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Aurora

Romantic beaches, thrilling waves, and stunning natural wonders are just some of the things that make up the alluring province of Aurora. With such natural beauty, it’s no wonder why the place was named after the sweetheart and wife of former Philippine President Manuel L. Quezon.

Start your journey in Baler, the famed surfing hotspot and provincial capital of Aurora province. Before heading out to see its beaches, try checking out the heritage sites located within the town proper. One of the area’s most famous landmarks is Baler Church, which served as the last Spanish stronghold in the country during the infamous 11-month Siege of Baler.

Pass by the Quezon Memorial Park and the Aurora Quezon House to learn more about the life of President Manuel Quezon and his wife. Behind the park’s monument of Quezon, you’ll find the Museo de Baler, which houses various artifacts collected from the town’s historical moments.

Once you’ve toured the town proper, head over to Baler’s beaches and discover why the town is known as the “birthplace of Philippine surfing.” Surfers of all levels will surely enjoy the grey sands and friendly waves of Sabang Beach, the town’s most well-known surfing spot.

The more experienced surfers can ride the medium-quality waves of Charlie’s Point, which is famous for its iconic appearance in the film Apocalypse Now. And if you’re up for the most challenging surfing experiences Baler can offer, check out the 14-foot-high waves at Cobra Reef in Cemento Beach or the sharp break waves at Lindy’s Point.

Travelers can also enjoy other activities like paddleboarding, kayaking, paragliding, and wind surfing. Catch a glimpse of Baler’s thriving underwater world by going snorkeling in Diguisit Beach and the Lukso-Lukso Islets or diving in the reefs around Dimadimalangat Islet. You can also relax along the peaceful shores of the Aniao Islets and the secluded Dicasalarin Cove.

You’ll find plenty of other stunning beaches worth visiting outside of Baler by exploring the rest of Aurora province. Check out the unique shores of Ampere Beach and Borlongan Beach, which are covered with countless grey pebbles and smooth rocks. You can also go diving in Dibut Bay or enjoy the picturesque views of Dinadiawan Beach, Motyong Beach, and Casiguran Sound.

Aside from housing plenty of beaches, Aurora is also home to various other natural wonders that are sure to satisfy anyone’s thirst for adventure. Travelers can explore the Lamao Caves, go for a dip in the flowing spring waters of Banju Springs, or marvel at the towering cascades of the Diguisit Waterfalls, Cunayan Falls, and the Ditumabo Mother Falls.

You can also visit the majestic “Millenium Tree of the Philippines” in the town of Maria Aurora. This 600-year-old, 60-meter-tall Balete Tree is one of the most famous natural attractions in the entire province.

Trekking enthusiasts will love exploring the lush green forests of the Sierra Madre mountain range, which occupies a large chunk of Aurora province. Local nature trekkers in the area will be happy to recommend the ideal trails for activities like mountain climbing, photo safaris, bird watching, ecological study tours, and picnicking.

Any traveler is sure to work up a large appetite after a long day of exploring Aurora. Luckily, you’ll find a wide selection of restaurants that offer the traditional delicacies of Aurora. You can’t go wrong with freshly grilled seafood and meat, especially when it’s from local favorites like the Yellowfin Bar and Grill, Baler Surfer Grill, and Yolly’s Ihaw-Ihaw.

You can also check out the all day buffet at Gerry Shan’s Place or the assorted food carts at The Rolling Store. Make sure to pass by Nanay Pacing’s Cafe too for tasty homemade sweets like suman (glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk), espasol (local rice cake dusted with toasted rice flour), mango tarts, rice cake in latik syrup, and decadent coco jam made with pure coconut milk.

Top Rated Restaurants in Aurora Browse All

  1. Baler Surfer Grill
    4.5 Stars
    BBQ Joint
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  2. Bayler View Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    International
    17 Reviews View
  3. Beach House
    4.0 Stars
    International
    17 Reviews View
  4. Gerry Shan's Place
    4.0 Stars
    Filipino
    27 Reviews View
  5. Kusina Luntian
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    7 Reviews View
  6. Yolly's Ihaw-Ihaw & Seafood Restaurant
    4.0 Stars
    Seafood
    6 Reviews View
  7. Dialyn’s Bakeshop
    4.5 Stars
    Bakery
    4 Reviews View
  8. The Beach Shack
    4.5 Stars
    International
    2 Reviews View
  9. Press Start Cafe
    4.0 Stars
    Café
    2 Reviews View
  10. Surf & Chill
    4.0 Stars
    Juice
    2 Reviews View

Top Rated Hotels in Aurora Browse All

  1. Costa Pacifica
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    36 Reviews View
  2. Aliya Surf Camp
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    17 Reviews View
  3. Bayler View Hotel
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    13 Reviews View
  4. Surfhouse Baler
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    3 Reviews View
  5. Baler Safe Haven Bed & Breakfast
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  6. El Dawn Inn
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  7. Côte Resort
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  8. Pacific Waves Inn
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  9. Green Forest Inn
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  10. Bahia de Baler
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View

Top Rated Places in Aurora Browse All

  1. Sabang Beach
    4.5 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    38 Reviews View
  2. Costa Pacifica
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    36 Reviews View
  3. Ditumabo Mother Falls
    5.0 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    23 Reviews View
  4. Baler Surfer Grill
    4.5 Stars
    BBQ Joint
    19 Reviews View
  5. Aliya Surf Camp
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    17 Reviews View
  6. Diguisit Beach
    4.5 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    13 Reviews View
  7. Bayler View Restaurant
    4.5 Stars
    International
    17 Reviews View
  8. Dicasalarin Beach
    5.0 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    6 Reviews View
  9. Baler Catholic Church
    5.0 Stars
    Historical Site
    6 Reviews View
  10. The Millennium Tree
    4.5 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    6 Reviews View

Popular Areas in Aurora

  1. Baler

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