Surfing in the Philippines is steadily growing in popularity, and the country is gaining recognition as one of the best surfing destinations in the world. Not many locations can compare with the Philippines’ wealth of available adventures and sheer number of islands to explore. The good vibes all around and the fact all locals speak English makes it easy to enjoy a special vacation.
Our services include pre-made packages and tours to specific surfing spots, or a complete surfing itinerary in the Philippines – fully customizable to meet your exact expectations. Our strong local presence, combined with the fact we only work with handpicked local providers, makes us confident we find the best secret surfing spots and most suitable resorts. Read below for more information about surfing in the Philippines, as well as the best destinations, tours and resorts.
Where to go? Find the Best surfing spots
With so many great locations, it’s not always easy figuring out exactly where to go in the Philippines. To do so you should first read our guides, which will help you find the best packages for your needs.
Do you want to visit the famous surfing sites, filled with like-minded tourists seeking adventure and fun? Or maybe you prefer to go off the beaten track in search of the best secret surfing spots? The solution is to combine both and let us build you a full custom-made itinerary.
Siargao is by far the most famous surfing destination in the Philippines, and one of the best in the world. Ranked 9th in CNN’s list of best surf spots, Siargao has been attracting surfers from all over the globe. Most famous beach is cloud 9 and that’s where most of the action goes on – but there are enough other spots where the waves aren’t as high and you can enjoy some more privacy.
Getting to Siargao is simple – catch a flight from Manila or Cebu to Sayak airport, or to Surigao airport combined with a short ferry ride. An overnight ferry is also available from Cebu for those looking to save a few bucks. Ever since the airport was built tourism to Siargao has risen significantly, and now it has become a vibrant location with great nightlife and a wide range of accommodation available – anything from cheap hostels to luxurious resorts.
Surfing in Siargao is good all year long but the best time to visit is between August to November – The typhoon winds bring big waves which can reach up to 7 feet (2m). For beginners, we recommend building your plan so you reach Siargao towards the end of your vacation. That way, you arrive there with enough practice to fully enjoy everything Siargao has to offer.
Add Siargao to your package and we will make sure you enjoy the best hotels, tours and surfing services. We will stay in touch throughout your stay to make sure everything goes according to plan. For more information, visit our guide to Siargao island, where you can read about our services in greater detail, and add each to your cart individually.
Boracay is most famous for the stunning White Beach – widely acknowledged as the most beautiful beach in the world. You can easily find something fun to do since the strip is full of bars, nightclubs and restaurants. As the most popular destination it also offers a huge number resorts – many of which provide surfing lessons and equipment.
The eastern side of the island, opposite of the white beach area, is more recommended for surfing. It has strong winds throughout most of the year, and many people go there to enjoy kite and wind surfing. Since the island is small, it’s a good idea pick a resort over there where its less crowded and cheaper. You could always drive to White Beach for a taste of Boracay’s exciting nightlife.
While we do offer standalone Boracay packages, we suggest you include it as part of a larger surfing itinerary. You definitely can’t afford to miss such a stunning island, but on the other hand its relatively small and you will surely want to experience more during your holiday. We recommend you check our Boracay guide to learn more about all the hotels, tours and services we offer. Add any of them to your cart and we will help incorporate each into your full travel plan.
The local surfing scene has exploded recently, but there are still a ton of hidden gems to enjoy. Many of the places we recommend are known only to locals, and some are even so remote that you have a good chance of enjoying a private beach all for yourself!
We only present the best hidden spots, which are safe and relatively easy to reach. All the destinations featured here offer fantastic surfing experience, as well as a wealth of other possible adventures to be had, and can easily be incorporated into a larger surfing package.
You can also check our full destinations page, read about each in greater detail, and add the ones you like most to your cart. Those looking to build a wider package should take a closer look at places such as Samar, Bicol and Zamables.
Surfing in the Philippines for beginners
If you just recently got into surfing the Philippines is a great place to hone your skills. There is no shortage of surf spots which are great for novice surfers – the waves are relatively mellow and services are very well tuned to cater to beginner’s needs.
All destinations featured on this page include resorts which focus on visitors who wish to surf. We are certain picking the right place to stay will take care of everything – you will be able to get personal lessons and meet a ton of other cool people you can surf with.
Lessons take about 2 hours, and after just two you should already be able surf on your own. Most of these surf camps also offer all necessary equipment, or at least include an in-house surf shop. Those who are interested in joining a surfing group, should check our group tours offers – it’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and travel together.
Out of all available destinations we especially recommend Siargao and La Union. Siargao is adapted to cater to every type of surfer – it won’t be a problem finding good surf camps, make new friends and find peaceful beaches to practice in. La Union on the other hand, is much more quiet although just 5 hours drive from Manila. It is one of the best surfing spots in the country, full of affordable surfing schools and resorts.
For beginners, its best to contact one of our experts for free advice. We will help you build your entire trip in a sensible way and make sure you find the best accommodation. Alternatively, you can just add any of our recommended locations to your cart and build your own custom surfing package. We will later help you adjust it to make sure you enjoy the best deals and services available.
Surfing essentials – Best season and weather reports
As mentioned, most places allow for great surfing throughout the entire year. The surfing season lasts between August and January – that’s when typhoon winds start creating really big waves. However, it does vary between locations – so the best solution is to read our reviews carefully and plan ahead.
Water temperature stays at about 27°C (80.6°F) but the weather can be tricky, especially during the monsoon season. Rainfalls and floods can make surfing too dangerous, or even prevent you from reaching your destination altogether. You should keep a close eye over the official weather report as well as the various weather forecast sites and apps.
Since we keep a close relationship with all local establishments, we can always keep track of the weather for you and get some first-hand opinion whether it’s suitable for surfing or not. In case your plan must change due to unexpected weather, we promise to help you re-organize your trip. We’ll do so in a way that minimizes your expenses, and still allow you to enjoy a great vacation.
Clear your mind and focus on the waves
By choosing any of our services, you will make the most out of your vacation and save money doing so. With the help of our experts you will be able to find the best resorts and coolest beaches. We will help you plan your trip while taking all dynamic factors in mind : weather, budget and transportation – and make sure your package is designed correctly to allow you to have the best time of your life.
Let our team of experts offer their free advice and help plan your entire surfing package. It will guarantee you don’t waste time in lousy resorts and go to the wrong destinations. We promise you’ll get to enjoy the perfect surfing holiday without having to worry about a thing.