Weekend Getaway: Puting Buhangin and Kwebang Lampas
After I went to Baler, Aurora, my trip to the beach was supposed to be over. Our trip to Quezon was unplanned, and it just started with a joke. I wanted to get out of the city that weekend because I needed a break from work. It's funny how fast and easy it was for us to plan our weekend getaway in Puting Buhangin and Kwebang Lampas within a week. As I was talking to my friend, Tin, she said she already has plans that weekend and she's going home to Quezon. I was about to renew my license then so I said, "how about I drive you there?"
Both Tin and I got excited with our plan, but she didn't want me to drive all the way to Quezon. As a result, we invited another one who could drive for us.
Before we went to the beach, we were staying in Lucena. Travel time from Lucena to Pagbilao is only 1 hour. We left a bit late, around 7:30 in the morning. Unfortunately, a large number of cars were already parked there. So, from there, I expected that the beach will be crowded. Unfortunately.
Before we could see the beauty of Puting Buhangin and Kwebang Lampas, we need to ride a boat for almost 3 minutes, then trek for about 10 minutes.
On our way to Puting Buhangin and Kwebang Lampas! Yay! Those boats are the boats to Borawan. We were told that we could go on island hopping for only Php1,800 (Borawan, Puting Buhangin and Dampalitan). I reaaaaally want to visit Borawan, but since this trip is out of the budget, we decided to go there next time.
Finally! I've seen the pictures on the internet, but I didn't imagine that it would be this beautiful in real life. I love its crystal-clear, emerald waters and white sand. All of the cottages are already taken, so we were only able to rent a table for Php150 only.
See the little cave over there? That's the Kwebang Lampas! I didn't bring my cellphone with me when we entered the cave so I can't share with you what the Kwebang Lampas looks like. We only walked to the cave since it was low-tide. But, be careful because the rocks were too sharp. We stayed there for about an hour, and you could feel the hot and cold water underneath.
It would be better if you will visit the beach on weekdays. Don't go there on weekends! Lots of boats are parked on the beach; you can only swim at the leftmost and rightmost side of the beach. I will definitely comeback and visit Borawan and Dampalitan too!
- Entrance fee: Php100 (day tour)
- Parking fee: Php100
- Cottage: Php300 (optional)
- Table: Php150 (optional)
- Water (5 gallons of tap water): Php50
Date of visit: May 28, 2016
How to get there:
- Ride any bus going to Lucena, Quezon
- Drop off at Lucena Grand Centeral Terminal
- Ride a jeep going to Pagbilao Town Proper
- The jeep will stop near the Pagbilao Market Terminal
- Ride a jeep going to Barangay Polo
- Drop off at the jeep stop at Barangay Polo. You should see the Power Station from afar
- Ride a tricycle to Puting Buhangin