WHERE TO SURF IN THE PHILIPPINES – SIARGAO
|Ease to Reach||Moderate Easy|
|How to get there from Manila||Plane (Direct Flight) – Boat (Alternate route)|
|Est. Travel time from Manila via Plane||6 Hours (Including Transit Time in Cebu)|
|Est. Travel cost from Manila via Plane||Php4150 (~US$100)|
SURF SPOT INFO
|Break Type||Reef (Coral) – Beach|
|Break Direction||Left – Right|
|Best Season||October – April (North Swell)|
|Consistency||Surfing all year round, but guaranteed swell during season|
|Wave Quality||Powerful – Barreling|
|Suitable for||Intermediate – Advanced – Experts|
|Length of ride||100-200m|
|Crowds||Regular Line Up|
Siargao Island is the surfing capital of the Philippines. During surf season Siargao is a surfer’s paradise with waves averaging 7ft. Home of “Cloud 9” surf beach, which is ranked top 8 best surf spots in the world by CNN Go, it is one of Asia’s best kept secrets. Just a short flight from Manila for as little as $40 you can enjoy yourself in a blue water paradise.
See – HOW TO GET TO SIARGAO
Siargao has big, good quality and consistent waves 8 months a year (from October until May). The most consistent waves coming from the north-eastern swell starting from November until March where the swell can average around 7ft.
SURF SPOTS INFORMATION
Cloud 9, the most famous surf beach in the Philippines (Rated 8th best surf spot in the world) is a perfect barreling right hand reef break but with razor sharp coral at the bed of the ocean, therefor Cloud 9 is recommended for advanced surfers only.
A sweet left hand reef break which produces barrels during the season. Best during east and north east swells.
Named cemetery as it is place right in front of General Luna cemetery. Cemetery breaks left and right.
A 5 minute boat ride from General Luna (Siargao Town Center) is Guyam Island. On the back of the island are several breaks to choose from, perfect location if you’re tired of competing for waves at the nearer beaches.
True to it’s name it is a powerful wave that jacks on it’s peak and smashes onto a shallow reef then reforms on the inner reef. It is best to ride from medium to high tide.
La Janoza, Mamon, Antokon, Anajauan Island
Just a short boat ride away can take you to any of these islands. There are 4-5 perfect breaks to be found all around these islands including a sick 150m beach break on Mamon Island.
North of General Luna is Pacifico, another world class barreling reef break that Siargao has to offer. Pacifico is a long, hollow and consistent left hander.
An upside down water drop shaped barrel that works well on an east to south east swell.
Pilar (1.5 hrs by boat from General Luna area), generally not nearly as crowded as General Luna surf spots, is a great place to surf during North East swells. Pilar has two awesome left hand reef breaks.
A huge and clean right hander, which barrels and can hold double over headers. It breaks about 200 yards off Rock Island. Accessible by boat and best at low tide.
Recommended for experts only, on a big swell Stimpy’s is a ferocious perfect tubing wave, which breaks hard into very shallow water. Accessible by boat only.
Located right next to Cloud 9, Tuason’s point is another outstanding surf spot. This is a seriously heavy, powerful and hard breaking