7 Surfing Destinations In The Philippines By Ishbelle Bongato

One of the Philippines’ best selling points in tourism is its diverse marine life and breathtaking seascapes. It is no surprise that a country with thousands of islands will also have plenty of notable beaches where you can surf and enjoy the thrill of catching a good wave.

Every year, hundreds of locals, tourists, and professional surfers make it a point to visit specific places where they can enjoy some sand, surf, and sun. Whether you’re a newbie, an enthusiast, or a professional at surfing, these are definitely some places you should take note of.
1. Baler, Aurora
Located in Central Luzon, Baler is best known for its waves and its historical Siege of Baler in the late 19th century during the Spanish-American and Filipino-American War. Tourists often frequent the Church of Baler, where the Spaniards held their last stronghold before surrendering to the Filipinos and Americans.
Yet Baler is also sought after for its killer waves, which prove to be a challenge for the enthusiast and even the experienced surfer. Baler’s Sabang Beach is home to various surf schools and stores that make it convenient for anyone who needs a surfboard and a spontaneous surfing experience.
Perhaps what makes Baler even more breathtaking is its expansive coastal area, which stretches out as far as the eye can see. Walk along its beautiful coastlines and you’ll find many areas to surf in. The best time to go would be from October to February.
2. Urbiztondo, La Union
La Union is yet another prime destination for surfers, as it provides accessible surfboards, lessons, and other services for the public to enjoy. Introductory lessons are offered to beginners, surf schools accommodate all levels, and board rentals are available, leaving no excuses to the keen adventurer.
The locals in the area usually run the surfing businesses here, and plenty of surfing teachers are around should you want a guide or simply someone to chat with.
If you want to stay longer, you can choose among various accommodations in the area, be it a budget-friendly beachfront resort or a high-end villa, such as the Sebay Surf Resort, Little Surfmaid Hotel, or San Juan Surf Resort. Look online for affordable package rates where you can have surfing lessons and even a tour of San Juan.
3. Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Travel a bit further up north to Pagudpud’s Blue Lagoon for a taste of its own strong waves that will make you want to come back to the water each time with your surfboard in tow.
Surf board rentals are also available in resorts like the Kapuluan Vista Resort Pagudpud, along with surfing instructors who can help you spot that wave. Various budget-friendly resorts and accommodations can also be found in the area should you want a change in surfing locations.
As the area is not as popular a surfing spot as compared to Baler and La Union, you’re sure to enjoy the less crowded beach.
4. Puraran, Catanduanes
For the brave at heart, you would definitely want to try surfing on the big waves of Puraran in Catanduanes Island. Puraran Beach, located in Catanduanes’ Baras, has previously been described as “The Majestic” because that’s exactly what you would think if you’ve seen the swelling of its ocean waters and its intimidating six foot tall waves.
This is a favorite surfing getaway for advanced surfers, who keep coming back to these waves for its perfect barrels. Head to the Puraran Surf Beach Resort, Majestic Puraran Beach Resort, or the Pacific Surfers’ Paradise for accommodations. Go there anytime from August to October for a good surf session or two.
5. Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte
Exploring the island of Siargao will leave you overwhelmed and reluctant to leave. Its waves are sought after by surfers from all over the country and even in the world, and its various surfing breaks in the island make it a pleasure to explore.
Truly, Siargao lives up to its name as “The Surfing Capital of the Philippines” with its barrel-like and 9-shaped waves that will leave you in awe.
Cloud 9 is its most popular surfing break and is for advanced surfers who know how to successfully ride its powerful waves. Other surfing breaks include Quicksilver, Stimpy’s, Daku Reef, and Rock Island, among others. If you’re a newbie, take it easy first and sign up for surfing lessons at G1.
6. Dahican, Davao Oriental
Located in Davao Oriental, Dahican’s pristine white sand and deep blue waters is truly a hidden gem of sorts. While tourists and surfers usually flock to the likes of Siargao and Baler for a surfing lesson, you can opt to take the less beaten path and head south of the Philippines for a surf in its less crowded waters.
Often described to be the premier surfing destination of southern Philippines, Dahican is frequented for its strong waves and fierce winds–all in all, a perfect combination for the daring surfer. Locals and children are usually seen around the village and the Dahican shores; six resorts are also found in the area should you want to stay longer.
7. Crystal Beach, Zambales
Zambales, roughly a four hour drive from the capital Manila, is the perfect weekend getaway for the city dweller looking for a quick break. Located in San Narciso, Crystal Beach is the ideal destination for beginners and enthusiasts alike.
You can either pitch a tent in the area should you want to stay longer or get accommodation in places like the Crystal Beach Resort. Surfboard rentals and surfing teachers are also available for those who need help spotting and catching a wave. Many will also find this beach more relaxing than most surfing spots as it is less crowded and less commercialized, yet its waves are still just as enjoyable to surf in.
These places aren’t the only noteworthy surfing destinations in the Philippines, given that it’s made up of approximately 7,000 islands. While some Philippine beaches have rather calm waves and is ideal for the beach bum, other beaches have waves that bring in local and international surfers.
The Philippines has also hosted a number of surfing competitions, and its surrounding local and surfing communities thrive by making the watersport more enjoyable and easily accessible to anyone who has always wanted to learn how to ride with the wave.