La Union

San Juan is a small surfing town in the province of La Union in the Ilocos Region of the Philippines.

It is roughly a 5 hour ride from Manila, depending on traffic, and is a very popular destination for locals to spend their weekends and ride the waves in its various spots.

There are 2 surfing seasons in La Union, the north swell (October-April) and the southwest monsoon (habagat) (July-September), during which one can expect consistent waves.  If in La Union between July to September, know that it is also rainy season.  But if you are going to be in the water anyway… who cares?

If you are in La Union to catch some waves, you have a good selection of spots availabble no matter your level.  Beach break is where you will find most surfing schools and is beginner friendly.  Monaliza Point is on the north end of the beach and is a very enjoyable right hander over a rocky coral bottom and a little further south of the beach, about a 5-10 minute ride, you will find Carille/Jesus Point, another very long right hander.

If surf is not your thing, lazying by the beach is not in your plans and you are in the mood for hiking, you can check out Tangadan Falls which are located aproximately 20km east of San Juan in San Gabriel.  Alternatively, head over to Tapuakan River, just over 50km south from San Juan, in Pugo, where you’ll be able to go for a dip in it’s shallow stream, relax and enjoy the scenery.

If you are out for some great coffee or if you have a sweet tooth, we highly recommend El Union Coffee.  Friendly staff, nice atmosphere and its really close to Monaliza Point, if you feel like catching some waves before or after.

If you are up for a good ride, Bessang Pass is one of our favourite roads in the country.  Nice winding mountain roads which twist up the mountains on the way to Sagada.  It has absolutely stunning views and you will pass innumerable waterfalls and very little traffic.

North Loop

North Loop

Experience Luzon. Ride up north along the west coast and Cordillera Central and down the east coast. Surf La union and Baler, enjoy the historical sights in Vigan, sand dunes in Pagudpud and the northern coast of the Island with its breathtaking views.

 

  • Rental of a custom motorcycle
  • Helmet
  • Accommodation for every night during the ride
  • Support vehicle
  • Gas/fuel, and tolls
  • Meals (note that some of the hotels provide with one or more meals)
  • Extra activities such as Diving, snorkeling, surfing, hiking, white water rafting, etc…

(Do let us know if you would like us to pre-book these activities for you)

The itinerary shown may be subject to change at any time due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances.

Itinerary

Day 1 > Manila - La Union
Ride
Day 2 > La Union
Surf
Day 3 > La Union - Sagada
Ride
Day 4 > Sagada
Hike/Tattoo/Views
Day 5 > Sagada
Hike/Banaue
Day 6 > Sagada - Vigan
Ride
Day 7 > Vigan
Explore
Day 8 > Vigan - Pagudpud
Ride
Day 9 > Pagudpud
Beach/Dunes
Day 10 > Pagudpud - Santa Ana
Ride
Day 11 > Santa Ana
Beach
Day 12 > Santa Ana - Ilagan City
Ride
Day 13 > Ilagan City - Baler
Ride
Day 14 > Baler
Surf
Day 15 > Baler - Manila
Ride

Surf & Breathe

Surf n’ Breathe

This ride will take you from the west coast town of San Juan, La Union to the east coast surf spots of Baler, made famous by Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, in which Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore (played by Robert Duval) coined the phrase: “I love the smell of napalm in the morning”.

Surf will be only interleaved by some of the most spectacular roads in the world, twisting through the treacherous mountain passes along the Cordillera Central, as if it were the Pinoy version of the Stelvio pass in the Alps.

Enjoy the breathtaking views of the rice terraces in Banaue, visit legendary traditional tatto artist Wang Od in Buscalan and pin a medal on yourself for having gone through the highest altitude highway in the Philippines, the famous Halsema Highway with its highest point at 2300m (7400ft) above sea level.

Bring (or rent) your surfboard and dont forget a jumper or/and a jacket for this ride, as it will probably get chilly!

 

  • Rental of a custom motorcycle
  • Helmet
  • Accommodation for every night during the ride
  • Support vehicle
  • Gas/fuel, and tolls
  • Meals (note that some of the hotels provide with one or more meals)
  • Extra activities such as Diving, snorkeling, surfing, hiking, white water rafting, etc…

(Do let us know if you would like us to pre-book these activities for you)

The itinerary shown may be subject to change at any time due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances.

Itinerary

Day 1 > Manila - La Union
Ride
Day 2 > La Union
Surf
Day 3 > La Union - Sagada
Ride
Day 4 > Sagada
Explore/Wang Od Tattoo
Day 5 > Sagada - Batad
Ride
Day 6 > Batad
Explore
Day 7 > Batad - Baler
Ride
Day 8 > Baler
Surf
Day 9 > Baler
Surf
Day 10 > Baler - Manila
Ride

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