Like its popular neighbours Borawan and Puting Buhangin in Quezon province, Dampalitan is in many ways your textbook tropical paradise: white sand, clear waters, mangroves dotting the shore, palm trees overhead. But its calm, still waters and its enveloping quietness give the small island an otherworldly, rather eerie quality. With no huge structures on the island, you have to be ready to rough it out, which is part of the excitement anyway. After a day of island-hopping and beach activities on Quezon’s coast, Dampalitan is the perfect home base to relax and recharge. Dampalitan, Borawan, and Puting Buhangin are about an hour's boat ride away from each other so you could attempt to see all three in a day.
From Pasay Rotonda in Manila, take a bus to Lucena Grand Terminal. The fare is about P200 (US$4) and the ride takes about 4 hours. From there, travel for about an hour via an Unisan-bound minibus (P75) and tell the driver to drop you off at Padre Burgos. From Padre Burgos, hire a boat to Dampalitan. Round trip boats start at P700 for up to four people. Contact CrisJay at +639055605947 to inquire about boats.
Published April 2016