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Zambales Surfing: Skim, Surf, Sprint with The Circle Hostel!

An epic way to start the summer is to join my Ultimate Frisbee team, Stillwolves for some Zambales surfing!

The Are No Strangers in Liw-Liwa

We stayed at The Circle Hostel Zambales. I’ve always loved its community vibe since I’m not a huge fan of luxurious hotels. The Circle Hostel Zambales is smaller than the one in La Union, but has the same look, feel and amenities. Plus points for the cats aboard, patricularly Garfield
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Zambales Surfing, Skimboarding and Beach Ultimate!

Our abode is just walking distance away from the wide Zambales surfing beach! However, I find that the sands are too rough and rocky which makes it a little bit of a pain to play Ultimate with or even to skimboard. It’s best to pack rash guards and sandals for the hot sand. The sands and sun for our Zambales surfing trip, of course, didn’t stop us from wading in the water or chasing the discs for hours.

As for food, there are two local karinderya just across and beside The Circle Hostel Zambales. Here you can have homecooked meals and fruit shakes after your Zambales surfing stint. We bought our food there and took them to the communal area. I could only wish they don’t use styro containers though!Liw-Liwa

Celebrating a Teammate’s Birthday

By nighttime, our friends from Rarejob made tasty feast also in celebration of Josh’s birthday! We basically occupied the whole communal area and there we had “talent shows” and group games after dinner until everyone fell asleep comfortably in the hammocks and bunk beds, tired of an entire day of Zambales surfing.

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Mornings at Liw-Liwa

Early morning, some of us rose early to have a Sunrise Session. We groped our way to the beach in the dark, sang songs, and talked ’til the sun came up.

After a final Zambles surfing and skimboarding session in the morning, we finally packed our bags to leave. All in all we spent P1,500 for van rentals, overnight lodging at The Circle Hostel Zambales, skim board and surf board rentals and our breakfast and dinner feast. There were 30 of us.

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Hopefully I can go to Baler very soon, stay at The Circle Hostel too) and try surfing and playing Ultimate there (Update: I did!). Thank you Josh for organizing this Zambales surfing trip!

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    Joanna
    September 11, 2016 at 10:42 PM

    What a great experience you’ve had! I love staying in hostels too but lately, the European ones are not as social as they used to me. It’s so much fun when people get a chance to interact and make plans together to have fun!

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    MommyPehpot
    October 13, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    so it is safe to assume that in every surfing site, The Circle is there to accommodate you? Akala ko dati sa La Union lang sila..

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    Jaja of Beauty Colada
    May 13, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    The place looks so cool and the beach is really white. It must be paradise 🙂

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    nestievillanueva
    May 6, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    The beach looks really nice saka gusto ko yung tulugan sa silong na parang duyan

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      Samantha Isabel
      May 10, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      You’re right 🙂 You don’t get to experience sleeping in a hammock in other places. 🙂

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    Que Sullano - Gavan
    May 6, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Never been to Zambales yet. Hopefully one day I will get to visit the place.

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    Mr. Jacob's Mom (@MrJacobsMom)
    May 5, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Wow, that part of Zambales looks nice! I’ve only been there once, kaso I think we went to an overly populated place.

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      Samantha Isabel
      May 6, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      Where did you go? We did go to a less crowded place, although I understand Zambales has very diverse spots to go to 🙂

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    Mitch Ryan (@mitchryan23)
    May 5, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    I’ve never been to Zambales, but from your photos it seems like a very nice place.

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      Samantha Isabel
      May 10, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      There are a lot of places to go to in Zambales 🙂 Liw-Liwa for surfing. Mt. Pundaquit for hiking and Anawangin Cove / Capones Island for island hopping 🙂

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    Janice / The Roller Coaster Ride
    May 5, 2014 at 4:14 AM

    I really love the chill, colorful ambiance of this place.

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    Mommy Peachy
    May 4, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    That is a one of a kind hotel! Do you think it’s kid-friendly?

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      Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen
      May 6, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      Back here again and I really think this is one cool hotel.

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      Samantha Isabel
      May 6, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      I think so! It’s definitely not your usual kid-friendly place since there may be a lot of adults surfing. But I don’t see how it could be bad for kids 🙂

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    patriciacuyugan
    May 4, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    We stayed at a family friend’s resort when we went to Zambales. No surfing for me though, just a lot of lying on the sand and eating hehe.

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    Michelle Solee (@michisolee)
    May 2, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    The second photo reminds me of my college days when we visited San Salvador Island in Zambales. No mattress nor pillows. #kanyakanyapwesto

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      Samantha Isabel
      May 6, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      Haha definitely more fun when you’re not too comfortable or spoonfed just like in a luxurious hotel :))

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    May De Jesus-Palacpac
    May 2, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Oh wow, that’s a hotel? Maybe if I”m younger and still as adventurous as I was, I would’ve dropped in that hotel too. I love that everything about it speaks “surfing”. :))

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      Samantha Isabel
      May 6, 2014 at 1:38 PM

      It’s more of a hostel. It does have a surfing and community vibe which I love! 🙂

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    Ditas
    May 2, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    I’ve always wanted to try surfing. The [place that you stayed it looks really nice and fun.

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    Kim Timbol-Reyes
    May 2, 2014 at 5:43 AM

    The beach looks amazing and the whole trip looks really fun. I haven’t been to this kind of trip for the longest time since we have two little ones — but I’d like to try it with my husband when we find the time.

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    mecheel
    May 1, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Wow.. I haven’t tried surfing in my life..=) It’s really a cool place in there especially this time, summer? The place is relaxing and it’s awesome for adventurous ones too.

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      Samantha Isabel
      May 6, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      You should definitely try surfing this year Mecheel!! 🙂

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    franckxethee
    May 1, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    P1,500 for everything is really a great deal. The beach looks awesome.

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      Samantha Isabel
      May 10, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      For a 30pax group it really isn’t bad 🙂 Thanks Franck! Maybe you could do a run here, although that will be twice as hard

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    Aisha Kristine Chong
    April 30, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Seems like a fun place to be – though I am not the best in handling sands, myself, lol!

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      Samantha Isabel
      May 10, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      Haha me too. I really would rather be in a forest or something. But then, since I tried surfing, I had a different perspective 🙂

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    rochkirstin
    April 30, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    I’ve been hearing a lot of raves about The Circle. It’s nice to surf here!

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    Jemma Ponti
    April 30, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    Hello Sam! I love you blog! Here’s a Sunshine Award for you!
    http://ofbowsandfrills.blogspot.com/2014/04/lookie-sunshine-blogger-award.html

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    Yippee Daniel
    April 30, 2014 at 3:57 AM

    what an amazing wall art, the beach looks sweet to be.

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      Samantha Isabel
      May 10, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      The wall art is a Circle trademark I guess 🙂 Thanks for dropping by Daniel 🙂

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    andrew baler (@andrewbaler)
    April 30, 2014 at 3:04 AM

    wow!! amazed with those wall graphics so dope! nice place too!! 🙂

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      Samantha Isabel
      May 10, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      Hey Andrew! You can also add to the wall art and leave your mark 🙂

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    Janice / The Roller Coaster Ride
    April 30, 2014 at 1:58 AM

    I’d love to learn how to surf…if only we live near the beach. That would be awesome!

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      Samantha Isabel
      May 10, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      Having an hour’s session is enough to learn the basics. I encourage you to try it 😀

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    Leira Bhagwani Pagaspas
    April 30, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Super loved the idea of the Sunday worship..

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      Samantha Isabel
      May 10, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      It really was one of my highlights — to do worship in a beautiful place 🙂

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    rochkirstin
    April 30, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    The Circle Hostel is a place for everyone, not just friends, but also strangers to bond and form some quality time with nature.

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    Kyle Lasalita
    April 29, 2014 at 1:42 AM

    Looks really really fun!

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