Pagbilao Quezon Tourist Spots
Nestled in the small coastal town of Pagbilao, Quezon are four tourist spots namely Borawan, Bilaran Sandbar, Kwebang lampas and Puting Buhangin which will surely entice tourists and backpackers looking for a day tour or overnight. Add the long cove of Dampalitan Island beach in Padre Burgos, this will surely complete your five in one tour good for budget conscious byaheros.
Bilaran Sandbar, Kwebang Lampas, Borawan, Dampalitan Island Blog
Bilaran Sandbar is a long stretch of white sand bar in Pagbilao Quezon. It is believed to have been created by the waves from the meeting of Pagbilao Bay and Tayabas Bay. Today, the sandbar serves as a tourist spot overlooking Mount Banahaw, Pagbilao Bay, and Pagbilao Power Plant.
Bilaran Sandbar or Biliran Sandbar is located 10km or 40 mins by boat from Padre Burgos, Quezon. It passes through Borawan, Puting Buhangin and Kwebang Lampas. The white sand bar emerges as the water recedes during low tide and the best time to go there is from 6-10 AM and in the afternoon during summer.
The sandbar is also rich in marine life with starfish, jellyfish and other small fishes swimming close to the sandbar.
Bilaran Sandbar Tour
We arrived in Padre Burgos, Quezon around 5:00 am and registered in the barangay hall of barangay Campo. Our organizer Mark Lester processed the registration and paid the P20 fee included in the tour package. While waiting for the boat, we took our breakfast and changed clothes for our boat trip. Around 5:30 AM, we left the port and arrived in the sand bar after 40 minutes of boat ride. The long trip to the sandbar was worth the wait as we were awestruck with the magnificence of the sandbar. It was almost high tide when we got there and the water was slowly creeping in and submerging the white sand.
Bilaran Sandbar from Bantigue, Pagbilao Quezon
Bilaran Sandbar can also be accessed from Bantigue, a fishing village in Pagbilao, Quezon. According to MyBackpackDiaries, you can go to Bantigue from Lucena by riding a jeep going to Pagbilao and dropping off Bagong Tulay and taking a Tricycle to the coastal town of Bantigue.
Kwebang Lampas Pagbilao Quezon
Kwebang Lampas is a small cave with 2 openings located in Puting Buhangin, Pagbilao Grande Island. The name comes from the fact that the cave protrudes to the ocean and on high tide, it looks like the cave is “lampas na sa lupa”. It can be accessed via boat from Padre Burgos or via land from Puting Buhangin, Pagbilao.
During summer, the cave can be filled with tourists flocking Puting Buhangin. However, since there is a covid 19 pandemic, Puting Buhangin is closed and Kwebang Lampas can be accessed only via Padre Burgos.
In 2017, I was able to commute to Puting Buhangin and Kwebang Lampas during labor day as a side trip from Tayabas and Lucban Quezon. When I went to Kwebang Lampas in December 2020, it was still closed for tourist we were still able to go to the cave by boat trip as part of the tour.
Puting Buhangin Pagbilao Grande
Puting Buhangin in Pagbilao, Quezon is a 150 meter long stretch of white sand beach near Kwebang lampas. It can be accessed both by land from Pagbilao Grande Island and by sea from Bantigue or Padre Burgos, Quezon. This is a popular spot for those who don’t want to take a boat as it can be accessed by land only. Tourists who prefer overnight camping without the tour may go there.
Borawan is a famous beach in Pagbilao, Quezon whose name is a mixture of Boracay and Palawan. Borawan Island is part of Pagbilao Chica Island in contrast to Kwebang Lampas and Puting Buhangin which belongs to Pagbilao Grande Island. The beach is part of the mainland but is commonly accessed through a 15 minute boat ride from Padre Burgos.
The sands of the island is not as fine grain as that of Boracay and the rock formations is dwarfed by those found in El Nido or Coron, Palawan. Despite this, It is still popular to many tourists as you no longer need to fly to experience both Boracay and Palawan
Borawan Entrance Fee and Accomodation
The entrance fee for day tour in Borawan Island is ₱150 while overnight camping costs ₱220 while the entrance fee may already be included when booking for the resort. If you are joining a tour group, ask your coordinator if the entrance fee is included in your itinerary otherwise, you may need to pay for it seperately when you visit the island.
As of April 2021, you can rent a tent for ₱500 for 2-3 persons. If you are bringing your own tent, a tent pitching fee of ₱300 per tent is required on top of the overnight fee.
You can also visit Borawan Island Facebook Page for more information.
If you are planning to book an overnight accomodation to Borawan, you can check out these resorts.
Dampalitan Island Beach, Padre Burgos, Quezon
Dampalitan Island or Dampalitan Beach is part of Padre Burgos Quezon located on the other side of Borawan which is part of Pagbilao. The long stretch of white sandy beach beach is lined with Sea Pine (Casuarina) trees and Coconut trees. The island perfect for camping as the beach stretches for almost 250 meters and there are trees providing additional shade.
There are also dead corals on the other side and a rocky shoreline, perfect for photoshoot.
You can do a day tour or stay overnight in Dampalitan Island with their nipa hut or camp out. There’s also toilet and a store to buy snacks and drinks. During our stay, we bought fish from the fisherman at sea and grilled it for lunch.
The entrance fee for day tour in Dampalitan Island is ₱80 while for overnight, the fee is ₱100. You can camp out and pay ₱200 for the space and if you dont have a tent, you can pay ₱500 for tent rental. For big groups, you can also choose to rent a cottage for ₱1000-₱1500.
Fresh water in the island is scarce and is a bit pricey. 1 container costs ₱50 and a drum costs ₱500. For those doing day tour, you can choose to take a shower when you return to the jump off as some houses offer their toilet for shower at a cheaper cost.
Pagbilao, Quezon is a first class municipality in the province of Quezon. It is 148km southeast of Manila and 3hrs 40mins ride by car.
How to go to Borawan Island?
To go to Borawan Island by car, you need to travel to Padre Burgos in Quezon. From Alabang, drive 144 km via South Luzon Expressway heading to Lucena, and passing Pagbilao, Quezon. If coming from Rizal, you can take the national road to Lucban Quezon and taking an exit in Pagbilao, Quezon.
Borawan Island is situated in Pagbilao Chica Island while Dampalitan Island is still part of the main land in Padre Burgos. Both can be accessed via a boat ride from Padre Burgos, Quezon. There is also another way you can access kwebang lampas via Pagbilao Grande.
How to commute to Pagbilao or Padre Burgos, Quezon?
As of April, 2021, to commute going to Pagbilao, Quezon, first ride a bus going to Lucena, either by riding a Jac Liner Bus from Biñan to Lucena or van from Alabang to Lucena. From Lucena, ride a bus that will pass by Padre Burgos and ask the driver or conductor to drop you off Barangy Campo in Basiao Poblacion.
If you are going to commute to kwebang Lampas, it will cost you ₱200+ to Lucena, ₱12 pesos for jeep to Pagbilao, ₱38 jeep to isla Pulo (Pagbilao Grande), ₱50 tricycle plus the entrance fees and boat ride.
If you are heading to Puting Buhangin and kwebang lampas, you can take a jeepney from Lucena going to Pagbilao Grande and take a tricycle to the entrance of kwebang lampas.
During our trip, we went with a group tour of 10 passengers. The price for the tour was ₱1800 per passenger inclusive of van and boat rental, toll fee, gas, and entrance fee.
Pagbilao, Quezon Itinerary
Sample Itinerary for Day Tour in Pagbilao Quezon.
12:00 AM – Meetup
1:00 AM – Depart Manila
5:00 AM – Arrive in Padre Burgos
5:30 AM – Register in Barangay Campo
6:00 AM – Depart to Bilaran Sandbar
6:40 AM – Start tour Bilaran Sandbar, Kwebang Lampas, Borawan
12:00 NN – Lunch in Dampalitan Island
4:00 PM – Return to Port, wash up
5:30 PM – Back to Manila
If you are looking for other beach options, check out my Matabungkay Beach in Lian Batangas
Other Tourist Spots in Pagbilao
- St. Catherine Alexandria Parish
- Silangang Nayon Park and Restaurant in Bantigue, Pagbilao
Tourist spots near Pagbilao, Quezon
- Kamay Ni Hesus, Lucban, Quezon
- Atimonan Zigzag Park
- Basilica of St Michael the Archangel, Tayabas, Quezon
- Mount Banahaw
- Lucena Perez Park
If you are planning to go there. It is best to bring with you your latest health certificate as it will be asked by the barangay officials when they log your entry.