This coastal province at the Northwest of Luzon has a series of beach breaks for beginners and occasional challenging point breaks for skilled surfers. It is the closest spot from Manila, just a few hours drive and has a pleasant atmosphere even for beach combing. Surfs in La Union have standard line up of 100m from shore. Waves starts at 1 m and can swell up to 4-6ft during season mainly from July to February. Waves can close out after a strong typhoon.
These two coastal towns are located at the windswept northeastern coast of Quezon Province. Despite its closer access from Manila and its friendly surf, these places have kept their remoteness from visiting surfers. There are only few resorts, no surfing clubs or any fancy restaurants around the area. Dinahican Point is the main surfing spot which gives out 4-8ft waves at the right season. Best waves come out after a storm and in some instances may not be possible to ride on. These towns can be easily reached from Manila by the scenic route of Laguna de Bay and across the Sierra Madre mountain range. Always check the weather before going. Closure of roads is expected during heavy rains.
This totally unexploited coastal town by the Sierra Madre Mountains in the northeast of Luzon carved its own popularity in the movie, “Apocalypse Now” scene “Charlie don’t surf!” Considering the not-so impressive breaks they showed in the film, the place was traveled mainly for curiosity. Nestling in the east coast of Aurora Province, Baler is physically unattached from the rest of the Philippines. To get there takes 6 hours by four-wheeled-drive vehicle and passing through rough roads in the mountains down to the bay of Baler. The ride can be exhausting but getting there promises a remarkable view of surf all over the stretching brown beach of the bay. Best surf spots are in Sabang fronting a guest house. Another known option not far from Sabang where they filmed “Apocalypse Now” is Charlie’s Point. But the best surf point is located further south of Sabang, off the village named Cemento. Some great waves taken here were featured in international surf magazine with the location tightly unrevealed.
As an island directly lying in the course of Pacific typhoons, Catanduanes is popularly regarded as “Land of the howling winds”. Its famous majestic wave which crashes the shores of the island from the depths of the Pacific Ocean is known worldwide. This break on to an offshore reef 200m from Puraran Bay is known to be unpredictable but once present, it kicks off one of the fastest, right-handed and the hollowest wave of more than 6 ft. Beginners should be aware that this wave can sweep you closer to the reef. Thus be always prepared to experience cuts and scratches. Best to go is between April and July for an average of 3ft wave and 5-10ft comes out between August and October. November and early December breaks come in 10-15ft.
Some spots that are ideal for less-experience surfers are Coconut Point, Twin rocks near Igang, Morning Point and Rocky Point.
Be ready for an impressive surfing trip in the rugged coastlines of these two islands and experience their great unsurfed waves on earth. Long neglected by the surfing world, these islands’ stretching coastlines have waves that are undeniably wonderful. But before going, be aware that these places are mostly remote or simply depressed areas. Settlements are few and boats for coastal cruising may not be available right away. It is advisable to find a local guide for easier interaction and take their advice regarding safety precautions. Be sure you have everything you need especially first aid equipments and as much as possible a group to travel with.
Siargao, which many surfers asserted to have the most consistent waves in the Philippines, made an impressive entry into the surfing world. It was since the publication of an article and pictures taken by an American photographer, describing the magnificent lefts and rights and beautiful surroundings of Siargao pulled up its evolution to one of the best surfing destinations in the planet. This highly recognized breaks commonly known as cloud 9 has been reputed best single breaks in the Philippines and all over Asia. Due to the island’s thriving development, more resorts have sprung up and surfers all over the island became a common sight.