Travel Guide : Liw-liwa Surfing Weekend - Things To Do, Suggested Itinerary, How To Get There, Accommodation and Expenses

This is a travel guide that will help you plan a weekend surfing adventure in Sitio Liw-liwa, San Felipe Zambales. It provides basic information on the things to do, where to stay, transportation, how to get there, suggested itinerary and estimated budget that will guide you through your adventure. I am no professional surfer, just a "wannabe", but if you want to try learning how to surf, I highly recommend Liw-liwa surfing site.


Surf, Surf, Surf!
This is one awesome surfing spot that is very near Manila. So if you just have a day or a weekend to spend, go to Liw-liwa and experience riding its awesome waves. What's good about Liw-liwa, as it is not so well-known, the surfing area doesn't get too crowded. This is my hardest surfing experience so far. The waves here are bigger compared to my previous surf in La Union and Baler. Swell is good from October to March. Luckily, we went here last January as we experienced very nice swell. To read more, click here.

Watch the surfers in Liw-liwa ride the waves
As we saw how big the waves are, we were a bit hesistant if we really want to surf. It's January, the swell is great during this time of the year in Zambales. But the waves made us excited! Woohoo! Okay, we got to try it here! Hahaha! But before we really get to do it, we took some time to just sit at the shore to relax and watch the local surfers in Liw-liwa ride the strongs waves. To read more, click here.

Side trip to President Ramon Magsaysay's Ancestral House
You wouldn't miss this modest but appealing two-storey structure as it stands just along the national hi-way of the town of Castillejos. As the ancestral house of 7th President of the Philippine republic, it was restored and converted into a museum in 1990. It was greatly damaged by the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991 and was re-constructed and renovated in 1999 by the National Historical Institute. To read more, click here.


05:00 AM - Take a bus bound for Iba, Zambales
09:00 AM - Arrive at Bobulon Elementary School, take a tricycle
09:30 AM - Arrive at Liw-liwa, check-in at The Circle Hostel
10:00 AM - Snacks
11:00 AM - Explore the place
01:00 PM - Lunch
02:00 PM - Beach bumming / swimming / watch the surfers of Liw-liwa
04:00 PM - Snacks / Siesta
07:00 PM - Dinner / Socials

06:00 AM - Wake-up
06:30 AM - Breakfast
07:00 AM - Prepare for Surfing
08:00 AM - Start Surfing lesson
09:00 AM - End of Surfing lesson
10:00 AM - Snacks
11:00 AM - Prepare for check-out
12:00 NN - Check-out, depart for Castillejos
01:30 PM - Arrive at Magsaysay House
02:00 PM - Explore
03:00 PM - Depart for Olongapo City
04:00 PN - Arrive at Olongapo City, Snacks
05:00 PM - Depart for Manila
08:00 PM - Arrive in Manila

Note: This is my suggested itinerary for a weekend surfing experience in Liw-liwa.


How to get to Liw-liwa, San Felipe Zambales
Take a Victory Liner bus bound for Iba, Zambales. Just tell the conductor to drop you at Bobulon Elementary School and at the left side of the school, you'll find the road leading to the Liw-liwa Surfing site. It takes around 4.5 hours to reach Sitio Liw-Liwa. For more details, click here.


The Circle Hostel
Address: Sitio Liw-liwa, San Felipe Zambales
Telephone Nos.: (+63)0917-3055391
FB Page: www.thecirclehostel.com
FB Page: www.facebook.com/thecirclehostel

The Circle Hostel offers a comfortable and affordable beach lodging for surfers, backpackers and beach bums in this side of Zambales. They have a vibrant atmosphere that encourages you to interact and mingle with other guests. Because at The Circle Hostel, "No one is a stranger". To read more, click here.


*This is an estimated budget for a group of 2 persons.

NOTE: Swell in Liw-liwa is good from October to March, so better plan your trip on these months.

ALSO READ: Top Things to Do in Subic and Zambales: Tourist Spots, Sample Itinerary and More!

This is part of our surfing weekend experience in this "not so well-known" surfing spot in Zambales, that happend last January 14-15, 2012. Come, join us as we enjoy the waves of Liw-liwa.
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  1. ayaw na ayaw kong nakakarinig ng "surfing" - naaalala ko lang ang siargao. at hanggang ngayon hindi pa ako makagetover!

    cool din magsurf sa zambales ha...makadayo nga ^_^

  2. Wow! ngayon ko lang nalaman to.. I wanna go here.

  3. kumpletos rekados to..

    hehehe :)

    mukang astig ang magsurfing..

  4. wow ! Ang ganda naman magsurf dito. Sana makapunta ako dito soon.

  5. Thanks Donnie, Pack and Drift, Bagotilyo and beach resorts philippines! Cheers!!!

  6. Thanks for this feature! Will be visiting this place in June, a surfing birthday trip to myself. :) Had so much fun in Baler last weekend :)

    Would you happen to know if the waves are okay in June? Thanks! :)

  7. from what I know, it would be best if you go on Oct-March... i'm not sure kung ok ang waves pag June eh... hehehe! :)

  8. Oh, we were planning to go to this place in 2008 but we ended up going to Siargao 2x in a row. :D

  9. Ang mura lang mag surf dito ah. Masubukan nga soon. :)

  10. how do you get back to cubao from liwaliwa?:)

  11. hello! pwede ba sumakay papunta ng iba zambales ng bus sa victory liner terminal sa pasay? thank you. :)

  12. My friends and I are planning to surf next month. Thanks a lot for all the useful tips! :)

  13. Planning to surf next month. Thanks a lot for the tips! :)

  14. I just saw ur blog & Im interested to go to Li Liwa Zambales What if we can bring our own tent do they a camping ground to pitch tent? how about tent rental how much is it? Can we also pitch a tent near the beach? Can we also pitch a tent at night near the beach? Please I need a help... How about cooking near the beach? thanks

  15. I just saw ur blog & Im interested to go to Li Liwa Zambales What if we can bring our own tent do they a camping ground to pitch tent? how about tent rental how much is it? Can we also pitch a tent near the beach? Can we also pitch a tent at night near the beach? Please I need a help... How about cooking near the beach?

  16. Good evening and I was really very thankful that I was able to encounter your blog, It is really Pinoy, More Power. God bless.


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