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Thursday, March 20, 2014

8 Must-Try Surfing and Sailing Spots in the Philippines

The Philippines is a great spot for surfing and sailing. It is an archipelago, a group of 7,107 islands surrounded by the big blue, which means there are a lot of beaches to choose from when you want a little summer fun! 

But where do you go when you want to do a little bit of surfing or sailing? Here is a short list for you! 

 
1. Baler, Aurora 
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The quaint little town in Aurora—what was once the set of Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now—has become a popular spot for tourists and surfing nuts alike. With the best waves coming in from December to March, Baler is actually a great surfing spot all year round. Sabang Beach in Baler is also a great venue for beginners to start learning how to surf, as the waves there range from small to medium—definitely worth trying out for first-time surfers! 

2. Siargao, Surigao del Norte 
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Dubbed as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines and home to Cloud 9—the best surfing waves in the country best known for thick, hollow tubes—Siargao is definitely a must-go for avid surfers. The waves here are crazy good, and your adrenaline will definitely get pumped as you try and ride the waves. Siargao also holds an annual domestic and international surfing competition every September: definitely an event you should not miss! The best months to visit Siargao for its waves are between October and May. 

3. Subic Bay, Zambales 
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Subic Bay is definitely one of the most popular tourist spots in the Philippines. Home to former US Navy bases, it has since been reformed into a tax- and duty-free zone and is now known, too, as the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. One of the biggest attractions at Subic Bay is the annual sailing races: The Subic Bay to Boracay Race, and the Commodore’s Cup Regatta. Of course, if you are not into racing, you can always just lounge in your yacht and enjoy the bay! 

4. Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte 
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Pagudpud is located at the northernmost corner of the archipelago’s biggest island. It is home to beautiful beaches and the most amazing waves. The place is great for both surfing and sailing. Crowds are minimal at Pagudpud as well, so you can hog the waves all you want. You can also do other water sports at Pagudpud, such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and even sport fishing. 

5. La Union 
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The beaches of La Union are all beautiful, but did you know that people also go there for the waves? The best surf school is even said to be located at San Juan, La Union! The Surf Camp or San Juan Surf School is the perfect venue for those who have the willingness and time to learn how to surf. Lessons are taught by award-winning surfing expert, Luke Landrigan. 

6. Cebu 
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Some call it the heart of the Philippines, and they will not be too far off the mark. Cebu is home to a rich and diverse culture which attracts thousands of tourists every month. Although the waves are not high enough for actual surfing, some people enjoy skimboarding along the beaches surrounding Cebu. You can also enjoy going around on a yacht. Views of the island are excellent from those vantage points! 

7. Taal Lake 
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Lonely Planet describes Taal Lake’s Yacht Club as the Sailing Mecca of the Philippines. They offer sailing lessons to non-members, and even rides around the lake—for a fee, of course. Who will want to pass out on an experience like that? Sailing around on the lake where the world’s smallest volcano is? That’s got to be an adventure in itself. If sailing is not your style though, you can try kayaking or swimming at the lake, or just chilling out by the lakeside, having a picnic. 

8. Manila Bay 
Manila Bay famous sunset by Yodi

Ever since the Manila Yacht Club was established, sailing has been a thriving sport at Manila Bay. There is so much you can do: take a romantic cruise at the Bay with that special someone, or just relax on the yacht and enjoy the company of friends. You can even take a trip to the island of Corregidor from Manila Bay! It is the best sailing spot in the area—especially if you do not want to go too far from the comforts of the urban jungle. 

Of course, surfing, and sailing are not the only things you can do in a country with 7,107 islands. There are also other activities like trekking, hiking, mountain-climbing, and you can even go on a literal food trip, hopping from one island to another as you taste your way through the different flavors and local cuisines offered by each and every province you encounter. 

Also, just to be on the safe side, consider availing a travel insurance when you take your trip! That way, you are prepared for anything that could happen while you are on the road and having fun.


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This article is contributed by: Ms. Cristina Beltran

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