I’m not sure but local folks said that the name Borawan was a portmanteau, a blend of two words — Boracay and Palawan. The island was named so because it possesses white sand similar to that on Boracay and rock formations reminiscent of Palawan’s limestone cliffs. The question is, is the island worthy of its name?
Well, I’m not the right person to judge. But Borawan Island is beautiful. Although its sand is not as fine or as white as Boracay’s, it was pretty enough for photos and therapeutic enough that one will surely enjoy rolling on it. And yes, the rocky cliffs reminded me so much of Coron or Sabang, Puerto Princesa. Not to mention that the water was crystal clear when we were there.
We also heard that the name Borawan actually meant gold, which is apt since it sure is a treasure to me.
When we arrived on the island, we immediately noticed the colorful tents on the shore. Apparently, other beach bums also choose to spend the night on this island.
Anyway, we hopped out of the boat and started exploring the island. There were so many people when we were there. The problem was that the shore was a bit narrow than the usual beach. (High tide, maybe?) The beach looked crowded at the time. After all, it was the third week of May when we were there so it was expected that people were still on a summer euphoria.
There’s a restroom made of bamboo in the area but that was the only restroom we saw along the beach. There’s also a small store beside the rest room.
As always, we camwhored around the island. One of my friends even climbed up to the top of one tall cliff. Cool.
Warning, though. The locals kept warning us of jellyfish in certain parts of the water. Of course, we took their advice and swam in areas that they said were safe and where most people were in. Thankfully, we didn’t have any jellyfish moment.
We only stayed at Borawan Island for a bit over an hour.
How to Get to Borawan Island
Although we availed the services of a budget travel agency for this trip, let me share you how to get to this place from Manila by public transport.
- Ride a bus to Lucena City. There are many terminals in Metro Manila that go to Lucena. Fare is somewhere between P250-260. Travel time: 3 hours.
- Alight at Lucena Grand Terminal.
- From the terminal, take another bus to Unisan. The bus is not air-conditioned and fare is around P35-40. Travel time: 1 and a half hours.
- Get off at QCRB Bank (Padre Burgos) or ask the driver to drop you off here.
- Take a tricycle to Aplaya. Tell the driver you intend to go to Borawan.
- There are boats for rent in Aplaya. These boats can take you on an island-hopping tour with stops in Puting Buhangin (Pagbilao), Dampalitan Island and Borawan Island.
That’s it! Enjoy Padre Burgos and Pagbilao, Quezon!