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This spot is in Buguey, Cagayan. Take the highway that runs through Isabela and up to Cagayan through Tuguegarao City. When you arrive in Dugo (part of Camilanugan) at the intersection with all the publice transportation, go East on a jitney bound for Buguey. Ask for the El Presidente hotel.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name El Presidente
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionSouth, SouthEast
Good wind directionNorth
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movement
- Rips / undertow
A more accessible place is Aparri, by the pier. There are a few locals who surf there, but absolutely nobody surfs Buguey and the waves are just the same. They aren't world class by any means- a typical day would be fun for a long board, but there are several days in April and May that I saw offshore winds on a head high day and wished for a board. The best spot is right behind El Presidente, and if you have a problem with swimmers then just head down the beach about 200 yards east. This is on the Northern coast of Luzon, so swell conditions will differ than those necessary for the West Coast of Luzon. Storms to the north make the surf rough and choppy, but on an offshore day it's classy.
Buguey is not exactly a tourist destination of the Philippines... in fact, Cagayan in general isn't (unless you are a treasure hunter). Buguey has many legends about General Yamashita and the Japanese treasures buried there. I lived in an apartment there for three months or so and the landlord had amassed his fortune by finding buried treasure himself. If you see the Mayors' backyard he's got two big holes dug out by a back hoe where he himself was trying to get lucky with buried treasure. In the most eastern barangay (neighborhood) of Buguey they swear you can see the old church bell (made of solid gold) at the bottom of the ocean about ninety feet down on a clear day, yet no one can get to it. Treasure aside, the town is very, very poor. There aren't any good restaurants (unless you like boiled pigs' blood mixed with innards), but fishing is the main industry there so there is always fresh seafood. I would suggest bringing your own food. If you wanted to stay overnight you could room at El Presidente, but there isn't much of a night life in Buguey. This place is out of the way, and if you are going to come here you'd better be ready to really rough it. The people are very kind and no one in town owns or has probably even seen a surf board. There is a small group of local surfers riding waves often in Aparri, but I don't think waves in Buguey have ever been surfed. If your in Cagayan and you want to check it out on a whim, go for it. I would think that there are many more spots to surf along the northern coast aside from Buguey and Aparri (in fact, I've seen photos of some absolutely beautiful waves breaking at a beach in Claveria), but the area is very rural and surfers never go there.
Out in the sticks, very rough place, but on the right day you've got very fun waves all to yourself.
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