Last holy week since we are stuck here in Metro Manila because we haven’t bought flight tickets to go home, we decided to go to the beach near the Metro.
We had a lot of options but we chose to go to Quezon Province to finally ticked it off from our list. Talking about Quezon Province, one of the most recommended beach to visit is the Cagbalete Island. It offers pristine white sand and blue waters which is perfect for your beach bumming.
It is located on the southern part of Quezon and normally, travel time is only 4-5 hours. Cagbalete Island has the extreme low and high tide. You can swim early morning and later in the afternoon when the water comes back near the shore.
How to go to Cagbalete Island?
- Ride a bus at JAC Liner Terminal in Buendia bound to Mauban. The buses bound to Mauban are only 2 trips a day. You can check schedule from this link. If you want to be more flexible with time, you can ride bus going to Lucena City which is available 24 hours. Bus Fare is P210 per person. Travel time is only 3-4 hours.
- From Lucena Grand Terminal, ride a van (P60 per person) or bus (P54 per person) going to Mauban. Travel time is only 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- From Mauban Terminal, just walk a few meters heading to Mauban Local Tourism Office. Look for the covered court. Check for passenger boats or private boats going to Cagbalete Island. Travel time is 45 minutes – 1 hour.
*Check the fare schedule of passenger and private boat below:
Where to stay in Cagbalete Island?
There are a lot of resorts in Cagbalete Island. Once you are already in the Local Tourism Office, you can select from the resorts that can accommodate you. Or if you have your own tents, no need to reserve for rooms or cottages.
Last holy week, we stayed in Pansacola Beach Resort. It’s resort you will first see once you reach the island. Furthermore, it has the longest shoreline for you swim and beachbum.
Entrance Fee is 300/person/night if you have tent with you. But you can contact them through their Facebook Page for more details.
What to bring in Cagbalete Island?
You can buy raw food (fish, chicken, pork for grilling) in Mauban before you go to the island. There’s no market in the island just few sari-sari stores. Water and cooked rice are both expensive.
Here’s our Total Expenses (food not included):
If you take the passenger boat, the rate per person would be less than 1000 pesos only. We opted for the private boat since we didn’t caught the last trip of the passenger boat.
It was peak season when we went to Cagbalete that’s why the place seemed to be so crowded. But definitely, it is a must visit place if you are going to Quezon province or if you want to check new beach destination near Metro Manila.