Surfing and Touring Baler

I needed a birthday trip.  I had to go somewhere that’s not too far nor too near, but I had a very limited budget.  Since it had exactly been three months after I got face-boarded, I just had to go Baler!  But the agenda was not just to go surfing, but also to tour Baler and see what other beauty it has to offer.  So I joined this group who was going there over my birthday weekend.  Just like my trip to Batanes, I didn’t know anyone else except Anna, my surfing buddy.


Read about my first birthday trip.


We left Makati past midnight and got there around 6:30 am. Only to find the beach semi-flat. I was really disappointed to see the beach looking not very different from the one in Boracay. I was bummed. I was looking forward to some action-packed surfing.  So after an eat-all-you-can breakfast (P150) at Bay’s Inn, I decided to sleep my exhaustion and disappointment away. I woke up to find Anna telling me lunch was ready.

Surfing and Touring Baler Chasing Jayce

After lunch, it was decided that we would go out there and surf those baby waves.  There were fifteen of us, about half were first timers but almost everyone went there to surf.  When it was my turn, I got assigned to this instructor-kid and I remarked to him that the waves were really small. He replied that once I got out there they would seem bigger. That comment should have tipped me off.

Surfing and Touring Baler Chasing Jayce

For the first time, I used a fiberglass longboard. I was worried that I won’t be able to do a good job because I usually fail to stand because of a slippery board. But lo and behold! I was able to stand up and ride all the way to the shore on my first go! That made me really happy.

Surfing and Touring Baler Chasing Jayce

Then suddenly Anna was near and she was telling me that it was a good thing that I already know how to surf (which only means that I am no longer a 100% newbie). I didn’t get what she meant, but would eventually find out.

The waves were small, almost all my rides were successful and I was getting bored.  I kept asking my instructor to take me far out like I did last December.  But he wasn’t too keen on doing that.  I even went as far as asking him if he couldn’t swim.  I was thinking that maybe he was afraid of going into the deep water.  But as Anna would tell me later on, he wasn’t the best surfer around and that all the waves he was giving me were the really small ones.  No wonder a lot them died before I could reach half-way to the shore.  For the second time that day, I was disappointed.

Surfing and Touring Baler Chasing Jayce

Day 2

Surf season’s (almost) over.  So, what is there left to do in Baler?

There is that option of going on a tour around Baler in a tricycle and visiting several tourist spots such as the Ermita Hill, the Cobra Reef, the Duguisit Falls, Ampere Beach and of course, the Mother Falls.  That was what we did on our second day when we woke up to grey clouds and some slight rain.

Ermita Hill

Surfing and Touring Baler Ermita Hill

view from the hill

Surfing and Touring Baler Ermita Hill

Cobra reef (Lukso-lukso)

Surfing and Touring Baler Luksu-Lukso

Surfing and Touring Baler Luksu-Lukso

Duguisit Falls

Surfing and Touring Baler Duguisit Falls

Surfing and Touring Baler Duguisit Falls

Ampere beach

Surfing and Touring Baler Ampere Beach

 

 

Surfing and Touring Baler Ampere Beach Surfing and Touring Baler Ampere Beach

From Ampere beach, we were about to go straight to the Mother Falls but we were already so hungry.  I suggested that we go to Gerry Shan’s for an eat-all-you-can lunch.  Well, turned out that it was a really good move because we burned everything that we ate on our trek to the Mother Falls.

The trek to the Mother Falls was about 45 minutes long.  The sun was already up but the ground was still muddy from the rain earlier.  It was slippery and hard going.  Then we had to cross the river several times.  The current was strong and there was that danger of being swept away, or stepping on an unstable boulder or a slippery stone.  It was the most extreme trekking that I’ve done to see some falls.  It was really cool!

Surfing and Touring Baler Mother Falls Surfing and Touring Baler Mother Falls Surfing and Touring Baler Mother Falls Surfing and Touring Baler Mother Falls

The Mother Falls was the last leg of the tour.  We were supposed to go to the famous Balete Tree  but there was no time left and we thought that we could pass there on our way home to Manila.  But that didn’t push through, so it was one more reason to go back to Baler.

And with that, the trip was over.  And since the waves won’t be back until around September, I won’t be able to go back there ’til then.

 

March 16-17, 2013

***all photos and the video were taken using an iphone5

Travel Expenses:

  • P150  Bay’s Inn eat-all-you-can breakfast
  • P300  one hour surf lesson
  • P180  Baler tour (plus P20 tip to the tricycle driver)
  • P185  Gerry Shan’s eat-all-you-can lunch
  • P10    donation to the Mother falls
  • P65    tapsilog
  • P350  Surf Baler shirt

 

Jayce Cairo

Jayce is a linguaphile who speaks four languages and currently works as a translator to finance her various interests. Scoring very high on “Openness to Experience” on the Big Five Personality Test, she is an avid globetrotter who aspires to retire at 35 and travel for the rest of her life.

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