A tricycle tour is a must if you want to see the beautiful spots of Baler, Aurora, Philippines. I had 3 previous trips to the town of Baler with my family. Those said visits were mainly spent for a visit to Sabang beach to have a food trip and surf. It was only this year that I was finally able to take a tricycle tour that changed how I saw the town of Baler.
COST OF A TRICYCLE TOUR
The driver of our hotel van in Costa Pacifica Baler connected me to one of their well-known tour guides, Mr. Nelo Glemao (+639985587242). A Baler tricycle tour promises that you will able to 12 destinations in Baler for 800PHP/3 pax.
Due to lack of time and change in weather, I was only able to complete 10 out of the 12 promised spots. Despite not reaching those two destinations (namely Mother Falls and Quezon House), I was still happy to see the beautiful spots of Baler outside the surfing area of Sabang Beach.
1.BALER HANGING BRIDGE
A lot has changed if one would compare the look and build of the Baler Hanging Bridge. It was not really intended to be a tourist spot, but the view it offers was nevertheless something to capture. I was a little nervous walking over it, so I was not able to cross the other end.
2-3.ERMITA HILL VIEWDECK AND THE 7 FAMILIES
On this hill’s view decks, I was able to see the different shorelines of Baler. The place also unlocked Baler’s history of being stricken by a tsunami back in December 1735. The tsunami wiped out most of its inhabitants, except for 7 families that were able to seek refuge on the hill. Our tour guide mentioned that the worst tsunami incidents in the world occurred during the month December. There must be a connection about sudden changes in weather as he assumed.
4. DIGUISIT FALLS
5. DIMADIMALANGAT BEACH
The rocky Dimadimalangat beach is one of the strikingly exotic, yet beautiful spots I’ve been to in Baler. I bet landscape photographers would take interest on this part of Baler.
6. ANIAO ISLET
Aniao is a word that means “couple” for the locals of Baler as told by our tour guide. From afar, the islets look like a pair, but on a closer perspective, the islets are separate from one another. Not to be disappointed by not meeting my expectations on seeing the islets as a couple, the separate rocky islets are still beautiful in one frame.
7-8. AMPERE BEACH AND DINADIAWAN BEACH
A stop on the side of the road gave us a good view of Ampere Beach and Dinadiawan Beach. I never knew Baler had white beaches. The view reminded me one of the rocky beaches I saw during a trip to Batanes back in 2010.
9. MUSEO DE BALER
As expected, Museo de Baler contained the sought artefacts of the town’s history dating back to the Spanish era. Apart from that, I saw modern elements within the museum. There was dedicated photo wall contributed by talented photographers showcasing the beauty of Baler, as well as paintings.
10. MILLENIUM TREE
NEXT PLAN: COMPLETION OF ALL LANDMARKS
On my next visit to the town of Baler, I aim to complete its landmarks. When I had the tricycle tour, the weather was slightly overcast. I hope to see the place in better weather without occasional rainshowers, and take better pictures to give justice to its beauty.