San Felipe, Zambales
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It's a gray-sand beach, bare save for some boats, and a few small cottages. It was real peaceful, with only a few people around.
My friend and I spent a few hours in the morning here lying on the sand, taking pictures, and generally taking in the beauty of the beach. This was during our trip to San Felipe, Zambales.
There are a few hostels and inns around this area. We stayed at the Circle Hostel. From the hostel, it's a 5-minute walk to the beach.
If you're looking for a nice beach that doesn't have too many tourists, not commercialized, and is good for surfing, Liwliwa beach is for you.
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Secluded and peaceful
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Liw-Liwa is one of the most underated surfing spot in northern luzon. Its a secret surf haven that people like me wants to be kept hidden from the radar of other people. The place is well preserved no commercial establishment and mostly zambales locals are the one who gain from this tourist spot. From time to time there are great small fun events that the community organize like last weekend The Return of the southswell. We had indie bands playing and lots of fun fun activities.
How to get there:
Going to Liw-Liwa via Public Transpo we rode a Olongapo bus from Victory Liner in Pasay. We choose the via sctex route for a shorter travel time. Bus Ticket was less than 250php and we were able to get the 4am bus.
After 3hrs of bus ride we arrived at Victory Liner Olongapo bus terminal. We 1st had our breakfast near the terminal. There are many fastfood just around the area like Jollibee, chowking and mang inasal. If you want something Olongapo, try Wimpys. Its a burger fast food which is olongapo's original.
After eating just go back to the bus terminal and look for buses going to iba zambales or san felipe zambales. Lucky we were able to get the aircon bus. Tell the conductor to drop you in LiwLiwa San Felipe and bus fare is around 60php. Major landmark to know when you have arrived is the Bobulon Elementary school.Once you've arrived at BoBulon get a trike going to Liw-Liwa. We paid 90php for the three of us.
Where to Stay:
-For the ultimate Backpackers - Circle Hostel*
-For Fan room - Kapitan Liwa* or Board Culture
Where to Eat:
What to do:
-The thing to do here is surf surf surf!!! Enjoy the waves may it via skimboard or surfboard. The waves here are very good for beginners and the instructors are very friendly.
-Yoga - Circle Hostel conduct some Yoga class from time to time. May it be on the beach or in their common area.
-Beach sports game - the sands in liw-liwa is very fine. Very close to the texture of boracay sands but this one just got a more darker color. Imagine the wide shoreline of boracay with no people. Thats exactly how I see liwliwa. Thats why we had so much fun playing frisbee and football on the sand.
-Swimming - of course swimming! This beach is very nice fine sand, great waves and very nice 3-5 ft deep water. Very food for a relaxing floating and wave slamming!
Overall this will always be my little surfing paradise that is very accessible from manila.Hope that business tycoons will not be able to penetrate this place like what happened to LU and Baler.
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