Summer is fast approaching and I can really feel the sun is calling for another adventure. With all the stress and pressure at work, it’s time to recharge and rest. So, I made a research first on where to go before calling my friends. I was thinking of a place with the following categories:
- a place near Cavite/Manila
- a budget-friendly place
- white sand beach
- a not so commercialized island
I ended up picking Dampalitan and Borawan Island in Padre Burgos, Quezon and I have made a very wise decision 🙂 I called my friends and got 9 yeses. We left at around 4 AM last Saturday and got to Lucena Grand Terminal at around 8 AM. We had our quick breakfast and meeting first at the terminal before heading to our next stop.
We took the bus going to Unisan and asked the driver to drop us off at Padre Burgos (bayan). When we reached the Padre Burgos bayan, we asked the locals to lead us to their market so we can buy our food and other stuffs. After buying all the stuffs that we need, we rode a tricycle which led us top the port going to Dampalitan Island.
I am just glad that everyone on that place is very accommodating and friendly. I spoke to Ate Vanessa (contact person for boat rental) and she offered us 2 options. There’s actually 3 islands to visit which are Dampalitan, Borawan and Puting Buhangin (Kwebang Lampas)
Option number 1: 3 island visit for P1800
Option number 2: 2 island visit for P1200
Majority wins, we picked option number 2. So we headed straight to Dampalitan Island and asked the bangkero to pick us up the next day so we can visit Borawan Island. It was 11 AM when we reached Dampalitan Island. Everyone was so excited to enjoy the rest of the day so we hurriedly pitched our tents and cooked our lunch and dinner.
The rest of the night was ours to enjoy. We made a huge bonfire and took our booze near the shore. Everyone got drunk. Every story and topic was just full of laughter. It was just one hell of a crazy night.