Borawan Island - Dampalitan Beach - Puting Buhangin Beach: Beach Hopping in Quezon
Renante MinaMonday, October 14, 2013 77 comments


     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 Philippines 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.

     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

     I’m so glad when I saw the sea it was very calm and our ride in banca was very smooth and the water is very clear, seducing me to jump from the boat, at the seabed you can see the aquamarine plants and the white sands. When we arrived in Dampalitan we unload our things, only our foods for lunch because we will take our lunch in Puting Buhangin.

Unload our stuff at Dampalitan Beach

Dampalitan beach

Group picture at Damplalitan 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.









The ruins :)

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

BBOORRAAWWAANN

     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).

Boodle fight

     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

Rock climbing

     After our lunch we informed kuya Niño our departure in Borawan would be 3:30PM so have time to explore and have photo ops in the pristine beach of Borawan, we climbed the other limestone structures and played volleyball don’t ask who won the competition because none other than my team hahaha lots of activities we done in 2 days in Quezon.

I'm afraid I don't know how to swim

Cliff jumping

Walking at the unspoiled beach of Borawan Island

The survivor

I'm a climber

See you next time guys :) goodbye Borawan

     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.

Dampalitan beach:
Entrance fee - 20.00
Tent fee - 100.00
Bonfire - 35.00
Contact No. 09195306590

Puting Buhangin beach:
Entrance fee - 80.00

Borawan Island:
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

I recommend kuya Niño as your boatman because he can arrange your Itinerary and he is very nice to his guest. Contact No. - 09151067594

Boat rent:
1,800 - Borawan Island, Dampalitan Beach and Puting Buhangin/Kwebang Lampas
1,200 - Borawan Island and Dampalitan Beach
   800 - Borawan/Dampalitan only

77 comments:

KULAPITOT said...

Apir hindi rin ako marunong lumangoy sayang sana natagged mo din ako sa lakad na to hihihi mina belated super belatec hapi birthday , more gala more post pa sa blog , ganda ng borwan pero curious ako sa laki ng waves compare sa zambales hihi

gelaikuting said...

Grabe hanggang ngayon may #quezonhangover pa rin ako! Thank you guyz! sobra akong nag-enjoy... a perfect weekend getaway it is! :)

San Josenyong Gala said...

Ayus! Borawan is a perfect get away para sa mga ayaw masyadong lumayo sa Metro Manila. May mini-Boracay experience ka na (the white sand), may mini-Palawan experience pa (the karsts). Belated Happy Birthday brod!

Joy said...

Sulit sa hirap at puyat. Ganda talaga ng bansa natin. Hope makapunta din ako dyan one day.
Awesome shots:)

byahero ilonggo said...

ako den hinde inivite!hehe.belated mina!ang ganda ng borawan!

The Restless Pinoy Traveler said...

Ako man di makagetover. Reunion na agad. Haha. Cheers to more travels! :)

Billy Palatino said...

Daya! di rin ako niyaya! hehe!! Next Time!

ag-nes said...

hi, this sounds awesome. we're heading there soon. gaano katagal ung boat ride? thanks po :)

The Soul Explorer said...

Ito yong gusto kong puntahan!

Manong Unyol said...

@kulapitot salamat, sorry talga nakalimutan kita invite kapag malapit na weekend PM nyo lang ako kc medyo makakalimutin ako sa mga gusto kung iinvites hehehe

@byahero ilonggo uy wag ka mag inarte jan madami beses kita niyaya ikaw tumatanggi sa mga events na ginagawa ko hehehe next time :)

Manong Unyol said...

maraming salamat din sau angel uy cake ulit ang sarap hehehe... bigyan mo ulit ako promise masusurprise ulit kahit na alam ko na meron hehehe

Manong Unyol said...

tama ka jan sa sinabi mo sir :) mini palawan at boracay hehehe

Manong Unyol said...

tama ka jan ma'am full package ang Pilipinas hehehe

Manong Unyol said...

oo tama hehehe may hangover parin :) salamat

Manong Unyol said...

oo next time nabsa ko sa timeline mo na wala muna travel hehehe

Manong Unyol said...

hi agnes dapalitan/borawan 10-15 minutes from the mainland barangay Basiao, then Dampalitan to Puting Buhangin 30-45 minutes it depends how rough the sea, Dampalitan to Borawan 10-15 minutes

Manong Unyol said...

go sir napaka mura ang budget lang dito promise :)

naks said...

hanep...
gandang weekend getaway nito...
congratz and belated happy birthday sir mina...
sana makasama din kami ni misis sa mga lakad n'yo...

Manong Unyol said...

maraming salamt sir :) sure add mo ako fb minarenante@yahoo.com....

gelaikuting said...

nyahahha... next year ulit! nakakamiss lang talaga!

Tal | ThePinayWanderer said...

ang ganda naman ng lugar na yan! got a friend from unisan pero tagal na alang contact, dapat pala dinala nya kami dyan...hehe. belated happy birthday Manong Unyol, more birthdays, more travels to come. God bless. :)

Balut said...

So much adventure in one post nice!
Meron ding tinatawag na Puting Buhangin beach sa Bataan but hindi kagandahan at hindi naman puti ang buhangin ha ha ha. Happy Birthday! Pengeng inihaw na pusit at okra :)

Manong Unyol said...

maraming salamt po ma'am...OO nga eh maganda din mga beaches ng Quezon...

Manong Unyol said...

Maraming salamat po ma'am, jampack ang Quezon trip mo mag beach bumming :) sarap po ang kumain ng salo salo lalo na ang nagkakamay.. isa ito sa pinka masaya na sumalo ako kumain sa iba....

Albert Thebackpacker said...

Happy birthday sir Mina

SunnyToast said...

cary ang budget dito! You make me want to go to the beach!

i guess dapat talga marunong kang lumangoy...lol

Pondering Paodaolei said...

I hope I have weekends off for next quarter so I can come with weekends trips like this! :-)

Manong Unyol said...

pinipilit kun g matoto at mawala ang takot sa malalim hehehe :0

Manong Unyol said...

don't worry lage ka nmin iinvite hanggang sa magkataon na free ka :) sayng masaya din ang trip na to mura pa hehehehe....

Anonymous said...

Gud day sir ask ko lang sana kung magkano rent nyo sa boat?

Manong Unyol said...

hello anonymous, 1,800 sana kasu binigyan kami ng discount kaya 1,600 nalang.

cristalyn jarabejo said...

hello po, ung boat fee po ba n 1800 balikan n po un??

Manong Unyol said...

yes balikan na siya good for 8 persons. you will visit 3 beaches in quezon Borawan island, dampalitan and puting buhangin.

cristalyn jarabejo said...

salamat po "Manong", very informative blog.,nakakaexcite tuloy,.:)

Manong Unyol said...

welcome.... ingat sa trip...

cristalyn jarabejo said...

we had a great escape last sat&sun!,.salat po sa tips and advices,.:) more adventures soon!,. tama ka po, Kuya Nino is so nice,.:)

Manong Unyol said...

walang anuman po :) maraming salamat... maraming salamt ulit sa pagbisita next time join with us.. pwede mo ako i add sa personal account ko sa FB minarenante@yahoo.com

cristalyn jarabejo said...

,.*salamat po sa tips and advices!,. hehe namali ung pagtype q,. thanks po ah??.,sure po manong unyol, sana soon makajoin din aq sa team nyo!,. salamat po.,:)

rhona n. said...

Asks lng po, my friends and i want to visit the 3 beaches.... is it possible to accomplish that in 1 day? Also, is it open on holy thurs? Thanks

Renante Mina said...

kaya po kaso nga lang di mo na siya ma eenjoy kc bawat beach mga 30-40 minutes ang layo depende pa sa sitwasyon ng dagat. sa tingin ko bukas siya ng holyweek kc mas patok ang beach kapag summer. pwede niyo rin itext yung number naka lagay sa blog ko maraming salamat happy travel

Karen Rozol said...

Hi Sir, ask ko lang po kung merong resort na malapit sa Dampalitan Island? Salamat.

Renante Mina said...

wala po eh magpipitch ka lang talga ng tent or rent ng cottage kaso nga lang iisa yung cottage doon na malaki.

Angel Tiolengco said...

per head po ba yung 1800 or yung mismong boat na yung rerent? Thanks!

Renante Mina said...

yung mismong boat na po roundtrip papunta at pabalik beach hopping

Vervel Verzosa said...

Dude paano pumunta ng Dampalitan beach? mag banka pa ba from Borawan?

Renante Mina said...

From Borawan to Dampalitan yes kaialangan talaga mag bangka kc yung borawan ay isa po siyang island mga less than 30 minutes ang boat ride depende nalang sa alon cguro..

Angel Monsod said...

Hi would just like to ask where do u spend the night do they have room accomodations? Thanks

Renante Mina said...

Hi Angel, we stayed in Dampalitan beach, sorry those 3 beaches don't have room accommodation only cottages and tents they offer to the tourists. #happytravel #summergetaway

jeyyd said...

I was about to ask about accommodations then I saw your reply to another comment. Ganda nung place. Will definitely add this to my list too. Haha

Renante Mina said...

thankyou :) go ma'am summer na ngayon dapat tong mapuntahan...

Neca Reyes said...

Hello Guys! Sino pupunta ng Borawan? Makiki-tag along sana. :)

Renante Mina said...

hi necca enjoy ur borawan summergetaway

john quintos said...

( JanMaty ) hello po.. ask lng po wat if borawan island lng po ang pupuntahan, kelangan pa dn po ba magbangka? magkano po singil pag borawan island lang.. pls reply po.. thank you...

Renante Mina said...

hi john opo kailangan talga magbangka kc isla po yun.. nasa 800 po ang charge nila kung Borawan lang

rui said...

You blog is very concise and i am planning our trip next weekend basing from your insights..ask ko lang if where did you camp at saang bus station kami pupunta..thanks and hope to read more travel blogs from you.

Renante Mina said...

nagcamp po kami sa dampalitan beach kc mas maluwag..eto po kung paano pag punta 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.

Myra Grace Ricalde said...

Hi! Is it possible to explore the three islands in a day? Are the entrance fees non-negotiable?

Ana Flor Orna said...

Hi. I am planning an out of town getaway with my grade school friends this month. Pagbilao is actually on top of the list because of the positive testimonies from the blogs I have read including yours. Kaso may mga negative comments akong nabasa from another blog. Siguro three years ago, maganda pa yung beaches. I just want to ask kung gaano katotoo na napabayaan na sya, madumi, at hindi pa hospitable ang mga tao dun... I hope you could help me. Thanks. Ana

Renante Mina said...

hi Ana during that time pumunta kami di crowded at malinis well maintain naman lalo na sa Borawan kc di peak season noon.. ang nakita ko lang na negative lahat ng galaw ay may bayad like CR, tubig lahat ng gagawin mo na activities like bonfire, paggamit ng utensils... yun mga yun may charge pero sa ganda swak naman narin dahil mura ang budget 1-2k budget enough sa bawat isa kung group kau pumunta... goodluck happy travel

Ana Flor Orna said...

Hi po. Thanks much for the info here in your blog. We are planning to do island hopping as well this month. Kaso nabasa ko sa mga comments sa ibang blog na hindi na daw malinis at hindi pa maayos kausap ang mga tao.. Mdumi daw ang cr at may mga nagvandalize pa sa kwebang lampas... Sana hindi masayang ang time at money namin...
Anyways, have you been to Lobo and Tingloy here in Batangas? Awesome beaches din dun..:)

Dopeboy Mat said...

Ser my mddaan bng palengke ppnta jan ? Or meron bng mbbilhan ng pgkaen s island . Gusto k ung boodle nyo :) kaso bka tagain kme s presyo pg ngpabili kme . hehe

Renante Mina said...

yes meron po sir sabhin niyo lang sa konduktor malapit sa basiao may madadaan :)

Aris Antonio said...

https://www.facebook.com/travelbuddiespilipinas?fref=ts

pakilike naman.para to sa mga solo or group tourist na mahilig mamasyal sa iba't ibang tourist destination ng pilipinas. salamat

Dopeboy Mat said...

walking distance nlng po ba ung palengke ppntang sakayan ng bangka ? Thanks in advance :) hehe

Renante Mina said...

pwedeng lakarin and meron din mga trike din dun sir... dapat yung kontak person niyo sa boat dapat alam niya na para ituro sa inyo saan ang bilihan...

Ellie Samson said...

borawan, dampalitan and puting buhangin boat rent and assistant for more info. and inquiries just call this number 09476142289 and seach for noime thnx.

Jhuisy Puff said...

Wow Sir! I really like your blog. :)
And dahil jan, dito na po kami pupunta ng mga friends ko this Feb 19-20. (Segue... LOL)
I just have some questions po.
1. How much po yung nagastos nyo each?
2. In our case po, We're 5-6 lang po. Di kaya mapamahal kami kasi ang konti lang po namin?
2. San nyo po iniwanan yung stuff nyo po sa Dampalitan nung nagpunta po kayo ng Puting Buhangin?
3. Yung sa boat ride po na 1,800, back and forth na po yun? Per pax po ba yun or lahat na kayo sa 1,800?
Salamat po! And salamat po sa blog nyo! Pasensya na sa maraming tanong. :)

Renante Mina said...

hi
Jhuisy Puff eto pala sagot ko sa iyong mga katanungan.

1. ang nagastos nmin ay nasa 1500 each nasa 15 kami.
2. Yes, mapapamahal kau dahil sa hatian ng boat rent, cottage at kong magpipitch kau ng tent. pati nga CR may bayad yan yung isa sa napuna ko LAHAT NG GALAW AY MAY BAYAD.
3.iniwan naming yung gamit nmin sa caretaker ng Dampalitan para puntahan yung Puting Buhangin then sa Hapon bumalik kami sa Dampalitan para magpalipas ng gabi doon na natulog, at kinabukasan inantay nmin yung boat para dalhin kami sa Borawan at doon magtanghalian.
4. Yung naming boat ride nmin ay 1,800 kasama na lahat back and fort, kukunin yung capacity ng boat na nasa 8pax. :) not sure kng may update sa rent ng boat kc try

niyo nalang po kontakin yung mga nakalagay na numbers ma'am maraming salamat :)

Ester Delas Llagas said...

Hi, is the boat ride fee for roundtrip na?

Bella Torrenueva said...

Opo round trip n po un, once u rent them, service n po nyo cla for the whole day. Me pagbabago n po s entrance fee particularly in borawan.. 150/head s day tour & 220 overnight with unlimited use of water and cr.. for more info u can text po 09169157383... we offer boat for rent...tnx and Godbless

Ellie Samson said...

Hi guys !! Need boat rent and assistance? Borawan, puting buhangin at Dampalitan ? Just contact this no. 09064298071 ,0947 614 2289 and search for noeme thanks :)

Bella Torrenueva said...

OMG pal I posted a wrong #. It's 0906-915-7383/0920-2547-669... we can also lend u of things u needed in camp to lessen Ur baggage. just look for kuya aldy boatman for friendly assistance. Tnx & Godbless

Bella Torrenueva said...

Tnx manongunyol for this blog.... tnx Mr Renante.. Godspeed

Ellie Samson said...

hi guys need boat rent and assistance in borawan, puting buhangin and dampalitan ? just call or text this no. 09476142289, 09358291788, 09329467601 seach for noime
09473413419 search for marlyn
09085317597 seach for marvin thanks enjoy :)

Bella Torrenueva said...

Hi..try to visit Sandbar & isla Salamin... these can also be included in ur island hopping package (borawan, dampalitan, puting buhangin ) for more inquiry txt / call kuya aldy at 0906-915-7383/0920-254-7669.Free use of cooking and eating utensils are still offer. Have fun in Quezon.

Ellie Samson said...

hi guys need boat rent and assistant? BORAWAN , DAMPALITAN and PUTING BUHANGIN ISLAND ? just call/text this no. 09476142289, 09956153995 and look for ate noime ...:)
09085317597 marvin , 09473413419 marlyn .

Hapon Dealino said...


Hello guys!
Do you want to spend your holidays In Borawan, Dampalitan, PUTING BUHANGIN?

For more info. And for boat reservation
Please call or text
09094819703 /09057028089
Thank you ☺☺
God bless