10 Best Places for Riding the Waves in the Philippines
Philippines have been blessed great waves that many surfers come. Most surfers want to challenge every wave they can find and will go to any country that has that. Since Philippines is in the border between the China Sea and the Pacific Ocean, waves is just an all year round. Waves that is suitable for both amateur and professional surfers.
Most surfing spot in the country is still untouched, undeveloped, unexplored and sometimes remote. That’s the thing that makes it more exciting to other foreign surfers. Surfers usually tell other surfers of the best sites, I am not a surfer but I can recommend some of the places that Philippines can over good waves.
Most surf schools are in San Juan, La Union. La Union is located north of Manila, the waves here is good for beginners and advanced surfers. La Union also has many places to accommodate you and they also have good food.
Pagudpod in Ilocos Norte is also located in the North of Manila about more than 8 hours of a bus ride but there is a flight by PAL and Cebu Pacific that can take you to Laoag City and then one hour ride to Pagudpod. This place can offer a surfer challenging and heavy waves which is really good for advance surfers. There are also spots for beginners and if you are not surfing, you can just enjoy nature as Pagudpod is still one of those untouched beaches and landscapes.
The first surfing places were in Baler, Aurora. Apocalypse Now was filmed here. Baler has the most challenging waves and the Cementos which is the scariest waves. The beach breaks here is good for both amateur and advance surfers. Samar Island has the richest of waves in the Philippines and at all year. It requires a lot of traveling though to get to those spots but the waves here are heavy, challenging and world class.
Cloud 9 can be found at Siargao Island. Cloud 9 is the most famous, probably world known surfing spot in the country. Waves here are for advance surfers but there are also a few spots for beginners.
Cabugao in Ilocos Sur, Zambales, Lanuza in Surigao del Sur and Daet Camarines Norte has good spots for beginners and advance surfers but you will find one of the heaviest and most dangerous waves called the Majestics is in Catanduanes. Majestics is the Philippine version of the Teahupoo in Tahiti. The big waves here from the Pacific forms a great barreling wave which is recommended for those advance surfers.
So if you have not tried surfing, there are many schools in Baler who charges 500 pesos an hour with a use of a long board. Surfing provides adrenaline rush like no other and that surfing is very easy to learn.