Aside from the number of things you can do and the number of beaches you can go to, Quezon’s proximity to Manila makes it one hit beach destination in Luzon. Borawan in particular, the famous amongst the beaches in Basiao is one sight to see. Oftentimes compared to that of Boracay’s sand and of Palawan’s limestones hence the name Borawan was coined.
If you happen to see this beach in photographs, if you happen to dream of going to this place, and if you wanted to make that dream into a reality, I have made a travel guide just for you.
Itinerary – This one’s can be based on your availability, and if you would want to have some side trip to other neighboring beaches.
How to get there – Take a bus bound to Lucena, travel will take you around 3 and a half hours to 4. From Lucena Grand Terminal, take a bus bound to Padre Burgos. Ask the driver to drop you off at Basiao junction. From there, you can rent a trike or walk your way to the beach where your boatman can take you to the island.
Side trip – Hit three birds with one stone. Try visiting Borawan’s neighboring beaches like Dampalitan and Puting Buhangin. Plan on what beach to go first or where to set up your camp. You can check my entry Borawan vs. Dampalitan vs. Puting Buhangin for this, in case you are torn which among the three is the best choice.
Expenses – For less than 2000 all-inclusive, you can already have a good tan. In our case we did it for less than 1500 php. No need to spend more to have more.
And for our Expenses, here is the list:
Transportation: 210 (Bus from Buendia to Lucena) + 35 (Mini bus from Lucena Grand Terminal to Padre Burgos) * 2 for the Round trip = 490 PHP.
Boat Rental: Varies on the islands you wish to visit. If you would want to go to Borawan solely, it is 800 PHP. If you want Borawan + Dampalitan, it is for 1200 PHP. And lastly, if you want Borawan + Dampalitan + Puting Buhangin, you can have it for 1800 PHP.
:: Now here’s a secret, we were able to have Borawan + Dampalitan + Puting Buhangin for only 1600 PHP. The thing is, we rented two boats.
Entrance: The management requires an entrance of 80 PHP in Borawan.
Camp fee: 200 PHP per tent. You can also rent a tent in there if you don’t have one.
:: Note that food is not included since this can be based with the number of travelers.
Things to bring – All you need are: your friends, a pocket money, a camera, liters of water and a sun block. And for those who wish to stay overnight, an insect repellent may come in handy.
Best time to visit – Anytime of the year except November to December or during the typhoon season and that is according to Borawan’s caretaker. But the best time is always during Summer.
Contact Person – For the boat ride, contact Ate Vanessa at 09151067594 or 09094001022. For Borawan, contact Mar at 09214618726 or Allan at 09204133127.
Note: The water could get a little murky at times. And be careful of jellyfish’s sting.
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