Borawan Island in Padre Burgos Quezon Review
Borawan Island in Padre Burgos Quezon Review
Located at Brgy. Pantalan, Padre Burgos, Quezon
Every summertime of the year, that’s the month of April or May, me and my family visit Borawan Island to unwind whenever we have a chance and time. This is the favorite vacation site of my beloved father who had just passed away last year. So this paradise like place is full of happy memories with my father. We are very lucky because the manager of this island is a distant relative of my father.
First things first, why is it called Borawan? This island was called Borawan because residents of the place are claiming that it is a combination of the popular white sand beach of Boracay and the beautiful rock formations of Palawan. To cut it short, Boracay plus Palawan equals Borawan. Both Palawan and Boracay can also be found in the Philippines.
How to get there?
If you are from Manila Philippines, ride a bus route to Lucena City Grand Central Terminal. From Lucena Grand Central Terminal, ride a van or bus to Padre Burgos, Quezon. People at Lucena Grand Central Terminal are very accommodating. You can ask them where to find your ride. To make the trip safer, you can conveniently ask a security guard. Tell the bus or van driver of your ride to Padre Burgos that you will be taking off at the “Crossing” near Padre Burgos Public Market.
Upon reaching the “Crossing”, ride a tricycle cost P10.00 per head to Pantalan or Padre Burgos Public Market. At the market, you can ask the villagers where can you rent a boat to Borawan Island. But since the boat station is near the market, you can just wander around the market to search for a boat to rent. The boat rent rate is P800.00 for 8 passengers. To make your visit more adventurous, fruitful and exciting, you can also add island hopping activity on your boat rent. It costs P1,800.00 for the 3 more islands dampalitan beach, puting buhangin, kwebang lampas and of course borawan.
Just a reminder, you should take the opportunity to buy your needs at the public market before embarking to the island. Cost of necessities at the island is a little bit pricey.
So how much does it cost to enter Borawan Island?
Entrance fee at Daytime is P150.00 while P220.00 on overnight.
Cottage fee at daytime is P850.00 while P1,250.00 on overnight.
Unlimited use of Shower and Restroom already included at the entrance fee.
You can also do some activities at Borawan like Rock Climbing, Kayaking that cost P300.00 per hour, Bon fire, Camping, Fishing, and Sports Activities like playing Volleyball which cost P80.00 per hour. In addition, you can rent a Tent for your camping needs at P500.00 plus rent for the tent space P200.00. You can also charge your low battery gadgets for only P20.00.
Moreover, there is also a souvenir shop and a mini store that sells food at the place. Just expect that the price is a little expensive than normal. We usually bring sea foods at the place and have some grilling session with the family. Most of the residents at the place are fishermen selling seafoods for their living. That’s why seafoods are way much cheaper if you will buy it at their public market. With regards to the number of people visiting the place. I have noticed that every year, tourists are gradually increasing in number, specially during summer. Since they were already featured in some TV shows. Well, I guess, it is not as crowded as Boracay and Palawan.
At night, the island staffs are roaming around the place for security. So the place is relatively safe. The beach also has net filters for protection from jellyfish as the staffs claimed. However, if you have already visited Palawan and Boracay. Please do not expect too much at Borawan. It has lesser rock formations than Palawan, and there is no wild and lively night life at Borawan as compared to Boracay.
Borawan is ideal for those people who wants to bond with family and friends and wants a quiet place for them to relax, reflect and do star gazing at night. Like I have said, I really love this place because it is full of happy memories. I will never get tired of visiting this place over and over again.
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