Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Solo Travel To Cagbalete Island, Quezon

It’s my third time to go to Cagbalete and no one can stop me exploring the beauty of island again and again. This is one of the best place in Quezon province that I always considered a “ beautiful paradise”.

Cagbalete Island is located in Mauban Quezon, which is lying in the middle of Lamont Bay fronting Pacific ocean. It’s surrounded by white sand that exposes during low tide. You can see the abundance of unique species of plants as you go to resort of choice.

After work (with no sleep), I headed immediately to Jac Liner bus terminal in Cubao. The Kamias terminal is specifically located at 2 Mapagmahal St. Bgy. Pinyahan, cor Edsa, Quezon City, opposite of Victory Liner terminal. They have bus bound directly to Mauban but the trip going there is scheduled at 12 noon only. I decided to take Lucena bound bus. No need for reservation. You can  go directly to the terminal. 

Jac Liner bus looks a modern type of transportation. It’s spacious and the AC is working properly. Actually I like their bus because it’s clean and the chair is comfortable. Their bus has flat screen tv where you can watch local and international movies. 

It took more than three hours before we reach SM Lucena. The fare from Manila to Lucena is Php218. From SM Lucna City, I took Van bound to Mauban. The fare is P60- P70. Travel time from Lucena to Mauban market is 45 mins. to 1 hour.

From Mauban market, you can just walk directly to Pantalan Port. If you are coming from the Jac Liner terminal,  you  need to take tricycle going to port. The fare is P15.

Don’t be surprised if you see the passenger boat that will bring you to the island. It’s not big nor small. The boat can carry around 50 passengers. The first time I went to Cagbalete Island, I’m really scared. The boat looks overloaded. My friends prayed the whole trip. Imagine, the passenger boat is overloaded of tourists and locals as well with baggage. Don't worry guys, this scene is normal and it's safe.

This adventure, I traveled alone. I didn’t make on time on the schedule trip. There're  only two trips from Mauban going to Cagbalete Island- 10 AM and 4PM only. Trips from Cagabalete to Mauban are scheduled from at 7AM and 1PM only. I arrived in the port around 6PM. I met a lady named Flora. She told me that there’s a boat waiting for her which is owned by the local in the island. I’m lucky that day. She proactively said I can join with them. If Flora was not there, probably I’m going to look for an accommodation.

According to locals that I met along the road, there are inn and homestay around the area if you want to stay overnight in Mauban. One of the inns I saw along the way is Fiesta Royale.

Registering in the Tourism booth is a must. You need to pay P100 for environmental fee and P40 for terminal fee. No need to ask ticket because you need to pay the fare in the boat. There will be a guy who will collect your payment. The fare is P50. Travel time takes around 1 hour.

Another option in travelling to the island is to hire a private boat. The cost will be around P1000-P1500 which can carry 5-6 passengers.

The passenger boat will drop off passengers in the port near Villa Cleofas and Dona Choleng resort. From port, you can take around 30 mins. walk directly to the resort.

If you’re looking for other resorts, you can also go to Villa Noe resort, Pensacola resort, Joven’s Blue Sea, Pansacola and MVT Sto. Nino. These resorts also features a view with white sand and pristine cool water.  

I went to Villa Cleofas and pitched tent on their camping site. If you have your own tent, you  only need to pay P300. Don’t worry for those who don’t have tent, they offer tent and you need to pay P500. 

Villa Cleofas has small  and  big cottages which are ranging from P900 to P4000 overnight.

Resorts contact numbers:

Villa Cleofas- 0917 8395852/ 0917 8143475/0919 2205000/ website- www.cagbalete.net
Villa Noel – 0929 217 6971/ 0915-7032334/ 0915-2335/ Email them at reservations@villanoe.com
Dona Choleng- 0910-8823346/ 0932-8525489/ 0926-6549958 / website www. cagbaletedonacholeng.com
Joven’s Blue Sea- 0907- 1739016/ 0989- 2899752/ 0917-9848505
MVT Sto. Nino- 0921-7275398/ 0927 7774828

Aside from swimming, you can indulge beach/island hopping, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, trekking, camping, bird watching, surfing/skim boarding and playing volleyball and Frisbee. If you want an island hopping, you can hire a boat for P1000.

When it comes to food, you need to coordinate the resort so they can prepare meals for your group. Or, you can just bring your own food. They have kitchen, dining hall and facilities for cooking and dining.

What also interesting part of the island is a river connecting to the sea. The water from the river flows directly to the beautiful sea of Cagbalete. I also enjoyed "kulitan" with the  "hagis barya' boys which are my guides going to the resoirt.

Just a reminder guys, you can enjoy swimming at the pristine blue water of the sea early in the morning around 4AM-7AM. During noon time,  you need to walk and walk if you want to swim in deepest part of the sea. The white sand exposes around 10AM and up.

I want also to add guys, whatever you bring in the island, please bring them back to your home. Don't leave anything in the island. Please preserve it's natural beauty. Be responsible!

Travelling alone is not that scary. it's actually fun and exciting. I explored a lot of things  by myself and met a lot of happy and friendly people on this adventure. Enjoy travelling

This blog post for Cagbalete Island is my contribution to Pinoy Travel Bloggers' Blog Carnival for May 2014 with the theme "Luzon Lovapalooza" hosted by Pinoy Adventurista.


  1. Reydan DuldulaoMay 6, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Now you gave me an idea that it is safe to visit this place alone... lucky guy you've met Ms. Flora on your way going to the island :) Keep travelling!

  2. awesome tip!!! thanks ha..i live in a town before mauban..plan ko sana pumunta dyan 2 weeks ago..kaso sobra init sa daan..

    i went hiking kasi from sampaloc, quezon to mauban....kaso half lang kaya ko lakarin.

    the additonal PHP50 is the bangka fare for the public boat ride? tama?

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  4. Awesome pictures and narrative! And dami pa talagang malaparaisong lugar na dapat puntahan sa ating bansa.

  5. Your blog is full of grammatical errors.

  6. Ikinaganda mo yan teh. Why don't you just be thankful for the blogger to share the experience.

  7. yeah.. i agree with you shobiecavalli...a typical filipino mentality who is fond of looking

    errors instead of digesting the content of the article. Ingrata naman si ateng...perfectionist!



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