Solidly ensconced in the international surfing circuit, the surf break at Cloud Nine is unmistakably marked by the raised walkway and three-storey wood pavilion offering front-row seats to the action. It’s a friendly and open surfing community, with plenty of up-and-coming local Filipinos welcoming foreigners and beginners alike. For the experienced, there are several other breaks that are accessible by bangka, including Rock Island, visible from the Cloud Nine beach, and at least a dozen good beaches are within an hour by boat or road.
All the resorts here can help organise island-hopping and lagoon day tours, as well as arrange surf lessons (P500 per hour, including equipment) and board rental (P300 per half-day). Or stop by Hippie’s Surf Shop; Hippie also teaches yoga classes on many mornings.