Travel Guide: Lubang Island Group
Lubang is a group of islands located southwest of Manila and northwest of mainland Mindoro. Composed of seven islands and two municipalities under the jurisdiction of the province of Occidental Mindoro, Lubang lies on the western end of Verde Island Passage, dubbed as the center of the center of the world’s marine biodiversity.
Despite its proximity to Metropolis, Lubang Island is generally verdant, unspoiled and unexplored. It is too near yet too far, as they say. Information on the net are either lacking and outdated, but blessing in disguise for it has preserved its mysterious beauty.
Cabra Island Lighthouse, its prominent landmark, is one of the few remaining lighthouses built during Spanish era. The lighthouse shows the importance of the place even in the early Philippine civilization.
Today, Lubang Island Group is a paradise breaking out of its shell. Its vast farmlands, virgin beaches, amazing marine life and striking scenery as well as the natural hospitality of the locals are warm welcome that await everyone.
Choose the road less traveled. Choose Lubang!
How to Get There
Lubang has an airfield that can accommodate small aircraft but to date only chartered flights use the runway.
Lubang Island Group has two public sea ports – one in the town of Lubang (Tilik) and one in the town of Looc (Agkawayan). They can be reached by taking a ferry from Manila North Harbor or the wooden boats from the port of Calatagan Batangas.
Atienza Shipping Lines services Manila-Tilik-Manila route. Manila to Tilik is every Monday at 12 noon, while Lubang to Manila is every Tuesday at 9 o’clock in the morning. Advanced ticket reservation and booking is advised specially during summer and peak season. For more information, check out their website at www.atienzashippinglines.com.
Wooden pump boats connect Calatagan Batangas to the ports of Tilik and Agkawayan. One way fare costs P500.00 as of April 2013. Their trips schedule are as follows:
MB God’s Grace 2
Calatagan to Tilik: Every Monday,Thursday and Saturday
Tilik to Calatagan: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday
MB Lucky Benjamin
Calatagan to Tilik/Agkawayan: Sunday
Tilik/Agkawayan to Calatagan: Monday
MB San Rafael
Calatagan to Agkawayan: Every Monday,Thursday and Saturday
Agkawayan to Calatagan: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday
Although these boats have published schedules, the trips still depend on traffic and sea conditions.
Where to Stay
Accommodations in the island are limited only to small inns, lodges, homestays and beach resorts. Tourists mostly stay in the beach resorts of Barangay Tagbac in the town of Lubang. There are three beach resorts in Tagbac – Don Juan Villa Beach Resort and Dive Center, Bamboo Hut Resort and Protacio Beach Resort. Room rate starts at P300 for a single fan room.
- Don Juan Villa Beach Resort and Dive Center
Five air-conditioned rooms, function hall
Rates start at P500
Contact No: +639202385270/+639085532147
- Bamboo Hut Resort
Five air-conditioned rooms, swimming pool, cottages
Rates start at P700
- Protacio Beach Resort
Six air-conditioned rooms, open air cottages and social hall
Rates start at P600
Contact No: +639298799740/+639205823089
Another beach resort is situated in Barangay Binacas, also in the town of Lubang. Kaypalad Guesthouse is a small yet beautiful guesthouse with a very scenic location. The guest house is made up of nipa and standing in a small grassy hill overlooking the beach. Some locals say that it is one if not the best spot in Lubang although the place is not easily accessible.
- Kaypalad Guest House
Contact No: +639209831817/+639186712803
Other accommodations in Lubang are the following (as published in www.delahyde.com)
- Airlink Beach Resort (Tangal)
20 air-conditioned rooms and suites, basketball court, swimming pool, recreation room
Contact No: +639209266279/+639178532600
- Villa Carolina (Tilik)
Contact No: +639205823089
- Quinones Homestay (Tilik)
Contact No: +639108776832
- Villa Daulat Ancestral House (Banaag)
Contact No: +639182770089
- Carmen Aguilar Homestay (Araw at Bituin)
Contact No: +639182183136
- Explore the beaches of Tagbac and Binacas in Lubang, and Bonbon in Looc
- Scuba diving (See Don Juan Villa Beach Resort and Dive Center contact number above)
- Visit the old Spanish Lighthouse in Cabra island
- Check out Onoda Trail and Caves
- See Hulagaang Waterfalls
- Trek to Gozar Air Station
- Discover other attractions of the Islands of Cabra, Golo and Ambil
- No ATM in the island, and no establishment accepts credit cards/travelers cheque
- Globe Telecoms has no signal in Lubang
- Electricity runs 24-hours although power interruptions are common
- Reserve ahead if you plan to take Atienza Shipping Line specially on summer and holidays