Last May 2014, we originally planned to go to Magalawa island. So, we went ahead to Victory bus liner in Cubao. We were so shocked as there are so many passengers bound to Zambales. We asked one ticketing officer and she told us that all the tickets are sold out and if we want, we can be a chance passenger. Hell, No! I texted a friend and asked her if she know any beach near Manila, specifically southern part. She told me to try to go to Borawan. I told her that I already went there and if possible, any beach that not so crowded. She asked me if I already visited Dampalitan island. Well, I never heard it before. Voila! This is it! Dampalitan, here we come!
I told my friends instead of going to Zambales, we will go to Quezon for a quick summer escapade. I really don’t know how to go there. Well, what’s the use of google, right? 😉
How to Get to Dampalitan Island: From Manila by public transport.
1. Ride a bus to Lucena City. There are many terminals in Metro Manila that go to Lucena. I think fare is somewhere between P250-260. Travel time: 3 hours.
2. Alight at Lucena Grand Terminal. From the terminal, take another bus to Unisan. Take note, the bus is not air-conditioned.
3. Get off at QCRB Bank (Padre Burgos) or ask the driver to drop you off here.
4. Take a tricycle to Aplaya. Tell the driver you intend to go to Dampalitan
There are boats for rent in Aplaya. These boats can take you on an island-hopping tour with stops in Puting Buhangin (Pagbilao), Dampalitan Island and Borawan Island.
After our roller coaster ride with an ordinary bus, we reached our final destination – Aplaya. We rented a bot going to Dampalitan island. Yahooooo!
Dampalitan is part of the different islands in Padre Burgos, Quezon. The sand is not so white and the water is clear but there are a lot of jelly fish. You need to continuously watch out or else get stung. It’s a good camping site since there are a lot of trees though there’s no running water and just a makeshift comfort room. You’ll need to pay 100 pesos for one drum of water. There’s also a small store in the island to rely on emergency food cravings. You could also request for them to set up a bonfire for php 50. Staying in the island is relatively safe since there’s a caretaker looking around the campers.
Here’s the tricky part. There are only 2 restrooms in the whole island. So all tourists in the island are sharing. The line can get quite long and it moves slowly. It is also not the cleanest of all restrooms in the world. If you’re a little maarte, this is not for you.
Here’s the funny photos!
A quick Island Hopping Trip in Quezon Province over the weekend? If it is your first time, why not! Honestly, It seemed that the “wow factor”I was looking for didn’t pan out.
“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”
― Anita Desai