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Seven Philippine surfing spots close to Metro Manila for road trippers

by Jillian CariolaPublished: February 23, 2017Updated: March 24, 2017

These locations are close enough for a quick weekend getaway for surfing aficionados.

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As an archipelago, the Philippines is surrounded by various bodies of water such as South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean, so it would only make sense that surfing is one of the most popular activities among water enthusiasts in the country. Surfing has gained such popularity that Siargao, located in the province of Surigao del Norte in Mindanao, has become the “Surfing Capital of the Philippines,” due to the influx of surfers wanting to ride the waves in the area, and the increase of surfing-related competitions and activities there through the years.

But if you do not have the time nor the budget to venture out to Siargao, there are actually other places with surf-worthy waves that are close to Metro Manila, and some are even a mere three hours away by private vehicle. So if you feel like taking a road trip with your surfing buddies this summer, don’t forget to include these in your list of destinations.

(Note: travel times and routes are Google Maps estimates based on a departure time of Saturday, 6:00 a.m. via private vehicle)

 

1. Real, Quezon

Surfing beginners will find it easier to get a grasp of the basics of the sport in Real, Quezon, as waves in this municipality are generally friendly and easier to handle. A handful of rural beach resorts dot the gray sands of the relatively rocky Tignoan Beach. One well-known site for renting surfboards and hiring instructors is The PaRK (Pacific Recreation Kamp), located by Tignoan Beach. Here, renting a surfboard and hiring an instructor costs a total of Php500.

Travel time: Between 2 hours, 40 minutes and 3 hours, 30 minutes
Route:  From the Manila East Road, drive to Pililla past Mabitac and Famy. When you reach the Famy Public Market, turn left and continue on towards Famy-Real-Infanta Road, and follow the highway up to Real.

 

2. San Antonio, Zambales

Because of the South China Sea, San Antonio, Zambales is considered to be one of the best surf spots near Metro Manila. Wave heights vary in this town, making it perfect for first-timers and experts alike. San Antonio, particularly Pundaquit and its top surf spots Magic Left and Anawangin Cove, becomes a paradise for local and foreign surfers during the monsoon season. One can usually rent a surf board plus lessons from an instructor for an hour for around Php400.

Travel time and route: Between 3 hours and 4 hours, 10 minutes
Route: Take the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), then continue on to Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) until you reach the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority. From Subic, take the Kalaklan Gate and make a left turn to Zambales. Keep going straight past Olongapo City, Castillejos, and San Marcelino until you reach San Antonio.

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Anawangin Cove. Photo via Shutterstock

 

3. San Narciso, Zambales

The surfing area in San Narciso, Zambales is recommended for more experienced surfers because of its strong currents. One of the most famous spots for surfing s Crystal Beach Resort, where a fee of Php400 can get you an hour of board rental and surf instruction, as well as a rash guard.

Travel time: Between 3 hours and 4 hours, 10 minutes
Route: Take the aforementioned route to San Antonio; San Narciso is the town after San Antonio.

 

4. San Felipe, Zambales

Another Zambales favorite among city surfers is the town of San Felipe, where the scenery of volcanic ash and mountains is as popular as the waves themselves. Sitio Liwliwa, a non-commercialized and extremely laid-back beach locale, is perfect for surfers who visit the town and prefer to be away from crowds. The ideal time for surfing here is said to be between September and February, when waves can go up to 6 feet high.

Travel time: Between 3 hours, 10 minutes and 4 hours, 20 minutes
Route: Take the aforementioned route to San Antonio; San Felipe is the town after San Narciso.

 

5. San Juan, La Union

San Juan, La Union is nicknamed the “Surfing Capital of the North.” This municipality boasts of having two surfing seasons—July to October and November to March—that should be ideal for beginners looking to hone their wave-riding skills throughout the year. Located along Urbiztondo Beach are several surf board rental shops and schools, including that of Filipino-American professional surfer Luke Landrigan.

Travel time: Between 4 hours, 40 minutes and 6 hours, 30 minutes
Route: Take NLEX up to the SCTEX, then connect to the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX). Take the Carmen Temporary Toll Plaza exit under the Carmen overpass in Pangasinan. Turn left and follow the Carmen-Poblacion Rosales Road, turn right to Teofilo Sison Bridge going to Villasis, Pangasinan and follow the MacArthur Highway through Pangasinan and to La Union.

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Surfing in La Union. Photo by Reginald Pentinio via Flickr Creative Commons

 

6. Bacnotan, La Union

Located just a few minutes away from San Juan is the town of Bacnotan, which is better known for the surf spot found close to an old cement factory. Because of the proximity of the two municipalities, surfers who can’t hang ten at San Juan often take their boards on a jeepney ride to Bacnotan to try their luck there. Aside from offering great waves for long rides, patrons also praise Bacnotan for having a fantastic view of La Union’s Golden Hour.

Travel time: Between 4 hours, 40 minutes and 6 hours, 40 minutes
Route: Take the aforementioned route to San Juan; Bacnotan is the municipality after San Juan.

 

7. Baler, Aurora

Considered the birthplace of Philippine surfing, Baler’s popularity supposedly began during the 1970’s, when the crew of “Apocalypse Now” left their surfboards with the locals when shooting of the movie wrapped up. Now, the town draws both local and foreign tourists every year to either take on the swells for recreation or participate in various surfing competitions. Sabang Beach offers the perfect waves for beginners, while advanced surfers prefer the more challenging breaks produced at Cemento Beach, Charlie’s Point, and Lindy’s Point.

Travel time: Between 5 hours, 10 minutes and 6 hours, 30 minutes
Route: Take the NLEX from Balintawak and take the SCTEX exit in La Paz, Tarlac. Follow the highway to Cabanatuan City, then take the Nueva Ecija-Aurora Highway until you reach the border. Baler comes after the municipalities of Maria Aurora and San Luis.

 

Main photo via Shutterstock

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