Tranquil waters, blue skies, long stretch of pristine coastline and sand bars, diverse flora and fauna, and fresh breeze – these are just some reasons tourists frequent the beautiful island of Cagbalete. Experience one of the best walkable beaches in the Philippines, a five-hour drive away from Manila.
Cagbalete Island is another haven in Quezon Province. It is an inhabited island accessible via a 40-60 minute boat ride from the town of Mauban.The island sits in Lamon Bay facing the Pacific Ocean. If you explore a little further around the bay, you’ll probably see the famous luxury island of Balesin and the equally notable Jomalig Island because they share the same bay. This fisher folk’s village has a very rich flora and fauna. The section of the island facing Cagbalete Strait is filled with mangroves where birds occasionally perch to rest. With the great abundance of mangroves, it is safe to assume that the area, or the place in general, has a diverse marine life.
One can get excited over the idea of walking barefoot each time a trip to the beach is planned. This Island offers a seemingly endless white beach that’s as pristine as it could get. Fronting Lamon Bay, the beach becomes magically interesting during low tide. Glorious sand rows and sand bars gradually appear as the waters ebb, revealing a picturesque powdery white sand which is home to what they call Bonsai Island. Tranquil waters mirror the blue skies, a terrific combination that can give serenity- all coupled with fresh breeze. Come to Cagbalete Tagging friends or family members along is one of the best ways to enjoy the trip. Ever heard of the adage “Happiness is real when shared?” There are plenty of options on how to get to Cagbalete Island.
Private transportation A popular way to get to the town of Mauban is by taking the SLEX then taking an exit to Calamba, Laguna. This trip roughly takes 5-6 hours as this route entails passing by the towns of Los Banos, Sta. Cruz, Cavinti, Lusiana, Lucban, Tayabas before reaching the town of Mauban. Another option is by taking the Antipolo road (approximately 4 hours) which requires traveling through the various towns of Rizal, Laguna and Quezon before reaching Mauban. The upside is, you get treated with the beauty of the countryside – a sight to behold along the way!
Public Transportation Traveling via bus can be inconvenient for some since it can mean traversing through a lot of towns with pesky traffic and all. But if you’re willing to drop the negative vibes, you can surely have fun especially if you’re with a great company. For commuters, take a bus in Cubao, Kamias or Taft bound for Lucena (Jac Liner/Lucena Lines/ Jam Liner). Ticket price is 300. You should be in Lucena after 4 hours, from there you need to take a mini-bus (Php60) to Mauban, Quezon. Mini buses travel in one hour interval and are available from 5 Am to 6PM. Jac Liner in Kamias recently opened a direct bus trip to Mauban and the fare costs P280 however trips are only available in two schedules, 4:30 AM and 1 PM.
Join a Group Get the most comfortable trip by joining groups that do regular trips to Cagbalete. This will give utmost convenience as travel expenses, food, and accommodation will already be covered, so you can just chill like a boss. The best part about joining groups is the opportunity to meet new friends and travel buddies. The Little Fox will trip Cagbalete in May and June. For details, don’t hesitate to ask away. Once you reach the town of Mauban, you can hire a private boat or take the public boat that transports locals and tourists alike from Sabang Port to Cagbalete. A P50 environmental fee is collected at the port and that’s on top of the fare-P50 for one way. Here is the schedule of public boats:
Mauban to Cagbalete
10:00 AM and 4:00 PM
Trek for 15 minutes to get to the resort. Hiring a carriage pulled by carabao is recommended (and fun!). The resort can arrange this for tourists. Resorts in Cagbalete are budget-friendly, for a minimum of P1,000, a hut can be rented; however during peak season the hotels are mostly fully booked. For tent owners, pitching a tent costs P200 plus a registration fee of P50. You can also rent the tents from the following resorts.
Villa Cleofas Resort
Contact #:Tonet – +63 917-8395852 / Tess – +63 917-8143475
Pansacola Beach Resort
Contact #: +63 928-5058633
Joven Blue Sea Beach Resort
Contact #: +63 939-2899752/ +63 917-9848505
Villa Noe Beach Resort
Contact #: +63 905-5193847 / +63 909-5241773 / +63 929-2176971
Website: www.villanoe.com Important Tips
-Hire a boat to Cagbalete Strait to experience the most exquisite portion of the Island. The boat ride costs P 2000 but depending on your haggling skills, discounts can be availed as well. It’s guaranteed that this will be the highlight of the tour.
-Nilandingan Cove is another nice spot in Cagbelete. Going there can be a bit pricey but it should be worth every fortune.
-Bring a book as the place will surely give peace of mind and an opportunity to catch up on you reading.
-Bring sunnies and flip-flops and few of your favorite things. -Bring camping essentials.
-Porters are everywhere that is for sure. Before you let them carry your luggage, ask them of their price first.
-Should you arrive by noon in the Island, consider bringing an umbrella since the trek to the resorts is an open field.
-Buy all your goods at the town proper as the Island has limited stocks.
-Be fortunate about the opportunity to get intimate with nature, frolic and have fun. Check the growing number of friends of The Little fox. The trip was joined by about 40 strong. Click on the link below for our itinerary.
Itinerary Cagbalete Travellers