The Province of Aurora

It is now a developing and promising province in the Philippines in the tourism industry.   The province is now gearing as one of the top eco-tourism destinations in the country.

The province of Aurora lures tourists through its beautiful beaches, such as the White Beach located in Paltic, municipality of Dingalan.  In order to reach the area, either take a boat from the town proper or take a hike to the beach.  The beach is a two kilometer long beach which has numerous shells and corals scattered along the entire length.  It also has a variety of undersea flora and fauna for divers to observe.

Aside from the beaches, they also have several falls which are truly sights to behold.  One worth mentioning is the Cunayan Falls situated in Barangay Pimentel, Municipality of San Luis.  One can hire a public utility jeep from the town proper of Baler with a travel time of about two hours.  Upon reaching the area one is greeted by the falls strong mist from a cliff flowing into a crystal clear stream and a mild temperature for an ideal swim.

And then there is Ermita Hill, a perfect spot where you can see the Pacific Ocean and the town proper of Baler and Dimadimalangat Islet.  These islets are two small imposing small islands forming like bullets from the sea with shrubs, small trees and other greenery growing on top surfaces. From this vantage point, towering waves can be seen relentlessly pounding the base of the islets.

There is an interesting story about that hill, where it saved the lives of seven families, including the Angaras, during the powerful tsunami that washed over the whole town of Baler in the year 1735.

The province is generally a mountainous area as the eastern portion of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range covers a large part the province of Aurora.  The ecological system of the mountain range features the flora and fauna, waterfalls, rivers and crystal clear streams of varying sizes.

Recommended tourist activities are mountain climbing, photo safaris, bird watching and trekking through the narrow trails onto the virgin forest for exploration and ecological studies.  The best jump off point is in Barangay Ditumabo and there are locals that can assist and guide in going to the mountain range.

Aurora province is situated on the East Central side of the Island of Luzon.  It is bordered on the north by the provinces of Isabela and Quirino, on the east by the Pacific Ocean, on the west by Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya and on the south by the province of Bulacan and Quezon.

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