The Best Surfing Spots in the Philippines

Surf’s up!


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The long stretch of Baler Beach was the location of a memorable scene in the film Apocalypse Now, where the character Captain Kilgore while aboard a helicopter, uttered the classic “I love the smell of Napalm in the morning” line. Coincidentally, after filming wrapped up, a number of film crew members left their used surfboards for the locals to use. What happened afterwards gave birth to one of the best surfing scenes in the country. Today, travelers visit Baler to either surf, learn to surf or surf all over again.

Hostels, hip cafes and artisan restaurants lining up the long shoreline of Baler creates a communal vibe where travelers, artists and locals bond over their shared love of surfing. Charlie’s Point is the name of the most popular surf spot in Baler, while Cemento comes in at close second.


San Juan, La Union

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Marky Ramone Go

Marky Ramone Go

Marky Ramone Go is a travel-junkie, writer and photographer based in the Philippines. Aside from contributing articles to various publications and websites, he narrates his experiences wandering the tropical paradise of the Philippines, the culturally rich regions of South East Asia, Sri Lanka and India on his travel blog Nomadic Experiences. After Asia, he is keen on exploring South America and eventually hoping to trace Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" trail in the United States to Mexico.