Pagbilao: Puting Buhangin Beach and Kwebang Lampas
Coming from our lunch stopover and beach bumming stint at Dampalitan Island in Padre Burgos, our outrigger boat made its way around the southern end of Lipata Island towards the southeastern coast of Pagbilao Grande Island. As we sailed along this part of Pagbilao Grande, a long row of beautiful white sand beaches and coves separated from each other by towering rock formations came into view. We thought for a moment that one of them must probably be our target destination but our boatman said no, Kwebang Lampas and its companion beach is further out. We had just sailed past the last white sand beach when the boat made a turn and headed out towards a cove that was until then hidden from view by limestone cliffs acting like sentinels on both ends of the cove.
We’ve seen pictures of this cove before but were surprised to discover how beautiful it is in real life. Maybe because we didn’t have high expectations after having visited some of the most beautiful beaches in the country butPuting Buhangin (“white sand” in Filipino) is the most scenic of all the beaches we’ve covered on our Padre Burgos-Pagbilao trip. People on the Internet have often referred to this particular cove as Puting Buhangin but our boatman said that the name Puting Buhangin refers to the whole row of beaches and coves on Pagbilao Grande Island that we’ve seen on the way here. It was just a pity we had the time to stay in only one since the other beaches also look nice.
There’s an entrance fee of P50 here and some cottages for rent. But the shade under the trees was perfect with a thin carpet of Bermuda grass lining parts of the sandy ground so we chose a nice spot to place our things and to take our snack for the afternoon. There was only one other group in the cove, otherwise we pretty much had it all to ourselves.
As we noted earlier, we included Puting Buhangin and Kwebang Lampas on our Padre Burgos-Pagbilao island-hopping and beach-combing itinerary that included other islands and beaches such as Dampalitan and Borawan, all doable in a single day. All these destinations are within an hour of each other if you are based in Padre Burgos.
However, it is also possible to reach Puting Buhangin without going through Padre Burgos. You can go to Pagbilao town proper from Lucena, look for the Daungan or Pagbilao Wharf and rent a boat to Puting Buhangin. The cheaper shoestring traveler option however is to take a jeepney at the Lucena Grand Terminal bound for Bgy. Polo. At Bgy. Polo take a trike to the registration area for visitors to Puting Buhangin/Kwebang Lampas. You can then walk to Puting Buhangin/Kwebang Lampas from this point. The trek is well under an hour apparently. It is also possible to take a short boat ride to the beach from this point.