Just collected all pics from our Baler trip and sad to say, we weren’t able to get to Dipaculao beach and other sites that are equally if not more spectacular. All I can say is one can really fall in love with this place.

We were fortunate enough to come here minus the Holy Week or vacationing crush of people…I would recommend that you do so because you will get to really appreciate Baler’s beauty, the warmth of its people, the truly rustic feel of Baler is an experience in itself…

Include in your itinerary the 1.3 km uphill / downhill trek to Ditumabo falls (you get to draw your inner strength), see the 600 year-old Balete tree, hike up to Ermita Hills, see the Aniao islets (pick sea urchins), go up to the lighthouse shaped like a plane’s wing, watch the sunrise, surf, swim at either falls, river, or sea, or where the river meets the sea, go kayaking, discover a deserted cove…Baler is really beautiful…thank you, Baler…

So to start off I’d like to share some pictures of our Baler trip, and after these, the actual itinerary and expenses we incurred, and it is hoped that this can be of help to those who would want to D.I.Y. to Baler.

Always, always befriend locals wherever you go and Dennis here was really knowledgeable of the history behind the numerous sightseeing spots in Baler.
A wishing well beside the great 600 year old balete tree.
This is the huge 600 year old balete tree. It is imposing, really, and very much alive and still growing.
On the way to Ditumabo Falls. A 1.3 km uphill trek up the mountain..
The stream along the way turns into a raging river during the monsoon season.
But during the summer, the waters are cool, calm, and refreshing.
Ditumabo Falls
Impossible to stay dry here
The very rickety hanging bridge. There are a lot of souvenir shops under its base.
Ermita Hill
It’s a park with a dark past
and spectacular views
here’s another
and another
The Tromba statues…legend says that a town was feasting when an old woman foretold of a coming tsunami, which was heeded by this family, who went up all the way up Ermita Hill, and later that night, the tsunami came, and everyone perished except these families.
@Aniao Islets
like bullets rising out of the sea
literally the word “jagged” comes to mind when you see these rocks
a beautiful day to be out
Dicasalarin Cove
a spectacular view
In the cove is a river that meets the sea
will you look at that
minus the crush of people…it should always stay this way but…
we had it all to ourselves that one beautiful day
this was where I frolicked in the water
made our way up
higher still
till we got to the lighthouse shaped like a fighter plane’s wing
where I took a, shall I say, nervous selfie hahahaha
Sabang beach
breakfasts of champion surfers
still sleepy
Baler Surfer Grill
the scenery going to Baler town proper
Don’t forget to buy one of these because it’s delicious.
Manuel L. Quezon Museum
Donya Aurora Quezon’s house
On the way home

As promised, here’s the actual itinerary and expenses incurred. Hope this helps you guys.

In the meantime, be kind to one another. Ciao.

Grab! San Juan to JOY BUS Cubao            120.00
Dinner            135.00
JOY BUS Fare to Baler (@P730 PER HEAD)         1,460.00
Subtotal 1      1,715.00
Tricy fare to Jamjen Lodge            100.00
Breakfast @Jamjen Lodge            130.00
Tricy tour (Joel 09262930766 or Dennis)             800.00
Balete Tree              60.00
Bought T-Shirt            150.00
Trek to Ditumabo Falls (Entrance / Guide)            260.00
Lunch @Ditumabo Falls            235.00
Hanging Bridge (Donation)              20.00
Ermita Hill (Entrance)              60.00
Tromba Statue
Diguisit Falls (Donation)              20.00
Dimadimalangat / Aniao Islets (Entrance)            200.00
Meryenda              77.00
6:00 PM onwards
Dinner @Baler Surfer Grill            550.00
Shake            180.00
Subtotal 2      2,842.00
DAY 2 February 20, 2018 MONDAY
Coffee / miscellaneous purchases              70.00
Breakfast            135.00
Tricy Tour (Dennis)             800.00
Disacalarin Cove (Entrance)            600.00
Guide (Laloy)            500.00
Lunch @Yolly’s Inihaw            550.00
Bought Longganizang Baler            280.00
Bought Suman (Baler)            200.00
Bought Tampipi (3) souvenirs            100.00
Bought Pacita’s Peanut Butter (its delicious)            425.00
Settled Jamjen Lodge stay         1,500.00
Subtotal 3      5,160.00
JOY BUS Fare to Manila (@P730 PER HEAD)         1,460.00
Key Chains            210.00
Dinner (Chowking)            342.00
Taxi            100.00
Subtotal 4      2,112.00
TOTAL    11,829.00

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