Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Isla Grande, Pagbilao, Quezon Province
This island is located in Pagbilao town, Quezon Province. This is also known as Polo Grande, Pagbilao Grande, Volcano Island or sometimes referred to as Ibabang Polo. Isla Grande is an average size island. It is connected by a bridge from mainland Luzon.
There are several communities in the island. There's a barangay in the island. Team Energy, one of the largest coal-fired power plant in the Philippines, is located in this island. A famous tourist attraction in the island is the Kwebang Lagpas and the semi-white sand beach called Puting Buhangin.
How to get there:
From Manila, ride a bus bound for Calauag town and get off at Team Energy junction and then ride a tricycle to Ibabang Polo. To reach Puting Buhangin from Ibabang Polo, you can hike/walk or rent a boat to go to Puting Buhangin.
From Manila, you can also ride a bus to Lucena. From Lucena, ride a jeepney to Pagbilao. From Pagbilao town proper, ride a tricycle or jeepney bound for Ibabang Polo.
Manila to Team Energy junction at Pagbilao - 5 to 6 hours
Team Energy junction to Isla Grande/Ibabang Polo - 30 to 45 minutes
Manila to Lucena - 3 to 4 hours
Lucena to Pagbilao - 45 minutes to 1 hour
Pagbilao town proper to Isla Grande/Ibabang Polo - 1 to 1.5 hour
If you want to go to Puting Buhangin from Ibabang Polo, it is a 20 to 30 minutes walk.