Last January, my friend and I wanted to go somewhere. We were choosing between Boracay and Baler.
We chose Baler, since it’s a lot cheaper. Haha
HOW TO GO TO BALER?
Ride a Genesis or Joy bus from Cubao to Baler. We got there via Joy bus since Genesis bus left too early, around 2 – 3am. We left around 5am. and got there around 2pm. Fare is P700 one way. Genesis has a cheaper fare around P400 (not sure) You may want to contact them if you want to inquire about their fares and schedules.
WHERE TO STAY?
We haven’t booked any hostel before our trip, so what we did is, upon arriving at the bus terminal in Baler, we asked the tricycle driver to bring us to the nearest affordable place to stay overnight. He brought us to ELAINE’S LODGE. It was a good place. It’s clean, spacious, ventilation is good. They have airconditioned rooms but we didn’t take it, since the weather is cold. Room costs P600 per person, also it’s close to the beach! win! Haha Airconditioned rooms cost P1000, if I remember it right. anyway you may want to contact them.
ELAINE’S LODGE: 09195379405
There are other places to stay, but as a backpacker, this is a good catch already.
WHERE TO EAT:
There’s another restaurant beside Hungry Surfer but I forgot the name already haha 😁
BUDGET BREAKDOWN (1person)
JOY BUS (Cubao-Baler roundtrip): P1400
ELAINE’S LODGE (overnight): P600
MEAL (dinner+breakfast): approx P300
SURFING LESSON (1hour): P250
TRICYLCE TOUR: P300
If you haven’t been to Baler, you should. There’s more than just surfing here. 👌;)