Project Pilipinas: Cagbalite Island


Just recently, a friend asked me to recommend a beach for a quick weekend getaway.  Without blinking, I said "Cagbalite Island" (or Cagbalete to some).

I discovered this island through a friend years ago.  Ever since, I've been recommending it to other friends as well.  What I like about this unspoiled beauty is the peace and quiet and the bareness of it all.  Perfect for when you want to detach from the hustle and bustle of the city.

How to get there

FROM MANILA TO MAUBAN
By car.  Take the South Super Highway then pass by Sto. Tomas, Batangas -- San Pablo -- Tiaong -- Candelaria -- Sariaya -- Tayabas -- Mauban.

Here is a more detailed direction from my brother:
"From SLEX, exit Sto. Tomas, Batangas.  Pass through San Pablo going to Tiaong town proper.  Go straight to the towns of Candelaria and Sariaya.  In Sariaya you will reach a fork going to Lucena and Tayabas.  Take the road going to Tayabas.  Go straight until you reach the Tayabas town proper.  Once in Tayabas, find the main road.  If it's one way going to the church, take the second corner from the church.  Take a left turn to the main road.  Once in the main road, find the Shell gas station.  Take the road beside it.  At the end of that road, turn right.  That road will already take you to Mauban."
Travel time from Manila to Mauban is around 4 hours.

Once at the Mauban town proper, you may park your car at the Pansacola Residence (assuming you are staying at their resort) which is located at 5 Quezon cor. R. Pansacola St., 4330.


The Pansacola residence.
Then you may take the tricycle going to the port.  From the port, take the 10:00am ferry (Php40.00/head).  Make sure you get to the port on time because the next trip is around 4:00pm already.


By bus.  
From Manila to Lucena:  At the Cubao or Buendia bus terminal, take the 5am Jac Liner/Lucena liner bus bound for Lucena (Php300.00/head).  Travel time is around 3 hours.

From Lucena to Mauban: At the Lucena Grand Terminal, take NCR Bus Line bound for Mauban (Php60.00/head).  Travel time is around 1/12 hours.

Once at the Mauban town proper, take the tricycle going to the port.  From the port, take the 10:00am ferry  (Php40.00/head).  Make sure you get to the port on time because the next trip is at 4:00pm already.

FROM MAUBAN TOWN PROPER TO CAGBALITE ISLAND
The ferry ride is around 1 1/2 hours long. Since the tide is usually low at that time of the day, the ferry won't be able to dock and a small boat will be transporting you and your things to the shore.


Warning: Standing room only!

Once you reach the shore, you will have to walk around 15 minutes to reach the resort, passing through the quaint island village.




And voila!  Paradise.



Accommodation
I highly recommend the Pansacola Beach Resort.  Aside from affordable rates, rustic huts, and delicious food, the Pansacolas are very hospitable.

They offer nipa huts in various sizes and rates (depending on how big your group is).  All huts are provided with mattresses, beddings, pillows, and electric fans.  Only the biggest hut has a bathroom inside.  For the rest, there are clean common bathrooms.



You may check out their rates here.


PANSACOLA BEACH RESORT
Contact person: Romel Pansacola
Mobile No.: +63928 505 8633 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            +63928 505 8633      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Email: romelpansacola@yahoo.com


Food
The Pansacola Beach Resort also offers meal packages at Php800.00/head.  That includes breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, and dinner.

Instead of hassling yourself with bringing and cooking your own food, I suggest you avail of their package since the food are to die for!



During our trip in 2009, our total damage was around Php2,340.00/head for an overnight stay.  Here's a sample of our budget breakdown:


ITEM
AMOUNT
AMOUNT / HEAD
Gas
4,000
800
Gas

40
Rented boat (from island to town)
1,500
300
Hut (with no bathroom)
1,500
300
Set meal

700
Drinks, alcohol, etc.

100
TOTAL

2,340

Going home, we didn't want to wait for the 4:00pm ferry from the island to the town proper.  So we rented a boat instead which cost us only Php1,500.00.

The island
Cagbalite Island's beach is not for the deep swimmers.  But you'll find yourself enjoying the water like you were in one big bathtub.



And since the island is so peaceful, you can spend the weekend exploring, reading a book, or relaxing with the sea breeze lulling you to sleep.







Cagbalite is so charming that one of my friends even had her pre-nup photo shoot in the island.  You may check out their photos at Mitch Mauricio's blog.

Tips and what to bring
Sunblock
Shades
Sarong
Insect repellant lotion
iPod and speakers
Drinks (There's liquor sold on the island but the choices are limited)

There is no electricity in the resort.  But they run the generator from 6:00-10:00pm.  So make sure you charge all your gadgets at night.

Exploring the island.

So if you haven't got anything planned for the summer yet, go start packing your bags and try this quick weekend fix :)

Comments

  1. Yey! You finally updated your blog! :)
    Thanks for the tip mother! Will add this to my list!

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    1. Haha, been updating my blog naman. Last posts were about Taiwan :)

      Go, go, go! Been there three times already, I've never been disappointed.

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  2. This is just gorgeous! I hope to be able to visit this place some time!

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    1. It's perfect for a quick weekend getaway :)
      And you'll looooove the food, swear!

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  3. Waaah! I wanna go there. Must. Recommend. To. The. Hubby. :)

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    1. It is :) If someday you go the Philippines you should go here :)

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  5. Have you been to kalanggaman island?

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  6. Waah.. Taga Quezon ang parents ko, pero first heard about this paradise ha.. nice shots!

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    1. Thanks, Mitch! You should go to the island then! :) It's really nice. Especially if you want some peace and quiet over the weekend :)

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  7. looks so peaceful! any set of breathtaking shots...I can feel the love to your home country in every word+pic...xoxox

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