There is more to Baler than just surfing.
My first time in Baler 3 years ago is probably one of the most “excrutiating” commuting experience that I ever had. Imagine travelling for over 8 hours under the hot summer sun in a cramped and closed van with no aircondition. Two hours in the road and the car’s motor malfunctioned, the driver had to replace something. Seven hours after, and almost in the outskirt of Baler, the old Delica started wheezing with black smoke almost choking us from the inside. No one is in the right mind anymore to clarify what happened. We were dehydrated, soaking wet from perspiring inside the #mobileoven, dead tired from the bumpy road. After another couple of delusional hours, we reach our accomodation in Baler. We enjoyed the rest of our stay nevertheless. I decided to skip the old Delica and take the bus going home, only to end up seating beside a perpetually puking teenager for the next 6 hours.
So I am beyond ecstatic to go back and get another shot in positively experiencing this beautiful province (inside a new and very comfortable SUV, that is.)
We went to some of the usual spots in Baler: Sabang Beach and Ermita Hill. The highlight of our trip is visiting Baler’s hidden gem – Dicasalarin Cove.
From Ermita Hill on your right, continue driving along the main road of Baler. You will know youre entering the private cove when the paved road starts to get smaller and muddier. From the dirt road, you will start a steep climb to the entrance. Note: Tricycles will not survive the death defying steep and zig zag road to the cove and if you will try to rent one in the city, they will mostly refuse. So to get here, rent a sturdy van or SUVs.
Dicasalarin Cove is a privately owned beach of the Angara family. Entrance fee is 300 Pesos, it will be discounted if you stayed in Costa Pacifica (a resort in Sabang Beach owned by the Angara’s too). There is a resort inside the private land and rooms can be rented. Plenty of gazeebos, huts and tables are scattered all across the property for everyone to use.
The property is well maintained, very refreshing and is huge! Makes you wonder how much money Angara makes to own a private cove like this.
It was a scorching hot summer day and it makes perfect sense to spend it in the waters. We explored the western part of the cove and came upon these gorgeous (but deep) tidal flats. We enjoyed swimming and chasing colorful fishes and slugs in this area.
This cove, being very elusive and a not-so-popular spot yet, is still teeming with life. We spent a good amount of time collecting colorful hermit crabs and watched them race under the carefree sun.
After lunch (and after a friend almost died from food allergy lol), we went and explore the eccentric lighthouse which is situated in the eastern side. It was only me and Kirby who decided to climb that 150+ steps to the top.
There, on top, the view is glorious.
I will not advice kids to climb here as the area is not secured, no safety railings and the land is eroding on some parts. One missed step and it will bring you plunging about hundreds of feet down rugged rocks and deep waters.
To enjoy you’re stay, my advise is to go here in the morning and spend the entire day bumming in the beach. Bring your own food and plenty of water. There is a restaurant inside the resort but the menu is limited and when we try to eat lunch, the supplies ran out (even drinking water!). Also, dont forget to bring medicines as they dont have first aids.
Baler is always associated with surfing but there is another side of this beautiful province that Im glad I was able to explore. I dont believe in not coming back to a certain place because “you’ve been there before.” There is always something new to explore so keep exploring!
All photos are captured using LG G4’s manual camera mode.