During our Manila tour with Carlos Cedran, Angel wanted to be back in traveling with her fiancé and she requested that it’ll be only near in Metro Manila and she asked me a favor to make an event, I’m hesitant to do her favor because I don’t have any equipment for camping. At that time I suggested Borawan because from the other article that I’ve read the detailed expenses is affordable and very accessible and also not far from Metro Manila.
According to what I have read BORAWAN came from the name of the places BORAcay and palaWAN, combination of best beaches in the
which means awe-inspiring. 1 week after our Manila tour with travel bloggers I created a group chat on FB to talk about the said event requested by Angel and majority of the participants chose the first week of October, I have no choice but to say yes because the rules would be majority wins actually the date they chose I’m not in favor because I want to have a rest for the whole weekend. Philippines
I create an event and I assigned also Angel and Ken to act also as a host to help me to gather information’s to the latest blogs article of Borawan. Fortunately all the contact information’s we got from the internet is still active the boat and the caretaker of the beaches. The 3 hosts have own responsibilities to make it easier to organize about the boat, itinerary and where to stay overnight. Angel negotiate with the owner of the boat kuya Niño about the fee of banca because the first offer was 1,800 good for 8-10pax it depends how rough the sea and we will visit the 3 beaches in Quezon Dampalitan, Puting Buhangin and Borawan Island, but if the destination only is Borawan or Dampalitan the charge will be 800.00 only, and 1,200 for 2 beaches Borawan island and Dampalitan. Kuya Niño made a deal because he knew it was our first time in their place he gave us discount for only 1,600 for each boat and we will visit the 3 unspoiled beaches of Quezon, no hesitation we grabbed his offer. As advise of Darzie who already visited the place it is better to stay overnight at the Dampalitan because of the vast space to pitch our tents and also far from the seashore rather than we will stay overnight in Borawan, he gave the contact number of the caretaker in Dampalitan about my experiences negotiation with the caretaker I messaged her how much would be the entrance fee, comfort room fee and pitch of tent and other fees, she can’t answer me directly with the exact amount, she said “it’s up to you how much you will give” I was curious why she can’t give the exact fee so we can budget everything, I based the other blogs how much they paid so we will have an idea, so she will not overcharge us.
I was sitting on the bus and I captured the sunrise makes my morning beautiful.
Before the day of our event we are worried because the other participants not participating with our conversations because we reserved the tents, the boats and the foods because our big problem what if they will back out at the day of the event and our expenses will be increase. Because I’m not always online on FB I don’t know how many were the exact participants, I’m was disappointed and very sad because no one of my invitees were interested on my invitation, but I still thankful because I will meet a new friends.
We met at the JAC Liner Buendia supposedly JAM or DLTB unfortunately both buses will depart 3:00AM we have no choice but to choose the 2AM trip of JAC Liner, although not enough chairs for our group we sacrificed, I seated at the aisle near the driver for me it is better to be early than to running out of time. Past 5:00AM we arrived in Lucena grand terminal and waited the other participants and we took our early breakfast. At the Lucena grand terminal we rode a mini bus going to Unisan and our drop off point is barangay Basiao from there we will meet our Bangkero kuya Niño.
I felt so glad when the sun started to rise while we were on our way to Quezon because past few weeks before our event the Philippines was hit by a typhoon and experienced heavy rains, as I always prayed that the sea would be calm and the weather in favor with us to enjoy for the whole weekend with fellow travelers. Past 7:00AM we arrived at the barangay Basiao we walked for about 200meters from the main road going to the beach where the boats dock.
Basiao beach dock our boats
Unload our stuff at Dampalitan Beach
Going to Puting Buhangin we will take our lunch
I thought the sea was still calm going to Puting Buhangin as it opposed going to Dampalitan, when we were at the middle of our boat ride the waves struck our boat luckily we already unloaded our other stuff at the Dampalitan, I just observed the facial reactions of our bangkeros if something wrong as what I've saw nothings wrong, I tried to convince myself to relax.
Thank you (c) Angel
Before our lunch they surprised me, a mini cake for my post birthday, I appreciated it very much for the efforts and it was my first time received a birthday cake aside from my family a big thanks to Angel and the other participants, makes my post birthday memorable.
Kwebang Lampas (c) Nil
After we took our lunch we went to Kwebang Lampas dipping into clear waters of Puting Buhangin beach, I really enjoyed pretending I’m a good swimmer hahaha. But you need to be careful all the time inside the cave, strong current and the waves smashed the huge limestone. At the mid noon when the rays of the sun stroke the sand of the beach dazzled my eyes because of its whiteness of the sand. Our Bangkeros advised our group that we need to leave at the beach as soon as possible because the waves were getting bigger if we will leave late.
Going back to Dampalitan beach
We arrived Dampalitan at 3:00PM we hurried to fix everything pitched our tents and cooked our foods for our dinner and collected woods for our bonfire so won’t be a bother when the dark comes.
Social with the travelers
Before the sun set, we took our early social, booze up a 3 bottles of brandy we noticed the sun started to hide we stop for a while our social, to give time to capture the magnificent sunset at the Dampalitan beach, I can’t count how many times I click the button of my camera because I want to capture the best and perfect shot of the sunset. After the sunset we continued our social many topics open up about their travels, their personal life and opinions, we stopped our social at midnight and to have a rest because we have one beach to go to visit the Borawan Island.
Someday you will find the one who will watch every sunrise with you until the sunset of your life...Just be patient. - unknown
Waiting for our Boats
We woke early to prepare foods for our breakfast. Yes thanks God I don’t have hangover I controlled myself not to be so much drunk that night. After our breakfast we packed up all our stuff and disassembled our tents and waited for the arrival of our boats to fetch us going to Borawan. When we left the beach we found out that the cottages of Dampalitan has been demolished by the BIR because they’re not paying taxes now I understand why the caretaker can’t regulate a fix rate hmmm something fishy.
Second day - Borawan Island
Borawan here we come… Last destination of our beach hopping in Quezon as what they said BoraWan was a combination of Boracay and Palawan, because the sand of Borawan was as white of the sand of Boracay but not too fine and because the island was surrounded by huge formations of limestone just like in Palawan. The island is very clean, and also the facilities were well maintained, the huts, comfort rooms and they have also grilling section, and we were lucky because that time not too crowded.
Cottages in Borawan Island
Foods for our lunch
Kuya Niño bought a fish and crabs for our lunch at the market and the set-up of our lunch was boodle fight each participants have own obligations to make our work easier in preparing our foods, Nil and I we are in charge in grilling, Angel and Bing in decorations and the others are peeling and chopping. After we set all our foods in the banana leaves everyone was craving (mouthwatering).
And of course before we eat hindi mawawala ang group picture…… Burp… thanks God I’m full, One the best salo-salo ever aside from my family.
I love the sea's sounds and the way it reflects the sky. The colours that shimmer across its surface are unbelievable. This, combined with the colour of the water over white sand, surprises me every time. John Dyer
I'm afraid I don't know how to swim
A big thanks to all the participants joined the event, especially to the intrepid fellow travel bloggers Angel of Gelaikuting, Romel of SanJoseyong Gala, Ken of Mr. Bratpacker, and Hancel of The Restless Pinoy Traveler.
How to get there:
- Ride a bus going to Lucena like JAM Liner or JAC Liner located in Buendia terminal or Kamias terminal. Estimate fare 210.00 from Buendia.
- From the Lucena grand terminal, ride a mini-bus bound for Unisan and get off at Brgy. Marao or Basiao. Fare is about 35-40 pesos and travel time is around 45 minutes.
Entrance fee - 20.00
Tent fee - 100.00
Bonfire - 35.00
Contact No. 09195306590
Puting Buhangin beach:
Entrance fee - 80.00
Entrance - 80.00
Student and Senior - 60.00
Cottage small - 700
Cottage large - 850
Tent - 200
Shower room - 20.00
Comfort room - 10.00
Contact No. Mar - 09214618726
Allan - 09204133127
Facebook: Borawan Island Resort
I recommend kuya Niño as your boatman because he can arrange your Itinerary and he is very nice to his guest. Contact No. - 09151067594
Borawan Island, and Puting Buhangin/Kwebang
Borawan Island and Dampalitan
800 - Borawan/Dampalitan only