Travel Guide: Cagbalete Island

Off the coast of Mauban, Quezon, an unforgettable island experience awaits everyone – the Cagbalete Island.

Cagbalete is another jewel of the Quezon Province. Located in the Lamon Bay fronting the Pacific Ocean, it is another paradise in the province of Quezon surrounded by white sand that exposes during low tide.

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This 1,640 hectares privately owned island is home to a diverse ecosystem. With unique variety of birds, rich marine life, and the abundance of unique species of plants, the island is a complete paradise for adventurers and nature lovers. Similar to Jomalig Island in Northern Quezon, a part of the Cagbalete’s beach is dotted with Agoho trees, a family of pine tree.

Just three hours away from the Philippine capital, Cagbalete promises an unforgettable and picture perfect island getaway you will truly remember. Visit Cagbalete Island and discover a whole new island experience.

How to Get There

Cagbalete Island is under the jurisdiction of the town of Mauban, Quezon. To go there, catch a Lucena bound bus in Kamias, Cubao, Alabang or Buendia. From Buendia, Jac Liner, Jam Transit, Lucena Liner and Ceres Transport have buses bound to Lucena that stop at Lucena Grand Central  Terminal. Buses leave almost every hour every day for approximately three hours bus ride from Buendia, Pasay. Fare is at P210.00.

From Lucena Grand Central Terminal, catch a non-air con mini bus to Mauban for almost two hours travel time, fare is around P50-60. The last trip is at 6 pm. Alternatively, aircon buses to Mauban are located in SM City Lucena for P80-90, with trip up to 9 pm. Travel time via aircon bus is at 1 hour.

Upon getting off the bus in Mauban, it is only a short walk to the port where passenger boats to Cagbalete Island are stationed. Trips are scheduled at  10:00 AM and 4:00 PM daily, for P40-50 per person. The boats can ferry around 50-60 people. They usually drop off passengers at “Sabang”  although they sometimes drop off their passengers directly to the south eastern part of the island where the resorts Villa Cleofas and MVT Sto. Nino are located. You may also arrange a private boat through your resort, rate is P4,000 two-way ( Mauban-Cagbalete-Mauban) and can ferry up to 25 people.

If you are going to the Pansacola, Villa Cleofas or MVT Sto. Niño from Sabang, you can hire a small banca there for around P400.00 one way or you can take the 1.5 KM walk.

Where to Stay

Tourists usually stay on the south eastern part of the island. There are three known resorts in the area – the Villa Cleofas, Pansacola Beach Resort and MVT Sto. Niño Beach Resort.

Villa Cleofas

Villa Cleofas has various cottages and rooms for rent ranging from P900 (for an open cottage that is good for eight people) to P4000 (big cottage with rooms that can accommodate up to 25 persons).

  • Big cottage (25 people capacity) – P4,000.00 overnight
  • Medium cottage ( 12 people capacity ) – P2,500.00 overnight
  • Small cottage (8 people capacity) – P1,800.00 overnight
  • Duplex cottage ( 4 people capacity ) – P1,500.00 overnight
  • Open cottage (8 people capacity) – P 900.00 overnight

They have good facilities and offers different activities like beach volleyball, table tennis, karaoke, horse back riding, boat rental. They also allow camping along the beach for a fee of P300.00 per tent. For more information, visit their website at www.cagbalete.com or contact:

Ed Jacob: +639192205000/etjacob11@yahoo.com

Tonet/Tess Reyeg: (+632) 928-7934/(+632) 754-1063/+639178140496/+639178143475/treyeg01@yahoo.com.ph

MVT Sto. Niño

MVT Sto. Niño  is located beside Villa Cleofas. They have rooms and open cottages and offer a more quiet atmosphere. Small open cottages along the beach costs for as low as P500.00 good for up to 20 persons while the big ones are at P1000.00 good for at least 30 persons; Standard room with  fan is at P1500/ day good for 4 persons; Deluxe roomwith aircon is at P2000.00/day good for 2 persons; While the Bahay-kubo with room for 2-5 persons is at P1000.00/day. For more information, contact:

Fely: +639217275398/(+6342)7841036

Ryan: +639108823346

Pansacola Beach Resort

Pansacola Beach Resort is quite pricey compared to the two but offers great beachfront be it high tide or low tide. Contact Information:

Amang Rommel: +639202154613, (042)7840158

Activities

  • Swimming and Beach Hopping
  • Snorkeling/Scuba Diving (bring your own equipments)
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Camping/Picnic
  • Bird watching
  • Horseback riding
  • Beach Volleyball/Frisbee
  • Walk to the nearby Bonsai Island and see the century old bonsai plants
  • Visit the neighboring Baliscar Island and its lighthouse
  • Surfing/Skim boarding (Oct to Feb – bring your own board)
  • Watch the sunrise

Tips

Boat ride from Mauban to Cagbalete Island can be rough at times and generally rough during the ‘ber’ months up to February, so prepare to be wet. Entrance fee at Villa Cleofas is P30.00, and P100.00 for MVT Sto. Niño. If you are staying in Villa Cleofas, you can arrange them to prepare meals for you or you can use their kitchen, dining hall and their facilities for cooking and dining, usage is on first-come-first-served basis and you have to clean the area and wash all utilities you used.

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85 Comments on “Travel Guide: Cagbalete Island

  1. Cagbalete is quite far considering i am from central luzon but the place is really beautiful..we had a NICE overnight stay at Donya Choleng’s resort last may 13-14. resort staff were kind and accommodating.

  2. I’m excited to see the beautiful island. I hope we will not encounter complaints stated here. We are coming on May 17-18. Good luck to us. :)

  3. Stay away from Dona Cholengs during peak season!

    We were here for 4 days and 3 nights. Stayed in their nipa hut for 3 days and since i’m prepping my daughter for our Pulag climb next year, brought my tent and availed their tent accommodation on our last day, I’m not sure how this resort is handled but by the looks of it, either their staff are under paid or they don’t know what customer service is all about.
    I travel occasionally, approx. 4 times a year and had some shares of bad customer service but just kept it to myself. It takes a lot for me to vent out online so this means that’s how horrible their service is, in my honest opinion. I have high regards with the hospitality of people from Quezon (and Batangas) amongst their Luzon counterparts but this ALMOST changed it.

    Things you need to watch out for:
    – Security is almost nonexistent. There are shifting roving guards (as I observe, 1 per shift) but they took it literally, yes, just roving. Swimming clothes left to dry and towels were stolen outside of our hut, which they claimed they ran after but wasn’t able to catch up. To think our hut is right infront of their restaurant where the roving guards usually stay. Later we found out that there’s another guest complaining of the same reason. The culprit was an apparent Cagbalete resident who they know but the resort did not take action about it and heck, did not even apologize for being incompetent securing their place.
    – Water smells funny and is intermittent. It takes approximately 10-15mins for them to restore water, so good luck to you when water runs out while taking a bath. For the funny smell, it resembles the smell of a septic tank (for lack of better comparison) but tolerable.
    – Restrooms are not maintained well. Few faucets are defective, clogged sink, leaking sink pipes, trash on trash bins are rarely disposed, some ventilation panel on the doors are missing / damaged leaving a hint on what you are up to to those people on queue, there were also cockroaches sharing the same bathroom with you. These are just to name a few.
    – Restaurant rates are way off mark compare to the prices they have in the port/palenke area. This I can tolerate if food quality is better than the ones in the port/palenke area. They don’t have service water which for is must when you run a restaurant.
    – In-house restaurant can’t accomodate much and not systematic during peak hours. One example is giving your orders to others in line (right away) when you are called while you stepped out real quick.
    – Lack of coordination with local authorities when it comes to cancellation of boat trips going out of Cagbalete due to inclement weather. Their typical answer to guests is, “baka payagan kayo dahil maganda ang panahon”, giving you false hopes. You need to go to the port area which is around 1km usually by foot from the resort for you to validate their claims. Well, that’s because they’re done with their business with you.
    – Unkept shoreline. I read a blog saying it’s futile for them to clean seaweeds on their shores during off peak season and usually does it during peak season but I did not see any part of the shoreline without seaweeds. Was wondering if they dont consider holy week a peak season. In addition, we saw few trash and driftwood floating but not all their fault since they share their shoreline with other resorts which I heard is also owned by their relatives.
    – And the last but not the least, after going thru these all, don’t expect to get an ice cold beer or even ice! But it’s ironic to see a halo-halo stall set up inside their resort. I have a small generator at home which runs 1 liter of gas an hour that can power up a mid size fridge during outages so I am not sure how they can’t do the same especially that they mark up their goods higher than the ones at the port area.

  4. I cannot recommend this place. People in this place are tend to take advantage of the tourist they tend to overprice almost everything. From a overpriced private boat worth 3000 php two way and 2500 for 1 way for small group (4-6 person) and the price increase as your group member increase (for instance 12 person for 5500 on way trip) imagine!!!!!!. To a very simple favor you might ask to the local…. almost everything has a price……. One thing more some people in this place trickster in nature even a kid….. But to be fare the view of this island are great…… But it is enough that I see this Islands once I will not go back anymore…….

    • I had bad experience also during my visit 3 years ago. I thought there will be improvements already but apparently they are still charging high on the boat rides.

  5. If you are planning to go to a beach and you are from Manila, I cannot recommend this place. I suggest to go to Laiya Batangas or Calatagan Batagas instead of this far away place.

    • And you’re missing the very essence of this article. The adventure.

  6. I really admire lahat ng mga destination. ^_^ super detailed and informative para sa mga first timer bakasyonista on that particular place. I’m a fan, and hopefully and I wish that mapuntahan ko lahat ng nafeature nyu. Sobrang nakakaexcite puntahan and very inviting. ^_^ goodluck, keep it up and God bless ^_^

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