I am addicted to surfing lately. I had my skin burnt and had a “toasted” skin color according to my friends. I am new to this stuff and I can tell that I will be stoked for the rest of my life. I have been looking for something I can call my “hobby” and right now, I can say that this is my forever hobby. Until the day that I can do my last “paddle” and “pop-up“.
Again, I am new to surfing. I am still learning the basics and learning how to surf takes sooo much patience. More than that of love I believe. You have to really wait for a good wave and have the right timing before standing up on your board. Many times you will fall from your board, paddle more, ride less, and if you are unlucky like me, you get a souvenir of scratches and wounds every time you go home. It has been like this for the last three weeks and I’m good with that.
Anyway, I write this entry to share with you a little secret about a surfing spot I recently discovered. I’m pretty sure, some, especially those surfing enthusiasts, have already heard of this place. I am talking about Liw-Liwa beach in San Felipe, Zambales. This spot is not as popular as La Union but surely the waves here are just the same as the ones you get in La Union. Good thing is, it is much closer to Manila as compared to La Union. Travel time would take around 3-4 hours. La Union would take 6-7 hours. I have talked to some people I met last weekend in Liw-Liwa and they said that this place is far better because the shore line is much longer and the beach is not crowded. The people are friendlier and very welcoming too.
Here’s the direction on how to get there.
From Caloocan, you can ride a Victory Liner bus heading to Iba, Zambales. Tell the conductor to drop you off at San Felipe. Once in San Felipe, you have to ride a tricycle going to the beach. Just tell the driver you want to go to Liw-Liwa beach or some drivers are familiar with the “port” area or simply tell them you want to surf.
FARE: One way* (Just do the math)
Bus fare: Php 272
Tricycle fare: Php 30-50
You can bring your own food or if you’re not picky, you eat at Ate Phoebe’s eatery. They serve typical Filipino foods. I haven’t seen any cafe or classy restaurants in the area. Price range are pocket friendly. You can have a good meal with your Php45.
YOU WANT TO SURF? Sure!
Instructor’s fee is Php200 per hour (a good 2 hours of surfing, I’m pretty sure, you would have your first ride.)
Surfing board fee is Php200-300 per hour. Want to surf for half day? You only need to pay for Php400 and for a whole day surfing that would cost you Php800.
See? It isn’t costly to travel at all!
Live your dreams without having a nightmare of your travel expenses!
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