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Surfing in the Philippines began in Baler. This small surfing town is located in the central part of the Aurora province, east of Luzon, and is a popular destination for travelers because of its sensational waves. It is only 6 to 8 hours or 273km away from the capital city, Manila.
This quaint coastal town is dotted with numerous surfing sites surrounding the beach resorts. Don’t forget to include Baler on your bucket list if you’re looking for beaches near Manila.
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How to Get to Baler
From bus terminals at EDSA Pasay in Manila, ride a bus bound for Baler. If you’re traveling via private car, traverse the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), take the Subic–Clark–Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) until you reach the Nueva Ecija-Aurora highway, the Aurora border, and finally, Baler.
10. Cube Hotel Baler
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Located next to Sabang Beach, Cube Hotel Baler is a 3-star beachfront hotel featuring container van rooms with an outdoor pool, children’s pool, restaurant, and a conference room. It has over 80 cozy and laid-back rooms ranging from Suite, Trio, Twin, and Dormitory accommodation types. Each room has air conditioning, WiFi, a seating area, cable TV, and a bathroom.
The rooms of the resort are strategically placed facing the pool area. Adults with accompanied kids can easily watch out for their younger ones because the resort is spacious but not that huge. Add that to its location in Sabang Beach, where you can appreciate more of Baler’s picturesque scenery.
Cube Hotel Baler is only 750m away from Sabang Beach, a gray-sand beach famous for being the most frequented surfing spot in Baler. Another nearby attraction is the iconic Baler Church, which is only 1.3km away from the hotel. Meanwhile, Baler Hanging Bridge is only 2.2km away.
9. Kahanamoku Bed and Breakfast
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Just a 5-minute walk away from the beach lies the Kahanamoku Bed and Breakfast, a 3-star hotel surrounded by lush greenery and tall coconut trees. It has around 11 rooms, which come in 4 types: Group Suite, Group Suite 8, Mini Suite, and Premier Suite. All of the rooms have air conditioning, balconies, and bathrooms with a shower and a bidet.
Guests can occupy the spacious outdoor seating area. There is also a hammock near the picnic and barbeque area. To kickstart your day, Kahanamoku Bed and Breakfast offers daily private yoga classes at their in-house shala.
On top of that, they also serve a complimentary vegetarian breakfast. Those who are starting to learn how to surf can exclusively enroll in their surfing lessons.
Cemento Beach is the nearest beach from Kahanamoku Bed and Breakfast, which is only 1.1km away. Next is Diguisit Beach, which is 3.3km away. Add that to the panoramic view of Baler Bay as seen from Baler Lighthouse, only 4.5km away from the hotel.
8. Balituk Baler
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A hidden surfer’s haven is usually the term coined by travelers who have been to Balituk Baler. This laid-back beachfront lodging resort features unique Teepee huts or triangular-shaped huts. Each shack, which can accommodate up to 4 people, is complete with basic amenities such as a fan, mattress, pillows, and blankets.
Apart from traditional family huts, Balituk Baler has air-conditioned rooms that are built from container vans. These rooms are fully furnished with comfy beds, seating areas, and drawers. Meanwhile, guests who chose to stay in Teepee huts can use the communal bathroom.
Right outside the container vans is an indoor pool perfect for taking refreshing dips. Guests are also free to use the kitchenette and grilling area. Adding to its cozy amenities are colorful bean bags that are exclusively set on the beach.
The best part is that Sabang Beach is only a few steps away (500m) from the resort. Baler Church and Museo de Baler are also nearby, both less than 2.5km away.
7. Seasta Beach Resort
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Another must-visit resort in Baler is nestled near the sea and next to the Baler Fishport, the Seasta Beach Resort. Its bungalow-type villas and huts are complete with bamboo-made beds and other cozy amenities like free WiFi access, aircon, bathroom, shower, toiletries, and a private terrace with a rattan-made hammock and seating area overlooking the sea.
The rooms come in three accommodation types: Standard Room, Family Room, and Executive Quadruple Room. The largest is the Family Room which can accommodate up to 11 persons. Guests can plunge at the outdoor pool with a jacuzzi, eat mouthwatering dishes at the restaurant, or chill at the bar and lounge.
Apart from taking advantage of the resort’s amenities, you can also enjoy the magical sunset views on the ocean while sipping your iced cold beer.
Seasta Beach Resort is only 71m away from Baler Fishport, 900m away from Cemento Beach, and 1.2km away from Dimadimalangat Rock Formation. The famous Baler Lighthouse and Sabang Beach are also nearby, which are 4.8km and 10.3km away respectively.
6. Playa Azul Baler
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Right across the Sabang Beach is Playa Azul Baler, a modern and luxurious 3-star beachfront hotel with a balcony overlooking the sea. All of its rooms are equipped with air conditioning, working desks, flat-screen cable TVs with cable channels, and a private bathroom with a bidet, and free toiletries.
Guests can dine continental, American, or Asian breakfast in their room or at the restaurant on-site. The hotel also pampers its guests with massage services. Playa Azul Baler is only a few meters away from the beach where you can try some water sports activities like surfing. There are also famous restaurants and bars lined up along the 2km-long beach.
Playa Azul Baler is only 300m away from Sabang Beach, 1.6km away from Museo de Baler, and 3km away from the scenic Baler Hanging Bridge. Other famed Baler attractions, including Ermita Park and Baler Lighthouse, are only less than 15km away.
5. BlueCoco Baler Beach House
Just 650m away from Sabang Beach, BlueCoco Baler Beach House is a 1.5-star hotel with cozy and laid-back rooms that will make your stay in Baler more comfortable and memorable. From 2-bedroom villas to deluxe rooms, all of its accommodation types come with a partial sea view.
Each of the private suites has air conditioning, free WiFi access, flat-screen TV, and a seating area. It also comes with a kitchen, refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, desk, and a separate dining area.
To complete your stay, witness the panoramic sunset views from your balcony while drinking a cup of coffee. Aside from trying out surfing activities at the nearby Sabang Beach, you may explore other attractions in the area or drop by the famous restaurants and bars along the beach.
BlueCoco Baler Beach House is only 850m away from Museo de Baler and Baler Church. Baler Hanging Bridge is also a scenic Baler spot, which is only 1.8km away. Other nearby attractions in the area include Ermita Park and Baler Lighthouse, both less than 15km away.
4. Aliya Surf Camp and Resort
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If you’re serious about becoming a professional surfer in Baler, there’s a resort built for aspiring surfers of all ages right across Sabang Beach. Aliya Surf Camp and Resort is a 3-star eco-friendly resort featuring a beachfront restaurant, bar, open-air outdoor lounge area, and an outdoor pool facing the sea.
Each room is equipped with a dining table, a living room with a television, a small kitchen, and a bathroom with a shower and toiletries. It is also spacious and nicely decorated with surfing themes. Aliya Surf Camp and Resort has rooms that can accommodate from 2 persons up to 7 persons. Apart from modern rooms, nipa huts are also available at the resort.
Make the most of your stay and learn from the best surfing instructors at the resort. Aside from being a cozy hotel, Aliya Surf Camp and Resort also claims to be the longest-running surf school in Baler.
Aliya Surf Camp and Resort is only 1.9km away from Sabang Beach, 2km away from Museo de Baler, 2.1km away from Baler Church, and 3.4km away from the scenic Baler Hanging Bridge.
3. L’Sirene Boutique Resort
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The next Baler resort is colorful, vibrant, and pet-friendly too. As the name implies, L’Sirene Boutique Resort features cozy mermaid-themed rooms. Each room is fully furnished with air conditioning, Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, queen beds using flexi foam mattresses and semi-soft fantasy pillows, toilet, and bathroom.
L’Sirene Boutique Resort has around 10 Deluxe Rooms and 5 Super Deluxe Rooms. The largest room is about 40sqm., which can accommodate huge families. Guests can even tag along their barkada to stay here with them.
The resort also offers surfing lessons for those who want to experience riding Baler’s biggest waves. Fishing rods are also available for rent at the resort. Meanwhile, Siren’s Bar and Restaurant is a superb dining spot for food junkies who want to have a taste of fresh seafood and garden salads.
Right at the center of the resort is a long jacuzzi-type pool, shallow and safe for kids to enjoy. Cap off your day by watching the sunset and drinking a cocktail in front of a bonfire setup.
L’Sirene Boutique Resort is only 7.4km away from Sabang Beach, 7.6km away from the historic Dona Aurora Aragon-Quezon Home, 10.4km away from Baler Airport, and 12.9km away from Ampere Beach and Rock Formations.
2. Nalu Surf Camp
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Feel the warmth of the sandy shores on your toes and ride Baler’s tallest waves. Situated just across Sabang Beach, Nalu Surf Camp is a 3-star beachfront villa-type accommodation featuring modern and traditional huts. Each of the rooms is equipped with air conditioning, WiFi, desk, bathroom, shower, and toiletries.
The resort offers 5 accommodation types: Premier Nipa Hut, Deluxe Nipa Hut, Modern/Traditional Nipa Hut, Ifugao Nipa Hut, and Hammock Room. All of the rooms except the Hammock room offer garden or sea views. The Premium Nipa Hut is the largest room that can fit up to 8 persons.
Guests can enjoy a well-curated menu of pasta dishes, sandwiches, pizza, and a wide variety of Filipino cuisines at the resort’s own snack bar and deli. There is also a surf school with professional instructors on-site for those who want to rent a surfing board and enroll in surfing lessons.
Nalu Surf Camp is only 210m away from Sabang Beach, 750m away from Baler Church and Museo de Baler, and 1.7km away from the scenic Baler Hanging Bridge.
1. Costa Pacifica Resort
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One of the well-known upscale and pet-friendly resorts in the Philippines is Costa Pacifica Resort, a 4-star luxurious hotel with two outdoor pools. Each of its private suites has a veranda where you can see panoramic views of the courtyard and the Pacific Ocean.
The resort has a total of 3 accommodation types: Pacifica Suite, Junior Suite, and Pacifica Premier. All of the 78 rooms are fully furnished with air conditioning, WiFi, a flat-screen cable TV, tea/coffee making amenities, a mini-bar, hot/cold shower, and toiletries.
Those who want to dine at the resort can enjoy a wide selection of international dishes and beverages at its own restaurant, The Beach House. During your stay, don’t forget to try their local coffee, known as Diara Basin. By mid-afternoon, adults can lounge on the poolside while kids can have fun at the playground.
Costa Pacifica Resort is only 67m away from Sabang Beach, 850m away from Baler Church and Museo de Baler, and 1.8km away from Baler Hanging Bridge. Other top attractions in Baler, including Baler Lighthouse and Ermita Park, are both less than 15km away.
Find the Perfect Baler Resort for You
Being one of the earliest surfing spots in the Philippines, Baler is definitely a must-visit destination for aspiring and advanced surfers. Beneath its striking and dramatic waves, tourists can find majestic sights and natural wonders.
Baler presents a quaint and laid-back vibe suitable for those looking for cozy beach resorts near Manila. Through the years, Baler has maintained its place, being one of the top attractions in the country. Aside from being a surfing destination, it is also home to historical attractions and breathtaking landscapes.
Plan your next beach getaway in Baler and explore its hidden gems. Before your next trip, make sure to check out the best Baler Aurora resorts near Manila to make the most of your stay. It’s time to ride the waves and have an unforgettable Baler surfing experience. Aside from surfing, check out other rainy season activities in the Philippines.
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