Surfing for Newbies: 7 Budget-Friendly Surf Camps in the Philippines

Surfing for Newbies: 7 Budget-Friendly Surf Camps in the Philippines

Want to learn how to surf? Check out these awesome, budget-friendly surf camps all over the Philippines!

Whether you are a novice or an expert at surfing, there is always a surfing destination in the Philippines that is right for you. But, we know how intimidating it can be to learn something new or bring your skills up a notch when you just do it on your own, so how about enrolling yourself in a surf camp where an instructor will be around every step of the way?

Also read: Surfing in the Philippines: Top Spots to Catch the Waves this Rainy Season

If you do not have a deep pocket to spare, check out these budget-friendly surf camps all over the Philippines:

1. The Circle Hostel La Union

Location: Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union

The Circle Hostel La UnionImage credit: The Circle Hostel La Union

San Juan, La Union has established itself as the longboard capital of Luzon which means that you can catch waves and have an instructor to help you do just that. And the best part is that they also provide among the cheapest accommodation rates there is and you can mingle with fellow travellers and surfers during your down time, too.

Rates: Instructor + board (₱350/person/hour; ₱800/whole day)

2. Pacific Recreation Kamp

Location: Barangay Tignoan, Real, Quezon

Pacific Recreation KampImage credit: Pacific Recreation Kamp

Also known as the PaRK, this place is mainly a developed campsite that offers all sorts of activities for the adrenaline seekers. Within the grounds, they have basketball, lawn bowling and volleyball but you can also go ahead and try surfing and stand-up paddle boarding. If you want even more adrenaline rush, you can also try out their whitewater rafting and nature trail hiking activities.

Rates: Instructor (₱300/person/hour); Surfboards (₱200/hour; ₱500/half day; ₱1,000/whole day)

3. Puraran Surf Beach Resort

Location: Puraran, Baras, Catanduanes

surf camps philippinesImage credit: Puraran Surf Camp

If you want to get stoked but still stay on the safe side, the instructors at Puraran Surf Camp can provide just that. What’s even better is that you can stay at their surf house, along with 14 other people where you have separate beds plus access to a shower area, a bathroom and a kitchen. How cool is that? The best time to visit the place would be from March to August for beginners and from September to October for the more advanced.

Rates: Instructor + equipment + use of rashguard (₱400/person/hour); Surfboards (₱200/hour, ₱400/half day, ₱600/whole day); 2D1N package (₱2,950)

4. Aliya Surf Camp and Resort

Location: Baler, Aurora

Aliya Surf Camp caters to surfers of all ages and skill levels. For beginners, their surf school provides basic instructions including learning to position and stand on the board correctly, to paddle, to take the drop, to turn and to ride the waves.

Rates: Instructor + surfboard (₱350/person/hour)

Also read: 7 Easy Steps to Enjoy a Weekend Escape in Baler, Aurora

5. Lola Sayong Eco Surf Camp

Location: Buenavista, Gubat, Sorsogon

What makes this surf camp different from the rest? It is actually a non-profit organisation made up of young local volunteers. The income they get from their surf camp goes to the development of a greener camp, the education of local boys and girls and to the environmental educational projects in their community.

Rates: Instructor + surfboard (₱350/person/hour)

6. Crystal Beach Resort

Location: Barangay La Paz, San Narciso, Zambales

Crystal Beach ResortImage credit: Crystal Beach Resort

When it comes to surfing in Zambales, you can never go wrong with Crystal Beach. Instructors here have been trained to help introduce surfing to all people, regardless of their age or skill level. After surf school, you can just enjoy the laidback vibe in the area and mingle with the locals or with fellow surfers and travellers.

Rates: Instructor + surfboard + rash guard (₱400/person/hour)

7. Turtle Surf Camp

Location: Barangay Catangnan, General Luna, Siargao

Turtle Surf Camp is among the best and cheapest places to learn surfing in Siargao. Even better is their cool surf house, which they describe as “not your typical resort”. The place caters to both local and foreign surfers who go there not just to ride the waves but also learn local cuisine, play board games, do yoga and just do other regular routines.

Rates: Instructor (₱300/person/hour); Surfboards (₱200/hour, ₱400/half day, ₱500/whole day)

Also read: How to Spend 3 Days in Siargao, Philippines

If you are ready to get stoked, be sure to head out to these places already before the surf season ends!

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Pam Baroro
Pam Baroro

When not moonlighting as a freelance wordsmith and code wrangler, Pam is a millennial mom who loves to explore the outdoors to camp/hike/trek/backpack with her partner and their 4-year-old daughter. Check their family travel blog at Hey, Miss Adventures!


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