BORAWAN: Be Enchanted
This seemingly unknown paradise is located just off the Municipality of Padre Burgos in Bondoc Peninsula. Just anything you want in a beach, like fine sand caressing your beach-bum feet, cool blue water to soothe your body, awesome rock formations & deafening silence are all in Borawan. The amazing rocks that look like art installations are hemmed-in by its velvety sand while the gentle murmurs of the water lulls you to an enchanting experience. But what makes it celebratory is its solitude. There are no fire dancers, no ambulant vendors & no drunken karaoke masters.
Getting there is already half the fun. It is about 15-minute boat ride from Vista Playa, the simple restaurant that also serves as the best jump-off point. On a clear day, sailing to the island is a wonderful experience passing through huge rocks floating on the sea while tiny fish race with the banca. Staying overnight in Borawan can be arranged with the local government. Its “nothingness” is just so perfect for a personal hideaway—bonfire by the rocks, crickets singing in unison & another warm pair of feet on a cold night.
How To Get There
- Take SLEX passed through Calamba exit until the tollgate that connects to Star Tollways. Take Sto. Tomas exit goin to Lucena City.
- Upon reaching Lucena, take the Diversion road going to Pagbilao, Quezon.
- Take notice of the concrete arc (on the right side) that says “Bondoc Peninsula”. Drive up to about 30 kilometers.
- Jump-off point is the never-to-be-missed Vista Playa Restaurant on the right side of the road.
- The restaurant offers motorized boats that fit 4-6 passengers at P800.
- About 15-minute sailing time to the island.
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