One of the fastest growing surf destinations in the world is the Philippines. The tropical weather, interesting culture and diversity of surf breaks, make this country an excellent choice for surf exploration. According to the surf website Wannasurf, the best time for a surf trip to the Philippines is during their monsoon season; from October until January. During this time you are likely to find waves ranging from 3 to 12 feet. The most widely known surf break is called Cloud 9 and is located at the south end of the Island. Cloud 9 is a hollow and powerful wave that breaks over coral reef and is best suited for experienced surfers. The wave is relatively short, 50 meters, and can hold swell sizes ranging from 3 to 10 feet. The central area of the country is most famous for the surf break named Calicoan Island. Calicaoan is a 200 meter long right peeling wave that breaks over coral reef. The wave is suited for surfers of all levels and can hold swells between 3-5 feet.
Before traveling to one of the quality surf breaks in the Philippines, a surfer needs to study the potential dangers of their trip. Due to the fact that the Philippines is situated in a tropical area there is an increased risk of encountering a disease that is not present in the United States. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that rural coastal areas in the Philippines such as the islands of Luzon, Mindanao, Mindoro and Palawan; all harbor malaria carrying mosquitoes. They advise surfers going to these areas to start taking one of the following anti-malarial drugs before departing to the Philippines.
The CDC also gives a list of recommended vaccinations to get before leaving to the Philippines. These include: Hepatitis A and B, Rabies, Typhoid, and Japanese encephalitas.
Another likely source of discomfort on a surf trip is petty theft of a passport or wallet while in Manila. To help reduce the annoyance of being in the Philippines without any identification a surfer should have a few copies of their passport dispersed throughout their bags and pockets. In the case of a stolen wallet a system can be set up to send money to the Philippines in a matter of seconds. This method involves finding an online money transfer service before leaving the United States. The money transfer service will provide the user with a re-chargeable debit card that will be sent to the Philippines. This card can then be charged online in a matter of seconds to provide the surfer with the funds they need to continue on their trip.
With a little research and preparation the dangers of taking a surf trip to the Philippines can be greatly reduced.
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Center for Disease Control, Health Information for Travelers to the Philippines, Center for Disease Control and Prevention