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Top 3 Surfing Spots in the Philippines

Top 3 Surfing Spots in the Philippines Posted on March 1, 2015

I am Sonhadora, 34 years old, born and raised in the Philippines. At 32, I decided to quit my job, sell everything I have and travel halfway across the world. It lasted for 14 months and I found my way back home. What do I know about life? A little and a lot. I’ve certainly had my fair share of dreams coming true, frustrations and hitting rock bottom, broken hearts and a lot of unexpected detours. Follow my blog and join me in this once in a lifetime adventure and I will make it worth your while.

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Surfing has always been one of my favorite water activities. Though I don’t consider myself as a surfer chic, my lovefor surfing is mainly because of the adrenalin it gives as you ride the waves, the challenge of balancing yourself, the excitement of waiting for that perfect wave, and the feel of the sun and water that are just too perfect and relaxing.

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Every year, I try to schedule as many surfing trips as my time and resources would allow. So to speak, here are my top 3 local surfing destinations:

Bagasbas

Located in Daet, Camarines Norte, a 10-hour drive from Manila. I fell in love with Bagasbas the moment I laid eyes on it. The shore is long and not too crowded. Perfect time to go there and catch the best waves would be between February to April. The locals are the friendliest bunch you’ll ever encounter, Bicolano food are just about everywhere, not to mention, very affordable, and neighboring islands are so serene and picture perfect.

Where to stay: Bagasbas Bed and Breakfast; Catherine’s Resort; 

How to get there: Private vehicle; public transpo via Philtranco, DLTB or Superlines bus lines

Surfing lessons: Php 350 an hour with surf instructor and board rental

What to do besides surfing:

  • take a boat ride and spend an entire day in one of the neighboring islands (Calaguas Island, Apayao Island, and more);
  • relaxing afternoon by the beach while listening to the waves, feel good music and drinking booze;
  • bonfire by the beach come nighttime;
  • food trippin’ with local food, and exploring the town proper and getting to know the locals.

 

Baler

Located in Aurora Province and a 7-hour travel time from Manila, Baler (or Sabang Beach in particular) is the most popular with surf shops and schools that cater to the novice and the seasoned surfer. The best time to surf is between the months of September to March.

Where to stay: Aliya Surf Camp, Bay-ler Inn, Costa Pacifica. 

How to get there: Private vehicle; public transpo via Genesis (Joy Bus) bus lines

Surfing lessons: Php 350 an hour with surf instructor and board rental

What to do besides surfing:

  • Trek to Ditumabo Falls
  • Climb the Old Balete Tree
  • Visit Digusit Falls
  • Skim boarding, and more.

La Union

A 6-hour travel time from Manila, San Juan, La Union is the most frequented surfing destination in the Philippines and known to be the surf capital of the North. Catch the best waves within the months of October to April.

Where to stay: San Juan Surf Resort, Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel

How to get there: Private vehicle; public transpo via Partas Transport and Genesis bus lines

Surfing lessons: Php 400 an hour with surf instructor and board rental

What to do besides surfing:

  • Side trip to Baguio City, which is just an hour away;
  • Get to know interesting people with good food and booze in Flotsam & Jetsam Hostel;
  • Visit Tapuakan River, Baluarte Pebble Beach, and Occalong Falls.

My year wouldn’t be complete without these surfing trips. I don’t aim to be a professional surfer, but rather, to press pause from my daily routine, be with nature, to feel the sun and water on my skin, and make awesome memories with amazing friends, new and old.

And every time I go back to these places, everything remains the same except for that special, magical moments where a whole new experience will unfold.

“The joy of surfing is so many things combined, from the physical exertion of it, to the challenge of it, to the mental side of the sport.” — Kelly Slater

I am Sonhadora, 34 years old, born and raised in the Philippines. At 32, I decided to quit my job, sell everything I have and travel halfway across the world. It lasted for 14 months and I found my way back home. What do I know about life? A little and a lot. I’ve certainly had my fair share of dreams coming true, frustrations and hitting rock bottom, broken hearts and a lot of unexpected detours. Follow my blog and join me in this once in a lifetime adventure and I will make it worth your while.