Surf spots in the Philippines are abuzz with good vibrations. Incredible waves, romantic sunsets, friendly locals — there’s little else you can ask for. Surrounded by bodies of water, the archipelago definitely has countless surf spots, many of which remain undiscovered. But thankfully, surfing has picked up across the country in recent years. As a result, you’ll find more thatched kiosks along coastlines, with vendors blasting reggae rock and selling Pale Pilsens like nobody’s business. This also means you can travel to a number of surf towns and expect other surfers in the lineup, as well as find surf lessons and board rentals for reasonable rates.
Ready to plan your next surf trip? Here are our top picks for you.
Best surf spots in the Philippines
There are many reasons why Siargao is, arguably, the most popular surf spot in the Philippines. Its long reef breaks allow consistent waves for most of the year. Cloud 9 in General Luna, in particular, is a tube mecca, producing beautiful barrels perfect for advanced surfers.
Not only does Siargao get strong swells from the Pacific Ocean, but it also has a wonderful lineup of restaurants and cafes. While boutique hotels dot this teardrop-shaped island, you can also find plenty of budget-friendly Airbnb homes near the surf spots. In General Luna, check out the Triangle Sister House, the Bamboo House, or the Luxury Oceanfront Pool Villa.
Best surf spots in Siargao: Cloud 9, Jacking Horse, G1
Best months to surf: September to May
Baler holds the pride of being the birthplace of Philippine surfing. After the filming crew of the 1979 film Apocalypse Now left the surf town, locals picked up the sport and began the first wave of surfing in the country. Now, it remains one of the most popular surf spots in the Philippines. Sabang Beach is especially known for its endless beach breaks that satisfy beginner to advanced surfers alike.
A laidback town, Baler does not accommodate as many luxury establishments as Siargao and La Union. But, its culture certainly has its charm. Cool restaurants and hipster cafes have popped up lately, as well as eco-friendly Airbnbs like the Bamboo Villa, Casa De Julio, and Balerfornia Huts.
Best surf spots in Baler: Sabang Beach, Cemento, Charlie’s Point
Best months to surf: October to April
A gem in Nothern Luzon, San Juan, La Union was once a sleepy town until it transformed into a surfer’s haven. Compared to other surf spots in the Philippines, San Juan has the advantage of smallness; nearly all hotels, restaurants, and establishments are within walking distance from one another, mostly sprawled across the coastline, too. The downside is San Juan can get crowded pretty fast, and parking spaces are scarce and usually expensive.
Make sure to book your accommodation as soon as possible, then. Check out Casa Ellyse, a beachfront property that holds beach cleanups every morning. Villa Aurora has a pool of its own and is great for groups; meanwhile, Alon and Sandy is a budget-friendly option for barkada travellers.
Best surf spots in La Union: Carille, Taboc, Bacnotan, Sunset, Darigayos
Best months to surf: October to April
If you’re looking for a surf spot near Manila, Zambales is your best bet. Just an hour’s drive away from the metro, this province offers gnarly waves in San Antonio, San Narciso, and San Felipe that will appease most surfers. But the most popular surfing spot is Liw-Liwa in San Felipe, where affordable huts and hostels abound.
Best surf spots in Zambales: Crystal Bech, High 5 Lahar
Best months to surf: April to September
Definitely, these are not the only surf spots in the Philippines. Is your favourite spot on the list? Leave a comment or tag us on Instagram at @tripzillaph!
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