Dampalitan Beach is an undeveloped beach around Padre Burgos that boasts a long stretch of shoreline as compared to Borawan Beach and a tropical ambiance. It promises a different beach experience and a respite away from the usual crowded and overdeveloped beach destinations in the Philippines. It has a hint of Anawangin Cove’s atmosphere with pine trees lining its sandy shores, as well as the typical tropical beach ambiance peppered with palm-trees and a few native nipa huts available for rent.
Dampalitan Beach is around 10-15 minutes boat ride from the Tamarind Tree Resort in Barangay Basiao. Upon arrival at Padre Burgos proper, you may ask the tricycle driver to take you to the port where you can find boats to rent. The rate depends on your haggling skills, the number of persons in your group, and the number of islands you are going to visit. For our island-hopping in Padre Burgos area only, we were able to find a boatman who agreed to take us to 4 destinations for Php800 only.
Except for Puting Buhangin in Pagbilao, which is quite far from the jump-off point, the rest of the beaches in the area are nearby each other. The only worry we had was that the boat we rented didn’t have life-vests and the water during our trip was a bit rough. We didn’t avail of the Tamarind Tree Resort’s boat package because I thought it was a bit expensive although they do provide life vest for their guests. Well, it’s something I just had to risk with for the few bucks I saved by being a cheapskate!
Walking to the Mangrove area during low-tide
Mangrove area beside the the main shore
All my worries however, were replaced with excitement the moment I saw the shores of Dampalitan from afar – our first beach of the day. I wasn’t really expecting anything grand on this side of Quezon except for the rock formations at Borawan Beach but this beach wasn’t too shabby also. It was low-tide when we got to the beach so we were able to cross to the mangroves adjacent to the main shore where we docked our boat. It has its own long stretch of pebbly shores, mangrove trees, and a backdrop of verdant bush. But you would have to go further from the shores to be able to swim and the seabed in this area is quite rocky.
The other shoreline of Dampalitan Beach accessible during low-tide.
The beach has a total of 10 cottages for rent and accommodates overnight campers. It has no electricity but toilets and fresh water are available. They also serve food for a fee (quite expensive though). Dampalitan Beach for me, like Borawan Beach is ideal for a roughing it out beach getaway. Its laid-back and serene atmosphere, are the lasting memories I have of this beach.
DAMPALITAN BEACH FEES (Updates as of May 2)
Entrance Fee: Php35
Cottage Rental: Php700 na
Pitching of Tent: Php150 or more depending on the size of your tent
Fresh water: Php30 per container na
Caretaker: Mercy Ramos
(This is part of our 2 nights adventure at Padre Burgos and Pagbilao Quezon in 2010.)
Day 1: We checked-in at Tamarind Tree Resort in Padre Burgos around noontime and arranged an impromptu beach-hopping at Padre Burgos late in the afternoon. We were fetched by our boatman around 3pm. We first visited Dampalitan Beach and explored the rocky beach from its other end. We dropped by at Lipata Beach and mingled with the locals before heading to Borawan Beach.
Day 2: We drove back to Pagbilao and went to the wharf to arrange another impromptu island-hopping in Pagbilao. We haggled with some boatmen and found one who agreed to take us toPatayan Island and Kwebang Lampas and back to the wharf for 1000 pesos. After returning to Pagbilao town, we drove all the way to the end of Barangay Bantigue and visited the coastal village at the tip of the mainland. We also dropped by at Silangang Nayon and Pueblo Por Playa. Silangang Nayon was fully-booked while Pueblo Por Playa is a member-only resort so we drove all the way back to Padre Burgos to look for Villa Anita Butterfly Garden and Resort to stay for the night.