Friday, July 24, 2009

Borawan Island

Locals of Padre Burgos had fed me that Borawan came from combining Boracay and Palawan.
They said, the island has the rock fascinating formations of Palawan and the white sand of Boracay and pristine waters of both. Wow!Sounded too good to be true.

Not easily bought, hmm.. let me see..
From the resort we were staying ( here ), we hired a boat that would bring us to Borawan and brought us back to the resort. We rented it for P500.

Approaching the island, I could sense the truth of the locals' claim.

My excitement grew further as we got nearer...

omg I was loving what was initially showing.. amazing rocks and a promise of white sand!

Well, our kids were more excited than I was. They jumped out of the boat before it was even properly docked. They were excited about the floor embedded with gazillions shells.

And me? I went gaga over the fascinating rock formations! omg I never expected them here in Padre Burgos. I don't expect to find something exquisite in places so accessible so near to Manila. In Palawan, yes!  But here in Bondoc Peninsula? I was pleasantly surprised!

Look at this wall of thousands rocks (photo).

full of characters..

This one is another beauty. But when we tried to sit under it, we didn't like the smell_ urine smell.

Available were nipa huts for daytime and overnight rent.

Across were other interesting islands to explore..

We didn't stay long and headed to our next stop_ Dampalitan Island.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Pawikan (sea turtle) in Dampalitan Island

We spotted this sea turtle along with his two siblings right on the shore of Dampalitan when we hopped in the island last summer.


Dampalitan Island is nestling in Padre Burgos, Quezon province. Unlike most of popular beaches in our country, island beaches in this area are not highly commercialized .

It is a long stretch of fine white sand beach. There are nipa hut cottages available for day rent and a minimal entrance fee.

We actually had only short hours to stay in the island as we were on an island hopping. We just basically checking on Dampalitan.

Then we saw the pawikan.



We just snapped a photo ops with him for few seconds then we let go.

Sigh . . it was time for us to go. Other islands are waiting for us.

See you again Dampalitan !

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Crack of Dawn at Padre Burgos

On our second day at Padre Burgos, my daughter woke me up so early _ the sun was just starting to peep through the dark clouds. She was so excited about the beach and wanted to see it on a low tide.

The beach was beautifully extended up to the farther middle of the sea. Water level was barely touching our toes.

The sea was as quiet as the earliest morning. The two islets were still sleeping with the rest of the place.

A little later, my daughter briskly ran , afraid of the change of tide coming along with the setting of the sun. In a matter of minutes the low tide islands would be submerged once again under the sea, only to emerge again at dawn.

As the sun commenced to set in full glory, the water started to go up and the beach begun to comeback to it's original form the way we found it when we arrived.

When younger daughter and I were joined by the rest of our family, the high tide was setting in fast. There was still one low tide tail island left when they came and felt sad that they didn't wake up as early as we we did.

The kids enjoyed the change of tides right on their toes. Savoring the feel of the water level getting higher and higher by the minutes.

We explored by crossing the almost knee-level sea and found some rock formations at the other side.

We stayed for a while to luxuriate in this serene view of the nature...