year.

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  6. Wow, complete post and it's cheap for a 3 day adventure :) Hope to try surfing this summer

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  7. Really excited to see this place more after reading your post. My kids have been wanting to learn surfing. Did you see lessons for children (10-12 years old)?

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    1. My brother is 13 years old and he was able to learn how to surf in a few minutes. I think they would be using shorter boards if the kids are small. You may try to enroll your kids to mahdox for safety :)

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  8. i love this! will be doing it next week! thank you for sharing!

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  9. This will be my next blog entry... Unfortunately, I can't be as detailed as this since I went there for free; shouldered by our company.

    Try to check out my 2 month old travel blog... www.definingYOLO.blogspot.com

    BTW, I got my Cebu-Bohol itinerary from you when I traveled there alone! Thanks and more power!

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    1. You're welcome Shaun! :)

      Thanks for reading my posts too.

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  10. my number kyo ng van?

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    1. Ito po yung contact nos ng van para sa mga nagtatanong:

      Kuya Nino-(0933) 330 2727

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  11. another way to look at baler's beauty=)
    Hi guys! i'd like to offer our transient house/rooms in baler aurora where you, your family and/or friends can stay near sabang beach. lots of rooms! from 350 to 500php per pax for 2 days and 1 night stay. air conditioned rooms. WI-FI , dining area , cable t.v, videoke , kitchen , grill area , very spacious and safe parking area , etc .. we can accommodate up to 120pax. we also have tour packages. please call or text 0922-9-771-772 / 099999-07-688 / 0918-256-91-11 / 02-710-01-79 / 02-710-09-25 for photos, inquiries and room reservation please click the link to visit our facebook page @ https://www.facebook.com/CasaViajeros... or search Baler Casa De Viajeros at FB

    https://www.facebook.com/balercasavia...

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    1. Thanks Baler Casa de Viajeros for that info! :)

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    2. how much ung room for solo,then one night lang

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  12. Hi,

    Did you pre-booked your Lodgings/Accomodation and all,or nag walk in lng kayo?

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    1. It would've been better if you book in advance specially if it's peak season.

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  13. Hi Elle,

    Yup. Pre-booked po sya. ang alam ko kasi is kailangan talaga sa kanila is magpareserve since laging puno.

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  14. Wala po bang entrance fee ang ditumabo?

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  15. Chasing PhilippinesTuesday, September 23, 2014

    Nung nagpunta kami dun nung March, walang entrance fee or kahit na anong siningil sa amin since yung nag guide sa amin ay kilala nung namamahala. Pero nung nagpunta kami ulit doon nung August, meron na, pati sa bungad.

    http://www.chasingphilippines.com/2014/08/ditumabo-falls-meeting-mother-of-all.html

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  16. Have you ever stayed in Pajaroja or know anyone who does? :) cant seem to find anything about it but i hear it's beach front

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  17. Hi,

    I think I was able to take a picture of Pajaroja. Yes, It's beach front. Just havent tried staying there yet.

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  18. Hi! I was trying to read the exact itinerary and budget breakdown but the "Read more" link redirects me to this page (which is the intro to the article). :(

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  19. Hi Sorry for that. I think it has something to do if the site is being viewed on a mobile device.

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  20. Wow, ito talaga ang balak namin puntahan, last week kaso napadpad kami sa Hundred Islands hehe. plano ko i suprise ang asawa ko vacation dito, hindi a hustle kapag may kasamang 2yrs old?

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  21. Hindi naman po hustle. Yun nga lang hindi advisable paliguin ang kids sa beach kasi malakas talaga ang alon

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  22. hi. this is so informative. thanks for sharing.
    may i know HM the toll fee/s going to baler? just an estimate maybe?
    thanks!

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  23. hi sir.. ask ko lang po.. kailangan ba naming magpa book sa mga tours or pede na namin gawin yun pag nandun na kami? i mean pede po ba namin mapuntahan ung mga sites ng walang kasamang tourist guide?

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  24. Hi,

    The places can be visited w/o tour guides due to accessibility. However, in Ditumabo Falls, you are required to get one. You really do not need to book for tours, you can do this DIY style. :)

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  25. Hi. Do you have contact numbers for the van rental? Manila-Baler-Manila? Thank you :)

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  26. hi, i'd like to ask when you booked the van (kuya nino) did he require you to pay a deposit? thanks

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  27. Hi saan kayo nagrent ng van?

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  28. Van for rent starex 09276036248 :)

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  29. Hi. Can I ask if dalawa lang kaming pupunta, mag cocommute lang. How much kaya ang magagastos namin each kasama na ang tutuluyan. Thank you!

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  30. Hello po,,hindi naman po active yung no.ni kuya nino?

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    1. active naman number niya, siya rin kinuha namin na driver nung nag Baler kami 2 weeks ago, 0933-330-2727

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  31. I think they would be using shorter boards if the kids are small. You may try to enroll your kids to mahdox for safety http://ancientolympiahotel.com/

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  32. we wanna visit there kaso for inly 1day is that possible? gusto lng nmin lumangoy s dagat after that we comeback our place i know sayang ung vacation nmin andun n rin kmi kaso we dont have time so if we have time we will stay more there. my entrance po bng babayarn?

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    1. Hi! Wala pong entrance fee na babayaran. :)

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  33. Hi, this blog is very helpful. May I request for the contact no. of the van you rented for this trip? Thanks

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    1. Hi,

      Yung number po nung van nasa comments po above. :)

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  34. Hi. Do you have any figure in mind if 2pax lang ang magrerent ng place to stay in for 2days and 1 night?

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    1. Hi, it could be more expensive since only two of you will be sharing the room. I think may mas maliit na rooms din naman yung Desiree's Lodge. Pero if 2 lang kayo, you may try to check Aliya Surf Camp.

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  35. Hi! Pwede ba makuha yung contact person mo sa van rental? thanks a lot. :)

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    1. Van Contact Person and details are in the comments po. :)

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  36. kailangan ba ng tour guide sa Baler?

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  37. Madami salamat. Ang plano kse namin mag google maps para mahanap yun mga places.

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  38. Yes, try din namin waze :) Thanks!

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  39. hi, pwede bang magtent sa tabing dagat nalang at dun na mag over night.. (sabang Beach)

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    1. Wala pa akong nakitang nag tent dun so far. I think bawala din and unsafe kasi masyadong malakas ang alon.

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  40. From MNL to BLR po ba yung rent ng van? - Nhei

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  41. hi.. ask ko lang sana kng may contact number kayo nung tour guide? thanks

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  42. hi.. ask ko lang sana kng may contact number kayo nung tour guide? thanks

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  43. ask ko lang po sana kng may contact number pa kau nung tour guide? salamat po

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