If you’re thinking of traveling to Quezon province, I would recommend you to visit Lukang Beach in Pagbilao. That is if you are searching for a remote place to relax with nature. The place is also known as Puting Buhangin or Kwebang Lampas to the locals because of the small cave by the cove.
Lukang Beach is a non-commercialized secluded place. If I’m not mistaken, the place is still under litigation for ownership and maybe the reason why it has not been developed despite of the increasing number of tourists wanting to visit the remote paradise.
Anyway, getting to Lukang Beach or Kwebang Lampas, require long hours of land travel from Manila, a hefty 4 to 5 hours to Lucena City and from SM Lucena or Lucena Grand Central, you still need another mini bus ride/jeepney/UV ride to Pagbilao town. If you manage to ride on a bus going to Bicol, you have to drop off at Pagbilao town.
From the town proper, you have to travel at least an hour going to Kanlurang Malicboy or Ibabang Polo by tricycle or by passenger jeep. You will know that you are near if you see the chimney of Pagbilao Power Plant.
You can reach the cove by boat ride or if you’re adventurous enough, try crossing the man-made fish pen by boat then go trekking through a rocky shore and onto a bushy path towards the mountainside.
This is the view on the other side after the boat transfer. Your starting point to trek.
After passing through the bushy part, here is the pathway for those who chose the road less traveled.
It will lead you to the back gate entrance of the Lukang Beach where the caretaker will welcome you. The place is private so we have to follow the rules. We brought a tent where we could sleep because there is no room accommodation. Only three simple cottages are available and public restroom.
The long white sandy shore is also filled with seashells and tiny marine hermit crabs that I love to collect from every beach we visit when I was a kid.
With the clear seawater, you can easily view a group of small fish and it is abundant in sea urchins too so be careful.
A view of the shore from the cave.
It is still low tide when we entered the cave.
View of the adjacent part of Pagbilao sea from inside the cave.
Going to Kwebang Lampas is somehow challenging. You cannot enter the premises or pass through the checkpoint if you do not have permission from the caretaker of the beach so don’t forget your privilege pass. You will be charged P100.00 per person.
If you have kids, better go there through a boat ride rather than trekking. It is very far from the town proper so be sure to bring everything you need like food, water and first aid kits. Be ready with your emergency contact numbers just in case of fortuitous events.
What’s great? It is also a gateway to other island beach of the adjacent town of Padre Burgos.