Of course, I cannot not share my 1st surfing lesson with you guys.
Finally, I got to tick off another spot in my scratch map. Baler is not a priority in my #Sethravels bucketlist as I am not really into adventure or particulary not really into surfing (before), but since me and my friends haven’t been there yet, we decided to try it.
Baler is known to be the most popular surfing capital in the country. Good for beginners and experienced surfers.
We stayed at North Shore Surf Camp located at Purok 1 Brgy. Sabang Baler Aurora. This place is situated in a quite side of Sabang beach. People here are very accommodating and very nice especially Kuya Jig (owner). He willingly attended to our needs, entertained us and I even had a short conversation with Him as if we’re close friends. I felt at home. The surf instructor were very friendly and patient. They guided us all throughout the waves (😄), I felt secured even if I don’t know how to swim. I told my friends when we were on our way, “Nah, I won’t surf” but when I tried it I said “I want more, more waves” 🤣. I can’t deny it, I enjoyed my first surfing lesson. I will definitely paddle again.
A place like North Shore needs to be discovered and experienced by others as well.
They have a small swimming pool where you can relax after your tiring and exhausting but super fun surf lesson.
We just noticed that there are no signages in the street leading to their place. My friend had a hard time locating us since it’s already dark when they arrived.
The room where we stayed was equipped with TV (no cable, limited channels only), 2 double beds, air-conditioned, and with clean rest room ( this is very important 😛). The water supply was good too.
The place was very rustic. I’m not really sure about this but we saw a capsule room on the other side. You may contact Kuya Jig on facebook to verify.
I wasn’t able to take a photo of the room. Below photos were grabbed from their page:
Dropped by at The Balete drive before heading straight to North Shore Camp.
We also had a quick visit at Baler Hanging Bridge located in Brgy. Zabali Baler Aurora. The view was glorious.
What you see is what you get. Yas! Saw this along the way. No edit, raw picture from my huawei P9. Mesmerizing isn’t it? 😍
FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY SURFERS
There are lot of restaurants in town to choose from. If you are planning to visit Baler, I suggest to bring your own car or rent a van. It is hard to commute in the area especially when you are traveling in a group.
Below are the restaurants that we tried:
- Picnic Bay: Buffet lunch at Php200.00
- Gerry Shan’s Place: Buffet lunch at Php200.00
- Yellow Fin Bar and Grill: Food is good for sharing. Price starts at Php150.00
I wasn’t able to take a photo of the food because I was too hungry and excited to eat.
- North Shore Surf Camp Baler (fb account): Kuya Jig (Owner)
- Van service: Kuya Jerry ( 0936 785 0242 )
Weekday rate (Monday to Thursday)
Room for 2 persons. 1,500/night
Room for 8 persons, 5,000/night
Weekend rate (Friday to Sunday)
Room for 2 persons, 2,000/night
Room for 8 persons, 5,500/night
HOW TO GO
1. Travel time to Baler is 5 to 6 hours from Manila. Take the Joy Bus Transport at Pasay or Cubao Terminal. From Baler town, there are tricycle that you can rent to take you to North Shore.
2. Via private car, just use waze or google map 😛
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