Level: Beginner - Advanced (depends on conditions)
Best wind: South
Best swell size: 3 - 8ft
Best swell direction: East - North East
Best tide: Mid tide. Try to be there about an hour or two before mid tide to an hour or two after mid tide.
Best for: Intermediate surfers looking for decent sized waves without the crowds.
Crowd factor: Usually low - medium though it can get busy when the conditions are good and other spots aren't working.
How to get there: Getting to Salvacion does involve a bit of a drive and the turns can be easy to miss the first time you go there, however there are only two turns involved and when you've done it once it'll be easy to find the next time. Starting in General Luna take the cement road out of town towards Dapa and the airport. About 5km outside of G.L you'll pass through a town and see a pretty major right turn with a sign post that says 'Cabitoonan'. This is where you turn right and continue along this paved (cement) road for about another 5km or so. At some point as the paved road you're on makes a right turn there will be a dirt roading leading down and to the left. This isn't a small path, it's an actual road but it's dirt not cement. Turn left at this point. If you miss the turn then the road your on will change from paved to dirt about 1km after the turn. So if the road suddenly turns to dirt then you've gone too far and go back about a km and start looking for where you missed the turn. The turn is unmarked so you really need to just look out for it. Again, as the paved road your on makes a natural swing to the right there will be a dirt road leading down and to the left. Continue along that road for about 5km more and it will end at the town of Salvacion. Once you arrive at Salvacion you will be charged a 30 peso fee for bike parking (or whateva) and find your way to the peir. From there, you will get a boat that takes about 10 minutes to the break and costs 150 peso / person. The boat drivers will wait as long as you like and bring you back again all for the 150peso fee.
Kind of wave: Typical Salvacion is shoulder high, clean, and gives long right-handed rides. Because it is protected from the wind, Salvacion is still clean and glassy throughout the winter whereas other waves will be messy or just too blown-out to surf. Salvacion needs a bigger swell to produce big waves. You can go to Cloud 9 to check and Salvacion will be about half the size (or a bit less) or Cloud 9. So during a typical swell Salvacion will be shoulder high and good, clean fun. During smaller swells Salvacion can be knee - waist high and best left for beginners. During big swells, where Cloud 9 and other spots here are too big you can go to Salvacion and find slightly overhead waves. And during monster swells where Cloud 9 is triple overhead you can drive to Salvacion and find big, scary, 1 1/2 - 2x overhead waves, but that's quite rare. At these times it's best to leave Salvacion to advanced surfers. But all in all, the typical Salvacion is about shoulder high, glassy, a little fast on the take-off but quite manageable. The only time Salvacion will not be working well is if the wind is coming straight down from the North because Salvacion faces South.
Surf season: All-year except summer months.
Salvacion can be surfed year-round because it's protected from the winds by an island directly East of the break.. For this reason, Salvacion is one of the few spots working during the winter months and is also most crowded during the winter. During the Spring and Fall Salvacion works fine (as does everywhere else) but in the summer months of June, July, August Salvacion is usally flat. So except for summer Salvacion can be surfed 90% of the time.