Friday, May 2, 2014

Island Hopping Tour in Padre Burgos, Quezon (Borawan, Dampalitan Beach, Puting Buhangin, Kuwebang Lampas) 2014 (updated April 2016)


The plan was to go to Misimis Bay in Bicol.
I had no prior hotel reservation (P19,000/day).
I had no airline or bus booking and so I decided to skip it and instead go to Padre Burgos.

Quezon is known for two things, namely: Pahiyas Festival and its beaches!
And Padre Burgos offers one of the best beach spots in Quezon.

From Cagbalete Island, I boarded a mini-bus back to Lucena Grand Central Terminal and spent the night at Diamond Hotel and Resorts (near SM City Lucena). The following morning, I went early to the bus terminal.

How to get there

From Cubao or Buendia

Board a bus going to Lucena. Fare from Buendia to Lucena Grand Central Terminal is P209.50 (127 kilometers). Travel time is 3-4 hours from Buendia. But I am from Tanauan City, and I boarded the bus in Sto. Tomas, Batangas and the fare is only P119 (72 kilometers).

Arriving at the Lucena Grand Central Terminal, board a mini-bus to Padre Burgos. 


Jay-R is the only mini-bus servicing the route to Padre Burgos.

The fare is only P35 and normally, travel time to the jump-off point is 1 hour and 20 minutes.

The bus leaves after it has filled up majority of its seats (normally 1 hour).



Along the way, enjoy the scenery in Pagbilao, Quezon. The uphill twist and turns will surely keep you awake during the travel. Travel time depends on the traffic at the area.

It is better to go early in the morning if you want to have an island hopping tour only. You can finish it in 3-4 hours, unless you want to take a swim.


Then, alight at May Ann's Store in Barangay Marao and look for either Mang Rody or Aling Tess



Their house is just less than five minutes from the town of Padre Burgos. They are very cordial, accommodating and kind. In other words, you belong here. It is better to make a reservation prior to your tour/vacation. They have 6 boats. 

Boat for Hire

Mang Rody and Aling Tess Tadena - 0921-454-3137 / 0977-799-9719
Mary Ann Tadena - 0920-138-4368 / 0915-6525015
Marlon Tadena - 0909-762-5342 / 0995-532-7591

Krisha Tadena - 0935-131-2755

RAV Transportation Services
Van for Hire
Derick Villegas
0998-545-0016
0917-504-0770
(043) 778-4657
(043) 703-0435
Facebook: RAV Electronic Services
Address: 938 Brgy. Darasa, Tanauan City, Batangas 4232

Transportation / Tour services to any point of Luzon
Brand New Foton Traveller vehicles available
Equipped with GPS, wifi, videoke, RFID, Sky TV
Satisfaction Guaranteed! =)




Do not bother to bring cooking utensils, plates and other kitchen materials. They will be lending it for FREE. You can even ask them in advance to reserve for you crabs, squids, fish or lobsters at an affordable price. Quezon offers the best and lowest price for sea foods. Mang Rudy and Aling Tess are simply the best!




And from their backyard, you can start looking at the grandeur of Quezon.


Island Hopping Tours (hire for the boat)
Borawan only - P800 
Borawan and Damapalitan Beach - P1,200
Borawan, Dampalitan, Kuwebang Lampas (Puting Buhangin Beach) - P1,800
Puting Buhangin only - P1,800

NEW RATES 2016


Borawan Day Tour – P150 (Student and senior citizen P120)
Borawan Overnight – P220

Putting Buhangin and Kuwebang Lampas Day Tour – P80 (Overnight – P160)

Dampalitan Day Tour – P80 (Overnight – P100)




Aling Tess and Mang Rody - the boat owner/operator
The Borawan tour includes hopping to Bagosina, Talabahan and the surrounding islands. It is a lot better to hire the boat for P1,800 and hop to ALL the islands. You can finish it in one day. Only Borawan island has a canteen. It is better if you already have your food supplies prior to going to the islands. 
Aling Tess also has a store and you can buy your supplies at a very affordable price. There are several options for your food. Option 1 - Bring the raw food and cook it yourself in the island. Option 2 - Have the packaged food prepared already by Aling Tess. Option 3 - Buy the food from the market and hire the cook for only P350.00 for the entire day/overnight.  Best time to go the islands is from March to June. Worst month is August when the waves are really strong!    


I started my tour 9:30 am and our first destination was Borawan Beach which is located in Barangay Lipata, Padre Burgos, Quezon. Environmental fee is only P20. 

I have had the island hopping tours in El Nido, Coron, Siargao, Honda Bay and Guimaras. This island hopping tour can match (but not surpass) the above-said tours and I highly recommend it not only because of the 3 islands but also it offers the cheapest of all the island tours.


From the port, it took us only less than 15 minutes before reaching Borawan. But before Borawan, you will pass Bagosina Island (there are two of them called "Malaki" and "Maliit").



I was excited upon seeing the island. 


Borawan Island


The name Borawan is a combination of Boracay  and Palawan. It has the white sand beach of Station 3 in Boracay and the limestone formations of El Nido, Palawan.



Rates

Cottage (small) - P700
Cottage (large) - P850
Overnight additional - 400

Entrance 
Day - P80
Overnight - P120
Students and Senior  - Day P60/ Overnight - P100
4 years old below - FREE


Tent space (small) - P200
Tent space (large) - P250
Tent rental - P500
Shower room - P20
Comfort room - P10


Contact persons

Cherry - 0922-300-7395 / 0998-184-9901 / 0915-682-2443 / 02-425-8212
Allan - 0920-413-3127 / 0922-899-3255 / 02-330-5897
Mar - 0921-461-8726


You can also enjoy kayaking.


A little bit of cliff jumping.


Or simply enjoy the swim!


You can even stroll at the entire beach and cover it in less than 10 minutes.



I stayed in the island for 45 minutes but I told myself that I will definitely be back.



And so I left the island with a heavy heart and a promise to fulfill.



Travel time to our next stop was less than an hour. Along the cruise, we passed by Mag-Asawang Bato Islands.


The sea was calm that day and we reached our second spot in 45 minutes. And we reached our second destination - Kuwebang Lampas (Puting Buhangin Beach). There is a power plant at the other side of the island.




Panoramic view of the island
Entrance fee is P80.00


Kuwebang Lampas

It is the best spot to do snorkeling, swimming and diving. The water is clear, pristine and calm compared to the other islands. This is my favorite spot, it reminded me of the waters of El Nido.

Kuwebang Lampas got its name since it has 2 openings.


Puting Buhangin also has the finest white sand compared to the other islands. The island also has cottages but not a canteen. But it has a mini-store.



After staying in the island for 45 minutes, we went to our last stop for the day - Dampalitan Island.




Panoramic view of the beach
Borawan and Dampalitan are 10 minutes away from each other by boat. From Puting Buhangin to Dampalitan, travel time was 40 minutes. Dampalitan Island reminded me of Anawangin Cove in Zambales. 



Rates 
Entrance fee - Regular - P60 / Students, Senior citizens, PWD - P50
chirldren 4 years old and below - exempt
Kubo (hut) Large - P1,000
Kubo medium - P850
Tent space - P200
Tent rent - P500
Water - 5 gallon P40 / Big - P50 / Drum - P400


My suggestion if you will be having a one-day tour with swimming.
Morning - Puting Buhangin (swimming, snorkeling, diving)
Lunch - Borawan (kayaking, replenish supplies/electricity, island hopping, souvenir pictures, nature photography)
Late afternoon - Dampalitan (siesta time - it has plenty of hammock, sunset viewing, camping)

Mang Rudy's camping area
Imagine, island hopping reminded me of the limestones of Palawan in Borawan, the sands of Boracay in Puting Buhangin and the pine trees of Anawangin Cove, Zambales in Dampalitan.

I also recommend camping at the beach managed by Mang Rudy. The tent space is free, tent is only P300 and you can stay for days and just pay a little bit for the water and electricity. 


Tent area is good enough for 5-6 tents. You can enjoy bonfire and there is even a hut where you can enjoy your drinking spree. During low tide, you can stroll in the beach. The beach (during low tide) stretches 150 meters and there are rock formations you can enjoy.  

 Padre Burgos, Quezon is Simply Amazing!!

Youtube related links:
Puting Buhangin/Kuwebang Lampas - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZI7iEmWuK_s

Dampalitan Beach - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0GTG7jJZ-E

Borawan Island - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VQZOYAkflo



Dampalitan

It's Really More Fun in Padre Burgos!


Summary of Expenses
Bus fare (from Buendia) to Lucena - P209.50
Bus fare to Padre Burgos - P35
Boat hire - P1,800
Entrance fees plus environmental fee - 240
Tent - P300
Food - its up to you
















51 comments:

  1. tnx po sir... god bless po.. :)


    -mhe-ann-

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  2. sir ung expenses po all in na po un ? good for 1 night po sya?

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    1. Yes, tent lang accommodation mo. May mga resorts naman along the area, mas costly lang. Try mo to call the boat hire in advance if you are going solo para maisama ka sa ibang tourists para mas makatipid ka pa sa boat and just share the cost of P1,800. Remember, yung food depended sa yo.Enjoy!

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  3. Very nice blog! My friends and I are planning to go there by the end of the month. Good thing I have found this blog so I can have latest updates on the islands. Btw, can I have the contact number of Mang Rudy? Many thanks!

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    1. The numbers given in the boat hire are the numbers of Mang Rudy. Mga numbers ng anak/relatives nya iyon. Enjoy! =)

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    2. Ah..yun na pala yun. hehe! Anyways, thanks for the prompt response Sir! This blog really helps a lot! God bless po and good luck to your future travels. :)

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    3. Ingat din and enjoy the Philippines! =)
      Thank you sa visit! =)

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  4. Hi sir! I've been here yesterday and It was really fun! Thank you for all the tips! :D I'll surely go back. <3

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  5. Hi! Possible ba na mag-overnight sa dampalitan then we'll just ask the boat to fetch us the next day?

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    1. Yes, possible.
      Pwede din na dun mag overnight ang boat.
      If I am not mistaken, you can have the boat buy you supplies but may extra payment ata na P200. Enjoy

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  6. Sir thanks for this! Actually I've been there sa kwebang lampas and cagbalete, pero d ko alam na pwde pala siya gawin na island hop includng borawan, never been there sa borawan kaya excited ako hehehe, sir tent accomodation san po ba ang prefer nyo na fronting the beach? Estimated backpacking budget for 2 days and 1 night sir how much po kaya?

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    1. Dampalitan is number one spot for camping. Second is Puting Buhangin. But If you want the convenience of having the comfort room, shower, canteen, supplies and crowd, then go for Borawan. I will be going back there this June 15 with some of my friends if the weather permits.

      The boat is the most expensive. It costs P1,800. Better join a group and ask Mang Rudy or Aling Tess to include you in a group, if possible for a specific day. Tent is only P300. Transpo from Manila (I assume) P300 back and forth, And your food, basically that will only be your expenses. I guess P2,000 would be enough.

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  7. Better to bring your own food than buy at the islands. Or you can buy it from Aling Tess Store. The food will definitely increase your budget. There are no food available in Dampalitan and Puting Buhangin. But you can buy in Borawan.

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  9. sir, sa 1500/pax po ba na budget for 10pax kasama na ang food??
    and btw, nice blog!

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    1. Thank you! Ndi pa, Depende kasi yun sa food nyo. P300 additional. Thank you ule =)

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  10. Saan po kayo nag pitch ng tent? Kasi you suggest na it is better na doon kila Mang rudy magstay bale saang island po yun?

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    1. Kay Mag Rudy mismo kayo magrerent, I think P300 ata per tent for a day's use. Sa mainland kami nagstay pero kung gusto nyo adventure pwede din in one of the islands and Borawan is the best choice. Pag Borawan, may tent for rent din dun.

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  11. Nice blog.. Hi sir, we want to camp on Puting Buhangin Beach.. Meron po ba kayo contact doon. San dn baba from lucena terminal station. Thanks in advance. More powers in your blog. :)

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    1. Thanks! Si Mang Rudy din. From my understanding, you also need a boat to get there. Yup, Lucena terminal din.

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  12. yun po bang 800 for borawan is balikan na po ba yung boat?

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  13. hi po we've been in the island just last weekend and the experience is memorable, in that note we are organizing an affordable package of the tour this coming may 16, 2015. text me for more details at 0925-511-9844

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  14. hi po we've been in the island just last weekend and the experience is memorable, in that note we are organizing an affordable package of the tour this coming may 16, 2015. text me for more details at 0925-511-9844

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  15. hi po we've been in the island just last weekend and the experience is memorable, in that note we are organizing an affordable package of the tour this coming may 16, 2015. text me for more details at 0925-511-9844

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  16. hi po we've been in the island just last weekend and the experience is memorable, in that note we are organizing an affordable package of the tour this coming may 16, 2015. text me for more details at 0925-511-9844

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  17. Thanks for this blog Sir, we really enjoyed our trip on the Islands.. Ate Tess and Mang Rudy were so nice and accomodating..

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  18. Hi very useful blog . we are planning to celebrate our anniversary this coming august though you mention its not really a good time . nagleave lan kc kmi from work so we dont have choice hehe un sa boat po ba 1800 pag madami kau ? Pano pag dalawa lang kmi ishoshoulder b nmin lahat un ? Thanks

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    1. Yes, you have to shoulder the payment.

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    2. I hope the weather is good =)
      Enjoy your trip! =)

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  19. Yes, you have to shoulder the payment.

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  20. Hello Mr. Jun Vilegas, tanong ko lng sir if yung May Ann's Store is just beside the highway? and We are planning to stay in Tamarind Tree Beach Resort, ask ko narin kung alam mo sir ung papunta from the resort to May Ann's stare, Thanks for the blog. Nice Job. Hope we enjoy the tour.

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    1. Yes, along the highway. Hindi ko po alam yung resort pero nandito naman po contact numbers nila,

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  21. Hi sir. Thanks for the blog. Ask ko lang po, ilan tao ang capacity ng 1boat? Thank you po

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  22. Hi sir,
    Ok lng po kayang pumunta dis nov..13-15..
    Hindi kya malakas ang alon..any advice kung san mas mgandang puntahan.thanks

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    1. Am not sure, better ask Aling Tess and Mang Rudy (the boat owners).

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  24. Maganda ba pumunta ng December dito? Balak kasi namin pumunta sa December 12 sa Borawan. Pwede na kaya 2k-3k budget?

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    1. I have no idea. Usually summer ako pumunta dyan. Malamig siguro. Yup, 3k

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  29. Isa lang pong Boat Operator ang nirerecommned ko, guaranteed po sa quality of services

    Mang Rody and Aling Tess Tadena - 0921-454-3137 / 0977-799-9719
    Mary Ann Tadena - 0920-138-4368 / 0915-6525015
    Marlon Tadena - 0909-762-5342 / 0995-532-7591

    Krisha Tadena - 0935-131-2755

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  30. Mang Rody and Aling Tess Tadena - 0921-454-3137 / 0977-799-9719
    Mary Ann Tadena - 0920-138-4368 / 0915-6525015
    Marlon Tadena - 0909-762-5342 / 0995-532-7591

    Krisha Tadena - 0935-131-2755

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  31. Mang Rody and Aling Tess Tadena - 0921-454-3137 / 0977-799-9719
    Mary Ann Tadena - 0920-138-4368 / 0915-6525015
    Marlon Tadena - 0909-762-5342 / 0995-532-7591

    Krisha Tadena - 0935-131-2755

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  32. kung 1,800 po ang island hopping then mag stay sa isang island after, paano po ang fee pabalik ng main land? kasama na po ba sa 1,800?

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  33. hi sir jun ask ko lang po dun po puting buhangin yung cottages po ba nila dun is pedeng tulugan? kasama ko po kasi papa ko na half stroke sow di niya prefer mag tent mahihirapan daw siya.sana po masagot mo po ako salamat po:)

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