When looking for a weekend vacation trip, for sure Zambales will be one in your list. Aside from 4-5 hours of travel from Manila, this place offers cheap accommodation and many options for must-see beaches and islands. Just in case you are planning to visit Liwliwa Beach in San Felipe, Zambales you might try this so artsy and budget friendly eco-hostel in town.
The Circle Hostel, Zambales
What To See And Expect
- Cozy common areas
- Chill vibe
- Comfy Hammocks
- Banana and Bread Breakfast
- Friendly staff
- Board Racks
- Homey Tents
What I Love About The Circle Hostel
- Drying racks
I haven’t seen this on other hostel/resort, a small thing but so helpful on guests going back from the beach to hang their wet clothes/swimsuits. It will be more better if they placed it on a not so visible area and drying rack for boys and girls is separated.
- Common toilet and bathroom stalls
There are 3 toilet rooms with door and 3 shower rooms covered by a curtain in both male and female. There is a showerhead that is not working but it was not a problem for me cause they have small pail and a dipper. My only concern is the curtain because it can be easily opened by other girls while you are taking a shower if they assumed no one is using it.
- Free use of lockers
We forgot to bring padlocks so we just left our things on our bed. But if you are planning to stay here this hostel has lockers that you can freely use to secure your valuables.
- Reception Hut / Store
It is open by 8AM and closes around 11PM or until there are guests who wants to buy drinks, just ring their bell and they will surely assist you.
- Common area
You will surely love this area because there is an outlet wherein you can charge your gadgets. There are plenty of bean bags, throw pillows and two hammocks, making it a perfect place to rest after a long day of surfing. You can also play their ukelele and guitar and get the chance to know other travelers while drinking and playing games. Ika nga nila, #ThereAreNoStrangers.
- So Artsy
They have 2-3 level bunks with own bedding set that they will give to you upon checking-in. Each bed has a mosquito net and curtains for your privacy. There is no air-conditioning, only wall-fans circulated around the area so the humidity is not a problem during our stay there.
Where To Eat
There is a kitchen area that you can use if you want to cook. You may also eat on the two nearest eating place – Fely’s Store and Canteen and Mommy Phoebe’s Place.
Surfboard rental – 200 PHP/hr, half-day 400 PHP for 4 hours
Surf Instructor – 200 PHP/hr
- Trekking to Lubong Nanguloan Falls
Tricycle rate – 100 PHP/pax
Guide fee – 100 PHP/pax
- Island Hopping
- Mountain Climbing
- Aetas Tours – 1,500 PHP
Just 5 minutes from The Circle Hostel you can reach Liwliwa Beach. You can surf or just seat on the shore and watch the waves. Keep in mind that the current is strong so be cautious when you are planning to swim.
How To Get There
Address: Sito Liwliwa, San Felipe, Zambales
- By car. Drive from Manila via NLEX or SCTEX.
Travel time: 3-4 hours
- By bus and then tricycle.
Take Victory Liner from Pasay/Cubao Terminal to Iba Zambales and 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.
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