Top Surfing Spots in the Philippines

There are more than 7,000 islands in the Philippines, and one of the best things to do here is surf. Explore these top surfing spots!


Did you know how surfing was introduced in the country? Thanks to the 1979 movie “Apocalypse Now,” which was filmed in Baler, Aurora. Colonel Kilgore and his crew surfed at a spot now called Charlie’s Point. Locals watched from afar and later taught themselves.

Today, surfing is a top weekend activity for Filipinos and foreigners too. They flock to Baler, and Charlie’s Point remains the go-to spot, but Cemento and others are gaining popularity too.

La Union

In San Juan, La Union, you’ll find lots of resorts along the coast. Catering to all types of travelers, from backpackers to luxury. San Juan is home to surfers, many of whom have competed internationally. LU attracts a diverse crowd, including artists, musicians, poets, and writers, all united by their love for surfing.

Check out Luke Landrigan’s Billabong Surf Camp for lessons. Also, don’t miss Urbiztondo, Monaliza Point, Carille Point, and Quirino Surfing Site


Cloud 9 in Siargao is famous worldwide for its amazing right-hand reef break. Whether you’re a pro looking for a challenge or a beginner seeking gentle waves, Siargao has something for everyone.

Explore the island, and you’ll find foreigners who never wanted to leave. You’ll even find celebrities who regularly surf General Luna, like Anthony Kiedis, the lead singer for Red Hot Chili Peppers.


The towns of San Felipe, San Antonio, and San Narciso are famous for their surfing spots like Pundaquit Beach, Crystal Beach, and Liwa Liwa. Zambales has a knack for turning strangers into friends. 

Although it may not have consistent weather conditions, there are plenty of enjoyable activities to keep you entertained while waiting for the waves to roll in. Because, like La Union, it is also a watering hole for artists. 


Near the southernmost part of Luzon, you’ll find Gubat, Sorsogon, which has emerged as a haven for surfers over the past few years. It is blessed with a breathtaking and unspoiled coastline known as Rizal Beach, which stretches along the shores of Rizal and Buenavista. Locals would often hang out at Lola Sayong Eco SurFarm. Not just to surf but also to watch art exhibits and live gigs. 

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In the Philippines, there are numerous surfing spots that you might not have heard of yet. But make sure to visit these destinations first before you dig deeper. Who knows? You may find exactly what you are truly looking for right here.

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