~Lead by Kylie Scott
- Mason: I love you, Avery Abbot..
- Avery: I loved you first
- Mason: Okay, but I get to love you more
On our way to the next island, we asked Kuya Boatman if he could take us to a place where we can snorkel. We only have safety goggles and life vests so we weren’t planning on staying long. He said yes and anchored the boat in the middle part of the sea.
We had this perfect plan to have a photo taken while we’re on water but it happened the other way around.
We couldn’t move properly because of the lousy life vest and add to that our fear of deadly sea creatures we might set eyes on! Lucky for us, the boat didn’t sink with all our weight on one side only. Haha!
I actually had a hard time getting back on the boat, and they had a good laugh out of it.
The boatman pointed us this face-shaped rock formation. It made me curious what the whole thing looks like underwater. Maybe it’s a man holding a rock. Clever.
Unlike Dampalitan, Borawan is more famous as it’s well-commercialized. Had we known of this earlier on our trip, we could’ve spent overnight here to watch the sun set/rise!
Borawan’s name is a combination of Boracay and Palawan, named because of its relatively fine white sand and its rock formations reminiscent of Palawan’s. -Rappler
This was the entrance to a secret cave in the beach area, i didn’t go in because i was afraid i won’t fit. See, i love my body but sometimes it has issues too.
Inside the cave. It was pretty wide and you can even stand. Perfect hiding place!
Who cares about the rain shower anyway?
Looks like a gigantic crocodile ready to swallow me whole. I didn’t go down the water.
Other than the spectacular view, it was the people in that place that made it a truly good experience. They’re really kind and accommodating, in spite of Ate’s remark that i should lose weight with a tap on my fat arms. Hahaha!
I think i will skip describing the place because the photos can do more justice. :)
We’ll be back to explore the waterfalls and probably more caves, for sure!
Island Hopping (Dampalitan Island)
We were so dead tired from the hike that all i looked forward to was where to find a decent bathroom for a change of clothes and a bed to rest my sore muscles - everything else will follow from there.
The tourism office showed us a brochure with the beach resorts surrounding the Atimonan area, and we initially talked to the management of De Gracia Beach Resort for the rates. Couldn’t remember the exact amount but it was more or less Php1,000 for an overnight stay, and we were quite thrilled that they have these floating cottages where we can snorkel and feed fishes for an additional fee of Php800. So we made the reservation, and took a 20-min. bus ride to the resort, but i think we had a better visual on our head than what we saw when we got there.
Swear, it doesn’t look that bad to me, but we prefer the beach to have a clean sandy shore to walk on and this one was rather rocky which weren’t really visible that time because of the high tide. So we politely cancelled our room reservation and went looking for another resort.
The nearest one is Sea Breeze Village & Resort, which isn’t really better than the first one. It has two small pools and few rooms aligned right at the entrance, the place was really small for a “resort” and we were leaning towards the idea of going back to De Gracia. But it was already 7 in the evening and i told them it’s not safe to explore other places at this time, so we stayed there for the night. No choice.
Honestly, it was a 2 out of 5-star service. We paid for Php1,000- negotiated an additional mattress with no addt’l fee-but we weren’t provided with a bath towel (!!!) because according to them, all the towels were in the laundry. I mean, WTF, you just can’t tell your guests that and assume they’ll be okay with it. So we asked for an extra blanket, and that’s what i used to dry myself after bath. As a point of effort, they also granted our request to borrow a t-shirt that will serve as our towel. Excellent. In fairness to the food though (fried chicken and vegetable), it was worth two platters of rice for us.
I just needed to say all of that. Now let’s get back to business.
The three of us didn’t want to end the adventure so my dear friend, Noelyn, starts digging the internet for a nice beach to go to in the morning. She found the three neighbouring islands of Puting Buhangin, Dampalitan and Borawan situated in Pagbilao, Quezon. It was far from where we stayed, but the pictures we found sort of hypnotized us to do whatever it takes to get there - which means waking up at 6 in the morning in all our muscle-pain glory.
Hip van, it has a TV and surround sound system!
We took a tricycle ride to the public terminal and rode the van to Malicboy crossing (Php70 flat rate). From there we took the jeepney to Padre Burgos and then rode the tricycle en route to the starting point of the boat ride to the islands.
The stall owner took this photo upon convincing him that we’ll promote his business! Hahaha! We bought some items, they’re cheaper than usual, really.
We chartered this boat for Php1,000 (supposed to bePhp1,200), good for touring the two islands (Dampalitan & Borawan). The tour for the three islands costs Php1,500, i think. I love how there weren’t so many tourists, it was perfect for a pictorial. LOL
First stop: DAMPALITAN BEACH
We only paid Php60.00 for the entrance fee, and that’s it, roam around all you can! I’m not sure though if they can accommodate overnight stay, because the area we saw was surrounded by small cottages and benches only.
We were advised not to go too far from the shore because we might get stung by a jellyfish, but my two friends were not threatened by this as they went swimming and see a bit of the underwater.
I warned them to not go on the deeper waters because my poor swimming skills couldn’t save a life. Glad they’re obedient.
Found these crown-like coral reef on the shore and went silly over it. ;)
It was an expanse of white sand, clear blue water, serene environment and budget-friendly. :)
UP NEXT: BORAWAN ISLAND!