You want to experience Boracay-ish beaching? Head on to Kwebang Lampas in Pagbilao, Quezon.
It’s just four to five hours away from Manila. You can actually go here from Manila by car. Used google maps to reach the place and entered Puting Buhangin. When you reach Pagbilao Grande Island, you’ll pass through a power plant facility and an almost 10-minute drive rough road. Then, you can park your car in a “mini-port” (100 pesos for parking fee) where you have to pay for a 25-peso boat ride toward the island where Kwebang Lampas is. Its actually only a ten-second boat ride, then when when you reach Kwebang Lampas, you have to walk for 5 minutes toward the actual white beach. There is an entrance fee of (50 pesos if I remember correctly).
The beach is small, but has fine white sand, almost close to Boracay. As the name Kwebang Lampas implies, there’s a cave where you can swim as well. If you want to stay here overnight, you can pitch a tent for a fee as well. I would be returning to this place, but surely not during summer because its crowded during this season.
How to get there:
If you are from Metro Manila, you can ride a bus going to Lucena City. Recommended to take JAC Liner as they have several bus stations and have trips every hour. They have bus stations in Kamias, Quezon City and Buendia-Taft, in Pasay. These stations have trips to Lucena. The trip to Lucena is approximately 5 hours.
Once you arrived at Lucena Grand Central Terminal you can ride a jeepney going to Pagbilao. Then another jeepney to Brgy. Isla Polo. At the terminal in Isla Polo you need to take a tricycle going to the jump off. You still need to cross the river by the boat. Then you have the choice to either trek to the beach for about 15-20 minutes. Or cross the sea for about 10-15 minutes.
The island is very far from the city so no light/air pollution. You can star gaze and see the stars clearly at night. Entrance fee is 50php/head but if you are planning for an overnight it’s 100php/head. Well that’s based on our last visit w/c is last year February 2013. As I remember, cottages are 400-800php. There is a comfort room though it is not as comfortable as you think. Well, you can buy a pail of water for taking a bath I think around 10-20php. The water is clear in the beach. It is semi-fine cream sand. I enjoy more the view at night though.
This is a place perfect for beach bums. For those who are looking for water activities, look for another beach.
– Bring your own food, tent, water, and lamp if you intend to stay for overnight.
– The care taker have a sari-sari store but expect for a much higher price. They have soft drinks, junk foods and noodles. If you want to take a bath you have to pay for the water for Php50 per container(30liters).
– They already have comfort rooms. No electricity yet.
– For boat rental, you can contact ate Noime at 09476142289 / 09956153995.
Kwebang Lampas is such a lovely beach. Though it is best to visit this beach during weekdays and off season since the area is small and you will not be able to enjoy it if it gets crowded. Our visit was cozy since we only have few neighbors which are also couples. The only setback for this place was the tent that we rented. I love that it doesn’t have electricity or lamp post except in the store since it gives a more solemn or serene experience especially at night. It is a great escape from the city lights and noise.
The overall experience was satisfactory if what you want is to relax. I’m looking forward and ecstatic for our next visit.