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Top Surfing Spots in the Philippines

Written by Patrick
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The world knows how the Philippines is blessed with jaw-dropping beaches.  From the world-famous White Beach of Boracay to the less popular but equally charming ones, the country has thousands of beaches for people to enjoy.  But it is not only beaches the country is blessed with.  It also has several surfing spots and that made the Philippines one of the most sought-after destinations for surfing enthusiasts.

If you are planning for a surfing trip to the Philippines, here are the top spots for you.


Surfing in Siargao

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If you can only visit one surfing spot in the country, it should be Siargao. After all, it is the Surfing Capital of the Philippines thus you shouldn’t miss it for anything.  Cloud 9, the most popular surf break in Siargao, is known for its thick, hollow tubes.  The break is the venue for the annual Siargao Cup which is open to local and foreign participants.  Cloud 9 is recommended for expert surfers only.  For beginners, Jacking Horse and Guyan are the best options.  For short boarders, Stimpys is a great spot to have fun while experienced surfers likely find the thrill they seek in Pacifico and Rock Island.

READ MORE: Siargao Visitors Guide

San Juan, La Union

Beach in San Juan, La Union

Caption: Beach in San Juan, La Union

Approximately four hours away from Metro Manila by car, La Union has become one of the most well-loved tourist destinations in Luzon.  Aside from a number of resorts ranging from budget-friendly to luxury ones, the town attracts many tourists for its several surf spots for various levels.  Expert surfers will enjoy The Point and The Bowl while beginners can hone their skill in The Beach Breaks.  You can even learn how to surf from one of the several surf camps in town.

San Juan is considered the Surfing Capital of the Northern Philippines and has produced surfers that have participated in international competitions.

Daet, Camarines Norte

Bagasbas Beach in Daet

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Facing the great Pacific Ocean, Bagasbas Beach in Daet, definitely gets strong waves ideal for all levels of surfers.  Waves can range from three to six feet and can even reach eight feet at times.  Best to visit during the months of July to January for a more exciting surfing experience.

San Narciso, Zambales

Surfing in San Narciso

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Zambales, particularly the town of San Narciso, is a good choice for a quick surfing getaway as it is just approximately three hours drive from Metro Manila.  While the area is mostly best for longboards, it is also a good place for skimboarding and bodyboarding.  The towns of San Antonio and San Felipe are good surfing destinations, too.

Real, Quezon

Beach in Real, Quezon

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Its proximity to Metro Manila makes Real, Quezon an ideal destination for surfers as it is just around 3 hours drive from the country’s capital.  It is for all levels of surfers, from beginners to advanced, and those who want a relaxed trip as it has a smaller crowd compared to other surfing spots in the Philippines.  Best time to go for a surfing trip is from August to March.

Baler, Aurora

Surfers in Baler

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Surfing in the Philippines was born in Baler, thanks to the 1979 movie Apocalypse Now which was shot in this small town in the province of Aurora.  The best spots for surfing include Charlie’s Point, Cemento Beach, and Sabang Beach.  While Baler enjoys waves throughout the year, the best time to go is from October to March when swells peak.

Lanuza Bay, Surigao del Sur

Beach in Lanuza Bay

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Lanuza Bay is great for all levels of surfers but longboard surfers and advanced surfers will enjoy its long right-hander and barreling reef breaks.  The waves can even go as high as 15 feet, particularly from the months of November to March.

Apart from the good waves, Lanuza Bay is also blessed with rich marine biodiversity including rare aquatic creatures.

Guiuan, Eastern Samar

Beach in Guiuan

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Guiuan may be badly devastated by super typhoon Yolanda in 2013 but it remains to be one of the top surfing spots in the Philippines even until this day.  It is a good choice for surfers of all levels as it produces consistent waves about two to three feet high during the months of April to May and higher during the wet season.  Additionally, it also boasts of clear waters and fine white-sand beaches for beach bums to enjoy.

Calicoan Island, Eastern Samar

Surfer in Calicoan Island

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A part of the town of Guiuan, Calicoan Island is a three-hour bus ride away from Tacloban City via the San Juanico Bridge.  The island is known for its exposed reef breaks perfect for intermediate to advanced surfers.  Best time to go is from November to March.

Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Beach in Pagudpud

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Located in the northernmost part of Luzon, Pagudpud is perfect for surfers who prefer less crowded spots.  Its waves are a treat to longboarders and surfers of all levels.  The best time to go is from July to September when waves are strongest.  Beginners may want to get surfing lessons from one of the resorts or surfing camps in the area.

Other surfing spots in the Philippines are in Sorsogon (Gubat), Palawan (Nagtabon Beach), Catanduanes (Baras), and Davao Oriental (Mati).

READ MORE: Popular Activities in the Philippines

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About the Author


Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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