If you’re looking for a perfect beach getaway in Quezon Province, Cagbalete Island is one of the best destination that we highly recommend. White sands, clear waters and a beautiful nature view perfect for relaxation.
Cagbalete Island is located in Mauban, Quezon Province which is about 4-5 hours away from Manila that includes 2 bus rides. The first ride is from Manila bound to Lucena City in Quezon Province and the second ride is from Lucena City bound to Mauban, a town in Quezon Province. From Mauban Port it will be an hour boat ride going to Cagbalete Island.
At Mauban Port we passed by the registration office to pay the environmental fee and our boat service. Take note that there are two options for boat ride. One is via public boat that cost 50 pesos per passenger but there are only two schedules per day going to the island, unfortunately we missed the first trip in the morning that is why we opted for the second option which is via private boat which cost us 1500 pesos round trip.
Mang Ido the boatman assisted us in riding his small boat. He wrapped our belongings with plastic bags to prevent our things from getting wet during the one hour boat travel.
After the smooth boat ride, Mang Ido stopped the boat a few meters away from the shoreline because the water is too shallow that we needed to walk an almost knee deep water to reach the shore.
We finally arrived and immediately settled our payment to Villa Noe Beach the resort that we’ve chosen. Take note that there are other resorts in the island that you can choose from like Pansacola and Donya Choleng to name a few.
After pitching our tent, we felt our stomach crumbling and we’ve realized we have not eaten since we left Manila. Good thing there are lots of local vendors that roam the island offering beach goers souvenirs and food. Luckily a lady that sells Pancit Habhab which is a local delicacy passed by and we bought some to fill our hungry stomachs.
Eating Pancit Habhab was not enough to fill our tummy and again we just have to wait for another vendor to pass by. In just a blink of an eye, there’s another lady who showed us her pail full of coconut crabs which made us drool! Of course we bought some and she even offered to cook it for us in their native way of cooking it. She also offered to cook rice for us and we paid her about 300 pesos for the service and the meal.
Voila! After an hour our meal finally arrived and the aroma is so good that we ate them in just 15 minute! That was indeed a good lunch!
Finally, our stomachs are full and ready to hit the beach!
The waters of Cagbalete is clear and warm, no seaweeds, no stones, just pure fine sands under the water. Perfect even for toddlers, even a hundred meters away from the shore, the water is just about a knee deep. As you can see in the pictures, the place is perfect for relaxation. We didn’t realize that we spent almost 3 hours in the water just floating and basking under the sun.
We ended our first day just lying in the sands, looking at the stars and listening to the waves until we fell asleep.
We woke up early the next day to catch the sunrise knowing Cagbalete faces the East. It was truly a majestic experience as other campers brought out their cameras to capture the slowly rising sun.
After sunrise we packed our things and went home completely satisfied. That was indeed a complete and soul filling weekend.
Photo & Video credit: Yowi & Kaye Zablan
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