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The beauty of Puting Buhangin-Borawan-Dampalitan

Here’s a gallery of pictures from Puting Buhangin-Borawan-Dampalitan

Puting Buhangin: Great place to swim!

Borawan: They have the best restrooms (use of restrooms are free but they have higher entrance fee than the other islands)

Dampalitan: Best place to view the sunrise; restrooms are cemented as well

Related post: Puting Buhangin-Borawan-Dampalitan

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Puting Buhangin-Borawan-Dampalitan

Another item in my travel list is Borawan, Quezon. It is said to have the fine sand of Boracay and the rock formations of Palawan. I only dread the long bus ride going there, similar with Cagbalete, Quezon. But, as always, it’s worth the 4 to 6 hours of sitting in a bus full of excitement and anticipation.

Going to Borawan usually entails island hopping to Puting Buhangin and Dampalitan islands as well. I was more concerned with the logistics – which island should we go to first and on which island should we stay overnight? I read several blog posts, specifically those posted recently but there were only a handful under 2015. I wanted to be prepared coz I have the impression that basic necessities might not be as easily available there. One thing’s for sure – we’re spending the night at Dampalitan as sunset is said to be best viewed there (and indeed it was!).

How to go There:

1. From Kamuning, take (JAC Liner) bus to Lucena and alight at Lucena Grand Terminal (took us 3 hours but average travel time is around 5 hours; Php218/person).

2. Take bus going to Padre Burgos or Unisan (takes 1 1/2 hours; Php40/person).

3. From Padre Burgos (alight at QCRB Bank), take trike going to Bgy. Basiao then you can rent a boat from there. 🙂

Boat rental for Borawan-Puting Buhangin-Dampalitan is fixed at Php1800.

What to Bring:

1. Cooking utensils: Going through this trip is DIY at it’s finest. You really have to do everything by yourself. You may have the option of asking the locals to cook for you but let them know ahead of time and, of course, for a price.

2. Sleeping gears: Bringing your own tent is cost-efficient but if you go for comfort, you could always rent a nipa hut (no air conditioned rooms there yet).

3. Toiletries: Just bring the usual – tissue paper, shampoo, soap, etc. but you could also buy them there.

Tips:

If you want a cost-efficient trip, here are some tips:

1. Bring your own tent. A hut costs Php850-1000. Pitching a tent costs Php200 only.

2. Bring as much food as you can. I know you don’t wanna travel with all those packed food but bring just enough that you can carry (ex: hotdog, marinated pork, etc). We bought cooked rice (Php50) at Puting Buhangin and it was good for lunch and dinner.

3. Drinking water may be bought at Bgy. Basiao (just ask the boatman). Water for bathing, on the other hand, may be bought at the island either by container (Php50) or by drum (Php5oo).

4. Puting Buhangin is the farthest of the 3 islands from Bgy. Basiao. You might want to go there first then pass by Borawan or Dampalitan, wherever you decide to stay the night.

5. The more the merrier (the cheaper).

Total Expenses: Php2,116 (if only 2 of you are travelling)

Breakdown:

Activity Amount/person Estimated travel time
Bus going to Lucena (From EDSA Kamuning) 218 3 hours
Bus going to Padre Burgos 40 1.5 hours
boat 900
drinking water 25
cooked rice 25
Entrance Fees:
   Puting Buhangin 80
   Borawan 115
   Dampalitan 75
Tent Pitch Fee 100
Table Rental Fee 150
Water for bathing 100
Trike to Padre Burgos 10
Van to Grand Terminal 60
Bus to Kamias 218
Total 2116
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Cagbalete Island: Tips, Itinerary and Expenses

I know you’ve been waiting for this post. 🙂

 

Day 1
Time Activity Cost (per person)
11:00 PM Assembly at JAC Liner Kamias 25
11:30 PM Departure to Lucena 218
3:30 AM Arrival at Lucena Grand Central Terminal
4:30 AM Ride bus going to Mauban 54
5:45 AM Arrival at Mauban
6:00 AM Ride trike going to Pantalan/port 10
6:15 AM Arrival at Pantalan/port
bought water & other supplies 28
Environmental fee 50
7:00 AM Ride private boat to Cagbalete 300
Tip for porters 8
8:30 AM Arrival at Villa Noe 400
BRUNCH
SWIM/REST
DINNER
squid & fish for lunch 38
other groceries 200
9:30 PM SLEEP
Subtotal: 1331
Day 2
Time Activity Cost (per person)
8:00 AM Rise & Shine
9:00 AM Breakfast
Swim
Prepare to go back to MNL
12 noon boat from Cagbalete to Pantalan/port
1:30 PM trike to JAC liner (going to Cubao) 20
1:50 PM trike to van going to Lucena Grand Central Terminal 10
2:15 PM Van ride going to Lucena Grand Central Terminal 60
3:15 PM Arrival at Lucena Grand Central Terminal
LUNCH
5:00 PM bus left for Cubao 218
8:30 PM Arrival at Cubao
taxi going home 35
Subtotal: 343

GRAND TOTAL: Php1,674 (excluding pasalubong)

Around Php2,000 will be spent including pasalubong and some taho (Php10 each) and balot (Php20 each).

 

TIPS, TIPS, TIPS!!!

1. Use the Cubao – Lucena Grand Central route to maximize your time and for a stress-free travel.

2. The non-AC bus from Lucena Grand Central going to Mauban is full of mosquitoes! -_- Bring mosquito repellant!

3. Take the private boat from the port to Cagbalete. You’ll have more free time and you’ll get to the island earlier rather than wait for the passenger boat.

4. You may opt to buy food at the island instead of bringing food with you – that is if you like eating fish. There are several vendors selling fish round the clock.

5. Take the van going back to Lucena Grand Central instead of the non-AC bus. It’s more comfortable and the price difference is just around Php6.

6. The more, the merrier, the cheaper! 🙂

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Cagbalete Island: Where to Stay

There are a lot of blog posts on where to stay in Cagbalete. Here are some of them:

Villa Cleofas

Pansacola Beach Resort

Villa Noe Beach Resort

Dona Choleng (with AC rooms)

 

The resorts are owned by 1 family with just varying prices and amenities. Most of the resorts have cottage-type rooms with fans. I think, as of this writing, only Dona Choleng has rooms with AC thus, they’re a bit expensive. The rest ranges from Php1000 – 4000 depending on the number of people.

We opted to stay at Villa Noe Beach Resort because they are quite new. Although most of the blogs I read stayed at Villa Cleofas. Anyway, the 2 are just near each other.

The room we got was a room good for 4 – 6 people, Php2000. You may opt to bring your own tent so you’ll just have to pay for Php200/night. They also have their own tents which you can rent for Php300 – 500/night depending on the tent.

When we arrived, we thought the room was too small for all 5 of us to fit so we asked if there are other available rooms that are bigger. We were okay in having to add a few amount as long as we’re comfortable. Good thing there was a room that’s just Php1000 good for 2-3 people. We took 2 of those rooms so we didn’t have to add any amount. 🙂

1st room given to us

1st room given to us

inside the room

inside the room we stayed

room/s where we stayed

room/s where we stayed

just the basics

just the basics

 

The cottage where we get to eat and stay lazy was given to us for free. 🙂

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Too bad I wasn’t able to take pictures of the restrooms but I assure you they are clean and well-maintained. There are 2 shower rooms, 2 toilets, and 2 shower/toilet rooms.

They have a “cooking area” where you have to use charcoal to cook your food. It’s always a great experience to cook from scratch. Just bring your own charcoal and if it runs out, they sell charcoal for Php20 a pack. 🙂 They lent us cooking utensils but it’s also better if you bring your own.

80g squid for Php80 only

1.1kg squid for Php110

1.10kg fish for only Php110

80g fish for Php80

no room for rice cooker

no room for rice cooker

Our stay at Villa Noe and Cagbalete was just really great! Time went by really slow that we were able to take a rest for what seemed like hours but in reality it wasn’t that long. We didn’t even think of going island hopping, kayaking, or scuba diving because we were that satisfied just listening to the wind and waves and looking at the wonderful view in front of the beach.

We enjoyed the water because it was warm! 🙂 However, high tide comes in late in the afternoon so if you like deep waters you’d have to wait til then.

the view

the view

Villa Noe Beach

Villa Noe Beach

low tide

low tide

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Cagbalete Island, Quezon

I came across Cagbalete in one of the must-see destinations in the Philippines and I took a mental note of going there. Good thing my sister invited me and my bf to join her and her bf in going there. There were 5 of us, including our youngest sister.

The journey was really long – 5 to 6 hours of 2 bus rides, 1 trike, and 1 boat but it’s all worth it. Initially we planned to meet at JAC Liner Kamias at 3am but due to the coming holy week next week, we thought there might be more travellers/bus riders on that day so we decided to meet the night before at 11PM. Good thing we changed plans as we had more time on our hands and we were not stressed with the travel going to Quezon. Also, it’s a good thing that we were wrong – there weren’t much bus riders then. Yay!

 

How to go to Cagbalete via Mauban

1. Ride JAC Liner bus at Kamias, Cubao going to Mauban

*The Mauban route has only 2 schedules. One starts at 5AM. If you miss it, the next one is in the afternoon I think.

2. Ride trike going to Pantalan/port

3. Ride boat going to Cagbalete

 

How to go to Cagbalete via Lucena Grand Central Station (this is what we did)

1. Ride JAC Liner bus at Kamias, Cubao going to Lucena GRand Central Station

* This route has almost 24 hours schedule (pls check JAC Liner’s website)

2. Ride (non-AC) bus going to Mauban

3. Ride trike going to Pantalan/port

4. Ride boat going to Cagbalete

 

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