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 Information on the net are either lacking and outdated, but blessing in disguise for it has preserved its mysterious beauty.

Lubang Island

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!

Lubang Island

A beach in Barangay Tagbac

How to Get There

By Air
Lubang has an airfield that can accommodate small aircraft but to date only chartered flights use the runway.

By Sea
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.

From Manila:
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.

From Calatagan:
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.

Lubang Island

Sunset at Tagbac Beach

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
    Contact No:+639205835811
  • Protacio Beach Resort
    Six air-conditioned rooms, open air cottages and social hall
    Rates start at P600
    Contact No: +639298799740/+639205823089
Lubang Island

A room of Duan Juan Villa Beach Resort

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
Lubang Island

The beach area of Cabra Island

Diving in  Lubang

Check out the underwater wrecks around Lubang Island

Activities

  • Camping
  • 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)
  • Snorkeling
  • 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

Other Tips

  • 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

20 Comments on “Travel Guide: Lubang Island Group

  1. Thank you for this extensive information..
    I had been trying to find more information about Luban… you see, my father who was in the Philippine Air Force in the early 1970’s and was stationed at a radar station in Lubang. We were very young when he would take us ,his children, for vacations…
    Now that we have old (late 40’s), we are trying to go back there for nostalgic reasons..
    Does anyone have any information on a PAF air base / air station in Lubang?
    Thank you so much for any information…

    • Are you related to floreta macasaet, my classmate in high school in stella maris.. the radar will be operational soon . there are many soldiers there now. u may contCT ME AT O924794140.

      • Sorry 09204794140 Kindly tell her we have a reunion on 2016, may.

  2. Hi to the Blogger! :) thank you for posting such a great blog like this. I’m also fond of travelling the Philippines and our neighboring countries in Asia. FYI, Lubang is my hometown and I can’t believe that our province look like thisnow since I stop visiting there for almost 5 years. I have travel plans this year and I will include this on my list. More travel to come!!!

  3. Thanks for this travel guide! If I may, how long is the boat ride from Calatagan to Lubang? Thanks!

  4. If one brings a car to the pier in Calatagan, is there a place where it can be parked for at least 2 days? Also, how often do the bancas leave Calatagan for Lubang?
    Thanks.

    • I dont knwo if you can prat at the port.. though there are simple security.. if you like you can park in my friends place. he live close to the pier.. call me if yoiu need help 0917937641

    • yes, u can park yr car insidt the port of calatagan. There are daily trips from
      Calatagan to Tilik and vice versa

  5. exploring beaches in looc is a must try. tubahin beach is known for its amazing rock formation.. theres a lot more. penciled looc as your next destination..

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  7. Our neighbors here in Manila are from Lubang. There’s a whole extended family of them living in our area. I have never really considered Lubang as a tourist spot until I read this post. It definitely has potential as a weekend getaway from Manila or Batangas, no?

  8. Just a few days ago, I was with a friend in Calatagan and we could make out some islands from afar. I think I was right to assume that those islands we saw are Lubang islands.

  9. Thank you very much for this very nice review of my mother’s hometown. You are right, the island is near yet far. Out of all the blogs and reviews that I read in the past about Lubang Islands, I could say that yours is the most detailed and successful. This post shows how you were able to explore the islands and all the stuff that it offers to visitors. I can definitely share this blog post to my friends who ask a lot of things about Lubang so I can convince them to go with me on my next trip. Regarding the Kaytinggong Resort, I had been there and I can prove that the rumors about it are true. It is the most beautiful site on the island. Though the resort is not as accessible as others, walking or boating your way there is definitely worthwhile. Another thing, It appears that you had missed visiting the Hulagaan falls that was recently developed by the Local Government of Lubang for tourists. I believe that as of this moment, that site is the main attraction of the Island. Anyway, thank you very much for featuring my beloved Lubang Island.

    • Wow! Thanks for the added information Irving. I am really trying to create a complete and detailed post about Lubang so it will be easier for tourist to go to the island so your inputs are really big help. By the way, you said Kaytinggong Resort, is it the Kaypalad I mentioned?

      Thanks again!

      • There are other tourist attractions in Lubang and Looc that you need to visit. Lubang is a laidback island making it a paradise. As the Lubang tourism Council president, we can help u there. Thank u so much.

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