If you were able to read my older post about my trip here a month ago (This trip happened September 14-15, 2013). Yes another super late post. You won’t probably wonder why we’re back. Together with my colleagues at work who were very ecstatic on this trip, we managed to create a group of 11 (11 is very significant number in most of our trips, check my other posts to know why). For some reason we always end up at 11. Weird but cool!
Since it was after work for most of us. We asked our rented van to pick us up at McKinley Hill at 2am.
(clockwise) So its my girlfriend, Albert, Zhem, Bree, Bj, Naz, Audrey, Cliff, Kat A, Rachelle and myself. Not to mention our driver and friend, Maio (sleeping in the van), a surfer freak! I love this group! Very down to earth and full of sense of humor!
We started a bit late on our road trip but Maio managed to drive carefully all the way to Aurora with NO STOP. We passed by a very unfamiliar place traversing through the mountain ranges of Sierra Madre. We never thought travel time would take a bit longer than what we have expected. The surrounding view made the trip worthwhile despite not knowing where the road ends until we reached the flatlands and saw some road signs to get to Baler.
It was around 8am when we reached the town and had breakfast along the road near the museum. After breakfast, the road trip continued as we head to Ermita Hill. The view of the pacific was better than the last time I was here. We took some photos with several attempts of jump shot.
After Ermita Hill, we continued to get to Diguisit Beach BUT a major landslide happened the night before. The road was impassable to vehicles. No way?!?! Most of the locals didn’t know this as well so all of us ended going back. Before going back, some of us took the time to walk on the other side of the road to see Diguisit Beach from afar. We can definitely walk to get there but it would eat up a lot of our time. Our plan to visit Dicasalarin Cove will continue to be a plan.😦
To cheer our spirits up, we went straight to Ditumabo Falls (Mother Falls) to feel its cold refreshing water. We initially planned to bring the van but the recent rain made the rough road even more hard for most vehicles to pass unless you have a 4×4. We ended up renting a tricycle for 100 pesos per head (two-way). It was the shakiest ride of all but the way the drivers maneuver the tricycle was just amazing. Its worst than a roller coaster, 3D Rialto and bump car combined but worth the experience. Haha!
It took us roughly 15-20 minutes to get to the falls. Amazing indeed! I’m not ever sure how long we stayed here plus the many stops we did just to take snapshots. It was freezing cold but everyone enjoyed it!
We then had our late buffet lunch at Gerry Shan’s Place still at 185 pesos per head. Bbrrppp! After the sumptuous meal, we checked-in at our chosen beach house, SMART BEACH HOUSE. Yes it’s in front of the beach! Perfect place to see the sunrise!
After check-in food cleo prepared dinner for us whilst other decided to take a swim. After dinner, we had few drinks then some of us ventured out to the local bars nearby. Haha!
The next morning was a bliss! It was a clear blue sky. Picturesque! See photos captured by Cliff Remigio below.
Pictures taken at the Veranda of our room
After breakfast, we went to Balete Tree and took the opportunity to climb it since I wasn’t able to do it the last time. It was a bit of challenge going up as you have to squeeze through the intertwined roots to get to the top. Going down is another story. Your choice of doing it inside the tree or outside the tree. Most of us tried it outside for more photo opportunity. Haha!
After visiting the tree, we went to Museo De Baler. More pictures here and there. We were suppose to see the Aurora House but they are closed every Sunday. We decided to just drop by at the market to get some food and drinks.
Back at the Beach House, we prepped up for Surfing. Finally!!! Waves were much better than in the morning. We all had so much fun! Most even extended for another hour and we ended up extending our stay at the beach house for couple more hours. All wanting to stay even longer.
This trip I must say is a success despite the fact that we didn’t manage to visit some of the place because of the landslide. In the end it’s not the place you visited but the people you are with. It makes a trip worth remembering. A memory that will surely last a lifetime.
You can contact the below for availability and rates.
Smart Beach House +63928-507-6551
Book directly at Mahdox Surf School and get a Group Discount
Another Surf Instructor named Lord might offer you a discounted rate. Just send him a message for enquiry at +63949-430-4760
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