One of the best things to do in the Philippines is to surf. Since this beautiful country is nestled between the South China Sea and Pacific Ocean, it is no doubt that its beautiful beaches offer swells capable of producing waves perfect for surfing.
Novice surfers like me are fond of dancing with the waves as a form of exercise and stress relief. With so many surfing sites to choose from, many people opted for the nearest and cheapest surfing spot available.
Tignoan Beach, Reál, Quezon
One of the nearest and cheapest surfing spot available is the Tignoan Beach in Reál, Quezon. Only 3-4 hours away from Manila, you can now enjoy surfing even on a tight budget. We went to Pacific Recreation Kamp (aka The PaRK) Surfing Resort in Reál, Quezon last Easter Sunday and here’s our travel guide.
HOW TO GO TO REÁL, QUEZON
- Take a bus from Raymond Transportation Terminal in Legarda, Manila going to Infanta, Quezon. The Bus Station is located near Sta. Catalina College and Arellano University. If you’re coming from LRT Legarda Station, you can take a jeep going to Cubao and ask the driver to drop you off in Raymond Transportation Terminal.
- To avoid being charged with the wrong fare, inform the staff in the ticket booth that you will alight in Tignoan, Reál, Quezon or The PaRK (Pacific Recreation Kamp) in Reál, Quezon. Bus fare costs only at ₱177.
- It is advisable to depart from Manila by 0400H especially if you’re having a day tour. This will avoid experiencing traffic from the rush hour of the city. Check our sample itinerary at the end of this post.
WITH PRIVATE VEHICLES
- I recommend using either Waze or Google Maps app on your smartphone for navigation. An internet connection is required though in using these mobile applications.
ABOUT THE RESORT
Pacific Recreation Kamp (aka The PaRK) is a surfing resort located in Km. 115, Brgy. Tignoan, Reál, Quezon. It is a perfect place for campers and surfers. We visited this resort on Easter Sunday and there were so many campers who stayed in this place overnight.
The place is clean and modest plus the people around are accommodating. The perimeter designated for camping is covered with green grass and surrounded with a number of tall trees.
Trash bins are available in the place as well as grilling areas perfect for cooking barbeques. Grill racks are also available in the resort but you have to bring your own charcoal. A few meters away from the camping site is the Tignoan Beach, the sand is grey in color, coarse and rocky. On the right side of the resort, there’s a river exiting to the beach offering a beautiful scenery of the hills populated with coconut trees.
Pacific Recreation Kamp offers comparable prices to the popular Reál Coast Surf Resort. If you opt for a day trip with limited budget then Pacific Recreation Kamp is the right place for you. Here are their entrance fees and available accommodations:
|ENTRANCE FEE||DAY (6AM-6PM)||OVERNIGHT|
|Adult||₱35 ($0.70)||₱50/Night ($1.00)|
|Kids||₱25 ($0.50)||₱40/Night ($0.80)|
|OPEN PICNIC HUTS||DAY (6AM-6PM)||OVERNIGHT|
|Medium (10 pax)||₱400 ($8.00)||₱700/Night ($14.00)|
|Large (20 pax)||₱700 ($14.00)||₱1000/Night ($20.00)|
|Tent Rental (Dome Tent with Fly Sheet)||₱500 ($10.00)/tent/night|
|Own Tent: (Small 1-2 pax)||₱50 ($1.00)/tent/night|
|Own Tent: (Medium 3-4 pax)||₱100 ($2.00)/tent/night|
|Own Tent: (Large more than 5 pax)||₱150 ($3.00)/tent/night|
Upon entering the resort, we went straight to the store and paid for the entrance fee of ₱35 ($0.70) for the day trip. To save further money, we brought our own tent which can accommodate up to 4 pax and the pitching fee is only ₱100 ($2.00).
Bath and Comfort Rooms
This is the part of the resort which needs improvement. Their common bath and comfort rooms are located at the back of the store. The shower area is separated from male and female visitors and there were times that the water supply gets depleted. Thankfully, they were able to handle the problem immediately when we prompted the staff. Their comfort rooms are bearable with no flush and some door locks were broken when we visited this place.
Whenever I visit a resort or hotel, I always check their comfort rooms first. Its quality has a lot of impact on my impressions especially when it comes to sanitation and maintenance. Their comfort rooms were good but it could be better.
Aside from beach bumming and bonding with friends and family, you can avail their surfing lessons for only ₱500 ($10.00) per hour inclusive of surfboard rental and instructor’s fee. If you already know how to surf, you can rent their surfboards for only ₱200 ($4.00) per hour. This is their forte and my surfing experience with them was fun and worth it.
This is my second surfing lesson (my first was in Baler, Aurora). Before the actual surf, our instructor taught us the basics like identifying the parts of the surfboard, proper care and the right way to carry it.
At the shore, our instructors taught us how to stand on the surfboard. They also showed us the proper standing position, right positioning of our feet on the board and the do’s and don’ts. We practiced the steps provided by our instructor first before heading to the beach.
What makes our surfing experience in Reál, Quezon enjoyable? It’s because of our surfing instructors who were really fun to be with. They were all supportive and they kept on reminding and coaching us consistently until we achieved the right technique.
TIPS AT HAND
Bring your own food
If you’re planning to visit Pacific Recreation Kamp, it is advisable that you should bring your own food. Don’t forget your charcoal and lighter in case you want to grill meat or cook some pork barbeques.
If you don’t have any food at all, you can buy some at the store but the price will be a little bit higher. Do not also forget to bring water for hydration!
Bring your own tent
If you want to be thrift, then bring your own tent – it is cheaper this way. If you don’t have any tent, you can rent one at the store for a price.
Never forget your sunblock
Always have them. Some sunblocks can be expensive but it’s better to buy one now than say sorry later. Trust me, I’m an oncology nurse and it’s best to protect ourselves from the harmful UV rays of the sun.
Always throw your wastes and garbage in appropriate containers. Never ever throw your trash in open water. I believe in the power of karma and we don’t want mother nature throwing a finger at us or else we’ll be all dead.
Dance with the waves
I highly recommend taking their surfing lessons. Our instructors guided us properly until we get the right technique. They will even teach you how to paddle whenever you reached a certain skill level. As a beginner, I am truly satisfied on how they rendered their services. My friends learned how to stand up in their very first surfing lesson.
|0400H||ETD from Manila to Reál, Quezon|
|0700H||ETA in Reál, Quezon|
|0700H – 1200H||Tent Pitching, Swim Time, Surfing Lesson, Prepare Food for Lunch|
|1200H – 1300H||Lunch Time|
|1300H – 1500H||Free time (Optional side trip: Balagbag Falls – take a tricycle or jeep going to Balagbag Falls. Entrance fee is ₱20 or $0.40)|
|1500H||Back to Resort and Wash up|
|1600H||ETD to Manila|
|2000H||ETA in Manila|
Bus going to and fro Reál, Quezon
|₱ 177 x 2 = ₱354|
Entrance Fee and Tent Pitching
|Entrance Fee: ₱ 35 per pax (Day Tour)
Tent Pitching (Medium 3-4 pax): ₱ 100 (since we were 4 pax during this trip = ₱25 per pax)
|Food||We brought our own food = FREE!|
|TOTAL EXPENSES||₱914 ($18.28)|
Our one day escape in Reál is truly fun and worth it. Even on a tight budget and hectic schedule from our busy lifestyle, we were able to spend quality time with awesome friends and locals in Reál, Quezon. With proper planning and earmarking, we spent less than ₱1000 for this trip and it’s all worth it.
Watch our travel vlog about our surfing experience in Reál, Quezon!
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