1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Mariel. I am an outgoing 24-year old girl living in Manila, Philippines. I love dogs, adventures and discovering new things about the world. My dream is to step foot in each continent in the world.
2. What do you love most about Aurora Province, Philippines?
There are so many things to love about Aurora Province, one of its highlight is Baler that is mostly known as the birthplace of surfing in the Philippines.
3. What are your recommendations for first- time travelers to Aurora Province? The must-sees and must-dos?
Surf and swim:
See and experience:
Diguisit Rock Formations
Baler Hanging Bridge
Museum de Baler
4. What would you recommend seeing or doing to someone who has already been to Aurora Province and has done the main highlights?
Bike around town and go off trail. Aurora Province like the rest of the Philippines has a lot of hidden gems yet to be discovered. For one of a kind beaches, also try Cemento Beach, Borlongan Beach and Tabi Falls.
5. What is the best time of the year to visit Aurora Province?
You can visit Aurora Province year round but the best time to surf in Baler is from October to April. Gotta catch those waves!
6. Which are the best places to eat? What would you recommend to order there?
Baler’s Surfer Grill
Yellowfin Bar and Grill
7. Any recommendations for low-budget travelers in Aurora Province?
There are a lot of hostels and affordable inns to stay within the vicinity. if you’re traveling with a group of people, try La Sunshine Resort and because it was off peak season, we were allowed to check in early. We had the entire beach all to ourselves. You can ask the staff at the La Sunshine resort to buy and cook ingredients for you with an added fee. In our case, we brought our own rice cooker, ingredients and viands to cook. We only had to buy the charcoal for grilling.
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Our list of expenses from Makati City to Aurora Province:
Overall Toll Fees: PhP 463 (€ 8.75)
Gas: PhP 1,255 (€ 23.73)
Food and grocery items: PhP 2,000 (€ 37.81)
Accomodation at La Sunshine: PhP 4,000 (€ 75.63)
Total: Php 7,718 (€ 145.92) divided 4 people = PhP 1,929.50/person (€ 36.48)
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8. What are your favourite places in Aurora Province and why?
My personal favorite would be the Baler’s Surfer Grill. It is because you get to eat with the view of the beach, along with the surf boards and you also get to bring your own food/drinks and just pay an affordable corkage fee if you’ve brought your own food items.
I also love the Dinadiawan Beach, the water is not too salty and a few walks away from the shore is a hidden cold and refreshing waterfall. You’ll be able to see within the shore line the exact spot where the sea and the water from the falls meet. It is so amazing!
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9. What would be the challenges to travel in Aurora Province ?
My only problem would be the travel time. From Manila, it took us 6 hours to finally get there plus the roads aren’t fully constructed yet so if you are driving, you have to be really careful with the sharps and curves.