Aurora is a province in the Philippines.
- San Luis, Dinalongan, Dilasag.
Named after the wife of the second president of the Philippines, Manuel L. Quezon, Aurora used to be part of a larger Quezon province until it was made a sub-province in 1951, and finally made a province through a law passed in 1975. One obvious reason for creating Aurora is due to the area's isolation from the rest of Quezon province: there are no direct links to the rest of the province and much of the terrain is mountainous and heavily forested, making it isolated.
Aurora houses one of the final swaths of lowland tropical rainforest in Luzon, and much of the province is off the beaten track. The towering Sierra Madre mountain range separates Aurora from the central plains of Luzon, and most of the province faces the Pacific Ocean.
Genesis Transportation provides the only direct bus from Metro Manila (along EDSA in Pasay city) to Maria Aurora/Baler and one way cost ₱394. Alternately, you can catch a bus from Manila to Cabanatuan and jump on a van to Baler at the Central Bus Station there (leave when it's full). Slower than the Genesis bus as it goes through the sinuous dust road and not the new sealed one.
There is at least one bus everyday at 7AM from Baler Central Bus Station going up the coast until Dilasag.
The province sees less cars, and there are more motorcycles on the roads; you can rent a motorcycle from most dealers around Baler.
The region is very prone to typhoons, and its rainforest climate does give also another danger. Avoid surfing when typhoon warnings are raised. Locals surfers do try to surf during storm surges, but remember, surfing when a typhoon is approaching is outright dangerous. Tsunamis are risks as well, even from sources across the Pacific.