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Exploring Quezon’s 3 Islands: Puting Buhangin, Borawan and Dampalitan Islands

***Flashback on June 2015***

Hooray for the event organizers for a successful 2 days and a night bonding at Padre Burgos Quezon Province!

It’s about time to discover my own province and explore some of the towns I have never been through yet. The farthest I have been with was Sampaloc Quezon, now it’s another check on my list, I’ve been to Padre Burgos Quezon, not only for a day but two. Did island hopping on June 13 to 14, fun and enjoyable dhi’s adventure!

Because of the many strong typhoons that visited the country, especially the Quezon province which is prone to typhoon, many islands were discovered, most of them are white beaches. That is now making Quezon popular and a very nice tourism spot.

Prior to our main event my colleagues did a lot of preparation on this. We also had a meeting to discuss the do’s and don’t s and the iterinary. The main person behind this was Froi! He is the one who contacted our agent. Thanks to him we had a cheap travel experience! Cheap as in Php1,700 all in! (Except for fare). Yes you read it right, that amount for 2 days inclusive of foods – lunch, dinner and breakfast, entrance fee for 3 islands, environmental fee, boat fee, shower fee and cottage/tent. No more worries, gaganap ka na lang ika nga ni Froi.

On the first day, since most of them were from Manila, they met at 1am of June 13 to get on the bus’ first trip at 2am – Jac Liner (LRT/Buendia terminal). I wasn’t on a bus travel with them I was with my husband who went home to Tiaong on the night of June 12 so we can leave the next day not so early as 1am. And on June 13, from our Tiaong home we left at 4am. Froi told me that they already were at Tiaong then. So fast! Per our text messages, they were already at Lucena 5am, an hour earlier than expected. They only traveled for 3 hours while we had it 1 hour (by car).

I am not a car traveler so we used the GPS and because both I and my husband are not familiar with Lucena, we went through residential area haha. Nevertheless, we still was able to get out and trace the Padre Burgos crossing. As Froi mentioned, they will ride a mini bus with Unisan sign board and will rode off at Crossing Padre Burgos. So we used that one in GPS. It was a bit hard as there was no landmark provided. We passed by Pagbilao first and according to GPS Padre Burgos crossing will be right after Pagbilao. Long long road and we can’t find the Crossing. Until we saw a Brgy. Campo signboard at right way of the road, but we didn’t go through yet, we reached a place where there is a green painted establishment called Padre Burgos Tourism, that signaled we were there. Because we were still confused where Crossing is, we called Darold – our agent, for help, and he mentioned that we were already there, we need to go back to Brgy. Campo, trace the road to reach their house. In no less than 2 minutes, we reached their place. We arrived earlier than my colleagues, because of that, I and my husband decided to fetch them in crossing so they would not be confused on where to go. And after our 1 or 2 minute walk, they arrived! Yey!

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This is the Padre Burgos Crossing Landmark

Darold oriented us about the tour, the do’s and don’ts, and all the important things to keep in mind, this took in less than an hour. Afterwhich, we had our cups of coffee for free!!!! Then we prepared and dressed up for the island hopping, putting on much sunblock for skin protection. And at 830, we began our travel. No worries for those who have cars, it can be left and parked at the Brgy. Campo port, you only need to pay Php50.00 parking fee, and it’s safe to leave there.

We hired 2 boats, 6 and 7 passengers respectively, because according to Darold, we are big enough to accommodate by only one haha.

So here are the pictures to tell the whole story. Enjoy!

Photos were taken by my GE X5

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Brgy. Campo Port Area in the morning (where we also parked our car)
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Parking Area at Brgy. Campo port
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The other boat loading 6 colleagues, bound to Puting Buhangin
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The guy in pink is Darold – our agent
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Passing by the Mag asawang Bato
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Power Plant – on going construction
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Kwebang Lagpas at Puting Buhangin
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The tourists! Just arrived and ready to get tanned!

 

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Art Ralph Ayeh and Kate enjoy the clear water

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My ugly feet soaked in clear sea water
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Clear water near the Kwebang Lagpas
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at Puting Buhangin Island
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Ron enjoys it
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the shore and white sand
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I took them jump shot – achieved?
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Passing by these creatures as we traveled to Dampalitan Isaland
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Overlooking Dampalitan Island – Panorama shot (GE X5)

Time to leave Puting Buhangin, at 1030am, after enjoying the clear water under the heat of the sun, it’s time to go to Dampalitan Island, our 2nd island and the place where we will have our lunch and spend our night at. It took us 30 minutes of travel to Dampalitan.

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Our shelter for 2 days and a night

 

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tent as also as sleeping area

Below is our picture having and enjoying the lunch, part of the Php1,700 we paid. Lunch were steamed crab, fried fish, adobong sitaw and pork kaldereta. I did enjoy the kaldereta much.

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This island is so quiet that time, lesser tourists were there. And it’s not also as good as Puting Buhangin. The water isn’t as enjoyable to swim with compare to Puting Buhangin. We even did not swim there. We had our lunch and took some respite.

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at Dampalitan Island

At 2pm, we left the island again to hop in Borawan. These 3 kids below served as our belongings’ safe keeper, fee was part of the Php1,700. These 3 kids are residents of this island.

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the 3 kids who safeguarded our belongings

Time for Borawan, in approximately 15 minutes of boat travel, we were there. Borawan is a somehow developed island compared to Dampalitan and Puting Buhangin. There’s unlimited water supply, restrooms and stores. What nice with this island is the awesome rock formation. It also is a white island, but, not so clear water. Nevertheless, we still swam.

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Borawan Island

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we’re having fun

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Looks like a croc

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At 5pm, and after we had our shower, we went back to Dampalitan. We’d be spending our night there, not in Borawan as according to Darold it’s not safe anymore, high tide might happen and at the same time, rock formation isn’t that safe.

To make our travel worthy, my colleagues played cards, I didn’t join them as I don’t how to. While they were playing, the other 2 industrious guys were grilling the chicken bbq I brought.

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Preparing to play cards
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Ceasar and Art preparing the fire

Sabi nila, sunset will be witnessed in Dampalitan, I was waiting for it, but we didn’t see it. Sa sun bar dapat nag stay? Yes, there is a nice sun bar in Dampalitan, it protrudes only at 4pm. I didn’t have a picture of it though.

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dapit-hapon sky in Dampalitan – the netted area is the area where we can swim, there’s a net ro avoid jelly fish
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Grilling until dark

Dinner is ready! Part also of the Php1,700, contained grilled squid (medyo makunat) fish, grilled liempo and ripe mango. Chicken BBQ is from me. We ate like a family!

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Dinner is ready

There was also a bonfire – oh I mean you can do a bonfire to add spice on your bonding moment. The woods are also part of the Php1,700.

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Bonfire

Night passed. Medyo mahirap because of the noisy neighbors who didn’t sleep and didn’t mind people who were already sleeping. It was hot too that we cannot endure sleeping in the tent, but we had too. Mosquitoes are everywhere, nagpe pyesta sila sa pagkagat sa amin 🙁 I didn’t have insect repellent eh. So the epitome – I had not enough sleep. Buti na lang hindi namin isinama si JD, otherwise, wawa sya at kami.

 

Picture below is the other side of Dampalitan Island – taken the next morning. And behind this rock formation are the mangroves.

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Dampalitan Island the following morning
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mangroves behind the rock formation taken above

Behind me in the picture below is the hiding sun bar (high tide). It will show up at 4pm.

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nice blue sky

IT was my second time in an island, first was in Hundred Islands in Alaminos Pangasinan, but I didn’t enjoy it well because of my UTI. In Quezon, I enjoyed it that much seems like my first time.

This place is highly recommended, especially the agent who assisted us here. Very affordable service. You may contact Darold (he’s also from Parde Burgos) at 0916-576-4069 / 0949 -636-2087.

Enjoy! and Experience the true wonders of nature in province of Quezon!

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