Eversince I started blogging about my trips, I’ve never really had a chance to travel alone. My friends would always find out about my travel plans, and one or two, and sometimes even a group would express interest in joining me. Well, I must admit I’m partly to blame. Sometimes, I get too excited about my upcoming trips, I always end up posting the details in my facebook travel page. It’s not that I don’t appreciate people joining me, though. As I matter of fact, I prefer it than going solo. While it may be true that sometimes it could be quite complicated to be traveling with a group, especially when everyone likes to do different things, it could also be more fun to have someone to share the excitements of the trip with, on top of the added security and cheaper expenses.
My main reason for going to Quezon is to attend the Pahiyas festival in Lucban. I have some friends who would be going there too, but a visit to Puting Buhangin in Pagbilao wasn’t part of their plan. So with nobody available to go with me, I decided to go solo this time. It’s been years since the last time I travelled alone. And as I thought more about the idea of wandering alone again, I felt the excitement grew within me at the same time.
It was almost 7am when I got to JAC Liner bus station in Buendia. I initially planned to leave earlier but I forgot to set the alarm and I overslept. The bus that was about to leave was already full, but luckily, they still had one more seat available. Just what I needed. As we were leaving, I heard the bus conductor announced “Our code is JACLINER****” I had no idea what the meant until the passenger next to me brought out her laptop. I couldn’t stop myself from peeking and saw her access her facebook account. The bus was equipped with Wi-fi Internet access?! If only I knew. I should have brought mine. It would take approximately 3 hours to get to Lucena City from Buendia and being able to go online during the whole trip would have made the ride more enjoyable.
The bus arrived at Lucena Grand Terminal at 10:15AM. I immediately looked around for the jeep that would bring me to Pagbilao market where I would take another jeepney ride to Barangay Polo. The jeep bound to Barangay Polo already looked full when I got there. I went inside and tried to squeeze myself in a little space in-between two passengers which made the ohers moved closer to each other to give me more space. That’s how we do it when riding a jeep in the Philippines. More often than not, there would always be a space for one more sore butt.
It was almost 11AM when I arrived at Lumang Checkpoint (old checkpoint,) the jump off point to the beach I found out that most of the local residents in barangay Polo refer to the beach as Kwebang Lampas. Earlier, when I asked a young lady who was sitting beside me where I could take a trycicle ride to Puting Buhangin beach, she looked as if she had never heard of the beach. As a matter of fact, all of the passengers had no idea what I was talking about. Good thing someone mentioned that I must be talking about Kwebang Lampas as it is the only white beach nearest to the area. I said yes, and the lady said that they would also be stopping where I could find a tricycle going to the beach so I went with them. From the old checkpoint, I rode a tricycle to get to the parking lot where I took a 3-minute boat ride crossing a small lake to get to the other side. I was told that the land access had been closed by the Powerplant management.
After crossing the lake, I trekked for about 5 minutes until I reached the entrance. The gate was closed and I had to ask for help from the other visitors to tell the caretakers to open it. After paying the entrance fee, I went to the beach immediately.
The beach was crowded and there were several boats parked near the shore. Puting Buhangin (White Sand) beach is about 70 meters long and 10 meters wide. Some areas has fine white sand, other parts have a combination of some fine sand and crushed corals so it could be a little rough. The water is clear and clean and deep enough for the swimming enthusiasts. There are several nipa hut cottages near the beach which are available for rent for about P500.00 but according to the caretakers, overnight stay is still not allowed.
Facing the water, Kwebang Lampas is on the right side of the beach. It’s a small cave about 10 meters long and 5 meters wide with a cavern of approximately 6 meters high. It has two openings, one is located on the left side of the cliff, the best access from Puting Buhangin beach, and the other one is facing the sea. The water flows inside the cave which becomes a perfect swimming area for those who want to stay long in the water but are afraid of the sun.
I climbed the cliff near the entrance of the cave and found a perfect spot to sit and enjoy the view. I just stayed there taking pictures and watching the other visitors having fun at the beach. I would have wanted to swim but I was afraid to leave my backpack and camera behind. After an hour, I decided to go back to the beach. On my way, I met one guy who seemed to be nice and I politely asked him to take a picture of me using my camera. By 2PM I finally left Puting Buhangin and went back to the parking lot where the tricycle driver was waiting to take me to where the jeeps going to SM Lucena were parked. I was on my way to meet my friends in Lucban.
Below is the information on how to get to Puting Buhangin from Manila. I have also included the way to Lucban from Pagbilao’s Puting Buhangin starting at Barangay Polo plus the fares. I hope this helps 🙂
36 thoughts on “Going Solo to Puting Buhangin Beach”
I miss this beach! At the time of our visit, we were the only group there. We enjoyed it so much 🙂 Awesome detailed post!
thanks gay. the beach is beautiful and i would have enjoyed it better if there were not so many people around, hehe. the crowd were fun to watch though 🙂
and if you’re with your someone special Sir.. 😉 I do love following travelers with great stories and experiences as well.. Thanks for inspiring! (;
Kumusta na si Aling Divina?
naku claire, she was so busy. nakapag-hello lang ako sa kanya and once I paid the entrance fee, punta na ako sa beach. we really didn’t have a chance to talk. sayang, papaalam pa sana ako sa kanya na sana on my next visit, she would allow us to camp, hehe
Mabuti at mabait naman sya sayo, may mga nagshare kasi na ibang readers sa akin suplada daw si Aling Divina at hindi accommodating. Ako kasi hindi ko na rin pinansin dahil pagkatapos kung magbayad, nagliwaliw na ako sa dagat 🙂
hehe. nag-smile naman sya sa akin kahit papano. yung lalaki ang medyo may attitude. nang papaalis ako, sya yung nagbukas ng gate para makalabas ako, nung nag-thank you ako, tiningnan nya ako na para bang kinikilala kung sino ako at kung mapagkakatiwalaan ba ako o hindi. nagtaka lang siguro kung bakit mag-isa lang ako at kung bakit sandali lang ako nag-stay sa beach. dedma, lol! feeling ko tuloy, the reason why they don’t allow people to stay overnight e medyo wala silang masyado tiwala sa tao. it’s a private property and i’m just glad that they’re sharing it to the public kahit day tour lang.
Aling Divina = babae = mabait sa lalaki.
Manong ______ = lalaki = mabait sa babae.
thanks for the info! maganda kasi detailed! 😀
thanks 🙂 ang galing mo, ed. may tama ka!
hi there! just want to ask regarding their CR? ok naman po ba?
sorry, gracie, i didn’t get the chance to check. but i’ve read that there are only 2CR’s there but freshwater is not available
that’s okay! thanks anyway! btw i love your blog and you’ll be one of my reference when it comes to lakwatsa! 🙂
thnaks gracie! i hope to hear more from you again soon 🙂
solo? sana sinama m kme. haha. been following your blog . your blog and lakwatsera de primera inspired me to have my own though mine is d p ganon kaayos. just started this month. inuuna ko mga past travel ko. hehe. plan to go there sa jun 4. this info will help us a lot. 😀
sige, sama kayo minsan saken xyza, hehe. i would link your blog to mine so i could follow your blog too. i would wait for your puting buhangin post. mag-hello and smile ka lang kay aling divina. kung ala sya sa mood, dedma na lang and just go to the beach at mag-enjoy. 🙂
haha naku nakakahiya nmn d p maayos blog ko. pero thanks. bait m nmn po pla. 🙂 na-curious tuloy ako ky aling divina. looking forward of seeing her na and your future travel na isasama mo kme. haha sineryoso ko talaga. 🙂
haha! mabait talaga ako, pramis 🙂 sure! lakwatsa tayo together. the more, the merrier.
tama! d more d merrier. 😀
sayang hindi ako natuloy dito , bumagyo kasi last time na nagplan kami about this trip tsk tsk . ganda
plano ka ulit, chinchan 🙂 lapit lang naman e. hehe
Hello… Gusto ko tuloy mag beach mag isa…hehehe…
Thanks po sa Pag-Share Senyor.. 🙂
Thanks Tripper. Lakad na! hehe
nice post sir!
galing kami dito last feb, kami lang ang tao. hehe.
the beach is indeed great. 🙂
more power sir!
thanks karina. the beach is pretty and i’m sure it would have looked even lovelier during those times when it wasn’t too crowded. more power to you too 🙂
hi senyor. just want to inform you that i’ll be linking your blog to mine. hope its ok. cheers! happy travel.
thanks. i’m glad you did xyza. i already have yours in my blog list 🙂
Hey Senyor! Musta? I’m now following you on twitter. 😀 Nwei, I have visited your post again about Puting Buhangin coz tomorrow I’ll be going there. Sa wakas matutuloy na rin kme. it’s been a year na. Haha. I’m using info here as my ref. lalo n ung how to get there. I’m looking foward of meeting aling divina.
I’m good, Xyza, thank you 🙂 Have fun. Will wait for your post, and kwento ka about Aling Divina ha, hehe 🙂
…i’m interested in visiting d place but i’m wondering about food to eat. do we have to bring pack lunch or there’s food stall near d shore where we could buy? we are coming from alabang & it’s a big hassle for me & my boyfriend to bring along food for the whole day on a long trip like that.
…can u suggest a place where we could stay for the night cause we are also planning to visit borawan island & dampalitan beach the next day. do you the easy way to get to padre burgos from pagbilao?
…thank u so much. hope u could help us ^_^
As of March of this year, there’s no store in the area. Camping is already allowed there with P100 overnight fee per head. If you have more questions, you can contact the caretaker (Ate Gemma- 0947-5911630). And for the rest of your questions, this site may give you an idea >>>> http://www.lakwatseradeprimera.com/quezon-island-hopping-at-pagbilao/
I hope this helps. Have fun 🙂
Hi..ask lang if we won’t be lost in trekking from small lake to puting buhangin?? Thanks! =)
Nope. Madali lang naman 🙂
Now you can enjoy longer at Kwebang Lampas and have a safe stay at Don Enrique Resort Resto & Bar just a kilometer from the Power Plant it offers huge swimming Pool, restaurant,videoke bar, with mineral water station & close cottage (bahay kubo)for overnight.Had a night sighting of Fire Flies and monkey sightings at daylight, trecking & hundreds of virgin cave exploration.You can contact Raul Manalansan @ 09183964682 for reservations.By Eng’r Ric Manalansan Owner
hi guys need boat rent and assistant? BORAWAN , DAMPALITAN and PUTING BUHANGIN ISLAND ? just call/text this no. 09476142289, 09956153995 and look for ate noime …:) 09085317597 marvin , 09473413419 marlyn
hi guys need boat rent and assistant? BORAWAN , DAMPALITAN and PUTING BUHANGIN ISLAND ? just call/text this no. 09476142289, 09956153995 and look for ate noime …:)
09085317597 marvin , 09473413419 marlyn
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