Philippine Surf Spots

La Union

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Rating: 4.2/5 (14 votes cast)
Surfing, La Union, Philippines

Photography: Jeff Ganuelas

ACCESSIBILITY

Ease to Reach Easy
How to get there from Manila Bus/Car
Est. Travel time from Manila via Bus 6 Hours
Est. Travel cost from Manila via Bus Php380 (<US$10)

SURF SPOT INFO

Break Type Beach
Break Direction Left – Right
Best Season October – April (North Swell)
Consistency Surfing all year round but most consistent during season
Wave Quality Good – Barreling on occasion
Suitable for Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced
Length of ride
Crowds Regular Line Up
Surf Schools Yes
Board Rentals Yes

DESCRIPTION

La Union is Philippine surf’s best kept secret, with clean waves reaching 8-10ft on a good swell, it is perfect from beginners to advanced surfers. It is located in the north Luzon, roughly 5 hours travel time by car from Manila. Accessible by public bus for tourists.

See - HOW TO GET TO LA UNION

SEASONS

La Union has good waves 10 months a year from May until March. The most consistent waves come from the north swell from October until March, peaking in December and January where the beach becomes a tourist hot spot attracting surfers and tourists from all over the globe.

SURF SPOTS INFORMATION

San Juan

San Juan is the heart and primary surf beach in La Union. Large good quality waves are brought in on good swells. On the beachfront are many affordable surf resorts and hotels, bars, restaurants, surf shops and surf schools where board rental is also available.

San Juan Beach although is only one strip of beach has three spots as identified by the locals.

Beach break, the bowl and the point.

- Beach Break – located at the left of the strip is a great spot which provides both lefts and rights.

- The Bowl – the mid point of the beach.

- The Point – Located at the very right of the strip, the point is a beautiful point/reef break that provides a beautiful and long right hander and also a short left. During the north swell this is the spot to be.

Sunset

Sunset a 2 minute drive north from San Juan, can provide medium to large, good quality, left and right hand breaks, depending on the direction of the swell. Sunset is a great place to surf on a busy day.

Carille

Carille, a 5 minute Jeepney ride south from San Juan, is a famous 300m right hand point break that seems to go on forever.

Bacnotan

Located near the cement factory in La Union, 10 minutes drive from San Juan Surf Beach is Bacnotan a beautiful wave that provides good and long rides. It works best here during North Swell (October-April).

Darigayos

Darigayos is a 30 minute Jeepney ride further north of San Juan, it can also provide for clean waves with both left and right hand breaks depending on the swell. Darigayos works best during south swell (May-September).

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