For avid beach-goers, the idea of heaven could be as simple as feeling the fine sand between their toes, soaking up the warmth of summer sun on their skin, letting the salty ocean breeze toss their hair, and relishing the stunning views of the vast ocean stretching into the horizon.
If you want to spend your vacation lounging on the beach, riding the waves, and discovering the ocean's wonders, then look no further because we have gathered the best beach tours for you and your loved ones–be it your friends, family, or lover.
Whether you prefer the idyllic and laid-back island lifestyle or the adrenaline-pumping hype of riding the ocean waves, the tropical beach paradises on our list will leave you feeling enthralled, relaxed, recharged, and stress-free for the duration of your vacation.
So, let down your hair, put on some sunscreen and swimming attire, and let the sun kiss your skin as you explore the following beach destinations for your surfing adventures.
The beautiful island of Siargao is a tear-drop-shaped island in the northeastern part of Mindanao in the Philippines.
It is known as "the surfing capital of the Philippines" given its plentiful reef breaks—both big and small—including the world-class waves of Cloud 9, which earned the reputation as one of the best surfing spots in the world. If you want to feel the full brunt of the Pacific Ocean swell, Siargao is the perfect place to go.
Given the Philippines’ tropical warm weather, surfing in Siargao can be done all year round. But if you plan to surf in Cloud 9, it is best to visit from September to November or during the rainy season because it is during these months that the waves go as high as 12 feet.
The phenomenal waves at Siargao are suitable for surfers of all levels of expertise. For beginners, we recommend surf spots like Guiuan where you can easily find surf shops that rent boards and teach surfing lessons to beginners. Jacking Horse is also an excellent choice because here, the waves jack up and down—kind of like riding a horse, hence, the nickname of the place. The waves here are manageable for surfers learning to balance and get their timing right. Quicksilver is another excellent surfing spot, as the waves here are more forgiving, so you can quickly learn how to balance on your board and get the timing right as the waves begin to barrel.
Meanwhile, for those who already have some experience surfing and would like a bit of a challenge, aim for surfing spots like Bumee and Cemetery (also known as Pesangan), which are known for their breaks that go in both directions, left and right. If you want to get some practice and experience before leveling up to the more challenging waves of Siargao, these two are the best spots for you. There are also plenty of other intermediate-level surfing spots, including Daku Reef, Pansukian Reef, Pilar, Salvacion, and Stimpy's.
Now, if you are one of the pros who have spent a considerable part of your life surfing, you will be fascinated to try riding the phenomenal waves of Cloud 9. The right-hand waves here are huge, and they break over shallow reefs. Surfers from all over the world come to Cloud 9 to push their limits and challenge their skills. In fact, international surf competitions are often held here, as it is renowned for being one of the top ten surfing spots worldwide. The other pro-level surfing spots in Siargao include the Pacifico and Tuason's Point, which are both near Cloud 9 in General Luna.
In 1853, Charles Darwin—aboard the HMS Beagle—landed on the Galápagos Islands. His keen observation of the wildlife in the Galapagos, particularly the variations in the finches, was instrumental to the formulation of the Theory of Evolution. As a result, Darwin cemented Galapagos on a special place in history and the origins of modern science.
The Galápagos Islands may be famed for the unique species it harbors, but it is a lesser-known fact that it is also home to some of the most beautiful stretches of beaches on Earth. Here, you can admire the crystal clear turquoise waves crashing along its pristine, white, coral-laden sand beaches teeming with sea lions, marine iguanas, nesting sea turtles, and all sorts of unique marine animals. And if a secluded beach is your cup of tea, you will be delighted to know that the beaches in the Galapagos Islands are rarely crowded. Thus, this is the perfect spot for you to master riding the waves.
The Galapagos Islands can be found in the Pacific Ocean, about 1000 kilometers away from the Ecuadorian mainland. Given its location, the islands benefit from warm weather all year.
The Islands also receive swells from the north and south Pacific, thereby assuring excellent waves all year round, especially around December to May. Thus, Galapagos is famed for its world-class waves. There are plenty of beaches where you can surf, no matter what your level of expertise is. And even if you are a complete newbie, there are plenty of surf camps that can teach you the art of surfing, such as theLavaWave andThe Point in San Cristobal, as well as theGalapagos Bike and Surf in Isabela Island.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Olivia Poglianich is a nomadic brand strategist and copywriter in the surf, watersports and outdoor adventure space who has worked with brands such as Visa, Disney and Grey Goose. Her writing has taken her all over the world, from a Serbian music festival to a Malaysian art and culture event. Olivia is a graduate of Cornell University and is often writing or reading about travel, hospitality, the start-up ecosystem or career coaching. Her latest interests are at the intersection of web3 and communal living, both on and offline.