The Philippines is an Asian archipelago of more than 7,000 islands of which only one third is inhabited. The landscapes are heavenly and the tropical climate, attracting a growing number of tourists in recent years. If you go there mainly for its turquoise waters, white sand beaches, snorkelling sites and unforgettable coral reefs, the Philippines is also a surf destination.
Suitable for both beginner and advanced levels, surf spots are extremely diverse. On the other hand, they do not work all year round as in Indonesia but only during the rainy season from September to March. Out of season, the ocean is completely flat. Do not forget to bring your gear because the surfshops and others are not very developed there!
There are many surfcamps in the Philippines. We have selected for you the best of them to live an unforgettable experience during your next vacation in the Philippines!Discover the surf camps in the Philippines
The best time to surf in the Philippines is winter in Europe, especially between September and December after the storms. The swell often comes from the passage of typhoons because the country is not very exposed, so target well the period of your coming. The climate is pleasant and the temperatures around 26 degrees. You surf in the sun in hot water with a postcard landscape. And thanks to the reef, the waves can become very consistent: what to leave with memorable memories. During a surf trip in the Philippines, it is easy to get off the beaten path and live a very "roots" stay. What's better than taking a nap in a hammock on the beach, showering under the palm trees and eating the grilled fish of the day at night after a big day of surfing?
THE Filipino surf spot is Cloud 9 on the island of Siargo. This big tubular right is formed by the reef: attention, it is very fierce and does not make a gift in case of fall. You will find surfcamps, hotels and resorts, enough to sleep and enjoy for all budgets. Know that the reputation of the spot attracts crowds and the line-up is often crowded. Other cool spots to discover around: Jacking Horse, Gaywan and Tangbo for beginners; Quiksilver, Tahiti, Rock Island, Stimpys, Cemetery, Daku Corner, Hawaiian Jack and Pacifico for intermediate levels; Tuason Point and Pansukian for advanced levels especially if the swell exceeds 1.50m. Other spots are available in the north, much less frequented by tourists and on which you will rub shoulders with young locals who spend hours to take waves to have fun! Among them, Burgos and Pacifico roll out well, in a beautiful natural setting.
The Paris-Manila flight costs about 600 euros, which remains affordable for a trip to Asia. Ask in advance about the board transport rates if you want to bring your own (there will not be any renters on all Filipino spots). On the spot, the cost of living is 50% lower than that practiced in France. To accommodate you, you will find plenty of things to do and for very modest prices. Count less than 20 euros for a double room in hostel or in small hotels and guesthouses. You will be able to access rather comfortable options for less than 50 euros in very nice hotels. To eat, you will not have a hard time feasting for a small fee. Many restaurants offer plates of meat or fish with rice for about 3 euros. On the transport side, the boat is the most used means of transport to explore the archipelago. The price of regular ferries are affordable, count a bit more for speed boats and catamarans. Everything is clearly very cheap compared to what we know in France!
Besides surfing, the Philippines has a lot to offer. Among the must-see is Manila, the capital, which is on the island of Luzon, the largest in the Philippines, with its remnants of the colonial era. It is a gigantic and densely populated city where the nature lovers will not drag on to join the Cordillera Central. It is home to many volcanoes in the Pacific Ring of Fire and UNESCO World Heritage terraced rice terraces. The area is popular for trekking enthusiasts. Then head to the Cebu and Visayas Islands, known for their turquoise waters and white sand beaches. Waterfalls, jungle, rice fields, mountains ... these islands are a jewel of nature where you can indulge in many sports activities. Finally, do not miss the island of Palawan, a paradise where there is a wonderful fauna and tropical flora.