Pet-Friendly Summer Destination in Bulacan!

Traveling with pet/s always seemed like a hassle especially when the establishment you’re going to doesn’t allow them. This summer, you don’t have to worry about leaving your pet alone in the house or looking for someone to take care of them while you’re away. Located just 2 hours away from Metro Manila, San Rafael River Adventure (SRRA) offers you a budget and pet-friendly way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Get your cameras ready and start making memories with your furbaby in this picturesque summer destination.

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SRRA offers wide range of accommodation from day&night packages, glamping packages and not to forget their forest-inspired Glass Cottage, Glass Villa and Glass Tree House. These packages already include breakfast, access to their infinity pool, basketball court, use of hammock by the tree outside their cottage/villa, kayaks or paddle board and set up of bonfire by each glamping sites.

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Glass Cottage

If you don’t have a pet and is leaning towards adrenaline and adventure, here’s a list of their activities you and your loved ones will surely enjoy:

  • ATV (All Terrain Vehicle)
  • Banana Boat
  • Boating
  • Horse Back Riding
  • Jetskie
  • Kayak
  • Kuboraft
  • Paddleboard
  • Wake Boarding

They also cater to larger groups for team building activities and has an allotted area just for it.

These photos are an understatement of how beautiful and scenic this place is.

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Basketball court

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Pool Area

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Lilac’s pretty butt

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Lilac lookin’ like a fox

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Sunrise by the view deck

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View deck

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Pathway to the view deck

And finally, here’s Lilac to show you around San Rafael River Adventure. Enjoy! Stay Hydrated!

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Affordable Weekend Getaway to Aurora Province, Philippines

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:

Ditumabo Falls

Amper Beach

Sabang Beach

Dicasalarin Cove

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Amper Beach

See and experience:

Diguisit Rock Formations

Baler Hanging Bridge

Dipaculao Beach

Museum de Baler

Millenium Tree

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Dipaculao Beach

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?

Eat:

Baler’s Surfer Grill

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Yellowfin Bar and Grill

Kusina Luntian

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Baler’s Surfer Grill, I highly recommend their grilled fish topped with aligue paste and their freshly squeezed citrus refreshments.

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)

If you’re planning to commute, simply book your bus ride at iWantSeats.com.ph.

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!

Click this link to see the full video of our trip.

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.

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Dipaculao, Aurora Province

This trip came into picture when me and my friends were chatting about how “Batman” has never been yet on a long trip.

Aurora Province is a worthy 6-hour ride from Manila. From Makati, we left at around 2 o’clock in the morning and drove through the dawn. I was mostly keeping myself busy by playing DJ to the tracks on Spotify. After a few hours, I looked through the window and alas, there it was, the violet colored sky with the sun about to show its rays and gaze upon us.

It was breathtaking. We had to pull over and appreciate it for a few minutes.

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Meet Batman.

Afterwards, we arrived at the town proper of Baler. Most of the establishments were still close because it was around 6 o’clock in the morning when we got there. Good thing we passed by a carinderia that served delicious Filipino dishes.

Before we got to our resort, we also stopped along the highway of Amper Beach. The view looked like it was taken out of a postcard! There were a only few cars passing by so we had a chance to maximize our photo op session.

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It was around 9 o’clock when we got to 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. After dropping off our stuff and setting up the tent, Pau and I immediately went to the beach for a swim while Kotswe and Tessa were preparing for lunch.

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From L to R: Tessa, Me, Che, Pau (c) Tessa Galang

You can ask the staff at the La Sunshine resort to cook and buy 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.

The lunch was nothing but awesome thanks to Kotswe and Tessa! We finished the entire 1KG of cooked rice to think that we don’t usually eat that much. Afterwards we got to nap under the trees where the tent was set up. We placed a sarong on the sand and took a quick siesta. The sound of the waves calmed us down in no time.

When we woke up from our nap, my friends had decided to already take shots. We exchanged stories and jokes and laughed so hard on the most stupidest things. Afterwards, we decided to hit the beach again until we are already sober enough to eat dinner.

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The next morning, we were already up quarter to 6 o’clock and walked by the shore to look for a waterfall nearby. And alas! Hidden just a few minutes away from the beach was a cold, refreshing waterfall. It was a bonus for this trip!

We left around 12 PM and went to the town proper to eat. We had our windows down. No music. Everyone of us was hoping we get to the nearest gas station before we actually ran out of gas. After loading up Batman into full tank, we then made our way to Baler’s Surfer Grill.

I highly recommended the grilled fish on the menu and the freshly squeezed refreshments on the side.The fish was perfectly cooked topped off with the aligue paste. It was the perfect dish to cap off this Baler adventure.

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(c) Che Lettiere

And before we finally returned to Manila, we made a quick stop to the famous Millennium Tree in Barangay Quirino, Maria Aurora, Aurora Province. This Balete tree is known for being the largest Balete tree in Asia with the age of 600+ years old.

 

Click this link to see the full video of our trip.

List of expenses from Makati City:

Toll: PhP 463

Gas: PhP 1,255

Food and grocery items: PhP 2,000

Accomodation: PhP 4,000

Total: Php 7,718 divided 4 people = PhP 1,929.50/person

If you’re planning to commute, simply book your bus ride at iWantSeats.com.ph.

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