The Zambales Coast lies between a rock and a wet place. The rock? The angry massif of Mt Pinatubo. The wet? Well, the sea of course, which has some fine surfing especially around Pundaquit and Liw-liwa (sometimes called 'Liwa'), and often as not the rains that unrelentingly lash this 100km of coastline every summer. Outside this season, uninhabited offshore islands and beach resorts are popular as offbeat weekend getaways with folks from Manila.