Surfing in Philippines
The Philippines is an island nation in Southeast Asia located in the Pacific Ocean. Many of its 7,107 islands are uninhabited and nameless. This has helped preserve much of the country’s picturesque coral reefs, crystal clear oceans, white sandy beaches and rocky mountain ranges where visitors can admire waterfalls and countless animal species.
In addition to the country’s natural beauties, its local Filipino people are extremely hospitable and friendly. The island is also ideal because of its combination of big modern big cities and small, traditional villages.
Many islands are suitable for surfing, snorkelling and swimming, but you can also choose to just relax on the beach. The Philippines has several leisure and sports opportunities that make it a holiday destination everyone will enjoy.
Surf Camps in the Philippines
Accommodations in the Philippines
The Philippines are characterised by a tropical climate. There are three seasons: rainy (monsoon) from June until October, chilly from November until February (no monsoon) and very hot from March until May.
The average daily temperature is 27 degrees and temperatures rarely drop below 21 degrees or rise above 33 degrees throughout the year.
The country experiences typhoons from June until September, so the best time to avoid bad weather when visiting the Philippines is from December until June.
The beaches on the eastern islands like Catanduanes or Siargao are particularly good for surfing. The country is famous for the waves of the legendary Cloud Nine as well as many other good surf spots. The frequency of waves means less congestion and waiting. Some surf destinations are only accessible by boat, which also makes less crowding.
You can leave your wetsuit at home because the water temperatures are consistently around 23-26 degrees.
The best surfing conditions are from August until November when the coast gets the most typhoon swells and the best waves for surfing.
Best season for beginner: January – June
Best season for advanced surfer: August – December
Crowd factor: Higher on the well-known spots
Many airlines fly daily to the Philippines’ two major airports: Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB) in Cebu and Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) in Manila. Manila’s airport is also the biggest hub for domestic flights as there are virtually no direct flights between the islands.
From Manila you can fly to Cebu, Tagbilaran, Dumaguette, Coron and Caticlan as well as to many other smaller airports. Ferries operate between the bigger islands.
Be sure to familiarise yourself with the schedule as some ferries only run once per day. Inexpensive buses and taxis are readily available on the islands.