Surfing is becoming more and more popular in the Philippines but when we talk about surfing destinations, first that comes to mind is either Siargao, La Union or Baler. Little did we know, Visayas has its own spot for this sport, too. Yes, Cebu surfing exists! 

The Queen City of the South is popular for so many things—canyoneering, pristine white beaches, old and modern tourist destinations, delicious seafood dishes—except for surfing but unknown to many, there are many great Cebu surfing spots that thrill-seekers can explore!

Check out these 7 places to go surfing in Cebu!

1. Liloan

view of the beach in liloan, cebu

Liloan, a coastal municipality in North Cebu, was called as such because of the whirlpools or “lilo” created by the Silot Bay’s water movements. The town is a popular water activity destination for wakeboarding and skimboarding. Although not many surfers frequent there, Liloan is a great Cebu surfing destination that’s worth the try because most skimboarding spots are highly possible surf spots as both sports deal with waves. 

2. Punta Engaño

Punta Engaño cebu

On the northern tip of Mactan Island lies Punta Engaño. It is a small undisturbed fishing community far from the hustle and bustle of the province’s top tourist destinations. Unlike other famous Cebu beaches which boast of pearly white sand, Punta Engaño is rocky, rugged, unpolished, and unfrequented. But this does not make Punta Engaño hugely unwanted. In fact, it’s what makes it stand out from the rest and is also a good Cebu surfing destination.

3. Bantayan Island

clear waters of bantayan island in cebu

While tourists go to Bantayan Island to enjoy the beaches and fresh scallops, this place is one of the best Cebu surfing spots. The waves may not be as high as others but Bantayan Island also gives the adrenaline that its visitors look for. The best time to experience waves in Bantayan Island is from November to April when the Amihan (Northeast Monsoon) season starts to kick in.

4. Talisay


One of the nicest Cebu surfing spots you can visit is the Larawan Beach in Talisay City. It is a public beach so there is no entrance fee. Larawan Beach is very accessible from the city proper. The downside here is that it can get pretty crowded since it’s free and open to the public. 

5. Toledo

Toledo City is one of the most famous destinations in Cebu because of its instagrammable and breathtaking views of the Capilla Sta. Ana Museum and the Labyrinth, Biga Pit, Malubog Lake, Malubog Falls, and Tagaytay Hills. But unknown to many, Toledo also boasts of good beaches perfect for chill or adventure trips. The beach areas, however, lack the soft white sand of other Cebu beaches. What you’ll find is a gravely, grey beach sand at each location. But the water is crystal clear and a favorite for swimming, snorkeling, and sometimes Cebu surfing.

6. Argao 

If you want an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, go to Argao located in the south of Cebu, two hours away from the city. Although the sand here isn’t sparkling white as other beaches in Cebu, tourists still go here because of its waves. Like Liloan, Argao is also a famous skimboarding spot that makes it a perfect setting for surfing. 

7. San Fernando

The municipality of San Fernando is located in the southern part of Cebu. Its most popular destinations include shrines, old churches, monuments of notable Filipinos, and an ancestral house. You can also find beaches in San Fernando but they are not white like the others. But it is still worth the visit especially if you want to try Cebu surfing. The waves there can get high during the rainy season.


Cebu Northshore 

This surfing destination is one of the best because of its thrilling waves! Pro swimmers and surfers frequent here because it’s like a secret spot that they can enjoy all to themselves. 

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