7 Best Beaches in Quezon Province [And How To Get There]

Summer is just around the corner, so why not take a vacation from the hustle and bustle and visit a beach? These ones are nearby getaways with a lot of sun and sand. Here are some of the best beaches in Quezon Province! [Check out our list of top tourist spots in Quezon Province]

Best Beaches in Quezon Province

Borawan Beach

One of the most famous beaches in Barangay Lipata, Borawan shows a magical view of the Sibuyan Sea. Backed by rocky cliffs and dotted by huge rocks, the beach offers a lot of nooks and crannies to explore, plus a lot of good vistas for sightseeing. Make sure to take a dip in the sapphire waters, too!

Borawan Island
Borawan Island | Photo by Nicolas Asenjo under creative commons

How to get to Borawan Beach

  • Take a Lucena City-bound bus from either Buendia, Cubao or Kamuning. The fare is around Php200 Php260. Travel time is around 3-4 hours depending on the traffic situation.
  • Alight at Lucena Grand Terminal.
  • From Lucena Grand Terminal take a bus or van to Unisan. Travel time is 1 hour. The fare is around Php 35 to 40.
  • Get off at QCRB Bank in Padre Burgos. You can buy supplies in the market before hiring a tricycle that will take you to the small fishing port in Barangay Basaio.
  • Outrigger boats dock in the port will take you to Borawan Island, Puting Buhangin, and Dampalitan Island for Php 1,700 to 2,000. Good for 10 people.

Dampalitan Beach

Dampalitan is among the country’s many underdeveloped beaches — which, in this day and age is actually a good thing. Its brown sand is lined with pine trees, and you can also see a few tents from overnight campers. For those who want more traditional lodgings, there are 10 spartan cottages, all without electricity. Talk of a great way to detox! The beach also sports a mangrove area, which is worth a look-see. Check out our Dampalitan DIY Travel Guide.

Dampalitan Beach
Dampalitan Beach | Photo by Edss Tolentino

How to get to Dampalitan Beach

  • Take a Lucena City-bound bus from either Buendia, Cubao or Kamuning. The fare is around Php200 Php260. Travel time is around 3-4 hours depending on the traffic situation.
  • Alight at Lucena Grand Terminal.
  • From Lucena Grand Terminal take a bus or van to Unisan. Travel time is 1 hour. The fare is around Php 35 to 40.
  • Get off at QCRB Bank in Padre Burgos. You can buy supplies in the market before hiring a tricycle that will take you to the small fishing port in Barangay Basaio.
  • Outrigger boats dock in the port will take you to Borawan Island, Puting Buhangin, and Dampalitan Island for Php 1,700 to 2,000. Good for 10 people.

Cagbalete Island

Not just “another island paradise”, Cagbalete Island is surrounded by a wide patch of cream-colored sand (especially during low tide). Aside from simply lounging around, nature lovers can appreciate the wide biodiversity of Cagbalete, with various flora and fauna (the latter mostly birds and marine species). As a plus, it’s also so easy to reach from Manila! This is definitely one of the best beaches in Quezon Province. Check out our Cagbalete Island DIY Travel Guide.

Cagbalete Island
Cagbalete Island | Photo by Edss Tolentino

How to get to Cagbalete Island

  • Take a Lucena City-bound bus from either Buendia, Cubao or Kamuning. The fare is around Php200 Php260. Travel time is around 3-4 hours depending on the traffic situation.
  • Alight at Lucena Grand Terminal.
  • From Lucena Grand Terminal take a bus or van to Mauban. Travel time is around 2 hours. The fare is around Php 60 to 70.
  • The port is a port walk from the bus station in Mauban.
  • Upon arrival in Mauban port, visit the tourism office and pay Php 50 per persons for the environmental fee. Also there a Php 30 is collected for the terminal fee. There are passenger boats that will take you to Cagbalete Island. Travel time is around 45 minutes to 1 hour. The boat departs at 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

Alibijaban Island

Pronounced “Alibihaban”, this one’s located in the municipality of San Andres Quezon. San Andres is a tourist attraction in its own right, but the golden triple sandbars is a sight to behold! The whole beach is a treasure in terms of its simplicity and raw beauty. A good plus is the genuine hospitality shown by the people of San Andres.

Alibijaban Island | Photo by Jpcabarles under creative commons

How to get to Alibijaban Island

  • Take a Lucena City-bound bus from either Buendia, Cubao or Kamuning. The fare is around Php200 Php260. Travel time is around 3-4 hours depending on the traffic situation.
  • Alight at Lucena Grand Terminal.
  • From Lucena Grand Terminal take a bus or van to San Andres, Quezon.
  • If you are okay with non-airconditioned bus, you can take a direct trip to San Andres, Quezon from StarMall Alabang. The trip schedule are: 4:00 AM, 5:30 AM, 8:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 6:30 PM, 8:30 PM and 10:00 PM
  • When you arrive in San Andres, you can rent a boat to Alibijaban Island.

Jomalig Island

Jomalig island is well known among weekend trippers from Manila, as a place where you’d go if you want to isolate yourself from the world. The island (whose name is pronounced “Humalig”) is populated by a very friendly group of people, whose smiles shine brighter than the golden sands and the teal waters. There’s only one thing to feel here: serenity!

Jomalig Island | © Ervin Malicdem, 2013 / Wikipedia

Puting Buhangin Beach

The name of the beach says it all. Also called Lukang Beach after its owner, the beach is among the offerings of Pagbilao. The tropical features you’re looking for in a beach are all here, from the fine sand and clear water to the short palm trees and the lush island interior!

How to get to Puting Buhangin Beach

  • Take a Lucena City-bound bus from either Buendia, Cubao or Kamuning. The fare is around Php200 Php260. Travel time is around 3-4 hours depending on the traffic situation.
  • Alight at Lucena Grand Terminal.
  • From Lucena Grand Terminal take a bus or van to Unisan. Travel time is 1 hour. The fare is around Php 35 to 40.
  • Get off at QCRB Bank in Padre Burgos. You can buy supplies in the market before hiring a tricycle that will take you to the small fishing port in Barangay Basaio.
  • Outrigger boats dock in the port will take you to Borawan Island, Puting Buhangin, and Dampalitan Island for Php 1,700 to 2,000. Good for 10 people.

Minasawa Island

Minasawa is among Polillo’s wonders, and aside from being a great pebbled beach, it is also an active bird sanctuary with various species roaming around freely. The food here is also great, so if you’re looking for other activities aside from simply taking a dip, then this is a good alternative. If you want to go day tripping, you can also check out the various islets around that comprise some of Polillo’s other offerings.

These are just some of the best beaches in Quezon Province, all easily reachable from the country’s center. What’s stopping you from taking time off and taking a dip?

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