Dampalitan Island is located 10 minutes southeast of Borawan. It is an isolated beach facing south towards Tayabas Bay. The beach is lined with pine trees similar to Anawangin and Nagsasa Coves of Zambales. There are tables for rent and camping is allowed. Even though its sand is finer than Borawan’s, the beach is not that suitable for swimming. The water is murky, and the shore is very rocky and full of dead corals. Shade in Dampalitan is more abundant compared to Borawan which makes camping here more suitable.
- Take a bus to Lucena Grand Terminal. Travel time is around 4-5 hours.
- From Lucena Grand Terminal, take another bus heading to Unisan. Go down at Brgy. Marao or Brgy. Basiao in the town of Padre Burgos. Travel time is approximately 1.5 hours.
- From Brgy. Marao or Brgy. Basiao, rent a boat to Borawan Island. There are a lot of resorts that offer boat service to the island.
By private transportation: Take SLEX. Exit at Sto.Tomas then head right. Follow the Pan-Philippine Highway passing by the city of San Pablo, Tiaong, Candelaria and Sariaya until you reach Lucena. From Lucena City, continue to Pan-Philippine Highway passing by the town of Pagbilao until you reach a fork with road signs to Old Zigzag Road (Left) and Padre Burgos (Right). Head right to Padre Burgos until you reach Brgy. Marao or Brgy. Basiao. From there, rent a boat to Borawan Island. There are safe parking spaces in town, just talk to your boatman.
WHERE TO STAY
There are no hotels or inns in Dampalitan Beach. Overnight camping is allowed and there are tents for rent. Compared to Lukang Beach, overnight camping here is more suitable. Shade is more abundant, thanks to the pine trees. There are also tables for rent if you’re planning to take your lunch here. The best part – the free hammocks.
- 0300 Take bus to Lucena Grand Terminal
- 0700 Arrival at Lucena Grand Terminal. Take bus to Unisan.
- 0830 Arrival at Brgy. Basiao, Padre Burgos
- 0900 Take boat to Lukang Beach
- 0935 Arrival at Lukang Beach. Explore Kwebang Lampas. Swim.
- 1125 Depart for Dampalitan Beach
- 1150 Arrival at Dampalitan Beach. Explore Breakwater. Lunch.
- 1330 Depart for Borawan Island
- 1345 Arrival at Borawan Island. Set-up camp. Explore Borawan Island. Swim.
After our first stop at Lukang Beach, we then headed to this island. Dampalitan island is only 20-30 minutes away from Lukang Beach by boat.
You can swim here but the sea fronting the beach is rocky and full of dead corals. There’s also a break water which extends 200 meters out to the sea.Don’t forget to take your pictures there during low tide.
Dampalitan is perfect for beach bumming. The camping areas are well shaded because of the abundance of pine trees. There are also hammocks on the island – free to use! After taking our lunch, we headed to our last stop Borawan Island.
- 0900 Wake up call. Breakfast
- 1000 Break-camp
- 1100 Depart for Brgy. Basiao, Padre Burgos
- 1130 Lunch
- 1230 Depart for Lucena Grand Terminal
- 1400 Arrival at Lucena Grand Terminal. Take bus to Manila
- 1900 Arrival at Manila
- Transportation: P440 Roundtrip bus Manila-Lucena-Manila. P80 Roundtrip bus Lucena-Unisan-Lucena.
- Boat: P1800/boat good for 10 people (Lukang Beach, Dampalitan and Borawan)
- Entrance Fees: P75/head daytrip (Dampalitan Beach only)
- Dampalitan Beach is not the best place to swim among the three beaches.
- It’s best to visit during the weekdays. It can get really crowded during the peak season and summer weekends.
- Don’t forget to bring your own light source if you’re planning to camp overnight.
- You may contact Cris J our boatman from Brgy. Basiao at UPDATED 1/18/2016 New Numbers: 09501928546, 09055605947, 09074735193.
- You can use the hammocks near the tables for free. There are also cottages if you don’t want to sleep in a tent.