Baler – the hidden gem of the Philippines

We literally only had less than 12 hours in Baler but I can share this much, we’ll definitely be back again to explore this hidden gem in the Aurora province.


The drive from Manila to our relatives place in Quezon was not bad – 6-hours through beautiful rural settings, rice fields, arid landscapes, and even intimate close-ups through narrow dirt roads between small houses.

We stayed at the Bahia de Baler, which was quite a delight since it looked fairly new with modern decor as compared to the local competition (Baler Inn, etc.). To our surprise, welcome coconut drinks and evening cookies and warm milk  was included with our room (also included breakfast for P2,500 a night).

First thing in the morning, we noticed that we were not that far from the beach (we could even see people surfing from our balcony view) and the resort also offered bicycle and ATV rentals. The area had this sort of “Tofino-like” feel.

Our room had coffee-table book entitled “Baler, Aurora” by Senator Edgardo J. Angara, which I had to get (it was more expensive than a nightly room rate. I would really recommend getting your hands on this book before you visit. After reading the first few chapters (the history, the beautiful¬†scenery), it really made think about ditching my parent’s itinerary and stay just a little bit longer in Baler.

Ah well, until next time (hopefully).