With its proximity to Manila, Zambales has become every quick vacationer’s favorite. It’s also a default place for some surfers and soul-searching travelers because of its secluded island vibe. And one of the places that’s going on travelers’ radar and influencers’ feeds is Liwliwa beach!

Unlike other beaches, Liwliwa offers a combination of tranquility and fun vibe.


To make sure your Instagram meets the summer aesthetic, below are five reasons to love Liwliwa beach!

sunset at liwliwa beach

1. Not far off

Located in San Felipe, Zambales, Liwliwa beach is perfect for a spontaneous barkada or solo trip because it is just three hours away from the metro. Just read the right Liwliwa travel guide so you will not get lost. 

2. Not crowded

Liwliwa beach sure is a great destination and what makes it even better than other beaches is that it’s not too crowded. In fact, if you’re lucky, you can have the beach all to yourself. It’s just a matter of perfect timing! We suggest you go there early in the morning!

3. Affordable

One of the things that make Liwliwa the go-to destination for travelers, especially backpackers, is that it’s very affordable. Many Liwliwa resorts are simple, but fit the area’s island charm. Hostels, inns, and some Liwliwa resorts range from P400 to P2,000 per night. 

You can check out Kwentong Dagat, Surface Liwa Beach Resort, the Circle Hostel, Good Karma Surf Resort, and Kapitan Liwa. If you want a closer vibe with nature, you can try camping. Some locals and hotels allow guests to rent or pitch their own tent on their lots for as low as P100 per night! Beach Haven Campsite, Board Culture Liwliwa, and Liwalize It Surf Camp are some of the well-known camping sites in the area.

Food in this area is also affordable as there are many karinderya (eateries) and even cafes that serve full meals from P70!

4. Relaxing ambiance

What’s a beach vacation without beach bumming, right? So if you’re looking for a chill moment at the beach, Liwliwa gives you the relaxation you need. You can either sleep on a hammock at some hostels and restaurants or just lay your mat on the sand, turn your book to where you left it and get tanned.

5. Instagrammable

While you’re treating yourself to a well-deserved vacation, why not get some obligatory content a.k.a. Instagram posts while you’re at it? We can’t deny the fact that influencers love Liwliwa because of its Instagrammable spots! Every corner of the area is definitely IG-worthy and perfect for your feed. 

How to get to Liwliwa


empty liwliwa beach

By Bus

Take a bus from Pasay or Cubao bound to Iba or Sta. Cruz, Zambales. Make sure to tell the bus conductor/ticket seller that you are alighting to San Felipe. Otherwise, you’ll be paying for the whole trip to Iba/Sta.Cruz which is more expensive. Bus fare is P350 – P390. From the bus stop, take a tricycle going to Liwliwa Beach. Fare is P30 each.

By Private Car

If you are coming from Metro Manila, take the SCTEX and follow road signs leading to Subic then, Zambales.

We hope this Liwliwa travel guide will help you. If you want to share something about your beach trip, just let us know in the comments box below! 🙂

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