Things to do in Borawan Island, Padre Burgos, Philippines

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor March 22nd, 2021 Posted in Asia Travel Blog, DIY Travel, Philippines Travel Blog, Travel Blog, Travel Guides No comments

In a municipality of Padre Burgos in the province of Quezon is Borawan Island. With limestone rocks, white to golden sand, and turquoise waters, it’s a treasure spot of this town. Enjoy camping or a peaceful experience in this place. Here’s a things to do in Borawan Island as well as what to do and expenses you could incur.

Travel Guide to Borawan Island, Padre Burgos, Philippines
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On the side of Pagbilao Chica Island is Borawan. It got its name from Boracay and Palawan as the island has fine sand and limestone. Check out how you can travel here and enjoy a weekend trip.

Things to do in Borawan Island

Travel Guide to Borawan Island, Padre Burgos, Philippines
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1. Camp at the beach

Pitch your tent or rent one and spend a night at the beach of Borawan. Enjoy the fresh sea breeze and spend a few hours counting stars. It will indeed be a great experience with your family or friends.

2. Check nearby Islands

Island hop and check out islands like Dampalitan and Puting Buhangin. You could also snorkel and witness marine life underwater. It may be an additional expense, but so worth it.

3. Do Fun Activities

Aside from beach bumming, swimming, or snorkeling; you could do more fun activities like Kayaking, Jetski, and Banana Boat. You could also climb the limestones if you have the proper gear. Make your trip super memorable with these activities.


Travel Guide to Borawan Island, Padre Burgos, Philippines
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Here are the expenses you might incur during your trip to Borawan Island:

Entrance Fee

  • Day Tour – PHP 150 (120 Discounted Price for Senior or Student)
  • Overnight Fee – PHP 220 (180 Discounted Price for Senior or Student)
  • P.S. No more entrance fee for those staying in Station 3

Boat Fee

  • Pier to Borawan Island – PHP 800 for 8 persons
  • Tp Borawan Island + Dampalitan – PHP 1,200 for 8 persons
  • To Borawan Island + Dampalitan + Puting Buhangin – PHP 1,800 for 8 persons
  • Dampalitan Island Entrance Fee – PHP 60
  • Puting Buhangin Island Entrance Fee – PHP 100


Travel Guide to Borawan Island, Padre Burgos, Philippines


  • There is a restaurant in Station 3 of the Island
  • Food is not allowed in Station 3 except for Chips
  • Guests can bring food in Station 1 & 2, which is recommended if you want to travel in a budget


For Station 1 and 2

Travel Guide to Borawan Island, Padre Burgos, Philippines


For Station 3

Travel Guide to Borawan Island, Padre Burgos, Philippines

How to get to Borawan Island

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Commute (Public Transportation)

  • Ride a bus from Cubao that is bound for Unisan Quezon

Travel Guide to Borawan Island, Padre Burgos, Philippines

  • Another option is to go to JAC Liner, Jam Liner or Lucena Lines Stations in Manila and ride a trip to Lucena, the first trip it is at 2:00 AM, then travel from Lucena to Unisan
  • You’ll need to stop at QCRB (Quezon Capital Rural Bank, Inc) in Padre Burgos
  • Travel Time is 4 – 5 hours, costing PHP 200 – 300
  • From QCRB, take a tricycle to Brgy. Basiao Port or Aplaya

To Borawan Island

  • There are boats for hire in Aplaya (the Port)
  • Usually, it costs PHP 800 for 8 persons directly to Borawan Island
  • If you want to visit other islands, you’ll need to pay 1,200 or 1,800

Travel Guide Tips to Borawan Island


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  • ATMs are not available, so you need to withdraw at the airport or the mainland before coming here
  • The island has store, restaurant, showers, and toilets
  • It is advisable to buy food and water in the mainland before you cross the island as what you want may be expensive or not available
  • If you want less crowd, you can opt to stay at Station 3
  • If it gets crowder here, you can try staying at Dampalitan Island, instead

Sample Itinerary to Borawan Island

Day 1 Itinerary to Borawan Island

4:30 AM – Travel to Padre Burgos
9:00 AM – Arrive at Aplaya / Buy food, water, and snacks
9:30 AM – Island Hopping / Dampalitan Island / Puting Buhangin
5:00 PM – Borawan Island / Swimming
7:00 PM – Dinner / Sleep

Day 2 Itinerary to Borawan Island

8:00 AM   – Breakfast / Swimming / Island Tour
12:00 PM – Lunch / Pictorials / Wash Up
3:00 PM   – Trip to Mainland
3:30 PM   – Go back to Manila

Travel Guide to Borawan Island, Padre Burgos, Philippines
Photo by Nicolas Asenjo CC0 1.0

If you want to camp out on the beach and relax while feeling the sea breeze; Borawan Island is a great place to go. No need to fly to feel the fine white sand of Boracay or see the Limestone rocks of Palawan, you can witness it In Padre Burgos, Quezon. Borawan Island is a paradise just hours away from Manila. You won’t regret staying here. Enjoy!

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About the Writer

Lyza Paloma

Hey, I’m Lyza! I once was a person who just imagined going to places “one day” but decided to pursue my dreams. My first travel abroad was in Japan, solo, last 2018, and fell in love with the journey since. I’m aiming to visit 10 countries before turning 30 and 2 new places in the Philippines every year. Besides traveling, I love organizing trips, photography, reading, and making new friends. Follow my adventures through my Instagram.

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