Borawan Island and Kuwebang Lampas in Quezon Province – Your 1300 pesos getaway

When it comes to beaches, Filipinos would say Boracay and Palawan are the best, sadly, I haven’t been there. Social media posts about a beach called Borawan spread like wildfire. People say it was named after Boracay and Palawan and is a must-go.

Back in Thanksgiving, I was invited by my officemates to join them in Borawan and I’m glad I did not let this tour pass! ๐Ÿ™‚

Budget and distance-wise, this place has become a popular weekend getaway destination. For just 1300 pesos ($26) you can have 2D1N stay and 3-island tour in this very beautiful place.

TIPS:
1. The more, the merrier and the cheaper this tour could be!
2. Bring lots of snacks and foods
3. Bring Powerbank
4. Bring tent

Getting There:

1. Go to Jam Liner Terminal in Kamuning, Quezon City
2. Ride a bus going to Lucena Grand Terminal. (Travel time is 4hours, fare is P218)
3. From Lucena Grand Terminal, ride a bus going to Padre Burgos (Travel time is 2hours, fare is 35 pesos)

A quick summary of expenses:

QC to Lucena: 436 pesos
Lucena to Padre Burgos : 70 pesos
Boat Ride and Island Fees: 400 pesos
Tent Fee: 100
Foods: 300
Total: 1306 pesos

There are 3 Islands namely Borawan, Kuwebang Lampas, and Dampalitan. You can get them all in a day since they are just close to each other. In our case, we only had two since my teammates were tired to get the 3rd one done.

Signal is available on most part (atleast for TNT network). We stayed in Borawan and there’s electricity in the island from 6PM until 10PM only. You can have your gadgets charged for P20 per outlet.

There are grilling areas and you can borrow cookwares from the store. You can have them cook for you for a fee. Before heading to the islands, grab all you need from the local market like we did. Our team does not have a cook so we paid for cooking fee haha.

Best time to go? Summer time should be avoided since everyone is going there. We went there in November and everything is just perfect. There’s just 2 other small groups and we owned the islands for two days ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thanks to my teammates, Madam Lyn, Prof Gino and Classmate Ella for this wonderful experience.

I’ll let the pictures do the talking ๐Ÿ˜‰

borawan island kuwebang lampasPadre Burgos Port

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borawan island kuwebang lampasOn our way to the island, we were greeted by a rainbow

borawan island kuwebang lampasOur boat docked at Borawan Island

borawan island kuwebang lampasThe sands of Borawan Island

borawan island kuwebang lampasThe clouds are so close!

borawan island kuwebang lampasSome cottages for rent. If you have tent, you’ll only pay 200 pesos and just divide it by the number of people. ;)

borawan island kuwebang lampasBorawan’s sandbar

borawan island kuwebang lampasJust me posing :D

borawan island kuwebang lampasOn our way to Kuwebang Lampas

borawan island kuwebang lampasOur boat docked at Kuwebang Lampas

borawan island kuwebang lampasCoconuts! I wish they sell them.

borawan island kuwebang lampasTook a moment to be on my own

borawan island kuwebang lampasThe sands of Kuwebang Lampas

borawan island kuwebang lampasborawan island kuwebang lampasborawan island kuwebang lampasborawan island kuwebang lampasborawan island kuwebang lampasborawan island kuwebang lampasThe clear and shallow waters of Kuwebang Lampas.

borawan island kuwebang lampasborawan island kuwebang lampasborawan island kuwebang lampasborawan island kuwebang lampasInside the cave. I loved the cold water here :)

borawan island kuwebang lampasJust me posing :)

borawan island kuwebang lampasBack in Borawan Island. My teammates are tired so we opted not to go to Dampalitan Beach for sunset :(

borawan island kuwebang lampasDinner! One thing I learned in this tour is how to eat crabs haha

ย borawan island kuwebang lampasMe viewing the sunset

borawan island kuwebang lampasEven the longest nights are bound to give way to the dawn right?
– Utada Hikaru.

borawan island kuwebang lampasborawan island kuwebang lampasborawan island kuwebang lampasborawan island kuwebang lampasSunrise! I woke up 4AM for this. Iย love how to be alone with this beauty. It’s just me, the place and music.

borawan island kuwebang lampasOur humble tents :)

borawan island kuwebang lampasOf course, photo op before packing up :D

borawan island kuwebang lampas

Last pic before leaving ๐Ÿ™‚

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Wawa Dam – A Quick Getaway For 150 Pesos

Looking for a quick and cheap getaway this weekend? Checkout Wawa Dam. Located just 1.5 to 2 hours away from Manila, it offers a lot of activities – from the casual walk-in-the-park to the extreme ones – surely, everyone is going to have a great time here.

Wawa Dam is a legendary and historic site. Legend has it that a giant named Bernardo Carpio split the mountain into two (Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Binacayan). Historically, the site was used as a hide out by the revolutionary leader Supremo Andres Bonifacio. Lastly, the local government of Rodriguez has the Wawa Dam in their official seal.

GETTING THERE

Travel time is around 1.5 to 2hrs.

Commuting
From Cubao / SM North / Trinoma ride a UV Express van going to Eastwood Montalban. Just tell the driver to drop you off at Eastwood Ministop. Fare is 50 pesos. Ride a jeep going to Wawa for 8 pesos.

Alternatively, from Cubao / SM North / Trinoma you can ride a bus/jeep going to Litex. Ride a jeep going to Montalban Town Center and another jeep to Wawa. This is much cheaper (15+20+13=48 pesos) but a bit of a hassle ๐Ÿ™‚

Private Vehicle
From Cubao / SM North, drive all the way to Commonwealth Avenue, turn right at Litex Road and follow the signage to Montalban Town Center. Head to the town plaza and follow the signage to Wawa Dam. You can see jeepneys going to Wawa so you can have them as a guide.

Alternatively, from Cubao / SM North, drive all the way to Commonwealth Avenue, turn right at Sandigan Bayan and follow the signage to San Mateo. Turn left at Banaba and follow the signage to Montalban and Wawa.

TIPS
– Wear slippers / trekking sandals
– Bring foods and drinks ๐Ÿ™‚
– Stay safe!
– Do not litter

WHERE TO STAY
Cottages are for rent ranging from 150 pesos to 500 pesos. If you’re a small group and not here for swimming, you can just stay at the rocks or buy at the stores and sit there to rest ๐Ÿ™‚

FOOD
No baon? No problem! There are lot of sari-sari stores here and not overpriced either. There are also eateries for heavy meals and bakeries too. Some houses offer paluto for a fee.

ESSENTIALS
There are comfort rooms here in case you get a tummy ache or you need to pee. Signal is also strong and gets weak when you get farther the dam.

ACTIVITIES

Photo Op– we all know you’re coming here for this! ๐Ÿ˜› There are also prenups being shot here.

Date – if you’re both into nature or adventure, why not.

Picnic – a lot of families, specially residents of Montalban, are always up for a picnic here.

Videoke – there are videoke machines so if you have some P5 to spare, go for it xD

Swimming – of course there’s water, swim all you want! Just be very careful since some parts are deep (bilang lalim) and rocky.

Biking – if you have your gear, go join the bikers. Wawa to Timberland in San Mateo is the most common route ๐Ÿ™‚

Motocross – Yes! I sometimes see them passing by here. Not sure if this is a regular thing.

Hiking – Wawa is home to Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Binacayan, and Mt. Parawagan. I suggest you come here at dawn so you can be at the summit by sunrise. Mini sea of clouds ๐Ÿ˜€ Guide fee is 500 pesos per group.

Rock Climbing – Yep, be Spiderman for a day ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here are some of the pictures taken using my Samsung NX2000, Nikon V1, and Supremo 4k.

pamitinan protected landscape

Welcome to Pamitinan Protected Landscape!

wawa dam bikersBikers taking a break

banana cue meryendaMy personal favorite : banana cue. P10 only :) I can’t find my halohalo pic sorry T_T

wawa dam souvenirsSome souvenirs. Some sell tshirts but I was intimidated by the crew so I did not take a picture haha

 wawa dam fishFishes and Hotdogs. You can have them cooked/grilled for a fee.

wawa dam fruitsFruits for sale

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wawa dam rocksHalfway to the Dam you’ll be greeted with this view.

wawa dam rocksVisitors of Wawa Dam – some are bikers and some are here for swimming

wawa-dam-falls-8wawa-dam-fallswawa-dam-falls-2wawa-dam-falls-3wawa-dam-falls-4wawa-dam-falls-5wawa-dam-falls-6wawa-dam-falls-7Up close Wawa Dam. This is the most favorite part of many people. I love the gush of the water and the breeze here will cool your summer! Cottages are in place and you can stay for 150 pesos ๐Ÿ™‚

wawa-dam-rafting-2wawa-dam-raftwawa-dam-raftingView from the watch tower. You can rent a cottage and rafts too!

wawa-dam-cottageCottage for rent.

wawa-dam-autumnAutumn feels in Wawa

wawa-dam-motocrossMoto

wawa damView from the bridge featuring Wawa’s shallow waters. Go for a dip!

wawa-dam-rockswawa-dam-shallow-2The other side which features cottages and families having picnic

wawa dam bridge

Kids jumping from the bridge and swimming

wawa dam rock climbingRock Climbing

wawa dam pamitinan caveOn our way to hike Mt. Pamitinan. Bat Cave hmmm.

pamitinan cave bat cavemt pamitinan summitmt pamitinan viewmt pamitinan summitmt pamitinan peakAlmost at the summit! The breeze here is super!

mt pamitinan summitMy friend Coi with the buwis-buhay pose.

mt pamitinan summitCoi at the summit of Mt. Pamitinan.

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