Travels and Leisures: Kwebang Lampas “Open Cave” Beach
Located at Brgy. Polo, Pagbilao Quezon, Philippines
A friend of mine went back to our hometown Pagbilao, Quezon for a vacation last May 2014. And because she wants to unwind from her stressful life and job. She asked our “barkada” (group of friends) to go swimming at an undeveloped beach hidden in the land of Pagbilao.
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 jeep to Lucena Dalahican Port for Option 1 or ride a jeep to Pagbilao Quezon for Option 2.
You have two (2) options to choose from to get there. First, rent a boat at Lucena Dalahican Port and have a comfortable boat ride directly to Kwebang Lampas Beach. This option is expensive, I am not sure because I have not tried it yet, but they say that the boat rent is about P2,000 to P3,000. Well, if you are a group, then this option might be the best for you.
The second option is a cheaper route, which is actually the one we did. So here’s what happened, we go to Pagbilao Market Terminal at Brgy. Daungan. And since we are already in a public market, we bought some food and stuffs we need for our journey. Some already gave us a tip that food and other items at Kwebang Lampas is a lot expensive.
Then we rode a jeepney to Brgy. Polo. Travel Fare? P35.00 per head. You should hold on to your patience because the jeepney won’t go until it’s full. Upon occupying a seat at a jeepney, immediately tell the driver that you will be going to Kwebang Lampas near Pagbilao Power Station. You may also ask him to give you a hint when you are already there.
Upon arrival to Pagbilao Power Station, unboard the jeppney and go to Capascapas. You can walk or ride a tricycle to Capascapas at P30.00 per head fare. When you have reached a small lake at Capascapas, you will see a house just in front of the lake. Tell the house owner that you want to rent a boat to “Kwebang Lampas”. Fare? P35.00 per head. it would only take about 5 minutes to reach a rocky beach.
On the left side of the rocky beach, there is a path. From there, you will start your trekking activity. Just follow the trail, you won’t get lost. Just a warning, if you will bring a lot of stuffs and bring your kids to Kwebang Lampas. You need to take the expensive option. You’ll punish yourself if you chose this option. The trekking activity will take about 20 minutes. There are some narrow roads on the path so you better keep your eyes on the road.
At the end of the path, you will see the wall of “Puting Buhangin Beach“. And here we are, at Kwebang Lampas Beach. Entrance Fee? P100 per head. Upon entering, I may say that the place is already a crowded place. I think that time is a peak season so this is expected. And since all cottages are already occupied and there are tents around. We just find a tree to shade us from the hot ray of the sun. Good thing we save P300 to P500 bill for cottage rent.
Even though the place is crowded, you will still appreciate the place because of its cleanliness and fine white sand. I can still consider the place as an unexploited beach. And since I don’t want to get burned under the sun, I did my swimming session inside the cave. It is surprising that the water inside the cave is warmer than the water outside. The cave is so warm but not hot. So refreshing to ease your tired body.
When we got satisfied, we went back to our tree and had some talks and foods. To wash up your sticky body because of beach water. You have to pay P50.00 per container of clean water. It is about 3pm when we decided to go home since the last trip back to Pagbilao Town Proper is 4pm.
I think, the experience will be better if you will go there on OFF-PEAK season. The place is a little crowded on peak seasons. In addition, you can have camping there, do star gazing and others. However, the place still have no electricity supply. So you should bring a lamp if you want to go overnight at the place. There is also no 100% safe shelter at the place. But if you are a camping trip lover, then you can give it a shot.
Since many people are already coming at Kwebang Lampas. I just hope they will develop the place to make it a better travel destination in the future.
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