Updated : as of April 2019, December 2019
“Beach tayo sa holiday!”
”G!” I exclaimed, without second thoughts when my bestfriend Kim messaged me one time on a random time.
The sound of the sea, the beauty of nature, the long drive and trip is what I always consider my happy pills. It is where I get to think a lot, nurture the moment and get to appreciate simple things and people. That is why, a beach trip has always been a YES YES to me ever since.
Never say NO to adventure 😊 and you won’t regret it. When you feel like you have been very busy working on something whether about school or work or other personal matter always have a short vacation stint to at least relax you.
Heading back to Zambales four times for the year, and this place is still one of my favorite go-to adventure.
Out of the beach places in Zambales, thinking also that it is a holiday and peak season, I only thought of Liw-liwa, it is one of the under rated beach destination in Zambales, it has so many potentials, from being a Surfing Area, laid back beach area, a staycation escapade with less tourists visiting the place plus it is extremely cheap that you may event travel with P1,000 – P2,000 pesos for an overnight all-in trip. Up until now, this place managed to be a less crowded site however, you’ll see many developments and road improvements everywhere.
HOW TO GO TO LIW-LIWA ZAMBALES :
- Ride a bus bound to Iba Zambales
- We rode thru Victory Liner at Monumento Terminal (first trip is 6:00AM, then there is a bus every hour available)
- Bus Fare is P307.00 (until San Felipe)
- Alight at San Felipe (Bayan)
- landmark would be the trike terminal, and a market
- Ride a tricycle, and tell the driver to drop you off Liw-liwa
Tricycle Fare is P50 pesos it is a 15 minutes tricycle ride straight to Liwliwa
- Trike fare is P30.00 pesos per person. It is just a quick 10 – 15 minutes ride all the way to Liwliwa
- An environmental fee of P20.00 is being charged as well per person
WHERE TO STAY IN LIW-LIWA :
What is good in Liw-liwa is its various selections when it comes with accommodation, it basically depends on your budget and preference.
The first time we were in Liw-liwa we stayed at La Zerena (it is now very much upgraded as of today and have more rooms choices to choose from – prices ranges from 800 – 2000 per person)
Other options you may look at and based from the recommendations of my friends as well are as follows :
- La Zerena Beach
- Sunny Side Up
- Good Karma
- Kapitan Sitio Liwa
CIRCLE HOSTEL ZAMBALES
Me and my best friend tried Circle Hostel in Liw-liwa, they have bunk beds or hammocks available. No room is airconditioned but it was just still fine.
It was hot and the weather is humid between 12nn – 4pm. Here’s some snap of the hostel.
With the bean bags and hammock, this is the only area where you could charge for your gadgets.
Who cares? if you have no wi-fi or signal access in Liw-liwa to update with? (*Yes, close to no signal at all in Liw-liwa)
Each of the bunk bed have 1 pillow, a blanket and a “kulambo” a net type cover to protect yourself from mosquitos.
They have common CR, one for ladies and one for male. What is good about it as well is the fact that it has Hot Shower 🙂 Separate area for the toilet room also which makes it pretty convenient.
LIMLIWA BEACH RESORT
Another new discovery in Liwliwa, is “Limliwa beach resort” — (*thanks to my friend Paul for introducing this place to me as well)
Visited this place just last October 2019, my personal blog link :
This is located just within Liwliwa as well, just tell the tricycle driver to drop you off here.
In our case, you can also bring a car and park it just within the kubo place you are staying with. What I love about this place :
- it is beach front
- very laid back atmosphere
- super cheap for an overnight stay
- the common area is a place you shouldn’t miss at the second floor (*photo reference below
You may book via their facebook page and ask for the availability on the rooms and rates.
We booked for the 3 pax kubo with fan only, worth Php 1,500.00 per night (*just Php 500 per person) it comes with the mattress inside it, a small sala or common area to mingle with.
ACTIVITIES TO DO :
As for the activities to do in Liw-liwa you may do the following :
- There are stores and instructors available in Liw-liwa for P400 pesos ; this is inclusive of the rental of the surf board for 1 hour and the instructor to teach you the basics of Surfing
- We personally, omit this in our plan for the day, since we’d like to spend the entire trip relaxing :p
- you may also do and learn how to skim, it is somehow similar with the surfing but it uses a smaller and lighter board
- also, you don’t need the big waves across the beach but would rather stay just right near the shoreline.
- The hostel were staying actually is offering Island Hopping Services, but the islands it covers is basically (Capones and Anawangin – and this could be spent on another beach getaway)
- LIw-liwa does not have that crystal brown to white sand beaches, but rather a greyish sand is what you can see. However, the beach area is pretty much clean and you’ll enjoy soaking in the beach as well 😊
- they say, to watch more sunsets than netflix — and the Sunsets in Liwliwa is definitely worth watching for. Enjoy how serene and beautiful it could be as you gaze thru the sun and the sky
CHASING WATERFALLS – Lubong Nangoloan Falls
- Initially didn’t thought that there was a waterfalls available near Liw-liwa; We booked for a tricycle ride thru : for P500 pesos for the entire afternoon service.
- reaching the Falls it took us 30 – 45minutes tricycle ride
- Entrance Fee : P30 pesos per person
RIDE A CARABAO
- Going to the Falls, you have the option to walk all towards the falls or you may also ride thru a carabao 😊 and since it was our first time, definitely go for the latter option.
- Carabao Ride Fare is P20 pesos per person
It was a great discovery seeing the waterfalls, we hiked for 10 – 15 minutes with the rock formations and it was great.Headed back to the hostel by 11AM as we manage our time for the 12nn check-out.
READ A BOOK
- it feels good having to spend your time in the beach over the sunset and over the sound of the waves
- this is actually a best time to read a book at the same time — if you visit over the weekdays; I tell you, this place is much much more calmer as well
The entire trip was really relaxing, me and my bestfriend Kim were able to spend too much time together, talking and bonding as it have poor internet signal as well in Liw-liwa.
We get to literally beach bummed and enjoy the sunset as we share it with a bottle of wine and some chips. Please do take note, that chips are expensive in the area, this is also because you barely have other options to go and buy too.
What I loved about Liw-liwa was its simplicity, serenity and how calming the place is.
There is no nightlife or whatsoever if you want to stay late night, but rather deep conversation while lying in the hammock, a perfect sunset view and that lovely golden hour photo op of yours plus the time that seems too slow to ticked.
Liw-liwa would always be a perfect relaxing beach weekend place to me without spending much, without planning too much.
A hidden gem without too much tourist to start with but a great way to recharge yourself.
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TO MORE TRAVEL DESTINATIONS. – XOXO