Nothing compares the tranquility I felt when I finally set foot on the sand of Puting Buhangin. At first, it was hard for me to believe that paradise was right there at my very eyes, but as I lingered around its shoreline, I realized that this newly discovered gem is genuine. While I gasped with approbation, humming birds and soothing small waves sang with me.
Puting Buhangin is one of the most resplendent and mellow beaches I’ve seen. The beach comes with intermittent shades of turquoise, cerulean, and aquamarine. White sand of the island adds to its glamour and keeps me swim for more even during the heights of noon. It’s really ideal for swimming because of its smooth and fine white sand. A long walk along seashore is also advisable even with barefoot. Though, like any other beaches, there are also some parts where hard pebbles, rocks and slabs are attendant.
The island can’t keep its prestige without the “Kwebang Lampas”—the cave at the right side adjacent to the beach. There, the water is very clear. It’s very relaxing inside the cave because of the cold temperature and water and different rock formations. It offers another alternative to the visitors who get tired of swimming and burned by sun’s rays. The water freely flows in both sides/ends of the cave. And when you’re on its periphery, you’ll get the full view of the ocean. If it’s high-tide, there’s water in the cave, but if it’s low-tide, it’s relatively dry.
The place is covered mostly by coconut trees and bermuda grass. The presence of mini forest which forms the island cove is an annexed attraction to its whole panorama.
There are cottages for rent provided for visitors but you can choose to shade under the trees. There’s no room for overnight stay but you can stay overnight if the caretaker allows you. So, it would be better if you’d bring tent and extra clothes.It’s hard to find phone signals in the resort, most areas are dead-spots.
Dwellers call the place as Lukang Beach—a private resort owned by a Chinese businessman. I was also told that there are some disputes regarding the acquisition of the property that’s why it is not being developed. The island is located in Barangay Polo Ibaba, Pagbilao, Quezon. You can reach it by land or by boat. From Pagbilao Market, the approximate travel by land is 1hr and 20 minutes for trekking; however, it will take you only 40 minutes if you prefer to ride on a boat.
Puting Buhangin and Kwebang Lampas is really such a blessing to the residents of Quezon that should be conserved. Its placidity is really incomparable. Unlike any other beaches flooded by tourists, Puting Buhangin’s undeniable overture is a close contact with nature where you can hear the birds chirping, the soft and reverberating waves of the beach, the harmony of coconut trees playing with winds and sounds of other living animals.
These are the views you won’t miss if you traverse using any land transport going to Puting Buhangin. (Pagbilao, Quezon)
HOW TO GET TO PUTING BUHANGIN, PAGBILAO, QUEZON
I used a public transport.
1- Ride a bus going to Lucena. There are terminals located in Gil Puyat (Buendia) and Cubao. (3 1/2-4hrs. estimated travel time)
2- Get off at Lucena Grand Terminal.
3- From Lucena Grand Terminal, take a jeepney going to Pagbilao. (15-20 mins.)
4- Get off at Pagbilao market
5- From Pagbilao market, ride a jeepney bound to Brgy. Polo. (50 mins.)
6- When you reach Barangay Polo, ride a tricycle and tell the driver to bring you to the parking lot going to Lukang Beach or Puting Buhangin. (5-10mins.)
7- From the parking lot, you have to trek for 15minutes to get to Puting Buhangin.
Care taker: Aling Divine
Entrance fee: Php50.00
Cottage: Around Php400-500.00
Total travel time: 5 ½-6 hrs.
Contact number: 0929-530-1343
(Date of visit: October 10, 2010)