Philippines Surfing if you want to miss the crowds.

Written by Brett Jankowiak


Philippines surfing is not quite a destination that would conjure up images of brilliant surfing breaks. Truth be told surfing inrepparttar Philippines can be fickle, but if you are after an adventure, are willing to go offrepparttar 143528 beaten track and are not afraid to try something different, then surfing inrepparttar 143529 Philippines will not disappoint you.

With 7,107 islands,repparttar 143530 roaring Pacific Ocean borderingrepparttar 143531 eastern coastline andrepparttar 143532 South China Sea onrepparttar 143533 western coastline and attracting more typhoons than most neighboring countries, Philippines surfing is alive and well. In factrepparttar 143534 Philippines are not a new surfing destination, with surfers enjoyingrepparttar 143535 waves here since at leastrepparttar 143536 sixties, maybe even earlier. Letís face it who wouldnít want a perfect left or right hander all to yourself!

Philippines surfing can be both temperamental and seasonal, it is important to know whenrepparttar 143537 best time to come is or you may be disappointed, nothing worse that a surfer without surf.
You can either surfrepparttar 143538 east coast orrepparttar 143539 west coast. The east coast probably getsrepparttar 143540 better surf.

The east coast - which isrepparttar 143541 Pacific Ocean side gets itís swell fromrepparttar 143542 monsoons, low depression tropical storms and typhoons. The first monsoon to hitrepparttar 143543 east coast isrepparttar 143544 south west monsoon which arrives in May and lasts through to about October. Philippines surfing is not that reliable even duringrepparttar 143545 monsoon. The better and more consistent surf is duringrepparttar 143546 north east monsoon orrepparttar 143547 amihan, during November to April. On top ofrepparttar 143548 monsoons throw in a typhoon or many and you can imagine that surfing inrepparttar 143549 Philippines can really pump. The typhoons usually come in fromrepparttar 143550 east of Mindanao and head in a north westerly direction hittingrepparttar 143551 southern Luzon andrepparttar 143552 islands between Luzon andrepparttar 143553 Pacific.

Puerto Galera, Philippines Ė Beauty Beyond Imagining!

Written by Brett Jankowiak


It was not until I had been given my first San Miguel that I realised that this place was hot, humid and sticky. My first San Mig didnít even touchrepparttar sides. I was back in Manila sitting atrepparttar 143527 bar inrepparttar 143528 hotel, after dropping off my bag and putting all my important documents inrepparttar 143529 safety deposit box. I took some time to reflect on my first visit to this incredibly diverse country.

When you discuss holiday destinations with people,repparttar 143530 better trodden paths arerepparttar 143531 ones most frequented, not many people I know have traveled torepparttar 143532 Philippines. Let me tell you, if you enjoy tropical islands with white powdery sand merging intorepparttar 143533 jungle on one side and then disappearing intorepparttar 143534 turquoise blue water onrepparttar 143535 other, then this isrepparttar 143536 place for you! After all there are 7,107 islands inrepparttar 143537 Philippines, take your pick!

The Philippines isrepparttar 143538 third largest English speaking country inrepparttar 143539 world, which makes getting around so much easier. Tourism has not really taken off like in neighboring Asian countries, like Thailand and Malaysia andrepparttar 143540 infrastructure is not quite there, which in a way makes it allrepparttar 143541 more exciting because your holiday will become an adventure, it can drag you down at times but once you arrive at your final destinationrepparttar 143542 trip getting there will be long forgotten.

My journey took me torepparttar 143543 resort town of Puerto Galera onrepparttar 143544 island of Mindoro. Puerto Galera isrepparttar 143545 port where Spanish Galleons use to take refuge fromrepparttar 143546 might ofrepparttar 143547 typhoons. Letting your imagination wonder a little as you glance aroundrepparttar 143548 port, you can almost seerepparttar 143549 Spanish Galleons swinging on their anchors. Puerto Galera has recently wonrepparttar 143550 2005 Most Beautiful Bay inrepparttar 143551 World Award. It is easy to see why.

Getting to Puerto Galera

From Manila you need to take a bus to Batangas which takes approximately three hours, depending onrepparttar 143552 time of day and which day it is,repparttar 143553 longest it has taken me was seven hours. From Batangas which is south ofrepparttar 143554 Philippine capital of Manila you can catch a ferry across to Puerto Galera which is about an hour to an hour and half. The trip to Batangas is pretty uneventful,repparttar 143555 real beauty starts when you get onrepparttar 143556 ferry. The water is a deep cobalt blue, if you are lucky you may even see dolphins, turtles and flying fish.

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