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Part 5 of the Libotero Baler Roadtrip series
After our brief visit to The Millennium Tree, we headed straight to Baler! From Maria Aurora, we passed by the town of San Luis en route to Baler.
San Luis is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Aurora, Philippines. The town is almost the same size as Metro Manila. According to the latest census, it has a population of 23,766 people in 4,548 households.
San Luis is just less than 15 minutes away from Baler. Upon arrival in Baler, we immediately searched for our hotel, Bahia de Baler..
But before we could even find our hotel, we were greeted by Baler Bay with a wide smile!
S C R O L L > > >
Our hotel happens to be just a few meters away from the coastline so we checked in and settled our luggage, then we headed to the hotel’s restaurant for lunch… We arrived at around 2pm and our tummies were already making the weirdest of sounds!
While waiting for our food to be served, I went back to the shoreline and snapped some photos! The Baler Bay has a very long stretch of beach amid a dramatic mountain backdrop. My jaw literally dropped!
Baler is a surfers’ paradise! Well, it is actually perfect for beginners as the waves are not that high. Surfing season peaks on February as waves go as high as nine feet!
Baler, Aurora has a 70% forest cover! Lush greens can be seen all over the place!
While enjoying the scenery, mum called me up as our food was served. Immediately after lunch, I resumed taking photos as I want to share to all of you that under-rated and the undiscovered beauty that is Baler, Aurora!
The waves! Ooooh-la-la!
A storm is brewing over the Sierra Madre Mountains…
Locals enjoying Sabang Beach (named after the barangay’s name, Sabang) in the afternoon! Aurora is a very remote place and only a few adventurous tourists, like us, dare to invade the place since only less than 25% of the roads going to the province are paved. Imagine going through unpaved roads on rolling mountains. You’ll be needing a powerful 4×4! We were on a Honda City and we were really struggling on some parts of the road! It is such a challenge to go to Aurora but once you’re there, you’ll forget about all the struggles you went through. Lucky locals as they get to enjoy this sweet paradise everyday!
Dimadimalangat Islet, off the coast of Barangay Cemento, Baler
Sabang Beach’s sand is not white, it’s gray. But it’s super fine, perfect for walking, bare feet!
What I like here is that aside from having a very long stretch of continuous beach, the beach area is also wide! Kudos to the local government for keeping a significant distance between the establishments and the shore..
Colorful stones on the beach…
Another thing you’ll like about Sabang Beach is that there are none of those annoying seaweed! You’ll never hesitate to take a dip and get wet… It is generally very clean and well-maintained by the locals..
Wrestling with the waves is a whole lot of fun!
No need to worry too much about the little ones as there are life guards scattered all throughout the long stretch of beach..
Sabang Beach: Perfect!
(…to be continued)