The Philippines is home to more than a thousand beaches and hosts more than a million tourists every year. With that being said, here are 5 hostels that provide you with more than your daily dose of vitamin “sea”, and where the surf is always up.
1. The Circle Hostel – Zambales LiwLiwa
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Known locally and internationally, Circle Hostel is a name that is associated with the words, summer, beach, and most importantly surfing. It’s chill ambience, and friendly service compliments it’s cool interiors with amenities that are more than summer worthy. Whether you spend the night swaying in the hammocks or, enjoying privacy in the comforts of a tent, Circle Hostel, is sure to make your stay memorable. Just make sure to bring your good vibes, and you can write words of inspiration on the walls too!
Address: San Felipe, Zambales
Contact No.: 09175054329
2. Board Culture – Zambales LiwLiwa
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Zambales is quickly becoming one of Philippines’ surf spots, and Board Culture imbibes nothing more than the surfing attitude. It’s rental fees for both surfing and skimboarding, is affordable enough for you to learn the basics of the sport in a day. Surfing is a very energy demanding sport, but don’t worry; Pass out in Board Culture’s rental rooms, pitch a tent, or hangout in the hammocks, regardless, you’ll feel like a surfer in no time.
Address: Liw-Liwa, San Felipe, Zambales
Contact No.: 0906 516 1263
3. Flotsam and Jetsam Artist Beach Hostel – San Juan, La Union
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If you’re feeling creative, and craving the gnarly swells, Flotsam and Jetsam gives just that. This hostel is littered about with art, sounds and designs. The exteriors alone give off enough hues to diffuse the monochromatic routine of city-living, and get you feeling like a beach-bum instantly. Make new friends by staying the night in an eight-bed kubo, or in an aircraft cabin inspired bunk, but overall make sure to enjoy the whole experience, and don’t forget to bring your imagination!
Address: San Juan, La Union
Contact No.: 0917-802-1328
4. Paglaom Hostel – Siargao, Surigao Del Norte
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With only a short motorbike ride away from Surigao, Paglaom is a place to be when the waves come. Located in Cloud 9, a surfing haven garnering publicity in and outside the Philippines; waves in tourists and locals alike. Paglaom hostel imbibes a very homey feeling, with it’s exteriors and interiors compromised mostly of wood, giving a new meaning to the Filipino Kubo. Keeping up with the ambience, guests get to dine with the whole hostel, and the owners on their last night, a despidida spent with your new surfing family.
Address: Siargao, Surigao Del Norte
Contact No: 0999-990-0308
Article by: Jean Claude Maruyama