Sunday, May 4, 2014

Cagbalete Island, Mauban, Quezon

The last time I was in Mauban, Quezon was 2008. 
Back then, I was not yet a full-pledged traveler nor the thought of being a blogger came to my mind. I went to the house of my former student Mark and stayed in Mauban for just one day. I never thought that Mauban offers one of the best island resorts in Quezon until lately when I was reading my co-travelers' blog.

And I learned the tourist spot called - Cagbalete Island.

How to get there

Board a bus going to Lucena or Bicol either from Cubao, Buendia or Alabang.

From Buendia, travel time is 3-4 hours (129 kilometers/ 72 kilometers from Sto. Tomas, Batangas) and the fare is P209.50. 

Alight in Lucena Grand Central Terminal and then, board the mini-bus going to Mauban. The mini-bus leaves every 40 minutes. NCR Bus Transport is the servicing common carrier.  

Travel time to Mauban is 1 hour and 30 minutes. Fare is P50.00. Another option is to go to SM City Lucena and board the aircon vehicle to Mauban. Travel time is only 1 hour and the fare is P60.

You can enjoy the scenery on your way to Mauban.

Arriving in Mauban, go to the Pantalan (port) at Barangay Daungan and board the boat to Cagbalete Island. Fare ride using the trike to the port is only P10.

You can also contribute to their economy by paying the Environmental fee at the Tourism office for only P50.

There are only 2 schedules of the boat transportation from Mauban to Cagbalete island – 10:00 am and 3:30 pm (from Cagbalete to Mauban – 7 am and 1pm). 

Travel time is 45 minutes only and the fare is P50. It is better to arrive at the port early. During lean season, the boat leaves 10:30 but during peak season, it leaves 9:30 am.

Maximum capacity of the boat is 50 passengers only. But during my trip to Cagbalete, I know that we were overloaded. Good thing it was summer.

Again, try to go to the port early or else you might miss your ride to the island. In case you miss the 10 am ride, wait for the 3:30 ride or you can charter a boat for P1,000 to go to the island.

Leaving the port, you can look back at the town of Mauban and wonder at the scenery.

Environmental fee – P30
Terminal fee – P20

Hired Boats
P1,500/P2,000/2,500/P3,000/4,000 depending on the number of passengers 2 way

Tour around the island by boat P1,000
You can tour the island in 2-3 hours by foot.

The boat ride was pleasant. The sea was calm that day.

It took us only 45 minutes and we reached our destination.

You will pay the fare for the boat ride once you are onboard the boat. A member of the crew will be collecting the fare.

Once you are in Cagbalete Island, the experience will be different. There is no port. The passengers will be fetched by a small boat paddled by a single man. Usually, this is the scenario during low tide.

It takes 5-10 minutes before you are fetched and transported to the beach.

You have 3 options in touring the island, either by boat (P1,000), by motorcycle (no idea about the price) or by foot with a local guide (P100 only!).

Now, before we go to the resorts in Cagbalete Island, it pays to know that the island has homestays and rest houses.

Just a stone's throw from the docking area, you will find Aling Pinay's rest house (0948-547-9943). She offers the lowest accommodation in the island for P1,000, P1,500 and P2,000. 

It is not air conditioned and there is no wifi. The truth is that the lowest accommodation in the island is using tent (P300). 

It was 10:30 am, weather was around 33 degrees and we started our tour by foot wearing my jacket and my backpack. It was scorching hot!

There are several resorts in the island. They also offer homestay. The resorts are Pansacola Beach Resort, Villa Cleofas, MVT Sto. Nino Beach Resort, Joeven’s Blue Beach Resort and Villa Noe Beach Resort.

After less than 10 minutes of walking, we reached the first spot and the nearest to the docking area -

Pansacola Beach Resort

Pansacola Beach Resort
Contact Numbers

Pansacola offers the best spot for your souvenir pictures. It offers the finest white sand.

You can stroll in the beach and enjoy the white sands and sand ripples during low tide! 

According to one of the locals I talked to. The low tide depends on the size of the moon. If it is a full moon, low tide is 8:00 am - 10 am and 2 pm - pm. But if it is not full moon, low tide is during midday. Honestly, it is better during high tide, since you cannot swim, snorkel or kayak during low tide. But during low tide, you can enjoy the sand ripples!

After staying for 20 minutes at Pansacola, next stop was -

Dona Choleng Camping Resort

Dona Choleng Camping Resort
The Boracay of the Pacific

Contact numbers
Office: (042) 784-0789
Smart: 0910-882-3346
Smart: 0998-352-0544
Smart: 0910-524-4370
Sun: 0932-852-5489
Globe: 0926-654-9958

It offers the best accommodation and the staff are very accommodating and cordial.

Third stop for the day -

Villa Noe Beach Resort

Villa Noe Beach Resort

Walking further, fourth stop -

Joeven's Blue Sea Beach Resort 

Tired and exhausted, I forgot to get their contact numbers. Villa Noe and Joeven are new resorts in Cagbalete.

Last stop for the day -

Villa Cleofas

Villa Cleofas
Tonet - 0917-839-5852
Tess - 0917-814-3475
Ed - 0919-220-5000

Personally, I met both the owners of Dona Choleng and Villa Cleofas. Both of them are equally courteous, accommodating and hospitable.

For my insights, if you want to enjoy the beach, go to Pansacola and Bonsai Island.

If you want to have a nice and affordable accommodation, Dona Choleng.

If you want to have the space to relax, roam and have fun, Villa Cleofas.

Due to time constraint, I was not able to go to MVT Sto. Nino Beach Resort.

I started my tour 10:30 and and finished 12:30. Afterwards, I went back to the docking area to catch the 1 pm trip back to Mauban. I was planning to stay, but I cannot afford the accommodation due to limited budget. I went back to Lucena and stayed at Diamond Hotel and Resort and paid P1360 (with wifi, hot shower, swimming pool and cable television). 

I enjoyed my tour of the island and I'm planning to go back next year to do camping in the beach.

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  1. its 30 for environmental fee and 20 for terminal fee sir :)

  2. Hi jun.. i dont know if u still remember me pero ako ung nameet mo sa tindahan ni ate tesd going to borawan.. Im planning to go to cagbalete then naalala ko u gave me ur card... and I love ur blog.. Im planning to go here thanks sa mga ingo... ill read more of ur blogs... its very detailed..

    1. Yeah, I remember you. You have my number. If you want a fast answer relative to your travels, just text me. I hope you enjoyed your Borawan escapade. I did! Keep travelling and enjoy! =)

  3. Hi sir jun!

    Me and my friends will be going in cagbalete next week. group of 10 po kami. ano po ba ung best resort na pwede nyong i-refer samen? at affordable po? and hindi naman po ba ma-jellyfish dto? thanks! :)

  4. Hi Jun, we are planning to go to Mauban on last week of June. Mga 4-6 persons kami. Any idea kung magkano ang budget pag dito sa Mauban? Thank you. Nice post anyway.

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    2. My first reply was aboout Borawan, I had to delete it. =)

      Anyway, Cagbalate Island.
      Food (5 meals) = P500
      Transpo (from Manila vice-versa) = P700
      Accommodation for one day - Tent P300 (2) x 2 = 600/4 = 150 / Dona Choleng's Room - P2,000/4 = 500
      Other fees - P100
      Sobra na P2,000/pax =)

    3. Sir jun saan po magandang mag stay sa cagbalete island yung magandang view aside form na rate accomodation , we were planning this march to visits there... Salamat po. advicel nag po. manuel

  5. hello.... sir jun, kamusta na po sa inyo... thank you very much in ur travelers guide and specially sa dona choleng resort information and contact numbers, salamat po sa inyo..... we are giving you free accomodation sa dona choleng resort anytime po you need vacation....pls call us for booking 09108823346, ryan clemente manaog, president DCCR......

    1. Ok po. Thank you po sa offer. I will accept po pero sa summer pa po balik ko. Hope I was able to help your resort. God bless po.

  6. hi sir, plan to go this coming october 18... nung magandang tuluyan at murang resort lang... 5 lang kmi.. may mga bilihan na po ba ng pagkain dun?? or magdadala na lang kmi ngour own? thanks so much... ^_^

    1. Dona Choleng or Villa Cleofas. may bilihan ng pagkain kasi dadaan kayo sa port area nila misomo sa Cagbalete, I suggest buy na agad kayo food or pwede din naman na sa resort na kayo umorder.

      The cheapest accommodation is tent. May fresh fish din.

  7. follow up lang lang sir hindi ba maalon pag ber months? ^_^

    1. Hmmm.. In think so. Hindi naman sila aalis ng port kung may storm signal kasi ndi sila papayagan ng Coast Guard.

  8. Good day sir.

    Aside from waiting for the tide to come in to enjoy the water, may ibang magagawa pa po sa Cagbalete Island? Any good places to explore?

    thanks Sir.

    1. Yes, you can go around the island. Visit the surrounding areas and trek a bit.

  9. Hi Sir Jun,
    Ask ko lang po, "The passengers will be fetched by a small boat paddled by a single man." - Are we going to pay extra for that? Or included na sya dun sa boat fare?

  10. Good Day, thanks for your informative blog.
    Ask ko lang po, yung rented boat po ba (3-4 passengers),
    kahit anong oras pwedeng umalis sa port/island and vice versa?

  11. hi i've really inspired by your blogs. we've tried the island hopping in padre burgos and enjoyed it, in that note we are organizing a tour for that this coming may 16, 2015. interested travelers can call or text me at 0925 511 9844. next summer we will be in cabaglete for sure.

  12. Hi, Jun. I'm planning to go solo backpacking. Any suggestion for a quiet island where I can stay for 3D/2N; safe (babae po ako); budget friendly at hindi masyado mahaba ang biyahe?

  13. Hi Sir Jun! Question lang po. Kapag po nag check in sa isa sa mga resort dun, pwde bang naka tent lang kami at wag na magrent ng room for the night? kasi tight budget lang kami e. Hoping for your answer po soon.
    Superthanks po!

    1. May tent po yung resort for lease. Malaki po yung beach, pwede po siguro kayo sa isang vacant place.

  14. Sir Jun,
    Pag magttent ba may pede bang maaccess na CR just in case?
    Kasi sa Anawangin di ba kahit magtent may available na CRs.

  15. Sir Jun,
    Pag magttent ba may pede bang maaccess na CR just in case?
    Kasi sa Anawangin di ba kahit magtent may available na CRs.

  16. hi guys need boat rent and assistant? BORAWAN , DAMPALITAN and PUTING BUHANGIN ISLAND ? just call/text this no. 09476142289, 09956153995 and look for ate noime …:) 09085317597 marvin , 09473413419 marlyn

  17. Hi Sir Jun! Thank you for this infos! We enjoyed Cagbalete Island so much! We stayed at Dona Choleng and the experience is priceless! Nalaman lang namin yung place dahil dito sa blog mo! Thank you talaga :)

  18. Hi Sir Jun,

    Plan kasi namin ng mga friends ko na humabol sa summer bago mag tagulan :) this coming June 4-5. Ask ko lang san ang mas magandang puntahan sa cagbalete island na may magandang view at magandang tubig ng dagat. At affordable ang accommodation. :) salamat. Wala kasi kaming idea sa cagbalete. It was our first time to go in cagbalete. Thank you Sir Jun :)

  19. Hi Sir Jun,

    Plan kasi namin ng mga friends ko na humabol sa summer bago mag tagulan :) this coming June 4-5. Ask ko lang san ang mas magandang puntahan sa cagbalete island na may magandang view at magandang tubig ng dagat. At affordable ang accommodation. :) salamat. Wala kasi kaming idea sa cagbalete. It was our first time to go in cagbalete. Thank you Sir Jun :)

    1. Yang-in masarap maligo, Dona Choleng ang resort

  20. can we bring our motorcycle in the island?

  21. can we bring our motorcycle in the island?