North Luzon

A wonderful spot for surfing, Liw-liwa is a beautiful stretch of volcanic-pumice-strewn beach just south of San Felipe, which is 5km north of San Narciso. This is by far the most backpacker-friendly spot on this coast and it's gaining popularity with a young, laid-back crowd from Manila. Lots of camping grounds have opened up along the beach.

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Nearby North Luzon attractions

1. La Paz

2.52 MILES

In between the sleepier beaches of Liw-liwa and Pundaquit, just west of the town of San Narciso, La Paz is the busiest and most built-up part of this…

2. Pundaquit

8.66 MILES

Oriented for perfect sunsets, this wide grey-white beach with lapping waves is strewn with colourful fishing bangka. Add to this a view of Capones Island…

3. Capones Island


You can sleep under the stars on hourglass-shaped Capones Island, a 25-minute bangka (outrigger canoe) ride from the fishing village of Pundaquit, just a…

4. Anawangin Cove

11.84 MILES

Accessible only by boat or on foot (five hours from Pundaquit), this stunning arc of white-ash sand can get packed with visitors from Manila, but if you…

5. Mt Pinatubo

20.49 MILES

The jumping-off point for the climb up Mt Pinatubo is the village of Santa Juliana, from where you take a memorable 4WD journey across an eerie, lunar…

6. All Hands Resort

22.34 MILES

An unlikely location among industrial surrounds, but a nice stretch of sand to relax on midweek. Day entry is from 6am to 6pm and includes use of nipa…

7. Camayan Beach Resort

23.54 MILES

About 25km south of the Freeport Zone just near Ocean Adventure marine theme park, is this lovely sweep of sand with plenty of water activities, a dive…