Top 10 surfing destinations in Asia Pacific

Top 10 surfing destinations in Asia Pacific

This article was originally published on the flight comparison site Skyscanner.

Feel the sun on your skin, the sand beneath your toes and warm, salty wind against your face!

Skyscanner checks out the top 10 surfing destinations around Oceania and our Southeast Asian neighbours for where you can enjoy a good surf (or check out hot surfers!).

1. Surfer's Paradise, Australia

Located in Gold Coast in Queensland, Surfer's Paradise is no stranger to most travellers, especially since it boasts some of the best surfs that are easy even for beginners.

With a number of luxury hotels along the famous strip, you can also visit famous theme parks such as Dreamworld and Movie World while you're staying here.

2. Noosa Heads, Australia

If tourists and the crowd aren't really your thing, head north from Brisbane, Queensland and find yourself in Noosa Heads.

With comparatively quieter beaches, Noosa Heads in Sunshine Coast is the perfect spot for you to kick back your shoes and dive into the pristine blue waters!

In the evening, check out Hastings Street for some good old boutique shopping or pop into one of many restaurants for some delicious Aussie food.

3. Cottesloe Beach, Australia

If you want to head down to Australia without being cooped up in a journey that's close to 8 hours, then Cottesloe Beach located just 15 minutes away form the city of Perth, Australia, is your go-to place!

Allegedly the most popular beach of Western Australia, Cottesloe Beach offers slightly over a kilometre of golden sand in a laidback and somewhat rustic town.

The consistent waves here make this a popular spot amongst surfers and families (who enjoy a nice picnic by the water).

4. Tauranga, New Zealand

Located in the Bay of Plenty region in New Zealand, Tauranga has a subtropical climate which makes it perfect for surfing (or just beach-bumming) in the Summer.

There are plenty of surf schools and academies located here too, so if learning to surf is on your bucket list then Tauranga is perfect for you.

5. Dunedin, New Zealand

If you're craving for an adventure and desire to ride on some of New Zealand's best waves, then head down to Dunedin via Christchurch.

Not only is Dunedin home to the first university established in New Zealand, the University of Otago, this beautiful place offers great waves for beginners to practise on. And of course, if you're a Lord of the Rings fan, Dunedin will hold many special surprises for you!

6. Quezon, Philippines

Want to surf but don't wish to travel too far? Fly down to Manila and then make your way down to Real, Quezon in the Philippines. This is one of the best spots to learn surfing or even bodyboarding - making it a great choice for an awesome weekend.

There are also a number of waterfalls that you can hike to, and while you're there, don't forget to indulge a little in the local cuisine!

7. Siargao, Philippines

If you're an experienced surfer looking for a challenge, then the teardrop-shaped island of Siargao (near Cebu) is perfect. Offering azure blue waters and incredible beaches, Siargao is also home to one of the most challenging surf spots in Philippines - Cloud 9.

Famous for consistent surfing "pipes" and "tubes" formed by waves, Siargao is the place to go to flaunt your skills (or watch the experts do it!).

8. Bali, Indonesia

Apart from luxury resorts, beautiful cuisine and some of the world's most friendly people, the Island of the Gods, Bali, is also home to various surf spots that will keep your adrenaline going.

Kuta Beach, one of the city's most popular surf spots, is a great location for beginners and advanced surfers to harness the power of mother nature.

Located along the famous shopping district of Seminyak, Legian also offers various sea sport activities alongside surfing too.

9. Lombok, Indonesia

Located in the South-West coast of Lombok lies a hidden surfing spot (and one that many surfers try to keep a secret for years) - the Desert Point - which boasts some of the best (and biggest) surfs one can get in Indonesia.

There are also various surfing spots located around this beautiful island and they are generally a lot quieter as opposed to Bali, so you won't need to wait too long for your turn.

10. Phuket, Thailand

Even though Bangkok is the more popular sibling of Thailand that Singaporeans generally love, Phuket offers the sun, sand and sea at an affordable price.

Look beyond the usual Patong haunt and you'll find other beautiful beaches with equally beautiful resorts where the waters are warm and great to surf in. Plus, who can resist the rewards of majestic sunsets alongside delicious Thai food?

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