That’s Kwebang Lampas right there! :D

PUTING BUHANGIN AND KUWEBANG LAMPAS: Pagbilao, Quezon

“Where the hell is Frances?”

It was 2am and everyone was ready to hit the road for Pagbilao, Quezon. Everyone, that is, except Frances, for whom we were still patiently waiting.

“She said she’s on the way,” said one of my friends, “which means she just woke up.”

Puting Buhangin! Couldn’t wait to touch the sand!

This was no ordinary trip. It was our very first trip together since college. This trip was, in many ways, a reunion. We had almost killed ourselves working for the past five years and although we had been on many trips since then, we never traveled together. Needless to say, this camping weekend was very special to everyone, and nothing should spoil it.

A few minutes later, there was a knock on the door and there was Frances. We instantly grabbed our bags, stormed out of the apartment, and went straight to the van. Surprisingly, without any urge to strangle Frances for the early morning stress.

Our group decided to rent a van for this trip. It was supposed to be a lot bigger. More than 18 people confirmed, but unfortunately, more than 8 people flaked out (FLAKERS!!! GAAAH!), leaving the group with 10 responsible, beautiful members.

(Check out this post: Planning a Camping Trip to Padre Burgos and Pagbilao, Quezon)

On the Road to Padre Burgos

There were 11 people (including the driver) sharing the van so it was very comfortable. Our meeting place was in Mandaluyong and we were heading south. I was asleep 99.99% of the time on the road, so I really had no idea how many stops we made or what directions we took. But at around 5:30am, we were at a bus terminal in Lucena City. I was confused at first; I immediately thought we would board the bus but then my friends told me we were just there for breakfast.

BREAKFAST! I was awake in an instant. I looked around and saw Jollibee! Woohoo, I couldn’t think of anything better to wake up to than a smiling gay bee. But before I got too excited, one of my friends said that should we choose to eat there, she wouldn’t go with us. At first, I was shocked. How dare you? Are we discriminating against a bee? But then I realized that she worked for McDonalds. So yeah, goodbye Jollibee. See you in Manila.

We opted to have breakfast at a nearby carinderia. I had tortang talong with rice. P50 for a full meal. Boo, you Chickenjoy!

We hit the road again and continued driving to Padre Burgos for about an hour. When we reached the port, game on!

Padre Burgos Wharf
View from the port
Our boat and brand new life vests. :D

Puting Buhangin, Pagbilao, Quezon

Our group shared a boat with another group of tourists from Manila. Although it was a big group, the ride was surprisingly quiet. No one was talking. I guess we were all mesmerized by the view. We passed by several islands with pockets of white beaches and towering limestone cliffs. It was really breathtaking.

The Poor Traveler’s Poor Friends :D
View from the boat! We passed by several limestone cliffs and white beaches
Sneak peek at Puting Buhangin!

From afar we spotted a white beach with a chimney-like structure in the background. (Apparently, it’s the Pagbilao Power Plant.) I knew it was our next destination when I saw a small cave and recognized it from the photos I had seen when I was researching about the place.

Not really white sand but good enough! Crystal clear water, though!
My poor friends, camwhoring again

The beach is called Puting Buhangin because of, well, its stretch of white sand. It’s a small cove with a small cave on one end. Although the sand was not white white, the water was clear. We were assigned a cottage big enough to accommodate all 10 of us. We saw other tourists set up their tents. As we started swimming, the others started prepping lunch. We just camwhored away the entire time and played games.

Lunch! Yummy! Photo by my friend Jerwin

Kuwebang Lampas, Pagbilao, Quezon

After lunch, four friends and I decided to check out the cave called Kuwebang Lampas. Only five from the group went ahead coz the others wanted to catch some sleep. At first we thought we could just walk towards the cave but the rocks were too sharp. The water was also so deep, no one was confident to swim without the life vests on. So we went back to the hut, put on the vests and swam our way to the cave.

That’s Kwebang Lampas right there! :D
A closer look at Kuwebang Lampas. Wish we had a water-proof cam!

The cave was a bit small. We were wondering why it was called Kuwebang Lampas until we entered the cave. Apparently, you can swim to the other side of the cliff through the cave. What we loved most about the cave was the shade. Lol. It was high noon and the cave provided a sanctuary from the burning heat of the sun. You could also feel the cold and hot water mix underneath. It was a great feeling. There were also birds flying around inside.

We stayed in the cave for 15 minutes and swam back to the shore. We got no pics inside the cave since none of us had a water-proof cam. At around 2pm, we hopped back onto the boat and continued our island hopping.

How to Get to Puting Buhangin and Kuwebang Lampas: Here’s how to get to this place from Manila by public transport.

  1. 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.
  2. Alight at Lucena Grand Terminal.
  3. 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.
  4. Get off at QCRB Bank (Padre Burgos) or ask the driver to drop you off here.
  5. Take a tricycle to Aplaya. Tell the driver you intend to go to Borawan.
  6. 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.


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List of Expenses
Entrance Fee: P80
Tent Rental: P300-400

Boat Tour Rates (Good for 8pax):
P800 – Borawan Beach only (round trip)
P1800 – Borawan + Dampalitan + Puting Buhangin

PADRE BURGOS GUIDE


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  • http://tinathefrustratedtraveler.blogspot.com/ tina

    Wow! Nice place, next year I will try to visit this place ;D

  • http://cebuanddavao.com/ Nonoy

    So beautiful. Sana makapunta rin ako sa Quezon someday to visit this beach. Nice post and great travel blog.:-)

  • renz magnial

    COOL !!! I WANT TO HERE NEXT SUMMER SEASON…

  • Haggeo Perez

    That is a nice place, i hope someday i have the chance to visit this. Great Philippines

  • http://philippinesdreamislands.com Ms. July

    Nice place… One day I’ll be there too… That is a promise to myself. Keep it up. and Gob bless you always on your trips.

  • http://www.escapeislands.com dong ho

    been to this beach several times but never tried doing it by boat. also a great option as i like the view of the peaks and hills.

  • mimi molines

    i’ve been there 3years ago, but still planning to visit again for it’s really a beautiful place…

  • Arlet

    Such finds you have here! Yay!

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  • http://7107islandstours.com/7107 Harry A. Balais

    Neither the boat operators nor the tourism office can assure us that we could get the ten (or maybe eleven) life vests for your group and the Sykes group. So, we decided to buy around 45 life vests (supposed to be 18 for you and 26 for Sykes).

    Interesting piece, when we did the ocular visit, we encountered heavy downpour as we left Puting Buhangin, going back to the wharft. And we didn’t have vests at that time. I imagine what would your reactions be if that happened to you, too. hahaha

  • Lerma Julia Schürer

    oi nakakahiya lapit lang kami jan pero hindi ko pa yan napupuntahan,,,,kung saan saan na ako naka punta ,,,,

  • http://www.facebook.com/hans.s.casili Hans Juangco Sevillano

    maganda d2 super… my entrance n now P50 day swimming and P100 overnyt. P200 or 400 ata cottage :)

    • Anonymous

      Whats ur contact # f we ntend to go to pagbilao.?

  • http://www.facebook.com/emacalolooy Elaine Macalolooy

    Thanks for this awesome site,my wish list to see in Phil even got longer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Victor-Osorio/1264670733 Victor Osorio

    @ Elaine 7,000 plus islands…. and all of them are awsome!

  • Ruby Dominguez Jakobsen

    Been there late 90´s not yet really known and hard to find a place to eat but there is a family who offered help and cooked food for my group, but it´s a beautiful white sand beach…… maybe it´s time to visit again the place……. :)

  • Jamella

    OMG, this place has been a tradition for my family every labour day (like a company retreat) and for atleast 10years, it was as if we have our own private island since no one knows about the place yet… it wasnt popular before so we only called it Polo since its within/by baranggay Polo.
    THIS PLACE IS FABULOUS! I love the clear water and the cave. We always hang out by the cave around noon since its so HOT out. watch out for the jelly fishes and sea urchins.. (based on what i remembered last year)

    • The Poor Traveler

      Thanks for sharing Jamella! Yes, the only problem we had was the jellyfish. I was afraid to swim at first but, ugh, what the hech, I still swam regardless!

  • joseph

    hi poor traveler…me and my husband is planning to have an out of town when we take our vacation this coming June…it’s our first time to bring our kids…it is ok to bring our kids in this kind of travel? thanks…

    • The Poor Traveler

      Hi Joseph, I believe it’s okay but it can be a bit uncomfortable for them. If you’re planning to do the Padre Burgos-Pagbilao trip the way I did it, then know that there are no hotels here. If you’re cool with camping trips, then it shouldn’t be a problem. (We spent the night in nearby Dampalitan Island, by the way)

  • amisfoolday

    hello mr. poor traveler!

    do you have other contact nos (other than the tour agency)to help me.. or do you know how to go there using private car and where will we stop/stay? or any house there where to ask for boat etc. do you know any contact person who can give me details about the trip or maybe can i have your contact no?

    Thanks!

  • http://want2discover.com Bastiaan

    Hello! Nice article and really nice pictures! I visited the Philippines in 2012 and it is such an amazing country! I went to Palawan, Cebu (mainly Malapascua) and Bohol. I absolutely loved Palawan. It is so untouched and pristine. Especially El Nido is a great place to spend a few weeks exploring the surroundings!

    Yesterday one of my articles was published on theplanetD travel blog. It is about the Philippines (10 reason why this should be your next destination. If you want you can check it out at:

    http://theplanetd.com/visit-the-philippines-10-reasons-why-this-should-be-your-next-destination/

    Thanks for your article and i’ll keep following your blog!

    Cheers! Bastiaan

  • Felicity

    I’m from Quezon Province but I never knew of this place. Thanks for this. I recommend you also to visit Brgy. Villa Norte in Alabat Island, Quezon. Another God-given treasure. :)

    More travel posts Poor Traveler! God bless! :)

  • Abbey Dawson

    Thanks for sharing…I also want to go to Borawan

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