For me, the best way to cap off a day tour in Baler is to relax in one of the view decks of the famous Ermita Hill while enjoying the breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. Not only that, you can also reward yourself with the soothing atmosphere right at the top, especially in the afternoon.
Ermita Hill had its own share of history as it became witness to the devastating tidal waves that struck Baler in the 1700s. The families who survived the disaster were said to have climbed up the hill for safety. Today, Ermita Hill (or sometimes referred to as Ermita Park) serves as a tranquil sanctuary for locals and tourists. One can just marvel at the amazing waves in the Pacific Ocean, the relaxing views of Baler Bay and Sabang Beach, the river delta, thriving mangroves, and a lot more.
Only a few kilometers away from the town proper, Ermita Hill can be reached in about 15 minutes by tricycle. The uphill road is quite steep, though, and tricycles might not be able to go up with passengers aboard so you will have to do a little sacrifice and climb the few remaining distance on foot. Good thing I was riding the school bus so I was saved from the painful walk towards the top. Hehe.
There’s a chapel, view decks, gazebos, a large picnic area, and restrooms in Ermita Hill. One on side of the hill is a higher area on which a large cross is mounted. The government has transformed the place into a park yet maintained the greenness of the surroundings. Good job.