The tranquility I felt when I finally set foot on the sand of Puting Buhangin was incomparable. 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 was real. While I gasped with approbation, humming birds and soothing small waves sang with me.
Puting Buhangin is one of the most mellow beaches I’ve seen. The beach comes with intermittent shades of turquoise and deep blue. Its smooth and fine white sand, and clear waters could keep one swim for more even during the heights of noon. Long walks along its seashore are also advisable even with barefoot. Though, like any other beaches, there are also some parts where presence of hard pebbles, rocks and slabs can be felt.
The island can’t keep its prestige without the “Kwebang Lampas”—the cave at the right side adjacent to the beach. That is another alternative to visitors who prefer to while away their time alone. Since it is concealed from the sun, the place is cold and clean. Waters freely flow in both ends of the cave which can give one a full view of the ocean if you stay on its periphery. It fills the cave during high tide while it’s relatively dry when tide is low.
The whole place is covered mostly by coconut trees and bermuda grass. Presence of the mini forest which forms the island cove is an annexed attraction to its whole panorama.
There are cottages for rent provided for visitors, however, you can choose to shade under the trees. It has no room to accommodate those who plan to stay overnight. Bringing a tent is also highly advised. Just keep in mind though that you need the go signal of the caretaker before camping. It’s hard to find phone signals in the island, most areas are dead-spots.
Dwellers call the place Lukang Beach—a private resort owned by a Chinese businessman. I was also told that this property is being disputed which is why it is not being developed. The island is located at Barangay Polo Ibaba, Pagbilao in Quezon province. It is accessible by land or sea.
Puting Buhangin and Kwebang Lampas should be conserved as what it is today. Unlike any other beaches in the Philippines flooded by tourists, its undeniable treat is close contact with nature where humming birds, reverberating waves, and harmonious sound of trees swaying with the winds connive to give one the best relaxation.
These are the views you won’t miss if you traverse using any land transport going to Puting Buhangin.
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. (3.5-4hrs. 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: 5.5-6 hrs.
Contact number: 0929-530-1343
(Date of visit: October 10, 2010)