Why is that so? Supposedly because of the claim that the island is a combination of the white sands of Boracay and the limestone cliffs of Palawan.
Borawan Island, whether it is in Borawan Island Resort or any other beach in the island for that matter, be warned is a "hate it or love it place".
Many blogs have been written about this destination but they failed to outline the thing you should LOVE, and yes, HATE about it. Here's my take.
LOVE IT because
of its proximity from Manila
1 bus ride, 1 mini-bus, 1 tricycle, 1 boat transfer --all in 6 hours and you are in the island, NOT BAD!
So HOW DO YOU GET TO BORAWAN ISLAND?
1. Take Jack Liner or LLI (Lucena Line Inc.) bus from Buendia or Kamias Stations to Lucena City Grand Terminal.
2. Mini-bus from Lucena City Grand Terminal to Padre Burgos Quezon Province.
3. Tricycle to port (depending on who your contact is)
Note: there are three set-off points to the island depending on your contact. These are three different Barangays in Padre Burgos with local associations taking care of guests.
4. Boat Transfer to Borawan Island (Island Hopping Package includes Puting Buhangin and Dampalitan Beach).
HATE IT because
in Borawan Island Resort "bawat kembot may bayad".
This is the BIG JOKE in the island, bawat kembot may bayad. Actually, pag apak mo palang sa isla me bayad na. Nakaabang na either si Manong guard or the personnel who is in charge of collecting entrance fee which is a bit of an annoyance.
80.00 pesos --day tour
120.00 pesos --overnight
This is one expensive island. Rent a cottage for daytime stay,700 pesos. Overnight, it's 1,100. Every use of the restroom is 10 pesos. Take a shower, 20 pesos. You can pitch a tent but you still have to pay 300 each. So we opted to just rent the cottage overnight even if it is a little more expensive. Imagine how inconvenient it would be if we didn't because we arrived 9 am and it was already scorching hot at that time. More so by noontime. The kugon roofing of the hut provided a cool relief from the hot sun. The floor of the cottage we rented is also made of bamboo so that's where we slept at night. Double purpose na. All five of us and we had a comfortable sleep naman. ^^
I also got irritated with this pay-this-pay-that scheme (lakas maka Tune-hotel peg) but I came to realize later on that at least you get what you pay for. I mean, at least when you stay overnight, you get to appreciate the effort of the resort to light key spots in the island. It's very reassuring that you could wander around safe even on a sleepless night. I enjoyed swimming in one area because of the spotlight nearby. The island is alive until before midnight. The restroom was also newly built with continuous water supply. Upon realizing that water is of scarcity in the area, I finally got to understand why with the expensive rates. They even put shower heads for a pleasurable after swim wash.
One guard at a time is always on duty so you feel a little more safe indeed.
HATE IT because
there's Jellyfish everywhere!
Be warned. Lots of jellyfish swarm the area. The resort is aware of this so they designated spots for swimming set up with nets so as to deter jellyfish from invading the area. You are not very free then to hit any spot of the beach. Sad. You can always do so but at your own risk. My wife invited me for a night swim in front of the area where we were camped (in the open sea) and she was attacked by jellyfish the moment we hit the water. I was more lucky I didn't have to endure the pain of jellyfish sting. Hindi pala basta basta. A day after returning home, the marks on her legs got even darker and more painful. That she had to treat more more than 3 weeks before the marks disappeared.
the water could get really murky
(bordering to dirty)
This was the SHOCKING PART. I have never seen a beach this dirty. I mean, an open sea and you get water this murky? I was taken aback. And it was at around 3 pm that I noticed. That early and the water was already that dirty? Submerge your feet a few inches and you wouldn't even see it underwater. What's going on? Notice the succeeding photos I posted and see for yourself. I have my theory in mind but it requires a long explanation. We tried other sections of the beach because nobody could stop our urge for a before-sunset dip but it was the same.Notice my friend in the photo below.
LOVE IT because when...
NIGHT FALLS, you get to appreciate the effort of the resort to light key spots in the island. It's very reassuring that you could wander around safe even on a sleepless night. I enjoyed swimming in one spot because of the spotlight nearby. Oh, have I already said that? ^^
Much have been blogged about Borawan Island and Borawan Island Resort in particular but I guess mostly on the positive side. I am showing both sides of the equation here not because I want to discourage you from going here but at least for you to be able to carefully discern if it is worth it. If I got to discourage others, apologies. I would like to remind you though that other than Borawan Island, there's Puting Buhangin and Dampalitan Beach which are bundled in the island hopping tour if you are to rent a boat for only 1,800 pesos. Good thing there is more to the area than Borawan. It would have been disappointing. Ask me if I enjoyed. I did. Would I come back? Perhaps one day, but the kind that I will crave for specially because there are many other amazing nearby attractions.
DAMPALITAN BEACH Padre Burgos: A Good Compliment to Borawan-Puting Buhangin Island Hopping