Top 8 Surfing Spots in Luzon: Part 2

Surfing in Pagudpud photo courtesy of KapuluanVistaResortandRestaurant.com
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It’s time for Part Two of our list of Top Surfing Spots in Luzon and if you think you’ve seen everything that they can offer, we’re glad to prove you wrong. These wonders of the natural world will wow every kind of surfer!

Surfing in San Juan La Union photo by ijnek29 via Flickr
Surfing in San Juan (La Union) photo by ijnek29 via Flickr

San Juan, La Union

We’re going to start part two our list with one of the surfing meccas in the Philippines: San Juan, La Union. It’s widely considered as the Surfing Capital of the Northern Philippines for a reason: quality surfing with waves suitable for surfers of any experience level. Whether you’re here with friends, family or on a thin budget, you’re sure to find a spot that’s right for you.

Travel time to La Union is 4-5 hours from Manila. San Juan also has two main surfing seasons: November to March and July to October.

Surfing in Pagudpud photo courtesy of KapuluanVistaResortandRestaurant.com
Surfing in Pagudpud photo courtesy of KapuluanVistaResortandRestaurant.com

Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

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For scenic beaches worthy of the best postcards, you can’t go wrong with Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte. It has it all: white sand coastline, the clearest water and just a natural beauty that you can’t make anywhere else.

Locals say that waves are consistent almost all-year round in some places in Pagudpud. Expert surfers should prioritize visiting the area from July to September though, for even better waves. The beaches aren’t crowded, mostly due to its distance away from Manila, but it’s definitely worth the trip. It’s 13 to 14 hours by car, but if you want to avoid the long trip then you can take a plane to Laoag then on to Pagudpud from there.

Surfing in Puraran photo courtesy of Puraran Surf Beach Resort FB
Surfing in Puraran Surf Beach Resort (c) Scotty Hammonds photo courtesy of Puraran Surf Beach Resort FB

Puraran, Baras, Catanduanes

Puraran is perfect for pro surfers. Many have said that the waves here can be compared to those usually found in Hawaii. It’s pretty secluded in Puraran so expect to conquer the powerful waves without the hassle of a crowd. Things get pretty busy in October when the Governor’s Surfing Cup is held. Surfers from all corners of the globe travel to Catanduanes to show their skills.

Getting to Catanduanes take around an hour if you take a plane. If you want to travel by bus, it’ll take 9 to 12 hours to get to Virac, Catanduanes, plus an hour and a half from there to Baras.

Surfing in Bagasbas photo courtesy of Bagasbas Lighthouse FB
Surfing in Bagasbas Beach photo courtesy of Bagasbas Lighthouse FB

Bagasbas, Daet, Camarines Norte

Bagasbas is becoming more popular year after year. Many surfing clinics and festivals have been held at Bagasbas as it’s highly recommended for beginners. Waves here are consistent throughout the year so it’s a great place to go on holiday. If you’re a bit of an advanced surfer, you can go further away from the shore for more challenging waves.

It takes 8 hours to get to Daet from Manila over land. If you want to take a plane, it’s a 1-hour flight to Naga and then 2 hours of driving to Daet.

There we have it: the 8 best places in Luzon to learn and master surfing! Have you been to any of these super surfing spots? Do you know any hidden gems that you feel should have been included in the list?

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