Last Saturday night, I saw a post from DIY Travel Philippines’ Facebook page about a day tour at Kwebang Lampas in Pagbilao, Quezon for only Php600. Php600 includes van transfers, boat transfers and entrance fee, they also offered Php50 for adobo, fish, rice, drinks, coffee and spaghetti. I thought that’s a pretty fair price. 🙂 Since I am so bored at home and in need of Vitamin Sea, I told the organizer that my son and I will join them.
I’ve been seeing a lot of posts in that FB page offering group travels but I am very skeptical about joining a group of strangers. But I have been traveling a lot and did solo travel as well so I told myself, it should be okay.
One thing that I’ve learned in joining a group though, is that, you should respect other joiner’s time. If meeting time is 2AM, be there atleast before 2AM so that we can follow our itinerary and enjoy the place. 🙂
We left Cubao at around 3:30AM and arrived Kwebang Lampas at around 8:30AM. So pretty much it’s around 5 hours travel time.
Cottage costs Php350 so we just stayed here and shared the mat, hammock and tent with the other joiners. 🙂 Note that there’s no electricity here, bring powerbanks and flash lights if you’ll do overnight. There are sari-sari stores but I suggest to bring your own cooked food.
Since it was raining on and off and my phone charger was acting up, I was not in the mood to swim, but this kid is Mr. Congeniality! He introduced himself to the kids, their parents and our co-backpackers, even taking pictures with them. I was smiling while watching him enjoy. 🙂
There’s a cave that you can go to. Sadly, Kyle and I didn’t go because I was afraid of the slippery rocks going there since it was raining. Some of the joiners went and they said it was nice inside and you can pass through the cave going to the other part of the beach where it’s less crowded. Just be careful with your steps because there are sea urchins in the area.
They have shower area and comfort rooms, but don’t expect too much. Water is expensive at Kwebang Lampas. One gallon of water to take a shower costs Php50. Since it was still raining, we decided to go to the parking area and shower there. One gallon costs Php30 at the store near the parking area.
We left Kwebang Lampas around 4:30PM. We had dinner at Old Center Panciteria in Lucban, Quezon. They are famous for their Pancit Hab-Hab. One big serving costs only Php67!
After dinner, everyone was just tired and fell asleep in the van. We arrived home around 12AM. It was a fun day! (minus the rain)
I am still in contact with our new found friends through FB, IG and Viber. And planning another trip with them soon. Nagsasa Cove maybe? We’ll see. 🙂
Here are some tips/expenses if you plan to go there: (from other blogs)
- Manila to Lucena Grand Terminal to Pagbilao Town. Ride a bus bound to Lucena and get off at Lucena Grand Central Terminal. Fare is roughly Php 170-Php 200 depending on where you are coming from. Travel time is 3-4 hours depending on traffic. If you’re only going to Kwebang Lampas for a day tour, I suggest you leave early in the morning around 4 AM since buses to Lucena are available 24 hours a day. From the terminal there are jeeps bound to Pagbilao. Fare is Php12. Then ride a tricycle going to Kwebang Lampas, around Php20-30 per person.
- Boat fare – Php250 one way (12pax)
- Entrance Fee – Php160 overnight, Php80 day tour
- Cottage – Php350
- Tent – Php400
- Island hopping to Borawan – Php1,400 (negotiable)
I hope this blog helps! 🙂 Read more of my adventures at altheasadventures.wordpress.com