Catch the Big Waves at These Top Surfing Spots in the Philippines

Surfing is one of the great exercises you can do to improve the cardiovascular system as well as the health of your heart. Surfing gives you a sense of freedom to go with the flow or wherever the waves will take you, and it’s a way of destressing oneself.

Top Surfing Spots in the Philippines

Furthermore, here are the top surfing spots in the Philippines you should go!

Top Surfing Spots in the Philippines

Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte

Dubbed as the “Surfing Capital of the Philippines” where the Siargao Surfing Cup happens every September of the year, due to the big thick waves. If you want to catch the “Cloud 9” wave, it normally appears during mid-August until November, where the southwest monsoon creates winds ideal for surfing.

Real, Quezon Province

Don’t know where to start learning the art of surfing? In just 90-minute drive away from Metro Manila, head on to Real, Quezon Province for friendlier waves! The waves at Real  Quezon can make you stand on the surfing board a lot easier and you will know how to balance yourself well when surfing, as the waves are friendlier that does not require one to be an expert to enjoy.

Baler, Aurora

One of the top surfing spots in the Philippines that cater to all levels of surfers it would be the Baler, Aurora. Aside from the relaxing accommodation options in Baler, Aurora local and foreign travelers decide to visit this province since there are also beaches ideal for the novice, which is the Sabang Beach, while the Cemento Beach is good for intermediate surfers and the Charlie’s Point for the brave ones or advanced surfers.  Board rental and instructor fees are ranging from Php350.00 to Php400.00 per hour or if you think you can go surfing without any instructor, board rentals start at Php200.00 per hour or Php400.00  for half-day rent.

San Juan, La Union

You may love to visit La Union any time of the year, as the waves are consistent for the entire year, but the best time to surf in San Juan La Union is around March until May. Don’t be surprised if the waves can reach up to 8 to 10 feet, as it is the “Surfing Capital of Northern Philippines.” For non-surfers, traveling to San Juan La Union will still be enjoyable as there are nearby attractions you can visit such as Tangadan Falls, Balay Anito Falls, and Bahay Na Bato.

San Juan, La Union | Photo by Edss Tolentino

San Antonio, Zambales

You may choose among the three locations in Zambales to enjoy surfing such as San Antonio, San Narciso and San Felipe. However, not known to many, San Antonio is one of the top diving spots in the Philippines with a less crowd, and it has south swell, left and right breaks appropriate for beginners and intermediate surfers!  Meanwhile, if you prefer to visit San Felipe, Zambales during non-peak surfing season, travelers like you can still enjoy skim boarding.

Puraran Catanduanes

Similar to La Union who holds annual surfing event, Puraran also celebrates Catanduanes Reef Break every year; it’s a surf and music festival open for everyone who’d like to join. If you’re up for some adventure and ready to challenge yourself dealing with the most hollow right-hand barrels, there could only be one place you should go to, and it’s Puraran Catanduanes.

Going to these top surfing spots in the Philippines for enjoyment and adventure, it’s always advisable to be a responsible traveler and help the locals to maintain the cleanliness.

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