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Real Experience: Your Ultimate Travel Guide to Real Quezon

This post was most recently updated on January 4th, 2018

Quezon is not just about Lucban or Lucena. There is this one coastal town located on the eastern shores of Luzon that is underrated and often overlooked – Real [Ri-al]. Real is bordered by the provinces of Rizal to the northwest, and Laguna to the southwest. If you want to do tons of activities like surfing the beaches, swimming in pristine waterfalls, staring at stunning landscapes, well you can find everything in Real, Quezon, you can even arrange a trip all by yourself.

I remember that it took us months or almost a year already if, I’m not mistaken, until we had this travel with my former colleagues from DXC Technology (formerly known as HP) Haha! On top of our list was to go to these places – La Union, Calaguas, or even in Camiguin which requires plane. Due to conflicts, schedule, budget, and some of us have already been to the mentioned places, however, we never had the chance to go out except on dinner. So finally, it was the week of Labor Day when we had this real ‘Real’ experience. Hashtags #ReaLabor, #LaboReal, #ColoReal a trip that has finally been colored, no more drawings.

real quezon mountains
Mountains surrounding the place.
real quezon highway
Mandatory group shot in the highway. haha!
Magra Beach view from above
Magra Beach view from above.

magra beach stairs

Getting there: Travel Guide Real Quezon

There are a lot of options on getting to Real considering different origins, but if you’re coming from Manila, the easiest and the fastest way is to ride a van situated in Legarda, Manila bound to Real-Infanta. The fare is at 220 pesos and estimated of 4 hours of travel. Although the schedules are not guaranteed, trips are upon the availability of the vans and it’s on first come, first serve basis.

If you are planning to go by bus, make sure you go to the terminal in advance as the buses can fill up minutes or even hours ahead of departure time. Raymund buses are the usual buses bound to Infanta for a cost of 205 pesos, one-way ticket. The terminals for the bus and van are located just beside each other.

Just a little reminder to everyone, once you entered Quezon from Rizal, network signal could be very bad that we already passed by our destination trying to access the Google maps. We needed to rent a trike for us to get back to Real. It’s better to remind your driver of where he should drop you.

zigzag road in real quezon
Zigzag road.

Budget and Expenses: Travel Guide Real Quezon

Your budget can vary greatly in Real. You can find accommodation for as little as 200 pesos (tent pitching) a night. On the other hand, if you’re looking for luxury and don’t have a tent on hand, you can book a hotel room costing thousands a night for spectacular views along the coast lines. You can eat from the local stores, usually “si-log” meals are served for 75-100 pesos, or you can buy fresh seafood from the market and have it cooked. Keep in mind though that prices may vary when you’re traveling in peak season.

Where To Stay: Travel Guide Real Quezon

My criteria for choosing a place to stay is their value for money, level of comfort and service, and of course the prime location. I like being able to walk in the main sites and have everything on hand, places with easy access to almost everything.

Here are my two suggestions for the best places to stay in Real. Hope it helps you on deciding where to stay in Real.

The PaRK

We stayed here for just a night but the price and the location were a perfect combination. Pacific Recreational Kamp or simply PaRK is located along the highway. You can simply ask your van driver to drop you here. They have basic common restroom and shower area; small but clean, and water is never a problem. The real selling point of this campground is the location- Magra beach, a surfing spot, is within 10 minutes walking distance. You just need to cross the Tignoan River and voila! You can swim and the surf from the crashing waves. The only problem here is the source of electricity. You have to pay 10 pesos to charge each of your device in their store.

Price:

  • Entrance fee – 50 pesos
  • Tent pitching fee – 150 pesos per tent

They also offer other services like

  • Surfboard rental with instructor – 500 pesos per hour
  • Water rafting – 300 pesos
entrance to pacific recreational camp or the Park in real quezon
Entrance to the PaRK. If you notice they have spacious parking.
picture with surf board in magra beach in real quezon
She’s very ready to surf.
waves in magra beach in real quezon
Bigger waves and less crowd here in Magra Beach.
the park real quezon list of fees
The PaRK’s list of fees.

pacific recreational camp in real quezon

pacific recreational camp in real quezon

pacific recreational camp in real quezon

bonfire place in real quezon
This place is also good for bonfire.
watching over the people surfing and swimming in magra beach
Watching over the people surfing and swimming in Magra Beach.
lifeguarding using boniculars in magra beach in real quezon
Being a lifeguard for a moment. Thanks to Kuya for allowing me to use his binocular for a sec.
magra beach in real quezon
Magra beach shore.

Real Coast and Surf

Most well-known place to stay in Real is the Real Coast and Surf, a resort destination divided into two, Real Coast and Real Surf, to cater both travelers on luxury and on a budget. Real Coast is technically the hotel, it has air-conditioned bedrooms and an eight-foot deep swimming pool. On the other hand, Real Surf is for the adventurous travelers, given that it is for camping and surfing. This place is dominated by the colorful signage. Upon entry, you will be welcomed by stylish cabanas of different sizes that offer beach view. Same as the Park, Real Surf has communal restroom and shower areas, clean but more decent. However, when we visited the campsite, it was overcrowded. It was a relief for us since we did a good choice for choosing the PaRK instead. Or maybe we went there at the wrong time. I wouldn’t recommend also eating on its restaurants. Everything is incredibly overpriced. It’s better if you have packed food with you or you pay a visit to the market.

real coast and surf resort in quezon with colorful signages
Upon entering the resort, these signages will greet you.
real coast and surf resort in quezon with surf boards, life vests, and folding chair
Surf boards, life vests, and folding chair. Things that are very useful for your ultimate Real Quezon experience.

real coast and surf resort in quezon with colorful signages

real coast and surf resort in quezon with colorful signages

real coast and surf resort in quezon with colorful signages

real coast and surf resort in quezon with colorful signages

real coast and surf artwall

real coast and surf artwall

real coast and surf restaurant

real coast and surf artwall

real coast and surf artwall

real coast and surf artwall

real coast and surf artwall

The Waterfalls: Travel Guide Real Quezon

Balagbag Falls

Balagbag Falls is a two-tiered waterfall. The lower tier having 20 ft tall, is a perfect spot for diving since its catch basin is deep. The upper tier is taller at about 80-100 feet. From the PaRK, you can rent a tricycle that will tour you to the two of the most popular waterfalls in Real, the Balagbag and Nonok Falls, and it will only cost you of 100 pesos each. Balagbag, the nearest waterfall from the PaRK, is just a ten-minute drive. Pay only 25 pesos entrance fee, and start to reach the falls in a five-minute trek.

Balagbag falls entrance
A bigger yet simpler signage for Balagbag Falls.

balagbag falls in real quezon

balagbag falls in real quezon

registration for balagbag falls in real quezon
Registration area in Balagbag Falls.

highway in real quezon

balagbag falls in real quezon

balagbag falls in real quezon

balagbag falls in real quezon

balagbag falls in real quezon

balagbag falls in real quezon

balagbag falls in real quezon

balagbag falls in real quezon

balagbag falls in real quezon

balagbag falls in real quezon

Nonok Falls

We headed to the next waterfall called Nonok Falls, just a kilometer away from Balagbag falls. Entrance fee here is 20 pesos and you can dip into a very cold water. It’s also a spot for diving, although it’s riskier than the previously mentioned water falls, and the place is not well-maintained. This waterfall can be accessed for about 15-minute trek from the jump-off point. We stayed here longer since the place is covered with trees, perfect place for relaxation.

entrance to nonok falls in real quezon with coconut trees and street signage
A little signage posted in the tree so you won’t get lost.
Nonok falls in Real Quezon with people swimming and cliff diving
Presenting the Nonok Falls.
coconut trees in real quezon
There are so many coconut trees here.
silhouette coconut trees in real quezon
A nice and calm weather.
river crossing in nonok falls in real quezon
Crossing the river on the way to Nonok Falls. Just be careful because the stones under the water are slippery.
Nipa huts on the side of Nonok Falls
Nipa huts on the side of Nonok Falls.

nonok falls in real quezon

nonok falls in real quezon

short trail to nonok falls
On our way back to the PaRK before it gets dark. Update: Our photo got featured in the anniversary issue of Manila Times.

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Kevin del Prado

Kevin is currently working as a Business Analyst. Interests also include traveling, watching movies, outdoor activities, and photography. He graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering.

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