Surf Spots in the Philippines

Originally posted March 2013; updated August 2014

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 some surf spots around the Philippines that I’ve personally been to.


The nearest surfing spot to Manila in terms of land travel, the laid-back town of Real, Quezon also offers a decent place for beginners who want to try out surfing during a quick weekend trip. The coastal town, which is located on the eastern shores of Luzon facing the Philippine Sea, is known for having rural beach resorts with grayish sand. Despite its proximity to Manila, there are only few resorts here that rent out surfboards.

surfing real quezon the park

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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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