Lukso-Lukso Islets in Zabali Baler

Lukso Lukso Islets Zabali Baler Island Rock Formation Volcanic Beach Grainy Sand Coral Seashell Hermit Crab Reef Snorkeling Scuba Diving Swimming Location Island Pictures History Resort Distance Size The Lukso-Lukso Islets are located off the coast of Barangay Zabali in Baler, Aurora Province. The Lukso-Lukso Islets are composed of at least three separate islets, rock formations jutting from the ocean. One of these small islands is connected to the mainland and at low tide you can see white grainy sands, crushed corals and numerous seashells, some inhabited by hermit crabs. The Lukso-Lukso island formations are the southernmost point and is accessible to vehicles coming from Baler. The sea bottom and undersea reefs around these islets are reportedly good areas for diving, and during calm months, snorkeling.

In order to get to the Lukso-Lukso Islets, you must travel first to Baler. To get to Baler from Manila, enter the North Expressway at Balintawak and exit at Santa Rita in Bulacan. From there, follow the highway leading to Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija. It is recommended to stop for a snack here in preparation for a rough journey. From Cabanatuan City Proper, follow signs leading to Bongabon until you come to a fork, where you see a sign “to Baler” headed right. Turn right and you will reach the foot of the Baler-Bongabon highway which eventually runs right into Aurora National Memorial Park. Beware of wild zigzagging roads, fast trucks and landslides during rainy season. Use this opportunity to view the lush virgin forests of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. After approximately 150 kilometers, you will see the Aurora Welcome Arch. Proceed until you reach the town of San Luis. Stay on the highway until you see the sign going to Baler, and you will be in its town proper within minutes.

Genesis Transport Bus provides the only direct route to Baler from Metro Manila. One way fare costs PhP341. Its terminal is located along EDSA in Pasay City. You may call +63 (2) 551-0842 or +63 (2) 853-3115 for inquiries. There are Pantranco North buses that go on daily trips from Manila to Cabanatuan, and sometimes also goes through to Baler. Take a bus marked Aparri, Ilagan, San Jose or Tuguegarao. The trip takes about two and a half hours. Travelers from the north will have to change buses at Cabanatuan. Alternatively, take a Baliwag Transit bus from the terminal at Cubao, Quezon City, which goes to Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija. From there, go to the Sierra Madre Transit or Pantranco terminals and take a bus heading for Baler. The last bus leaves at 3:00 p.m. Jeepney rides are also available. On the return trip, take the Genesis Sierra Madre and Pantranco buses from Baler Poblacion.

To get to the Lukso-Lukso Islets, Take a tricycle from Baler town proper to the river outlet south of Sabang Beach. From there, hire a motorized banca which can take you to the area. It takes about five minutes by tricycle and 25 minutes by boat.

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