The province of Aurora is situated on the eastern-central side of the Luzon Island, the largest of the three main Philippine Islands. To its north are the provinces of Quirino and Isabela; on the west are Nueva Viscaya and Nueva Ecija; on the south are Quezon and Bulacan; and the Pacific Ocean on the east.
Aurora’s overall land area covers about 1% of the Philippines’ total land area.
Because of its remote setting, Aurora is predominantly rural. Despite its huge land area, population is just at about 180,000, the fifth lowest in the entire Philippines. There are about 246 recreational facilities throughout the province.
What many Filipino and foreign tourist are not aware of is that Aurora Province is home to some really spectacular beaches, covered in soft white sand. If your are looking for a Philippines vacation destination that offers a wide variety, then visit Aurora, as it has beautiful beaches, lush green forest and open farm land.
Aurora province mostly covers the eastern side of Sierra Madre Mountains. Thus, Aurora has a logically mountainous landscape. Flat lands are unevenly distributed across the province. Aurora is an elongated province, thus, it has up to 332 kilometers of coastline, facing the vast Pacific. There are six rivers, namely, Aguang, Calabgan, Ditale, Dibatuan, Ibuna, and the Sinagnuan River.
The Weather in Aurora
The prevailing climate in the province is characterized by evenly distributed rainfall all throughout the year. Because of its geographic location, the province is usually affected by typhoons, which frequent on a specific season (usually from June to October). Rainfall in Aurora is common during the months of January, February, April, October, and November. Unlike in other parts of the country, August is practically the driest month here.
Temperature across the province varies. The coldest months of January and February bring about a cold temperature of about 19°C to 20.5°C. Temperature goes up to as hot as 30°C to 33°C during the warmest months of June and July.
Agriculture is still the primary industry in the province. The sector provides income to more than half of the provincial population with the production of major crops like rice, coffee, coconut, banana, corn, root crops, citrus fruits, abaca, and peanuts.
Forestry is another important industry making up to 74% of Aurora’s overall land area which could be categorized as woodlands.
Fishing is a main occupation among locals in eight coastline municipalities, like many other small provinces and towns in the Philippines, fishing is a way of life and provides a much needed income to Filipino families living along the coast.
The province is apparently blessed by many natural tourist attractions. Major tourism spots include lush mountainsides, picturesque waterfalls, and panoramic beaches. Some of the popular leisure and recreational activities are snorkeling, surfing, mountain climbing, scuba diving, and trekking. Most of Aurora’s natural wonders remain untainted. Thus, tourism is rising as a very important and promising industry.
Among the must-see nature areas and beaches in the province are Ampere Beach, Aniao Islets, Balete Park, Banju Springs, Casiguran Sound, Borlongan Beach, Dibut Bay, Cunayan Falls, Dicasalarin Bay, Dingalan Bay view site, Dilasag Coast, Lamao Caves, and many more. Any tourist would surely be surprised at how many must-see wonders there are.
Aurora houses Baler Catholic Church, President Quezon Residences, and Quezon Memorial Park.
Tourists could also come to watch the annual Moro-Moro Zarzuela, a prime event organized by the province for visitors. It is held every February 19, coinciding with the foundation day of Aurora. Zarzuela is a creative interplay of dance and drama depicting the old Muslim-Christian conflict in the archipelago.
How to get there
Bi-weekly flights from Metro Manila to Aurora Province are offered by select domestic airlines in the Philippines, with the flight time being about 50 minutes.
Transport buses from Metro Manila to Aurora run through two major road networks, and takes about eight (8) hours.
Here at WOW Philippines Travel Agency we do offer private transportation going to Baler and other nearby towns, please contact any of our travel agents for special pricing.