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Reviewed January 30, 2012

My family and I stayed at Bay's Inn, which is on Sabang Beach, in Baler. Sabang, a long sweep of a beach, is where the napalm-in-the-morning scene of Apocalypse Now was shot, at least that's the local lore. And from the look of the beach, that's a believable claim. We headed to Baler to surf—my two nieces are surfers and my daughter and I wanted to learn. Sabang Beach has a great, laid-back surfer vibe. Most of the surfers when we were there were locals, so the surfing had nothing to do with fancy equipment or brand-name clothes. And for some mysterious reason, the surfers congregated at Bay's Inn. Why? We never found out. Bays Inn also seems a good place for townspeople to gather. Our last night, there was a party, and the courtyard rumbled continually as guests arrived on motorbikes as well as pickups.

Bay's Inn is run-down. At some rooms we peeked at, the bathroom cabinets had rotting wood. We had room 15, which had air conditioning AND hot shower. Plus, it was right by the front desk, so we could get Wi-Fi in our room. Otherwise, you'd have hang out by the front desk to check e-mail or surf the Internet. Food was just simple,Filipino fare, but at $2 a meal, I was happy. They offered brewed coffee. Our $35 a night room (two queen beds) came with free breakfast for the four of us.

The infrastructure was much better next door at a new resort called Bayler, and the food and room prices were similar. Further down the beach was Aliya, a beautifully sited resort, almost Japanese-like aesthetic to its dining area, simple rooms, surfer vibe, and similar prices. Aliya, though, had the most passive staff. The waiter said he couldn't offer us brewed coffee because the coffee had run out and they wouldn't be making more till the next day. Say what?

But back to Bay's Inn: What I like about it was that it was a surfer hangout. It was fun watching people surf and seeing how the audience reacted. Surf lessons were 350 pesos an hour (including board) plus free bottled water, but we bargained that down to 300. The instructors earned every peso. Its terrace overlooks the beach, and it's lulling to sit there and watch the waves. Bayler has no lounge chairs; you sit on plastic chairs. It has a 24-hour kitchen, an unexpected perk when we left to catch the 4:30 a.m. Genesis bus to Manila: We still got our free breakfast (ordered the night before and served at 3:30). The terrace faces the Pacific, and it gets very windy at night, so the staff brings down the shades. Too bad. Sneak around the tarp and look up. The stars are abundant and glorious.

We took the regular, air-conditioned Genesis bus from Manila (under 400 pesos), and it took us 7 hours to reach Baler, even though we started off at 1:30 in the morning. The bus had tons of stops. Returning, we upgraded to Genesis's Joy bus, which had enormous plump seats, free water, bathroom, and a bus attendant in high heels. It's a direct trip, and we got there in under 6 hours.

I loved this vacation. It was laid-back and quirky, and I got to stand on the board. If I were to go back, I would stay at Bayler or Aliya, and probably hang out at Bay's Inn terrace. If only they could get Wi-Fi to reach there.

Room Tip: Room 15 had air conditioner AND hot shower. Plus it's right by the front desk, so you can get Wi-Fi in your room.
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 15, 2011

Bay's Inn is a surfer's hangout on Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora. It is reached by a 6 to 8 hour drive from Manila, either by private vehicle or Genesis Bus Lines.
The Inn is located directly on the beach. Typical rate $25 per night with aircon. Food is available 24h.
The Inn is in need of upkeep, and the staff are not well organised. This gem would be much better with a little management.
Unfortunately there's another hotel under construction at the south side of Bay's Inn.

Room Tip: Rooms are available both without and with aircon. The upper floor annex rooms are the best.
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 30, 2015
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  • Stayed: November 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 5, 2014
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  • Stayed: August 2014
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