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Island Hopping in Padre Burgos, Quezon: A 2-Day Itinerary Edit

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Colleen Cabili  • Contributor
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This two-day itinerary covers Borawan Island, Dampalitan Island, Puting Buhangin Beach, and Kuwebang Lampas Cave. Known as one of the easiest island hopping experience in the country, it’s time to end every week with a mini-vacation. While it’s possible to cover all destinations in just one day, it is advisable to camp overnight on one of the beaches. Do bring your own water, food, camping, and cooking equipment. All the destinations below have no electricity and offer very little facilities, save for cottages, and toilet and bath. This trip is good for eight backpackers, with a budget of about P1,000/head, without food.

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Pagbilao Power Station's lighthouse looms over Puting Buhangin Beach. (Photo courtesy of Jay Ermitaño.)
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Puting Buhangin's rocky seabed can be seen from above its crystal-clear waters. (Photo courtesy of Jay Ermitaño.)
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The main entrance to Kwebang Lampas. (Photo courtesy of Jay Ermitaño.)
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The other end of Kwebang Lampas. (Photo courtesy of Jay Ermitaño.)
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The view inside Kwebang Lampas. (Photo courtesy of Jay Ermitaño.)
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Dampalitan is spread with coconut, talisay, and atis trees which makes it suitable for camping. (Photo courtesy of JR Felipe.)
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Hammocks abound in the area for weary travelers who want to either chill or nap. (Photo courtesy of JR Felipe.)
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Dampalitan Beach is rustic and calming to chill out or sunbathe in. (Photo courtesy of JR Felipe.)
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Borawan Island's towering limestone walls can be climbed. Just bring your own equipment! (Photo courtesy of JR Felipe.)
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Who could resist swimming in Borawan's turquoise waters? Definitely not us. (Photo courtesy of JR Felipe.)
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Out of all three islands, Borawan has been serving travelers the longest. Hence, the presence of cottages, a well-maintained restroom, and a convenience store. (Photo courtesy of JR Felipe.)
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Borawan Island's shower rooms. (Photo courtesy of JR Felipe.)
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Borawan Island's little store sells only drinks and chips so be prepared to bring your own food! (Photo courtesy of JR Felipe.)

Day 1

03:00am Assembly at Jollibee Alabang

03:30am Bus to Lucena Grand Terminal, P180/head

07:00am Arrival at Lucena Grand Terminal, Breakfast

07:30am Bus to Padre Burgos P60/head, get off at QCRB Bank

08:20am From QCRB, take a tricycle to Aplayan, P10/head

08:30am From Aplayan dock, get a boat to go island hopping


Additional Info:

1 beach is P800/boat

2 beaches is P1200/boat

3 beaches is P1800/boat

Each boat has a maximum limit of 8 people, roundtrip.


09:30am Puting Buhangin Beach, P50/head entrance fee

Swim, visit Kwebang Lampas Cave

11:00am Prepare Lunch

12:00am Lunch

01:00pm Leave for Dampalitan Island

01:40pm Arrival at Dampalitan Island

Leave a donation at the caretaker

04:00pm Leave for Borawan Island

04:30pm Arrival at Borawan Island, P80/head entrance fee

05:00pm Set up camp

07:00pm Dinner

08:00pm Socials

10:00pm Lights out

Day 2

06:00am Wake up call, Breakfast

08:00am Rock climb the two walls, or explore Borawan Island

11:00am Prepare Lunch

12:00nn Lunch

01:00pm Break Camp

02:00pm Boat to Aplayan

02:40pm Bus to Lucena Grand Terminal, P60/head

03:30pm Bus to Alabang, P180/head

07:00pm Arrival at Alabang, Metro Manila


Original text by Michelle Tobias


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