Dicasalarin Cove, Baler (Day 2)

Dicasalarin Cove

Dicasalarin Cove

If you were in Baler, it would be a sin not to visit Dicasalarin, a beach cove 15-16km away from Sabang. On day 2 of our trip to Baler, our mission was to bike to the cove in the morning, be back by lunch, and leave for Manila by 3pm… non of that happened. #Lol!

That morning I woke up early to see the famous sunrise of Baler, did some rounds on my japa beads, then had some coffee… it seemed like a perfect and steady morning when suddenly, Louie, our friend/local host, arrived on his motorbike and interrupted our serenity. “Let’s go!” he said.

Without talking about the plan, we quickly packed our gears, hopped on our bikes and followed him to town. Within 5 minutes, we reached the HQ of Aurora Biker’s Club, where 20+ mountain bikers (as in bikers on mountain bikes) waited for us ready to roll. Our destination, Dicasalarin Cove.

The day before riding to the cove, Louie told us that the cove was only 16kms away from Sabang, and that if we rode out at 7am, we would be back by 10:30am, just in time for us to cook, eat lunch, and get ready to leave for Manila by 3pm. What he didn’t tell us was that we would climb up a mountain first before we got to the cove. It was the kind of climb that made me swear every minute and made me question my very existence every second. No kidding, I would never climb that peak again unless I rode a habal-habal or any form of motorized vehicle.

One thing I learned from this ride – Aurora Bikers are the true hardcore riders!

After an excruciating 1 hour hike, we reached the peak of Dica, where we found PAGASA / “Hope”.

PAGASA rooftop.

PAGASA rooftop overlooking Dicasalarin Cove.

From the peak, we descended to the cove. Naturally, what you descend, you must ascend.

From the peak, we descended to the cove. Naturally, what you descend, you must ascend. Non-stop of walking with our bikes.

20 minutes later, we arrived at the foot of the cove, finally! What to see in Dicasalarin:

  1. The Artist Village
  2. The bath house
  3. The cave
  4. The lighthouse (172 steps to get there)
  5. The creamy white sand beach
  6. A bathing spot where the river meets the ocean

By the time we had to leave Dica, it was already 1pm. The heat was unbearable and we still had to hike back to the peak again (not fun anymore).

Dicasalarin Cove

Goodbye Dicasalarin Cove

We arrived at our kubo at 4pm. The bus tickets were sold out. We decided to rent a van to bring us to Cabanatuan and took a bus to Manila from there.

We arrived at our kubo at 4pm.

So how did we get home? We rented a van from Baler to Cabanatuan (P2,700), then took a bus to manila from there. We left Baler at 9pm. We reached home at 4am, Monday.

What an epic weekend!

Beautiful Baler (Day 1)

Cycling our way to Ditumabo "Mother" Falls.

Cycling our way to Ditumabo “Mother” Falls.

You know that girl next door you always wanted to ask out? That’s not Baler. Baler is the best friend of that girl, the one you forgot to notice.

Only 6-7 hours away from Manila, Baler is the new Baguio – lush, clean, and gentle. Last weekend, my traveling buddies and I headed to the beautiful capital of Aurora, Baler, armed with our bikes and camping gears, “S24O” style.

How to get there?

  • Take a Joy Bus from Cubao, Metro Manila
  • A comfy deluxe ride for only P700 per person (one way)
  • It will take you straight to Baler Terminal
  • We left at 1:30am and arrived in Baler at 7am.
Loading our bikes inside Joy Bus. No additional fee for bikes.

Loading our bikes inside Joy Bus. No additional fee for bikes.

Pusakalye power couple, Devaki and Rodel Guinto, ready to tour Aurora. Pack and pedal!

Pusakalye power couple, Devaki and Rodel Guinto, ready to tour Aurora. “All our bikes are packed and ready to roll.”

DAY 1 ITINERARY:

  1. Bike and hike to Ditumabo “Mother” falls (15kms from Sabang)
  2. Lunch cook-out (in Ditumabo) – Kubo rental P200
  3. Bike to Balete “Millennium” Tree Park, Maria Aurora (22km from Ditumabo) – P10 fee/head
  4. Bike to Museo de Baler (15km from Maria Aurora) – Donation only
  5. Check-in at Sabang Beach – P700/kubo with fan (very secure)
s24o in Aurora

s24o in Aurora

We rented a Kubo at the bottom of the mountain to keep our bikes and gears.

We rented a Kubo at the bottom of the mountain to keep our bikes and gears.

The hike to Ditumabo Falls.

The hike to Ditumabo “Mother” Falls.

"This is our playground."

“This is our playground.”

Afterwards, we walked back to our kubo and cooked some lunch. Along the way there are sari-sari/mini stores where you can buy banana-q, camote-q, buko juice, and other refreshments.

Chef Mel doing her thang!

Chef Mel doing her thang!

"Prinsipal ka ba? Dami mong alam eh!" - Mel

“Prinsipal ka ba? Dami mong alam eh!” – Mel

After lunch, we pedaled our way to Maria Aurora to check out the Balete “Millennium” Tree Park.

We then headed to Museo de Baler. It felt like we were doing our very own ArtBike in Aurora simultaneously with Rock Drilon’s Artbike in Taguig, Manila.

Museo de Baler

Museo de Baler

Finally it was time to call it a day. On our way to Sabang Beach.

Finally it was time to call it a day. On our way to Sabang Beach.

To be continued…
(c) Nityalila Saulo