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Surf Supreme 2015: Baler Survival Guide Part 1 (How and Where)

Lounging on the beach or playing in the surf is not only accepted, but encouraged in Baler. As the official travel partner for Surf Supreme 2015, FlipTrip.PH wants to make your trip smooth and your weekend unforgettable.

To help you make the most out of your time in Baler, we’ve created the ultimate guide—showing you the best places to eat, sleep, and go,  for the events and activities you can check out.

Here’s part 1!


HOW TO GET THERE

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How to get to Baler? Good question

Option 1: Bring your own car
ETA: Anywhere from 5-7 hours. It depends on your driving skills! (But you know, safety first, okay?)

From Manila, enter the North Expressway at Balintawak and exit at SCTEX (entry at LaPaz, Tarlac toll gate).From there, follow the highway leading to Aliaga and to Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija. From Cabanatuan City Proper, take the Nueva Ecija-Aurora highway, passing thru the towns of Talavera , Rizal, and Pantabangan until you reach the Aurora border, then through the towns of Maria Aurora, San Luis, and finally, Baler.

Beware of wild zigzagging roads, fast trucks and landslides during rainy season, especially going up and through the mountain to get to Baler!

Option 2: Take a FlipTrip Chartered Bus (Genesis or Joybus)

ETA: Genesis Bus: 6-7 hours
Joybus: 4-5 hours

Ride with FlipTrip: Let someone else do the driving, relax, nap, and enjoy the scenery. Just show up at the Cubao terminal of the Genesis Transport Service and let us take care of getting you to Baler.

The difference is the Joybus gets you there faster (4 to 5 hours), allows you to recline your seat all the way (much much comfier than a car), and has a private toilet on board so you never have to hold your pee!


WHERE TO STAY

North Shore Surf Camp 
With an a-frame surf break just a few paces in front, this newly constructed resort is peaceful, and a perfect break 

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North Shore is one of our favorite spots.  It’s perfect if you need a some peace and quiet. Though only slightly further away from Sabang and the crowd, the wandering adventurer will find themselves drawn to this resort for not only their surf break, but for the company.

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Locals and Manila surfers flock here to catch some waves from sunrise to sunset, and with great food and comfortable rooms, it’s a top choice for those needing a proper weekend getaway.

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Surfer Girls Lodge
Your convenient stay in the midst of the summer in Baler, Aurora

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#FlipTripTip: Surfer girls is right by the beach and is home to Ate Chona, their really friendly proprietress. They also have a variety of surfboards for rent: fiber and soft top, so take your pick!

Don’t let the name fool you; boys are more than welcome here! In fact, everyone receives a warm welcome at the Surfer Girls Lodge. The epitome of Filipino hospitality, this lodge makes you feel at home with all the necessities and comforts you look for in a place to stay.

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Nalu Surf Camp
The newest haven for wanderers and surfing enthusiasts

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#FlipTripTip: Nalu enjoys an unobstructed view of the beach and the sea. They also have a skate ramp and a fire pit.

Surfing is the prime activity in this beach front property but Nalu Surf Camp also has city tours and space for camping activities, for a change of pace and scenery. Most importantly, they have spacious huts available for Surf Supreme that can fit your big group of friends!

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Yishin’s Lodge

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Experience a tropical setting surrounded by green nature that depicts the calmness of the Aurora province, Yishin’s Lodge is perfectly located in Sitio Buton, Barangay Sabang, Baler.

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#FlipTripTip: Power cuts are not a problem at Yishin’s Lodge. Baler is a tad prone to these so the lodge’s reliable generator is a lifesaver!


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Surfhouse Baler

Deliberately simple, eco-inspired, and Balinese-esque — these best describe the look of SurfHouse Baler. What is admirable about this quiet bed & breakfast is how all its elements come together — the warmth of wood, the polish of the concrete floors, the freshness of grass, the brightness white walls, and the creative aura of the mandalas on the walls.

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#FlipTripTip: Surfhouse is also home to the quaint Press Start Cafe. They have great pizza, skateboard rentals and maybe the freshest pesto you’ll ever come across

The staff are attentive, the food is fantastic, and its recluse spot serves even the most fickle of travelers looking for a zen experience in this surf town.

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*Surfhouse Baler photos courtesy of Craig Pulsifer

The Circle Hostel
The community where there are no strangers

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#FlipTripTip: Attractive to solo travellers as it’s a great place to meet people by just hanging out and chilling in their common area! They also have a skate bowl and you can also rent a skateboard there for a small fee.

Leave your mark on the walls, take a nap at the common area, and breath the good vibes all around. Chill and meet awesome people at the place where There Are No Strangers. The Circle Hostel, home of the artsy and the adventurous, is a chain of eco- and budget-friendly hostels in the country

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SMART Beach House

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#FlipTripTip: You can grill your own seafood and barbecue outside the huts right on the beach!

Make the smart choice and stay at the SMART Beach House. This beach house is more than just a place to crash at night; it’s a great place to wake up in order to catch the legendary Baler sunrise. Get the bang for your buck with their rooms which can accommodate your whole barkada!

Kahea’s Lodge

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#FlipTripTip: The family that surfs together, stays together. The Namoro clan is famous for introducing surfing to the community, and for their killer surfing skills.

This humble homestay is ideal for budget travelers, seasoned surfers, and local and international tourists looking to spend some quality time with one of the Philippines’ up and coming beaches. Kahea’s Lodge, home of the famous surfing clan of Namoro’s, prides itself with their clean and spacious rooms that are equipped with towels and toiletries, toilet and bath, and showers. Located just along Sabang beach, viewing the sunrise and sunset is as easy as stepping out of your room.

 


 WHAT’S GOING DOWN DURING SURF SUPREME 2015

Calling all surfing aficionados, music fanatics, road trippers, weekend warriors, and adventure lovers! Get ready for 3 days of fun, sun, good vibes, sounds and swell as Jack TV and Solar Sports brings you Surf Supreme 2015 this coming October 16-18!

SCHEDULE FINAL

Surf

  • Watch surfers rip and style as they battle it out in the water and discover the talent of the sport’s enthusiasts-turned-novice-riders
  • FREE (yes, free!) surf lessons – learn from some of the best instructors and catch the stoke

Skate

  • Watch local groms slide and glide at The Circle Hostel’s skate bowl. Try it out for yourself too. Show your skills and tricks at Circle, or cruise around town and in Nalu Surf Camp or Surfhouse Baler.

Music

  • Soak in the positive vibrations from the crowds and groove to the sound waves buzzing from the giant speakers during the organizer’s Break & Bake Party. Who’s playing?  Baler lokal and festival favorite—Franco, The Chongkeys, Coffee Break Island, and more up-and-coming local acts and DJs.

Games

  • Bring out your competitive side and challenge yourselves in some fun and games like Giant Jenga and FlipTrip.PH’s legendary Quasi-Quizzical Quiz Night and a possible pre-party bash!

Prizes

  • What are contests and games without the prizes? Win big in the surf contests. (Even the beginner division offers cash prizes!) And grab some goodies when you tackle our toughest trivia questions.

SO, COME JOIN US AS #FLIPTRIPGOESTOSURFSUPREME

Book a package now and win some goodies!

Get rooms at these rad hotels, and a seat on our buses by booking a package! Just need a way to get there or where to stay? No worries!

Book a #SurfSupreme2015 package of your choice and get 20% off vouchers for your next flow session! Don’t forget if you book a package for 4 pax or more, you and your friends get a chance to win FREE Flow House Manila passes to catch some city stoke!

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Email [email protected] to ask about special requests or custom packages. You can also call/ text/ Viber our team at 09167956444!

Check out our Surf Supreme 2015 packages here: http://blog.fliptrip.ph/surf-supreme-2015-is-here/

Or, fill up this form to get a quotation today!  http://bit.ly/1LYE8wk

Send those inquiries soon as slots are limited! See you explorers for part 2 of our Baler guide!

#TeamFlipTrip

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