DIY TRES ISLAS
BORAWAN | DAMPALITAN | KUWEBANG LAMPAS
Nothing more fun having a weekend getaway when you are with your friends , by this time I was with my college friends , which I think I shared almost 1/4 of my life.So to make a story short , "kinulayan namin ang drawing" , since we are group of art savvy people , di lang kame nagkulay , nag 3d modellnig pa kame. Thanks to our principal organizer Fathima who organized everything and made the travel budget friendly and most of it all fun.Yes you've heard it right , budget friendly because we've planned to do it DIY.
Borawan , Dampalatian and Kuwebang lagpas were the island we've gone just for a weekend getaway.Yes! you've read it right! 3 islands just for a weekend.Basically if you'll be able to read other blogs , those set of islands are popular travel package because they are all near by each other, secondly is each of them has a distinct scenery they could offer.Those islands are located in Quezon province which has 3-4 hours travel time from Manila.
11:00 pm - 12:00 pm | meet up place at Jac Liner along EDSA , Kamias road.near Kamuning MRT.
12:30 am - 4:30 am | Travel time from Manila to Quezon , Lucena Grand Terminal
4:30 am - 5:30 am | Arrival at the Lucena Grand Terminal , waiting game as we need to wait for another bus going to Unisan , specifically in Padre Burgos.
5:30 am - 7:00 am | Travel time from Lucena Grand Terminal to Padre Burgos
7 :00 am - 8 :30 am | We took time to buy some stuff and foods for our two day meals.
8:30 am - 8:40 am | Ride a tricylcle going to port , we had our contacts already prior to this travel so we can save more time looking for a boat ride for two days.
8 :40 am - 8:55 am | Boat ride from Padre Burgos to Borawan Island , there we spent our brunch and snack till 4:00 pm and swim , rock and cliff diving , picture taking as well.
4:00 pm - 4:30pm | Boat ride from Borawan Island to Dampalitan Island where we spent an overnight That includes swimming , photshoots , playing card and star gazing , bonfire etc.DAY TWO
We woke up at around 5 o' clock in the morning and spent our time roaming some parts of the Dampalitan Island before we headed to our last Island which is Kuwebang Lampas
9:00 am - 9:45 am | Travel time from Dampalitan Island to Kwebang Lampas where we spent most of our swimming time till afternnon of 4:00 pm before we headed back to Padre Burgos then to Manila
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm | Travel time from Kuwebang Lampas going Padre Burgos
4:45 pm - 6:00 pm | We were offered to fixed our things and have a shower on our contacts place so it will not be a hassle for us knowing its crowded already on the beach ,we also took a chance to have a last photo shoots since its getting sunset already , a good chance for a good picture taking.
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Our ideal plan is to leave Padre Burgos going to Lucena Grand terminal at 5:00 pm and be in Manila at 9 or 10pm approx, since most of us has work the next morning.We took time to have a picture taking and also prepare our things , the plan time of leaving did not pushed through , its okay , it is still the memories that last and the time being with special people that matters
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Suffer consequences , travel time from Padre Burgos to Lucena Grand terminal then since most of us got hungry , we dropped by at the Jollibee to move on !
9:00 pm - 1:30 am | Travel time from Lucena Grand terminal to Manila.
|CTTO | RAD DE JESUS | ARRIVAL AT LUCENA GRAND TERMINAL|
|CTTO | RAD DE JESUS | ARRIVAL AT PADRE BURGOS BUYING INGREDIENTS FOR OUR 2 DAY MEALS|
LETS DO THE ISLAND REVIEW
I would consider this place memorable , since its the first island ever I went through with my college friends.The place is nice and I would say spacious as it can accommodate numbers of visitors.It has its own distinct rock formations where you can have your Instagram worthy photos. If you are an adventure seeker , their approximate 15 foot rock formations could give you thrilling experience as you can jump on top, of course the sea would be the landing point.Those rock formations , netted sea part , stores and kayak activities are located on the left side of the island , so its the best place to set up your tents and belonging there than on the right side , everything is already there.Just to set up an expectations , their sand is not really as fine as Boracay but the rock formations is a must see.
The challanged we encountered by the way is finding a right spot where we could set up our things , there a lot of hantik/ ants on the ground near every trees,The good thing is that the island offers a bigger size tent to accommodate us , of course we will pay for it,
I just noticed that their goods are quite pricey , like the Halo-halo costs 45.00 pesos versus the regular price of 25.00 .For me it is still unreasonable since the island is just 15 minutes from the city proper through boat ride.Its not as remote as the other islands.
Since the island is beautiful ,the down is that it is restricted to swim outside the boarder of the netted part of the sea, because of the venomous jelly fishes,Actually before we arrived at the island we have already noticed big chunks of white jelly fishes along the way so my classmates were quite hesitant to swim a distant from the sea shore and me as well.I just think it would be nicer to enjoy swimming to the beach without thinking of any possibilities being stung by any sea creatures for us to enjoy the moment.
|CTTO | RAD DE JESUS | PHOTO SHOOT | LEFT SIDE OF BORAWAN BEACH|
|BECAUSE WE'RE ARTY FARTSY|
|CTTO | RINCESS REYES|
|OUR VERY OWN TENT|
DAMPALITAN ISLANDThis where we spent an overnight , compared to Borawan island , the sand is much more finer , and there's a lot of trees near the shores so it would be easy to find a good shades during sun's peak, and lesser hantiks/ants,I think the island has more organized cottages and accommodations.I just wasn't able to swim there since it was already low tide. They also offer a rooms for much convenience but we are on a budget so we just rented tents.There were picturesque parts of the islands that catches your attentions , but I would say Borawan has more to offer because of their rock formations. There's also a store where you can buy foods and Ice for your cold drinks.
|PHOTO CREDIT | CHIANE SERVANDO|
|PHOTO CREDI | CONRAD DE JESUS | US PLAYING UNO CARD|
|CTTO | RINCESS REYES | YUNG KATABI KO LAKI NG MASKELS|
|BEFORE WE HEADED TO KUWEBANG LAMPAS|
KUWEBANG LAMPASSo after an overnight stay in Dampalitan island , we took our breakfast and a few picture taking along the area then we headed to Kuwebang Lampas .I would definitely consider this island as the best among the previous two. So save the best for last. Definitely the island has a lot more to offer since its main attraction is its underwater cave where you have to swim or walk on the rocks going inside .You have to wear slippers since some of the rocks are sharp pointed and slippery.
|CTTO | JOHN LEROY FRANCISCO | BEST PART OF THE WEEKEND|
|CTTO | JOHN LEROY FRANCISCO | BEST PART OF THE WEEKEND|
|CTTO | JOHN LEROY FRANCISCO ||
|INSIDE THE CAVE|
EXPENSES BREAK IT DOWN YO!
436 | Bus fare back and forth
35 | Bus fare fong to Padre Burgos
20 | Tricycle back and forth going to the port
150 | entrance to borawan
70 | Borawan Cottage
100 | Overnight at Dampalitan
67 | Tent pitching fee each ( I brought my own I borrowed from my workmate Mica.
80 | Entrance to Kwebang Lampas
30 | Cottage fee Kwebang Lampas each , good for 12 persons
300 | Boat transpo
300 | Food contribution
20 | Shower fee in Dianne's place (our contact )
100 | Van to Lucena Grand terminal
1710 pesos Not bad for the Three Islands in a weekends
-bring your own tent if possible
-bring a fan , sometimes it gets hot at night
-bring a vicks or white flower , the travel time might get you dizzy
-bring your own neck pillow , since its handy
-as much as possible leave the earliest time from Padre Burgos as we had a hard time looking for a bus going Lucena Grand terminal.Maybe at around 5 or 6 , you should already be on the road.