Guiuan (G1) 


Direction: longer right, shorter left

Level: Beginner - Intermediate

Best wind: North

Best swell size: 2 - 6 ft

Best swell direction: East - South East

Best tide: Around high tide. Mid tide going high or high going mid are fine. 

Best for: People who have come to Siargao to learn how to surf and enjoy the amazing views on the island.

Crowd factor: High.  Guiuan is one of the few spots suited to beginners and has beautiful scenery making this a favorite spot for instructors to take their students.

How to get there: Unfortunately Guiuan is not very easy to find unless you're with an instructor or local.  The spot is at the end of a small, unmarked path from the main road but I'll try to describe how to get there now. Start on the cement road that runs between the towns of Cloud 9 and General Luna (G.L) on which most of the resorts are located.  Drive all the way through G.L and out the other side.  Keep driving for about 3km until you come to a T-intersection, turn right.  Follow the cement road through that town and as it naturally makes a left turn into a mountain path (still paved) that winds through mountains and mangroves for about 5km.  This road comes out at the first intersection you've seen in quite a while.  Make a right at that intersection and Guiuan is about 1km down that road on the left side as the road turns to the right.  The path to the beach is unmarked so you need to look out for a small, dirt path leading left and down to the beach where the road turns to the right after about 1km of straight road since the intersection.

Kind of wave: Yes Guiuan can be overhead and barrelling under perfect conditions, this is the Guiuan that the locals talk of, however this situation happens just a handful of days per year (if that).  Under normal conditions Guiuan is between knee and shoulder high and a perfect place for beginners.  Because Guiuan faces South and most of the swells come from the East it really requires a big swell in order for the waves to wrap around the island and be anything bigger than waist high.  The main point about Guiuan is that it faces South and is a bit protected from the wind.  This means that Guiuan can be surfed all year round, even in the Winter when the winds are on-shore everywhere else.  So while most breaks like Cloud 9, Quiksilver, Cemetery, etc.. aren't working for half the year, Guiuan is always working... but always small (IMO).  The take off can be quite fast and hollow so it's still a bit tricky even when it's small and there's plenty of fun to be had at waist - shoulder high with clean, glassy faces and a fast ride.  So for beginners to intermediate this is a great place to learn and play but for advanced surfers I'd stay away from Guiuan unless it's too big everywhere else.

Surf season: All-year except summer months.

Guiuan can be surfed year-round because it faces South unlike most breaks.  However, in the summer months of June, July, August and anytime of year that there's little to no swell Guiuan will be flat.  Guiuan is most commonly surfed in the winter months because it's still working well while most other breaks are blown-out due to the onshore winds.  Yes, winter is Guiuan season and will be especially crowded during the winter months.  I've seen Guiuan with 50 people or more hundled around one small peak in the winter months when nothing else is working.    The peak season is still from Sept - Nov but with so many other great waves firing at that time the intermediate - advanced surfer can probably find bigger and better waves elsewhere.   So to sum it up, Guiuan is generally considered to be a beginner wave that is ridden mostly during the winter months and forgot about the rest of the year.