Things to do in the Philippines: Ride some waves at these surfing spots
We often associate surfing with places like Miami, Bali and Mexico but did you know that you can also experience it in the Philippines? As a tropical country blessed with beautiful islands, it isn’t surprising to know that surfing is an emerging water sports activity in the country and it is one of the things to do in the Philippines!
Surfing has influenced a growing community of both local and foreign travellers, beginners and pros to come together and enjoy the exciting water sports activity. Luckily, the country is home to a number of surfing spots which are considered to be some of the most popular places to visit in the Philippines! In case you’re wondering where exactly you can catch awesome waves, we’ve rounded up 5 best surfing spots in the Philippines for our travel guide today!
Siargao, Surigao del Norte
If you’re up for a challenge to ride big waves, head over to Siargao, the surfing capital of the Philippines and we can assure you that it will not disappoint.
Siargao is the Philippines’ surfing capital and it is popular not only with the locals but in the international scene as well. It’s home to the annual Siargao International Surfing Cup and the most famous location is General Luna’s Cloud9. You can know more about the surfing mecca of the Philippines by reading our recent travel guide to Siargao!
A few hours away from Manila you can find Baler – another well-known surfing spot in the Philippines. With its close proximity to town proper (ten minutes away), many come to Sabang beach to catch some waves. But a little further away, about a 30-minute drive is Cemento, another place that will not disappoint. Just note that the breaks here are not for beginners.
Many families or group of friends extend their Manila travel experience and drive to Baler for a weekend of surfing and meeting new people!
San Juan, La Union
Surfers and non-surfers head to La Union not only for its waves but also for the wide variety of dining options. Filipinos love to eat and one of the things to do in the Philippines is delight in a feast of local dishes around the country.
To cater to its booming tourism, the sleepy town of San Juan, La Union opened quite a number of restaurants, cafes and bars where surfers and non-surfers can enjoy good quality food, coffee and drinks. You can easily find surfing schools dotted in the long stretch of beach in San Juan where trainers are local surfers happy to teach you the sport!
Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Located up north in Ilocos Norte, Pagudpud, although considered to be the least crowded among the surfing spots in the Philippines, is where you can catch some of the country’s biggest waves. And while you’re in Pagudpud, make sure to visit Blue Lagoon beach!
San Antonio, Zambales
With just a three-hour drive from Manila, San Felipe in Zambales can be your quick escape if you’re looking to do something fun on weekends!
The laid-back beaches and nice surfing spots can both be enjoyed by travellers who want a relaxing time by the beach or those who are thirsty for some heart-pumping activity. Aside from San Antonio, you can also head to San Narciso and San Felipe for other surfing spot options.
When you’re done with enjoying the beach life in these surfing hotspots, head back to the capital city and get to know more about the Philippines. If you’re wondering where to go in Manila, you can check out other exciting things to do in the Philippines and various Manila attractions by reading our Manila travel guides!
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