Top 8 Surfing Spots in Luzon: Part 1


You don’t need to travel too far to find the best surfing spots in the Philippines. In fact, you can find a lot of them right here in Luzon! Beaches aren’t just for swimming and getting a tan anymore. More and more people are learning to surf so here are some choice surf spots that you’re sure to fall in love with.

Surfing in Baler Aurora by Chris Juloya
Surfing in Baler by Chris Juloya

Baler, Aurora

Even if you’re not a surfing fan, chances are you’ve heard of Baler. Tourists both local and foreign can be seen flocking to this lovely town in Aurora especially during the holidays. For beginners, Sabang beach is a very popular choice as it’s close to many hotels on the beachfront. If you’re looking for a bit of a challenge though, you can always go to another spot, like Charlie’s Point or Cemento Reef.

Travel time to Baler is at around 6 hours from Manila. If you’re joining a large group, it’s best to rent a van to take you there. Commuters also have the option of taking the bus. Surfing seasons starts in September and ends at around February, but expect a bit of a crowd during these peak months.

Surfing in Real Quezon photo by Biyaherong Barat
Surfing in Real Quezon photo by Biyaherong Barat

Real, Quezon

Real has the advantage of having a great surfing spot that’s closest to Manila when it comes to land travel. Travel time is roughly 2.5 to 3 hours when you’re coming from Manila. This is ideal for beginners as they can easily try to surf on the weekend and be back in time for the workweek to start. The quiet town of Real, Quezon has a lot of beach resorts but not a lot of them offer surfboards for rent.

The town isn’t as developed as other sports so this is best for backpackers or adventurers who are used to camping or “roughing it” in general. The best time to go surfing in Real is from October to February but since it’s so near to Manila, you don’t need to plan too far in advance!

Surfing in Crystal Beach Zambales photo courtesy of Crystal Beach Resort FB
Surfing in Crystal Beach photo courtesy of Crystal Beach Resort FB

Crystal Beach, San Antonio, Zambales

This is another popular surfing spot as Zambales is pretty near Manila. The good thing about it is that it doesn’t get as packed with tourists compared to the others. It’s a solid option for when you want to go on a day trip during the weekend and learn to surf while you’re at it.

Crystal Beach offers more challenging waves than most so it’s best to go here if you’re a bit more experienced. While it’s still possible for a beginner to learn here, know that the waves are stronger so be prepared. Like Baler, the best time to go surfing is from September to February.

Surfing in Liwliwa, San Felipe Zambales photo by hectorhannibal via Flickr
Surfing in Liw-Liwa, San Felipe Zambales photo by hectorhannibal via Flickr

Liwliwa, San Felipe Zambales

Zambales has no shortage of great surfing spots. Liwliwa is another destination that’s high on surfers’ lists. While the beaches here aren’t that developed, you can still find a few surf resorts that are perfect for backpackers. The waves here are more stable compared to the ones in Crystal Beach but take note that it’s still a bit of a challenge. Travel time is at around 3 to 4 hours from Manila.

Need to know more? We’re not done yet! For the rest of our list of the best surfing spots in Luzon, check out our next post for more surfing spots in Luzon.