Indeed, there’s so much to explore in our country, and the beaches would be on top of my list.
Benj and I, decided to spend a beach bumming weekend in the not so famous but very beautiful beaches of Quezon Province. Our first stop is the Borawan and Dampalitan beaches in the town of Padre Burgos.
How to get to Borawan and Dampalitan Beaches:
From Jac Liner Terminal in Buendia, take a bus going to Lucena Grand Terminal. Fare is 220 pesos each, travel time is around 3 hours for a night trip.
Look for the bus bound for Unisan and get off at Brgy. Marao in the town of Padre Burgos. Fare is 35 pesos each, travel time is around 45 minutes.
Look for Vista Playa Restaurant where you can rent a boat that will take you to Borawan and Dampalitan beaches. Boat rental depends on how many passengers and the number of beaches you want to visit, ours is 600 pesos for two, for the two beaches.
From the restaurant, it will take you 10-15 minutes going to Borawan beach.
From the boat pa lang, kitang-kita na namin ang ganda ng Borawan beach. The rock formations and the shoreline is really awesome. It doesn’t have the usual long stretch of white sand beach of Boracay, but it's full of huge rock boulders with a backdrop of high limestone walls like what Palawan has. These features make the beach uniquely beautiful. Note: No entrance fee is being collected in the island.
We are all by ourselves, as there are no other tourists in the beach. We took the oppurtunity to change to our beach wear and took some pictures in the shoreline and rock formations. We were lucky to own the beach at that very moment. As the locals say, it could get crowded on some occasions, especially during summer, because it’s a favorite hideaway of backpackers, adventurers and campers.
After a few minutes, we decided to board the boat and go to Dampalitan Beach. It is around 15 minutes from Borawan. Dun na lang kami magsu-swimming...
While approaching the beach, we already saw several campers in the shoreline with their own tents set up. Upon setting our foot on the beach, we looked for a good spot where we could set up our tent, as well as the "duyan". So that we could rest. Wala pa kaming tulog eh... Hehehe!!!
Dampalitan Beach is also as lovely as Borawan. It's an undeveloped beach with a long stretch of shoreline as compared to Borawan Beach. Basic ammenities are availabe here such as nipa hut cottages for rent that can accommodate overnight campers; and shower rooms with fresh water for bathing. Entrance fee to the beach is 50 pesos/person.
There are no sari-sari stores in the beach, so bring some snacks and drinks. We brought a few because we just plan to stay there only until 11:00 AM. We'll just have our lunch at Vista Playa Restaurant, in time for our Kwebang Lampas Adventure in the afternoon.
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Summary of expenses per person:
Bus Fare (Manila-Lucena) - Php 220.00
Breakfast @ Lucena - Php 60.00
Bus Fare (Lucena-Padre Burgos) - Php 35.00
Boat Rental - Php 300.00
Entance Fee to Dampalitan Beach - Php 50.00
Lunch @ Vista Playa - Php 80.00
TOTAL - Php 745.00
Note that these expenses are for two persons only (745 pesos each), it can be less or more depending on how many are you in the group and how good are you in getting discounts (which I'm good at... hehehe!).
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