Disclaimer: I’ve been to Baler before, while my friend wanted to see more of the paradise’s beaches and geographic formations, so we skipped some tourist attractions that you might expect to see on this post. To read about my first Baler adventure, click here. Thanks! ❤
April 27, 2018 marks the day that I kept my promise to Baler’s every rock and tree and creature (**insert Pocahontas OST here haha**) three years ago~
It’s been a while since I last went out of town to take a breather from work. A lot of things happened and I felt the need to have this much deserved break. My good friend got a voucher at Deal Grocer for 1 Premiere Suite room at Kahanamoku Bed & Breakfast so we were quick to plan to this trip months ago.
We only realized that we scheduled our trip on a long weekend (May 1 is Labor Day), so we had to buy our tickets one week ahead.
Day 0. 26 April 2018 (Thursday)
We had our early dinner first in Los Banos after work, then went to Ate Mitzi’s place to freshen up and settle things with nature (HAHA!) in preparation of the long trip ahead. On board the bus going to Cubao, I had a chit-chat with Pits, my college friend from Aurora, who gave us some recommendations and safety reminders. We reached Genesis Station in Cubao around 9:30 PM. Our Joybus schedule is 1:00 AM so we watched Kate and Leopold while waiting. There were fewer travelers than I expected, unlike my previous Baler trip which also happened to be on a long weekend.
It was my first time riding a Joybus, and I very much felt (and appreciate) its convenience compared to an ordinary bus. Here are the perks of taking the Joybus:
- No stop-overs so travel time is faster than ordinary bus.
- Comfort room is available.
- Thick blankets and snacks are provided.
- Comfortable seats ideal for long travel.
Day 1. 27 April 2018 (Friday)
We arrived in Baler at 6AM, just as we have expected. We had breakfast first at a nearby carinderia before checking-in to Kahanamoku to freshen up and take a very short nap. We started our adventure around 10 AM.
We first went to see Aniao Islets.
Then off to the highlight of our Baler trip: the Dicasalarin Cove (where I got my “travel badge” that made my mom furious huehue em sereeh)
Kuya Michael, our tricycle driver/tour guide dropped us off at a certain point where we had to ride a habal-habal going to Dicasalarin. The way to this hidden paradise is a long, narrow, and steep road so going there by tricycle is not really advisable.
We presented our gatepass (which we got at Costa Pacifica) at another point going up and paid Php 300.
Before going to the actual beach, we had a side trip first at Artist Village. There’s not much art pieces inside. I think Pits’ mom mentioned that it was because of a typhoon so the art pieces were removed. Nevertheless, I was amazed by the architecture of the place, and I think it’s already a masterpiece itself. 🙂
After Artist Village, we finally headed off to the beach!!!
I can’t help but channel the inner Song Hye-kyo (Descendants of the Sun) in me while walking on the fine white sand of the beach. I really wanted to take my shoes off and plunge into the water, but I had to be cautious of the burn on my leg huhu (T__T)
View from above:
We were soooooo hungry and energy-drained after going to the beach. Curious, we tried the pizza recommended by Pits at Dicasalarin Restaurant. We tried the Baler Longganisa Wood Fired Pizza and it definitely fueled and re-energized us.
I loved everything about the pizza: the crust, the longganisa, the cheese, and even the paco! I just think they should add more longganisa on the pizza. We weren’t able to finish the whole pizza so we had the remaining 3 slices wrapped.
Our next stop is Baler’s PAG-ASA Weather Station. We just passed by for a quick view of the Pacific and a few selfies before going back to Kahanamoku.
The second part of our Day 1 adventure started around 2:30 PM. We allotted the whole afternoon to roam around Baler town proper (note: Kahanamoku is located at Cemento which is about a 20-minute drive away) and Sabang beach.
We went first to Museo de Baler which contains some of the province’s historical items, pictures, photos of famous tourist attractions, and some masterpieces from the locals. To be honest, I was quite disappointed because it really changed a lot since my last visit. I hope they are just remodeling the museum because I honestly felt that the museum lost its colors and grandeur. 😐
After the short visit to the museum, we asked Kuya Michael to drop us off at Sabang Beach. We roamed around and relaxed by the beach as we watch some tourists that are learning how to surf.
We decided to have our dinner at Yellow Fin Bar and Grill, which is another recommendation by Pits. We definitely overestimated our grumbling tummies–one serving of their viand is already good for sharing, and we both ordered two viands each so just imagine how much food is on our table. Haha~
For an honest review, I really like the food but I found the place to be not well-ventilated. It was a hot summer night, so as much as we wanted to stay, we really felt the need to go.
On our way back to Kahanamoku, I literally just gazed at the night sky. As always, the stars shine brightest at the countryside.
Day 2. 28 April 2018 (Saturday)
2:00 AM. We were supposed to watch and take pictures of the sunrise at Ampere beach, but it was raining hard so we had to cancel our schedule.
After a good night’s sleep, we had our breakfast at Kahanamoku then had a brief walk at the mangrove- and seashell-filled shore. We wanted to walk until we reach Cobra Reef, but the neighbor’s mean doggo stopped us. Huhu!
We checked-out early then went to Baler town proper to buy some pasalubong then had an early lunch at Yolly’s Ihaw-Ihaw and Seafood Restaurant. Di na ko nakapag-picture dahil gutom na ‘ko!!! Haha!
We left Baler at 2:00 PM and arrived in Los Banos around 12 AM. It was a tedious and energy-draining trip, but the high dose of Vitamin Sea definitely filled us up!
I am ending this post with a promise to stay for one week on my next Baler visit!