Are you bored of the same old beach vacation and craving adventure? With its world-class waves, Siargao Island, the surfing capital of the Philippines, has become a popular destination for surfers worldwide. This tropical paradise has some of the best surf spots, offering lots of stoke and good vibes for surfers of all skill levels.
But hold up, before you hit the waves, here are some tips on how to get the best surfing experience:
Time Your Visit
The peak surfing season in Siargao runs from September to November. However, if you’re a beginner, visiting from March to August when the weather is sunny and the waves are more manageable might be better. There’s also surf during the wet season from December to February. For advanced surfers, consider the heavy current and double (sometimes triple) overhead waves this season. And for beginners, Guiuan surf break works, a 20 to 25-minute motorbike ride from our eco-house.
Show respect to the locals and residents. Siargao is a close-knit community of surfers who share a deep love for the ocean and environment. A tourist must practice responsible tourism, respect the local culture, and always abide by the laws.
Rent or Bring Your Surfboard
If you plan to surf in Siargao, rent a surfboard from local surf shops or bring your board. Airlines like Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines allow surfboards not exceeding nine ft. for airbus or jet flights and six ft. for ATR or turbo=pop flights. You can also send your boards in advance via AP Cargo or Sur Transport. Keep in mind that bringing boards to Siargao is a challenging feat. Plan and do your research. Choose a surfboard with the right size and shape that matches your skill level and the surf conditions.
Hire a SISA or ISA Certifed Surf Coach
A local surf guide can help you navigate the waves and find the best surf spots. They can also provide valuable insights into local surfing culture and safety tips. Many surf schools and instructors in Siargao offer lessons and guided surf trips. Here are two that we highly recommend: Kanaway Surf School and Botiti Siargao.
Nobody wants to be that surfer who spoils the fun by being rude or unsafe. So, to avoid accidents, be aware of your surroundings and exercise better judgment. Acknowledge or greet other surfers at the line-up, and if you feel like taking a wave, communicate. Remember, don’t be a wave hog, and don’t drop in on someone else’s ride. The ocean is vast, and there are plenty of waves to catch, so don’t sweat it.
Now, Let’s Talk Surf Breaks!
- If you’re new to surfing, there are plenty of beginner-friendly spots like Jacking Horse and Guiuan. And if you’re ready to test your skills, try Cloud 9’s shoulder section, and Daku Island is another must-try surf break accessible via boat.
- For intermediate surfers, take a boat and head to Cemetery (Pesangan). If you are confident with your skills, check out Boomies, Rock Island, and Stimpys. These surf breaks can be intense during peak season, with strong currents and waves up to ten feet high, so be careful!
Advanced to Pro
- If you’re an expert surfer, you must surf Cloud 9, Siargao’s most famous surf break! Quicksilver and Tuason are also awesome breaks that shouldn’t be overlooked. And if you’re a thrill-seeker, Pacifico on the opposite side of the island will test your skills to the max.
Siargao is THE destination for anyone looking to catch some waves, soak up the sun, and relax. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced surfer, there’s something for everyone on this island. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your board, sunscreen, and head to Siargao. You’re sure to have an unforgettable surfing experience in this beautiful paradise. So, which surf spot are you going to hit up first?