Surfing: Liwliwa San Felipe

I’ve talked about the things you have to be warned about if you stay at the circle. For this one I wrote some general reminders when you go surfing in San Felipe Zambales.

  • Closing time

These people wake up very early so expect that they will be closed way before midnight. Make sure you have all the supplies you need. If you think the alcohol you bought won’t survive you through the night, get stashes of hard liquor. Our group wrapped the drinking spree too early but it turned out to be great for surfing the next day.

  • Bus sched

The best thing is still to get the numbers of the bus station and call for the schedule. We didn’t have problems of going there from Caloocan station. The group who went home before us took the regular bus to Olongapo before riding an air conditioned Manila bound bus. They left The Circle at around 8:30pm. On the other hand, our group waited for more than 2 hours in the shed near San Felipe market. We chose the direct trip that’s why it took us that long.

  • Vegetables

We were lucky that the nearby store (Mommy Phoebe’s) had a wide selection of food at very affordable prices. If you are a meat eater you’ll never be tired of their goods. The huge servings will be just right if you exhausted yourself from surfing (but I did hear two of our boys ordering a second cup of rice). On the third day of my stay, I was starting to feel really bloated and ugly not just because of my swollen foot and inactivity but because I haven’t had fruits and vegetables for days.

  • Accidents can happen

There were less than 20 of us and there’s a total of 3 injuries. I ended up with a swollen foot from trying out skimboarding. Another one brought home a big bruise after she fell off a hammock. Another one needed to have an X-ray after the surf board hit her between her eyebrows. The rest had their fair share of slipping and falling off the surfboard/skimboard but escaped with minor scratches and bruises.

  • Ordering Meals

It takes a while for them to serve food because they prepare it on the spot. We were less than 20 in my group and we don’t usually eat all at once but we end up spending about 2 hours in there counting the waiting time and the meals. My advice, eat about an hour earlier than the crowds. Have breakfast at 6, lunch at 11, snack at 2, dinner at 5 and etc, that way you won’t have to wait too long.

Okay so I’m left with details on the food at mommy phoebs and how to go there and of course the surfing experience but for now, lemme work. haha! Aloha!



  1. 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

    • I never pitched a tent there but many do. I think it’d cost about 80 to 100 to pitch one in any of the properties near the beach. I am pretty sure you can pitch one near the beach (public property) but I don’t know if you can do that 24/7. It’s best to stay in one of the lots/resorts in the evening (well, so you can also use their restrooms). You can cook too I think because I saw campfires all the time when we were there. I have to warn you though that on our first night one of the guests lost the entire tent with all her belongings inside it. Make sure someone is left with your belongings all the time. The Circle Hostel has a locker. Ask if you can use it for your valuables. Cheers!

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