Friday, April 25, 2014

New Found Love in Baler and Costa Pacifica

Costa Pacifica Raintree
Baler Beach

Artist's Village

Largest Balete Tree in Asia

Diquisit Falls

Surfing Lessons at Sabang Beach

Dicasalarin Cove

There are so many things to do and so many things to see in Baler.  I feel that it will be the next big thing in Philippine Tourism. The good thing about baler is its accessibility by land from Manila.  The one thing that lacks this place is variety of good restaurants. Since this province is not that developed I can only name a few.  Nonetheless I definitely recommend that you should go to Baler, Aurora and stay at Costa Pacifica at least once in your lifetime, and I’m sure that you will definitely not regret it.
Scenic Route On the way to Baler

Aurora Quezon's Home
Pizza at Beach House

Costa Pacifica's Infinity Pool

Photo Op with the Owner of Costa Pacifca Sentaor Ed Angara :) #feelingclose

Where to Stay?
There are few hotels in Baler which offer good accommodation the only hotel which I can recommend is Costa Pacifica   .                                                                                                                                  

Costa Pacifica Raintree                                                                                                                    
Buton St. Sitio Labasin, Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora                                                                        
Reservations Hotline: +639178336791; +639178536040                                                                     
Rates:P3500 to P7,500 Per Room Per Night                                                                                          
Tips: Try their breakfast buffet, pizza and clubhouse sandwich.                                                                   
Costa Pacifica is the most luxurious resort in Baler. They also have a partner hotel named Casita de Bahia
 which offers cheaper accommodation. It’s also a nice place to stay at the Casita de Bahia since it’s more
peaceful than the crowd in Costa Pacifica. Casita de Bahia is perfect for Family Reunions since it can
accommodate 40 guests which also has its own infinity pool.                                                                      
Rooms in Costa Pacifica can usually accommodate 2 to 4 adults with free breakfast. 

How to Get to Baler?
Genesis Transport offers a deluxe luxury bus from Manila to Baler called the Joy Bus. It usually departs
from Manila daily at 12:00am and 1:00am. This is the best option since the bus has an on board comfort
room, free snacks, wifi, toiletry kit, blankets and pillows, and has no stopovers.  One way ticket costs P695
per person. I must advice you to reserve in advance since the Joy bus gets usually fully booked.

 Genesis Transport also offers a cheaper bus ride to Baler. The bus departs daily from Manila at 2:30 am;
4:30 am; 5:30 am 7:00 am. One way ticket costs P404 per person.

Another way is to go by driving yourself to Baler just Follow the route to NLEX then SCTEX then take the
exit to Tarlac City. There are signs on how to go to Baler just follow them. Take note that GAS in Baler is more expensive by 7 Pesos. You must have a full tank in Manila or in Cabanatuan  in order to save more. 

What to do?
Surf the waves at Sabang Beach for beginner’s, while for Pro Surfers try surfing at Cobra Reef.
Spelunking at Tikbalang Cave                                                                                        
Dive at Los Confites Reef                                                                                                                  
Climb the Giant BaleteTree .                                                                                                          
Relive the History at Museo de Baler
Take a plunge at Diquisit Falls  
Swim at Dicasalarin Cove and see their Light House and Artist’s Village                                               Enjoy the breathtaking view at Ermita Hill.               
Take a 30 minute hike to Ditumabo Falls.

Where to eat?
There are only few good restaurants in Baler since the province is not that developed. The usual cost of a
meal in Baler is from P50 to 200.                                                                                                                  The only restaurant that has satisfied my tastes buds was Yellow Fin which serves grilled seafood and meat
products. It is located at the Back of Bay’s Inn. 

Personal Baler Tour Guide:
Emer Mortega                                                                                                                                  
Contact Number: +639985101862                                                                                                      
Rate: P800 per day 

Baler Surfing Guide: 
Surfing lessons P 350 per hour
Surf Board Rental
 P 200 per hour
 P 500 half day
 P 1000 whole day

Guide to Dicasalarin Cove                  
Operating Hours: 6:00am to 5:00pm                                                                                                    
Reservations Hotline: +63946 180 9489                                                                                               
Entrance Fee: P100 per head ( Costa Pacifica Guests) ; P300 for Outsiders                                           
You need a car to go here Van rentals can cost up to P2000 halfday and P2700 for whole day .                  
A Gate pass is needed to enter Dicasalarin Cove which you can get at Costa Pacifica Raintree.                   
Walk ins will take a longer time to entry since they prioritize Costa Pacifica Guests.                                
Another way to enter Dicasalarin Cove is by hiring a boat from Sabang Beach                                           
You must bring your own food and drinks   since there are  no restaurants here but they sell pizza for P300
per box which is good for 2-3 persons.                                                                                                     
Be early so that you can enjoy your stay here.

3 Days/ 2 Nights Baler Itinerary and Costing  
Day 1

Depart Manila via private van
( Roundtrip Gas + Toll ) (5000/4)
P 1250
Arrive Baler

Catch the Morning Waves (surfing)
Breakfast Tapsilog
Climb the Giant Balete Tree
Lunch at Gerry Chan’s
Check in at Costa Pacifica
(P6000/4 pax) x 2 Nights
Visit the Church and Aurora Quezon’s House

Know the History at Museo de Baler

Night Swimming at Costa Pacifica’s Infinty Pool

Dinner at Yellow Fin Restaurant
Day 2

Breakfast Buffet at Costa Pacifica
Go to Dicasalarin Cove
Entrance Fee
Swimming at Dicasalarin Cove

Have a Picnic at Dicasalarin Cove
See local artwork’s at the Artist Village

Pack Up and Leave Dicasalarin Cove

Go to Ermita Hill

Surfing at Sabang Beach
Dinner at Yellow Fin Restaurant
Day 3

Breakfast buffet  at Costa Pacifica

Take a Hike at Ditamutubo Falls

Check Out

Buy Pasalubong
Note : Try buying a sack of onion in Nueva Ecija. It’s a lot cheaper there and a practical gift to your relatives since there are few good delicacies to eat in Baler.
Depart Baler

Arrive Manila



*All rates are subject to change without prior notice 
*All rates are in Philippine Pesos.

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