Surfing is one of the world’s fastest growing sports. According to The Economist, the number of surfers increased dramatically from 26 million in 2010 to a whopping 35 million the following year. The water sport has lured so many people that surfing was finally included in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Filipinos are no different. Being in a beautiful country comprising of 7,641 islands and a 36,289 km long coastline (in short, beaches everywhere), it comes as no surprise that the sport was welcomed with open arms and Filipinos excelled in it.
Surrounded by the largest ocean in the world, the Philippines has plenty of good spots that would thrill all surf bums. This makes it one of the go-to surfing destinations. Most people would plan their trips during the month of December to April when there are strong offshore winds and the swells generated by typhoons are nice and big.
Below are the hotspots you will definitely enjoy surfing at:
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Baler in Aurora
The birthplace of surfing in the country, Baler is most popular among local surfers because of its accessibility from Manila. What makes it a surfing destination is because of its surfing spots depending on the skills of a surfer. The beaches in Baler that you may go to are:
- Sabang Beach is best for beginners and intermediate surfers. The swells here are gentle.
- Cemento Beach is where local surfing competitions are done – great for professional and advanced surfers.
- Like Sabang Beach, Charlie’s Point produces regular swells recommended for all types of surfers.
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Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte
Tagged as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines, Siargao is internationally famous for its strong waves that surfers crave for. In fact, the place hosts both local and international surfing competitions! Don’t be surprised that people flock to the island including surfers of the international scene.
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San Juan in La Union
Although Siargao is the Surfing Capital of the Philippines, San Juan is the Surfing Capital of the North. La Union, after all, is one of the most accessible surfing destinations if you’ll be coming from Manila. Don’t underestimate what the place offers! Budget friendly accommodations and restaurants can be found in the city, which is perfect for those craving for the thrill but on a budget!
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Zambales is the closest surfing destination from Manila. Just an hour of driving and you’re there! What makes the trip more worth it, however, is that it has three beaches that both surf and beach bums would love.
- San Antonio has the best swell for surfers and is the most popular spot in Zambales.
- San Narciso, on the other hand, has stronger waves so experienced surfers are recommended here.
- San Felipe has long consistent waves before breaking.
Surfing is a thrilling sport but it is not without dangers. There are risks that you would face every time you ride a wave like shark attacks, jellyfish stings, and so on. We are treading on their habitat. But it doesn’t stop there, surfers may encounter possibilities of drowning, getting slammed on the reef bed or the ground below, breaking bones, and more. It is not new to people that the ocean can be really scary.
These and more are reasons why travel insurance in the Philippines is recommended. Emergencies like what we’ve mentioned can happen unexpectedly at any time and any place. So if you plan on having the time of your life, invest on Malayan Travel Master today!
Spend your time taming the waves worry-free. And if something may happen, you are sure that Malayan Insurance is there to back you up with a comprehensive travel health insurance in the Philippines.