As a solo traveler and a budget traveler I was accustomed to live out in my comfort zone like camping, sleeping in bus terminals and even traveling without a nice good bath for days. These may sound weird and unsanitary but for me that’s the true essence of exploring, being able to trade comfortable things for the true meaning of getting lost in nature. It always makes me ecstatic when camping is allowed in the beach.
I was excited when my friend invited me to visit Dampalitan Island in Padre Burgos, Quezon Province. I must admit that this province is one of my favorite places to visit. The Province of Quezon is a paradise since it is surrounded with verdant forest and pristine islands. We prepared our outdoor gears and we left as early as 2 am for our adventure. Also, we make sure that we are well equipped and ready for this beach camping adventure. There are buses in Buendia and kamuning bound for Lucena Grand Terminal. I suggest that you should catch the first trip to avoid traffic and delays. Travel time is just about 4 to 5 hours.
|Dampalitan Island is another treasure of Quezon Province.|
Dampalitan Island is an ideal retreat to escape the hassle life in the metro. The island has a laid back charm that will capture the heart of every backpacker that is looking for a relaxing vibe. The long creamy white sand is a picture-perfect spot for overnight camping and for endless summer nights. The island is enclosed with tropical blue waters with rich underwater life. Palm trees and agoho tres dotted the whole island and provided a nice shade from the scorching heat of the sun. The atmosphere in the whole island is simple yet mesmerizing. A perfect alternative for its much visited neighbors such as Borawan Island and Puting Buhangin at Kuwebang Lampas.
|The view of the island from the boat.|
|A beautiful hideout for a weekend getaway.|
We arrived in the island early in the morning and we decided to look for a pristine and peaceful spot for camping. We decided to set our camps on the far right side of the island. We take a stroll in the island to explore its hidden beauty. We discovered a mangrove forest, rock formations and a beach cove with much longer powdery white sand. During the night, the sky is filled with bazillion stars which is best for star gazing while having a nice cold beer with your friends.
|A tropical ambiance.|
|The cove located in the far right side of the island.|
- Bus Terminals in Buendia and in kamuning have direct route to Lucena Grand Terminal. Fare is around Php 200 to 260. Travel time is 3 hours. Catch the first trip to avoid traffic and delays.
- Alight at Lucena Grand Terminal.
- From Lucena Grand Terminal take a non-air conditioned bus to Unisan. Travel time is 1 hour. Fare is around Php 35 to 40.
- Get off at Padre Burgos market. You can buy supplies in the market before hiring a tricycle that will take you to the small fishing port in Barangay Basaio.
- Outrigger boat dock in the port will take you to Borawan Island, Puting Buhangin at kuwebang lampas and Dampalitan Island for Php 1,700 to 1,800. Good for 10 to 15 persons.
WHERE TO STAY:
- Beach camping is the best option in the island. It is cheaper and adventurous. Tents can be rented at around Php 300 to Php 500.
- There are also rooms and cottages for rent.
- A hammock is also a best choice.
- There is a small store in the island that sells snacks and drinks but expect that the prices is much higher.
- Bring your own foods and drinks.
- Don’t forget to bring your camping tools such as flashlight, toiletries, ropes, sleeping mat and cooking materials.
- Extra money
- Bring your own tents and hammocks.
- A Php 60 entrance fee is collected upon arrival.Since running water is not available in the island you can buy a gallon for Php 50 and Php 500 per drum.
|One of the “kubo” that you can rent for your stay.|
About the Author:
Edss Tolentino is an aspiring travel writer, an adventure junkie and a seeker of the unknown. His goal is to explore the 7,641 islands of the Philippines and share its beauty to the world.