Liw-liwa is a sitio located in the town of San Felipe, Zambales, that is known for its surfing beaches. A couple of weeks back, I spent the weekend there with JC and a couple of friends for some surf, skim, and fun in the sand. Check out my quick travel diary.
so we arrived there in the afternoon
quote on one of the walls of The Circle Hostel
had to do a jump shot on these rocks
the waves were calm on our first day...
...so we got to know some locals...
...and some local creatures, teehee!
then spent the rest of the afternoon frolicking on these quiet shores...
...and taking photos with poses like this...
we also ate bagnet (probably the best I've ever had) :D
the next day, the waves were bigger
it was a great morning to surf...
rather clumsily, I might add
Getting to Liw-liwa is easy. All you need to do is board a bus going to Iba, Zambales from the Victory Liner station in Cubao, and get off at San Felipe. From there, you can ride a tricycle that will take you to Sitio Liw-liwa. We checked in at The Circle Hostel (more about that later) where we stayed overnight, which offers surfboards for rent and you can even request for an instructor. You can also do some skim boarding or boogie boarding when the waves are not that high.
All in all, I spent about Php.2000 (USD 45) on this trip including transportation, lodging, and food. You can probably spend less if you will opt to just rent a tent and camp on the beach. That is if you're into that kind of thing. The Circle Hostel does not offer food for its guests but there is one food place right across it and another one just a few meters away. The food was reasonably priced, by the way, and delicious too. I swear, I couldn't get enough of the bagnet, which is deep-fried pork meat. It's sooo sinfully yummy.
The beach is not that beautiful; no smooth white sand beaches here. But it is pretty great if you're game for some water adventure because of the waves that can get really high (locals said). Be careful though, because the shore is quite rocky. Believe me, I ended up with bruises and cuts because I fell off the skim board several times and ended up hitting some rocks. Huhu.
Anyway, if you're up for a weekend of surfing and skimming, Liw-liwa is the place to be. It's not that far from the city and you don't need to spend a lot to have a blast. :)