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Borawan Beach and Dampalitan Island: An Unplanned Trip to Quezon Province

Borawan Beach and Dampalitan Island: An Unplanned Trip to Quezon Province

When I only had a week to my birthday, I constantly searched for a quick weekend getaway that is close to Manila. Then I found Alibijaban Island in San Andress, Quezon. Unfortunately, there weren’t enough transport information in the web so I did not take a risk. I will bring some officemates with me, hence, I couldn’t afford for a possible misadventure. A day before the trip, we then settled for Borawan Island via the Municipality of Padre Burgos in Quezon Province.

After some research, we found out that we can do some island hopping to the neighboring Dampalitan Beach and Puting Buhangin (with Kuwebang Lampas).

We boarded a bus to Lucena City one Saturday morning without any itinerary and contacts at hand. I asked my friends to bring with them at least ₱2,000 as budget (that includes emergency fund already).

From Lucena Grand Terminal, we transferred to a minibus bound for Unisan and got off at the bus stop in Padre Burgos. The bus stop happened to be close to the Tricycle terminal. We asked one of the on-duty trike drivers if there is a closer resort for us to stay. The Tamarind Tree Resort was nearby and one of them took us to gate of the resort, which is facing the shore of Barangay Basiao.

island in padre burgos

Some random island we meet while on on our way to Dampalitan

random island in padre bugos

We met this as well

We couldn’t find any caretaker so the trike driver suggested us to rent a tent and spend the night in Borawan Island instead, which we all agreed. Luckily, Kuya Niño was in the beach that time, fixing some of his outrigger bancas. He offered to bring us to Borawan Island Resort for ₱1,200, including the stopover in Dampalitan Island. Yeah, it was a bit expensive – but we had no other choice then, so we took it. We also rented a tent from him. Kuya Niño told us that he couldn’t bring us to Puting Buhangin since the sea is quite rough.

Dampalitan Island

We bought some supplies from the market then we set sail after few preparations.

We arrived in Dampalitan beach after few minutes. It was calm and tourist-free. In fact, we almost owned “Eden” during that visit. The water wasn’t that imposing though, because it was a bit rocky below. However, I liked the overall impression – the white sand beach with grown, tall pine trees (think of Anawangin, this is just a way silent).

A peaceful beachfront of Dampalitan

A peaceful beachfront of Dampalitan

Corinne Grace Santelices and Myself

Cookie and Myself

There were residing families that manages the island. They took care of the sanitation and maintenance in exchange of the ₱60 entrance fee. There were also cabanas available for rent and you can opt to stay overnight for an additional fee.

ian limpangog at dampalitan beach

A random #lookaway pose in Dampalitan beach

We waited until sunset to witness something that, according to the rumors, is spectacular to behold. Sadly, the clouds weren’t cooperative – it blocked the sky from our perspective. We sailed to Borawan with a bit of disappointment.

Dampalitan Beach panorama

Dampalitan Island panorama (Click on the photo to zoom)

  • Ellie Samson

    hi need boat rent and assistant ? just text this no. 09476142289, 09956153995 and search for noime thanks . 🙂

  • Ellie Samson

    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 .

  • Kyuri Cruz

    Salamat po sa pag aasikaso sa amin Ms Bella Torrenueva sobrang asikaso po kami sa visit namin dyan sa borawan lalo na po sa asawa nyo si Kuya Aldy talagang super asikaso nyu po sa amin!

    • Bella Torrenueva

      Salamat po….
      Try to visit also Sandbar & Isla Salamin ..these can also be included in ur island hopping package ( borawan dampalitan & puting buhangin )…for more inquiries call / text kuya aldy boatman.. at 09069157383/09202547669 🙂

  • Bella Torrenueva

    There’s a changes in entrance fee particularly borawan, 150/ head on day tour & 220/head overnight, fresh water and use of cr are now included.. for more info & friendly assistance pls txt /call us on 0906-915-7383/0920-2547-669. We can also lend u of things u needed to lessen Ur baggages … tnx & Godspeed

  • bobby zafra

    Please visit FBpage Zi-eighty8 Tours to see our joiners package sa mga island tours.leave us a message and we’ll send you back the rates.thank you

  • Zyron

    hi, plan namin pumunta ng borawan this May30-31 sino pwede kasama sa boat.

  • Zyron

    hi, the fee in boat is included back and fort?

  • Ester Delas Llagas

    Would want to go here with my family since my friends are quite KJ lol Pero may parking kaya or better na magcommute nalang kami? Thanks

  • Queena

    Hello… my friend and I are going to Borawan this coming May1 to 3. Since 2 lang kame, baka meron gusto maki share sa boat. My number is 09189447371. See u guys..

    • Jhona Cangmaong

      gusto ko sana kaso plan ko ako lang mag isa. pashare nlang din po ako thankyou

      • Ester Delas Llagas

        Ayyy tapos na. Gusto ko rin pumunta kaso lang mag-isa

      • bobby zafra

        please visit the fb page Zi-eighty8 tours,thank you.

    • Matty

      Hi. Plan din namin pumunta this weekend friday to sunday. Pwede ba kmi makishare sa bangka ride? Dalawa lang din kami. Thanks 🙂 this is my contact number 09272329179

  • Rhona Grace Sanada Abudawood

    howcan we get there kaya if we ride a bus upto lucena.anopo ung next na sasakyan to borawan?we bought a voucher kasi sa metrodeal. and there is no available van for rent daw so we decided to commute na lang. bababa kami ng Lucena Bus Terminal. After po nun anu n po sskyan nmen?tnx… #09266968843/09324666121

  • Aris Antonio

    sinong punta sa inyo sa april 9? baka may gusto makishare sa bangka. thanks overnyt kami sa borawan. kami ng misis ko lang.
    pakitext ako. 09233957585.


    Magkano kaya dapat ang pera namin since we’re from Caloocan para makapunta here?

  • misty_2010

    Hi, can I buy some of your photos for reprint? pls email me…thanks

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  • This is definitely a good read! 🙂
    I actually visited Borawan few days ago with my travel buddies and it was a fantastic experience!


  • Nino Ruel A. Santiago

    for more inquiries pls. contact kya nino & ate vanessa
    09151067594 or 09094001022

  • Ellie Samson

    borawan, dampalitan and puting buhangin island.
    need boat rent and assistant??
    just call this numbers 09476142289 , 09356618597 and look for noime.
    thanks and have fun :))

  • Ellie Samson

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

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  • Joms

    How much would it be if 2 lang po sa boat ride? Planning to go there on October. Hope the weather is good. Thanks.

    • iAn

      Joms, the listed boat rates apply even you’re just alone – so better travel with a bigger group.

  • For P600, not bad, 1k is not enough to get to Borawan. Thanks sa info, would be my next destination. 😀

    • iAn

      Ahaha, andaming fees sa Borawan. Wag din kalumitan ang food.

      Cgue, abangan ko yang experience mo.