8 Surf Spots in the Philippines

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Originally posted March 2013; updated December 2013 (added San Felipe, Zambales)

Aside from just swimming and getting a good tan, the beach is great for all sorts of water sports, including surfing. If you want to learn how to ride the waves, here are eight surf spots around the Philippines that I’ve personally been to.

1) Baler, Aurora

Thanks to JourneyingJames “Camp, Surf, Bike & Trek” tour, I finally got to visit Baler, one of the more popular surfing spots in the Philippines. This quaint coastal town in the province of Aurora is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the East and draws in tourists especially during the ber months.

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Cool Down in Camarines Norte

The summer heat seems to be crazy these days. Everyone’s thoughts turn to beaches, waterfalls, swimming pools or any body of water to just escape the heat and cool down. While Batangas and La Union are probably the closest you can get to a beach fix from Manila, if you’re willing to travel a little further, then Camarines Norte (or Cam Norte) in the Bicol region, roughly 343 km southeast of Manila might be an ideal spot for you.

boat in calaguas camarines norte

Since much has been written about the historical side of the province, here are my picks of some of the fun water-based adventures you can do to cool down in Cam Norte:

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