Looking for a quiet weekend getaway near Manila and wanna level up your surfing skill? Try Liwliwa, San Felipe in Zambales!
Will I gonna have a long ride on the wave again? Let’s see!
How to Get There
By car. Drive from Manila via NLEX or SCTEX.
Travel time: 3-4 hours
By bus and then tricycle.
1. Take Victory Liner from Pasay/Cubao Terminal to Iba Zambales
Tell the bus driver or the bus attendant to drop you off in the town of San Felipe. Wag kang gumaya sakin bes sabi ko kasi, “Sa Iba kami ibaba.” Kaya ayun napamahal ng 32 pesos ang pamasahe. Sayang din yun.
Fare: 380 PHP
Travel time: 4-5 hours
Suggested departure time: 11:30pm or 5am
Expected time of arrival: If you took the 11:30pm ride you will arrive at 4am which is too early.
Tip: Spend atleast an hour on the nearest 7 eleven to buy something to eat because accommodations in Liwliwa is not 24 hours open.
2. From there, take a tricycle and tell them you want to go to Liwliwa beach
Fare: 30 php/person, but expect additional of 10php/person if you travel in the middle of the night or early in the morning.
Travel time: 10 minutes
Tip: If you arrived as early as 4 am just wait in front of Fely’s Store and Canteen until 5am. You may also go straight to the beach and have a sit on some nipa hut however we find it so scary because the area was so dark and many dogs were barking on us.
How to Get Around
If you aren’t bringing a car, you can get around Zambales via tricycle for 100 php/person above depending on the destination and hours you will consume per trip. For us, we pay 250 (good for 2) for a one and a half hour tour we consumed from The Circle Hostel going to Lubong Nanguloan Falls and going back to the hostel. Tricycle drivers will also offer you a tour guide service with additional charge of 100php but we chose to find the falls by ourselves.
Where to Stay
The Circle Hostel (we stayed here)
Bunkbed – 450
Hammock – 350
Tent (rent) – 350
Tent pitching – 250
Check in: 1pm
Check out: 12pm the next day
Contact No.: +63 917 505 4329
Book here to get a discount.
Good Karma Surf Resort
Board Culture Liw-liwa
Optimus Royal Beach Resort
Liwalize It Surf Camp
WHERE AND WHAT TO EAT
You can cook inside the hostel or eat outside the nearest two eating place, just few steps away.
Fely’s Store and Canteen
Tuyosilog with coffee – 55 php
Spamsilog with coffee – 75 php
Hamsilog with coffee – 75 php (our favorite!)
Lumpiang toge – 3 pcs for 20 php
Mommy Phoebe’s Place
Itlog na pula with sibuyas and kamatis – 40
Liempo with rice and egg – 80
Extra Rice – 15
Where to Go
Lubong Nanguloan Falls
Tricycle rate – 100 php/pax
Guide fee – 100 php/pax
What to Do
- Surf board rental – 200/hr, halfday 400 for 4 hours
- Surf Instructor – 200/hr
I thought this time will be much easier cause I was able to achieve a long ride on our surfing lesson at Crystal Beach Resort. But mission failed, the waves were bigger here for a beginner like me. Di bale, babawi talaga ako sa Baler.
Other things to do in San Felipe, Zambales:
Aetas Tours – 1500 php
Fare: 820 php (Bus: 380 x 2 way = 650, Tricycle: 30 x 2 way = 60)
If day swimming and photo ops lang peg mo 710 lang gagastusin mo bes dahil free entrance sa beach! Pero kung gusto mong sulitin ang lugar by staying overnight and other activities eto pa yung breakdown ng mga expenses.
Accommodation: Bunk Bed – 450 php
Total: 1,160 php (Fare + Accommodation)
Plus other expenses on different activities we did:
Surfing – 200 php/hour
Tricycle ride to Lubong Nanguloan Falls – 100 php/pax (2 way)
Entrance fee to Lubong Nanguloan Falls – 30
Breakfast – 55
Lunch – 80
Dinner – 75
Total: 210 php
Overall – 1,700 php
For first timer on surfing I suggest to try first at Crystal Beach Resort in San Narciso, Zambales because the waves there are more friendlier and smaller which is perfect for beginners.