Dicasalarin: a Hidden Jewel of Baler
by Danny Tariman
My family had a wonderful time in Baler, Quezon – the stunning sunrise at Sabang Beach, the beginner-friendly surf, the historical landmarks, and more.
One destination that I can not forget when we were in Baler is the Dicasalarin Beach. The scenic beach, the emerald green seas, a postcard view of the bay from the cape, and the artistically modern lighthouse.
Dicasalarin is about 45 minutes drive from Baler town. It was an easy drive over well-paved roads until you reach the end of Diguisit beach. From this point, it is a one-way steep road, with sharp turns. But don’t worry, the road is manned by guard who would ensure that you will not meet cars coming in opposite direction.
I would highly recommend that you stay on the first gear throughout the climb until you reach the Pag-Asa weather station. From there, it is downhill but be very careful while driving: the stunning view can distract you while driving; the road is narrow.
At the beach, it is really an experience! The wide creamy white sand beach awaits you. But be extra careful while swimming as some portions of the beach has gorges – the sudden deep.
But don’t just go for the beach! You will miss your tour if you will not visit the towering modern lighthouse at the right side of the bay. You will have to walk along the beach, and climb 100+ steps to reach the lighthouse. Make sure your heart can take the climb. It is worth the trip!
On top of the cape, you will get an unobstructed view of the Dicasalarin Bay. Truly beautiful! The emerald-color waters meeting the creamy white beach, with the verdant green mountain as the backdrop. Wow, a glorious view indeed!
I had to caution you: my children wanted to take photos from the edge of the ridge. I got very scared. Haha! While the view is stunning, the ledge is really high and steep (it is almost 90 degrees!).
While at the cape, don’t forget to take photos of the beautiful lighthouse. We had climbed a few steps to the mid-way. I am afraid of heights, I cannot go higher! But yes, the photo shoots are splendid.
There were times when the beach was closed to swimmers, I hear, because of prior incidents. Check it out with the resort if it is okay to swim. Just bring your swimming gear, in case swimming is allowed. It is very tempting to swim!
On our way back, we dropped by the weather station. We were gladly accommodated by the watchman who showed us some of the technology equipment used to track weather systems. If your time permits, this is a good educational stop-over.
Until next time, Dicasalarin! Stay beautiful!