Liwliwa Beach Zambales: Philippines Surfing Haven

by Rizanoia

Looking for a quiet weekend getaway near Manila and wanna level up your surfing skill? Try Liwliwa, San Felipe in Zambales!

Liwliwa Beach

Liwliwa Beach, 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.

The Circle Hostel Zambales

Kapitan Liwa
Good Karma Surf Resort
Board Culture Liw-liwa
Optimus Royal Beach Resort
Liwalize It Surf Camp


You can cook inside the hostel or eat outside the nearest two eating place, just few steps away.

Fely’s Store and Canteen

Fely’s Store and Canteen
Fely’s Store and Canteen Tuyosilog and Hamsilog

Tuyosilog with coffee – 55 php
Spamsilog with coffee – 75 php

Fely’s Store and Canteen Hamsilog and Lumpia

Hamsilog with coffee – 75 php (our favorite!)
Lumpiang toge – 3 pcs for 20 php

Mommy Phoebe’s Place

Mommy Phoebe’s Place
Mommy Phoebe’s Place Liempo and Salted Egg

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

Lubong Nanguloan Falls San Felipe Zambales
Lubong Nanguloan Falls 2

Lubong Nanguloan Falls 3

What to Do


Liwliwa San Felipe Zambales Philippines Surfing Haven
  • Surf board rental – 200/hr, halfday 400 for 4 hours
  • Surf Instructor – 200/hr
Liwliwa San Felipe Zambales Philippines Surfing Haven 2
Liwliwa San Felipe Zambales Philippines Surfing Haven 3

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:

Island Hopping
Mountain Climbing
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
Total: 330

Breakfast – 55
Lunch – 80
Dinner – 75
Total: 210 php

Overall – 1,700 php

Liwliwa San Felipe Zambales Philippines Surfing Haven 10

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.


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Jeanette San Juan January 8, 2017 - 11:34 pm

Hi !ask ko lang po lagi bang available yong tent for rent nila ??thank you !

Rizanoia January 10, 2017 - 4:48 pm

It depends on where you are going to rent though tabi tabi lang naman yung mga hostel dun.

Anonymous March 10, 2017 - 2:18 pm

Pwede po bang mag pitch ng tent dun? dala nalang ng sariling tent? thanks

Rizanoia March 10, 2017 - 11:26 pm

Yes pwedeng pwede.

Anonymous April 15, 2018 - 12:20 pm

may bayad po bang ang pagpinch ng tent?

Rizanoia April 25, 2018 - 12:56 am


Terry Sustarsic May 10, 2017 - 2:23 pm

Hi! Is it possible to just go to Liwliwa beach and pitch a tent there? Will there be pay CRs that we can use? My budget is sooo tight I need to push my luck.^^ Thank you!!!

Rizanoia May 10, 2017 - 3:40 pm

Yes marami. 🙂

Mary Ann May 31, 2017 - 7:13 pm

Ask ko lang kung mabato ba ung shore? Thanks in advance.

Rizanoia June 14, 2017 - 10:47 am

Hindi. 🙂

kim August 5, 2017 - 10:24 am

Helllo, I’m Kim, a tourism student at the De La Salle- College of Saint Benilde and I’m in my 3rd year. This term we were asked to pick one destination and promote it as a tourism destination, and I happened to choose Liwliwa. I’m asking for permission to use your photos for my project. It would really help me a lot. Thank you so much! God bless 🙂

Rizanoia August 5, 2017 - 10:26 am

Hi Kim! Sure just give a credit. ?

Anonymous March 28, 2018 - 11:19 am

Me and My pregy wife (june is her due date) and my son plans to go there. Is there any safe or you know room that would fit for us??
Mga how much po kaya?

ivane March 18, 2018 - 12:17 pm

How much for the island hopping and what islands have you visited?

Anonymous March 20, 2018 - 4:37 pm

Hi! I just want to ask if were going to liwliwa beach n pitching tent directly, is there parking area nearby the shores? Just for safety purposes, thanks!

Rizanoia April 6, 2018 - 10:02 am

Yes 🙂

arnikd April 3, 2018 - 11:39 am

haloe paano b mag hanap ng tour guide sa pag mt. climb?

Rizanoia April 6, 2018 - 10:01 am

Once you arrived there meron na pong mga nagooffer to guide you. 🙂

Anonymous April 11, 2018 - 11:45 pm

Malapit po ba yan sa circle hostel? ?

Rizanoia April 25, 2018 - 12:59 am

Malapit lang po.

erai April 12, 2018 - 4:52 pm


pde rin magbring ng food?

Rizanoia April 13, 2018 - 12:21 pm


vyrone fuerte April 13, 2018 - 2:33 am

Pwede po overnight dun?

Rizanoia April 25, 2018 - 12:58 am


Cora Sibug April 14, 2018 - 12:22 am

May bayad po b Kapag nag pitch ng tent?

Rizanoia April 25, 2018 - 12:57 am


Iya April 21, 2018 - 3:08 pm

pwede bang 2 tao sa isang bunk bed?

Rizanoia April 25, 2018 - 12:56 am

1 pax per bed.

elma rele April 23, 2018 - 12:42 am

May lutuan po ba? and may CR?

Rizanoia April 23, 2018 - 10:07 am

Meron pong cr. Sa lutuan po depende sa tutuluyan nyo. 🙂

Anonymous May 5, 2018 - 8:46 am

white sand po ba ito?

Rizanoia May 19, 2018 - 12:07 am

Gray sand po.

beowulf May 9, 2018 - 1:52 am

wla bang airconditoned room s mga resorts n mlpt dyan s beach?

Rizanoia May 19, 2018 - 12:02 am

Hmmm wala ako napansin…

chris May 16, 2018 - 9:31 am

ano pong nearest n my function hall aabout 40 pax? and how much po salamat

Rizanoia May 18, 2018 - 11:58 pm

Parang wala po ako napansin na meron, mostly hostels ang meron.

Anonymous May 20, 2018 - 11:14 pm

Hi where did you get tricycle and get a tour guide for only 100?

Rizanoia May 22, 2018 - 1:29 pm

Just outside Circle Hostel.

Anonymous June 3, 2018 - 3:41 pm

Hello per person mo yung pay ng rent of tent? And for 2 person.

Anonymous June 3, 2018 - 3:49 pm

Ganun pa rin po ba yung price niya for tent? Tia

Rizanoia June 3, 2018 - 10:36 pm

Di ko lang po sure if same price pa rin.

Anonymous July 23, 2018 - 1:49 am

hi po may mga rooms avail din po ba don?and magkno po?

Aulya July 16, 2019 - 9:24 pm

Awesome! The charm in the Philippines is very beautiful and comfortable to use surfing. I like reading your experience. Thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge about holidays and surfing.


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