If you just want to learn about travel costs, scroll to the bottom of the post. Spoiler alert: 2 days and 2 nights can cost just shy of P4,000, surfing, lodging, and all. Also, travel expenses are no funny business, so I don't even try to be funny when I talk about money because someone in our household certainly does not find travel expenses funny (itago nalang natin s'ya sa pangalang Jeff).
If you can't go the the Genesis station in Cubao to make reservations, you can pay for your bus fare at a BDO branch. Call Genesis at 709-0803/ 421-1425 for bank details and arrangements.
If like me, you're not a fan of walking inside a moving vehicle and using portable toilets. But if you can't hold your pee for five hours, I suggest taking the a regular Genesis AC bus at P450. It makes two stopovers and reaches Baler in six hours. You can't buy your tickets ahead of time for their regular AC buses, but you can head to their Cubao bus station after lunch on the day of your trip and get a piece of paper with a number on it from the security guard. This will serve as, well sorta, your reservation. First trip to Baler supposedly leaves at 1:00 AM but you'll have to show up at the bus station at 11:00 PM, otherwise your seat will be given to someone else despite the number. The buses fill up really quickly. In our case, the bus was ready for boarding at 11:30 PM and it started rolling out of Manila at midnight.
There are three Manila-bound JoyBus-es from Baler. The first one leaves at 4:30 A.M., another one at 2:00 P.M. and the last one at 3:00 P.M. To make sure you get seats on one of these buses, call Genesis Baler at 09219828505 even before you reach Baler to make reservations (you will only need to pay the fare once you're in town).
Where to stay
2. Bay's Inn. This place is both lauded and criticized for their restaurant. Lauded because of the good food, criticized because of the noise as some dining tables are directly in front of the rooms. If you decide to stay here, make sure you get a room away from the resto. Room rates are similar to that of Aliya's. An AC room good for four people is at P2400/night with breakfast.
3. Pacific Waves Inn. This is supposed to be along Sabang Beach, but I didn't see it. Head on over to the travelling dork's blog for his review and photos.
Where to eat
Grabbin' some grub in Baler is easy because restos line up the beachfront of Sabang (including those of the popular inns.
Baler, Aurora 2013
Cab fare to Genesis Cubao bus station
Bus fare to Baler (Regular AC Bus)
Tricyle fare from bus station to Sabang Beach
Breakfast (Bay-ler View longganisa meal)
Tricylce fare for the day tour
Lunch @ Rolling Store (turo- turo in Bayan)
Dinner @ Bay's Inn (with 2 bottles of beer)
Breakfast @ Bay's Inn
Surfing Lessons (2 hours)
Dinner @ Aliya Surf Camp (with a bottle of beer, baby!)
Accommodations (2 days and 2 nights)
Bus fare to Manila (Joybus)
Cab fare from bus station to home