#OnTheRadar: 5 Stunning Surfing Spots in Asia

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Since the pandemic arrived, much like an unwelcome guest, travelling outdoors – let alone traveling abroad – has almost become a forbidden topic. 

So for us surf lovers, the tides of the ocean seem so far out of sight and even further out of reach. Like so many other travel-hungry souls, we’ve finally had enough virtual travelling through social media. After all, it cannot hurt to start planning our next surfing itinerary. Well, a surfer can at least dream! So to all fervid surf boarders, to save you time from surfing the internet, here’s our list of #unspoilt surf spots in Asia. They ought to keep your inner wave-loving geeks alive and inspired. “Sea you on the water!”

Cloud 9, Siargao, Philippines

Often referred to as the surfing capital of the Philippines, Siargao Island is a must-visit spot for wave riders. Head to the southeast side of the island and check out Cloud 9, a spectacular area known for challenging yet beautiful barrelling right-handers, that draws surfers from around the world to savour its beauty. It will literally make you feel like you’re on “cloud nine”. 

Lagundri Bay, Indonesia

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, Indonesia is no stranger to surf aficionados, thanks to its impressive collection of great surfing spots. The apple of our eye, though, is Lagundri Bay on Nias Island. The horse-shaped bay has consistent waves and is fit for all levels of surfers, from beginners to pros. 

Thulusdhoo, Maldives

The capital of Kaafu Atoll, Maldives, Thulusdhoo Island is a haven for surfers. It goes without saying that the island has clear, azure water that is almost cartoony. While this is something that we love and cherish about the Maldives, for surfers, the real treats are the fantastic surf breaks throughout the island. Resorts also offer up sweet surf-and-stay deals that make surf-focused vacations here a breeze to manage. 

Pansea Beach, Phuket, Thailand

For those who are made for the sea, Phuket, Thailand is always a prime destination to visit, thanks to its postcard-worthy beaches and surfing spots. But surfers looking for a smaller, more secluded retreat where they can mingle with the waves and sun, would find Pansea Beach right up their alley. It is home to some of the best waves in the area. 

Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

Arugam Bay on the Indian Ocean is a godsend for wave worshippers, thanks to its numerous point breaks and right-handers. The small Sri Lankan beachside town is also the perfect hideaway from bustling city life. So if you are after waves and wholesome alone time, Arugam Bay should be your go-to.