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Dipaculao Beach Aurora: A Hidden White Sand Paradise Beyond Baler

DIPACULAO BEACH

The most popular destination in the province of Aurora has long been the surfing town of Baler. Being a coastal province, we got curious what’s beyond the famous Baler and what other beaches the province has to offer. We discovered a white sand paradise an hour away north of Baler: Dipaculao Beach. A complete opposite of Baler’s Sabang – white, empty and quiet. (also known as Dinadiawan Beach – named after Brgy. Dinadiawan in Dipaculao where it’s located)

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Sabang Beach in the surfing town of Baler
GETTING THERE

By Private Transportation:

  1. Head to Cabanatuan City via NLEX and SCTEX. Exit at La Paz.
  2. From Cabanatuan City, follow the road to Baler passing by the towns of Pantabangan, Alfonso Castaneda and Maria Aurora.
  3. Instead of heading straight to Baler Town Proper, follow the Baler – Casiguran road.
  4. Dipaculao Beach is approximately an hour drive from Baler Town Proper. Take note that Dipaculao Beach is located 20 minutes after Dipaculao Town.
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One of the multiple red bridges between Baler and Dipaculao Beach

We recommend getting a private transportation to Dipaculao Beach. The roads are well-paved and very scenic. You’re going to pass by Ampere Beach, a long boulder beach just outside Baler Town. Take note of the unmarked view point just before the descent to Dipaculao beach. Total travel time from Manila is 6-8 hours depending on the traffic.

One of the scenic coastal highways to Dipaculao

By public transportation:

We heard that there are buses to Casiguran from Cabanatuan City but we have not confirmed this. There are, however, buses from Cubao to Baler starting at P450. We also saw some UV Express vans plying the Baler – Casiguran coastal highway. Drop off at Dipaculao Beach.

ACCOMMODATION

There are plenty of options along Dipaculao Beach. There are rooms for rent, inns and hotels. If you’re planning to stay at one of these resorts, make sure you reserve ahead of time since hotels easily get fully booked during weekends and peak season. Camping is also allowed along Dipaculao Beach, just ask the resorts for their camping rates.

Since most resorts were booked during that weekend, we decided to stay in a quiet resort farm 20 minutes away from the main beach – Halos Farm and Resort. It was one of the most relaxing places we’ve ever stayed in. Plus, we were the only ones checked in! Check out their rates/availability here – Halos Farm and Resort.

A quaint resort farm with tree house fan rooms

It’s a small quaint resort farm along the coastal highway to Dipaculao Beach. They have tree house fan rooms, air-con rooms, cottage fan rooms for couples and big groups. They also have three spring pools – with one facing the boulder beach. We recommend staying here. We are definitely going back again!

ITINERARY

DAY 1

  • 01:00 Depart for Casiguran, Aurora
  • 07:00 Arrival at Baler – Casiguran Coastal Highway (With plenty of stopovers)
  • 09:00 Arrival at Dipaculao Beach (With stopovers at Ampere Beach, view point)
  • 09:00 – 18:00 Explore Dipaculao Beach, chill at the beach
  • 18:00 Depart for Halos Farm and Resort
  • 18:30 Arrival at Halos Farm and Resort

Dipaculao Beach can be visited over the weekend if you plan on taking a private transport. Do not forget to pass by Ampere Beach. There are no gas stations along the coastal highway after Dipaculao so gas up before heading out. Just head to Baler and follow the road to Casiguran.

One of the quiet spots in Dipaculao Beach

We stayed during the weekend and unfortunately all the hotels were fully booked. Totally unplanned, we decided to stay at Halos Farm and Resort instead just 20 minutes away.

Long and wide beach of Dipaculao

Some resorts have day-trip rates averaging P50/person. The white beach spans over a kilometer longer than Baler’s Sabang beach, so getting an empty spot is very easy. You may set-up camp at some of the resorts. We recommend bringing your own food since most resorts do not have their own restaurants.

For us, we just explored Dipaculao Beach for the day, looked for an empty spot along the kilometer-long beach and lounged away. The beach is very swim-able.  The waves are strong in some parts so take caution. The sand is a total opposite of Sabang’s black sand – it’s white and fine. The vibes here are more laid-back and quiet.

DAY 2

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Swim at the infinity pool facing the boulder beach
  • 02:00 Depart for Sabang Beach, Baler
  • 02:30 Arrival at Sabang Beach, quick stopover and late lunch
  • 03:30 Depart for Manila

Totally unplanned, we stayed at Halos Farm and Resort for the night. It’s a very small resort farm located 20 minutes away from Dipaculao Beach. Again, we highly recommend staying here. You’ll hear the sound of crashing waves inside your room since the resort is just along the boulder beach. They also have an infinity spring pool facing the Pacific. It was such a nice discovery for us and we are definitely going back!

One of the three springs pool of Halos Farm and Resort

Bring your own food. They do not have a restaurant. When we were there, we used their kitchen to cook canned goods. The next town is Dipaculao. You may buy from small sari-sari stores along the way.

Halos Farm and Resort is the only accommodation around that area so you will not see any other tourists strolling around the boulder beach

On our way back, we dropped by Sabang Beach in Baler for a quick lunch. If you want to stay in Baler instead, it’s also possible. You may just day-trip Dipaculao beach if you have the time since there are more accommodation options in Baler than Dipaculao.

BUDGET
  • Transportation: P 1,700 Gas (Total group for roundtrip). P300 (Toll-fees roundtrip)
  • Accommodation: P 2,000/night (Air-con room for two) Halos Farm and Resort – they have cheaper tree house and cottage fan rooms.
  • Food: P150/meal
TIPS
  1. Reserve rooms before going to Dipaculao Beach.
  2. Signal is good for major network carriers in Dipaculao Beach and Halos Farm and Resort.
  3. If you plan on staying at one of the resorts in Dipaculao Beach, make sure to bring your own food. There are grilling areas in some resorts.
  4. To save on toll-fees, we exited Sta. Rita and passed by the towns of San Miguel and Gapan to Cabanatuan.
  5. If you have tents, camping along the beach is a good option as well.
  6. Directions – Try to look for Dinadiawan beach since some locals refer to it as such. The beach is located exactly at Brgy. Dinadiawan which is a part of Dipaculao. Although, google maps calls it Dipaculao beach.


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