My buddy asked me a good place where we can spend our summer weekend getaway, I suggested to her the Cagbalete Island because of its long stretch of powdery white sand during low tide that I saw in the photos of other blogs. I read some blogs of what’s the best resort where we can stay that can offer comfortable and affordable price of accommodation and good facilities and I found out Villa Cleofas was the most recommended by the travelers who were visited the Cagbalete Island and offers many activities like hiking, horseback riding, volley ball and kayaking. I texted one of the owner sir Tonet for our reservation because I’m expecting a crowd of tourist during weekends and the summer vacation is already near.
The group met at JAC Liner Kamias terminal near GMA Kamuning fortunately none of us were late because the last trip of JAC Liner bound to Lucena is 11PM, at 2:00AM we arrived in Lucena grand terminal because we will catch the 4AM first trip of mini bus (NCR Rieton Lines) going to Mauban Quezon, for almost 1hour of travel time from Lucena to Mauban.
When we arrived in Mauban the other participants hurriedly went to wet market and bought our foods although there’s also seafood’s in the island but it may be twice the price of the regular price and the others register at the Mauban tourism near the port and we paid 30.00 each for environmental fee and 20.00 each for terminal fee,
Tourism Information near the Port
Vendor of Pancit Habhab for only 10.00.... sarap
For almost 5hours of waiting for the public transport boat that can accommodate 60-80pax according to the crew finally the boat docked at Mauban Port. Because we were first group aboard I thought it will be spacious. But after a few minutes of waiting for the boat to leave large group of passengers came and they loaded the boat with sacks of rice, case of soft drinks and other materials use in construction materials, when the seats of the boat were already occupied, the other passengers seated near both side the outrigger of the boat. I’ve noticed the outrigger already covered with water sign of the boat was overloaded “shet sulit na sulit ang biyahe parang jeep lang may naka tapload.” We paid 50.00 each for the fare of the boat.
We leave at the port at 11:00AM and I’m worried because the situation of the boat. I inflated my inflatable pillow just incase of emergency so that I’ll have a floater if in case, all the life vest tied with rope no time to loosen them when in panic mode and also noticed that the boat have no radio that can report to the coastguard if incase of emergency I think only mobile phone used as their communication medium. Few meters away from the port the sea were very rough just like roller coasters ride the other passengers were vomiting and everytime the huge waves struck the boat the others were screaming that adds tension during our boat ride. But according to the crew they’re also time the sea are very calm I’m wondering why the sea were very rough because that time the weather was good the skies were clear and sunny, more than an hour I felt uncomfortable and praying we can reach the island safe, and the boat ride made me a little queasy.
Boat transfer standing position.. "selfie shot"
I calm down when we were already near and I saw the alluring long stretch of white sand of the island and the crystal clear blue waters. The extreme boat ride pays it off the charm of Cagbalete Island.
We hiked for almost 30minutes under the scorching heat to reach Villa Cleofas, there were locals offering their service as porters or guide no specific amount they charge to the tourists and it’s up to you how much you will give. We paid 50.00 each for our entrance fee.
Low tide long stretch of white sand infront of Villa Cleofas
Cagbalete Island is a perfect getaway for this summer season to unwind from the congested spaces of the metropolis and also those who were tired of their busy overload work. The island will surely capture you, especially those who in love with nature, very accessible for almost 5 hours of travel time from Metro Manila you will reach the pristine island of Mauban Quezon also known as Boracay of the Pacific.
I gazed while lying into a hammock, the white sand, and the sounds of the little waves and by the soft gentle breeze touch on my skin soothes my spirit.
Preparing our foods to cook
Pinoy style nagkahiyaan sa isang piraso
Social with my buddies
Villa Cleofas enjoys 300 meters or 825 feet of absolute white beach frontage. At the edge of the beach lies bermuda grass covered grounds and old endemic trees. It provides spacious and inviting spaces for camping, teambuilding, sports, photo shoots, snorkeling (nearest to Bonsai Island) fishing, bonding with family and friends, weddings and events.
Big Cottage - 25 people capacity @ P5,500/ night (P100/pax in excess of 25 pax)+ P50/head entrance fee
Medium Cottage - 12 people capacity @ P3,000/night (P 100/pax in excess of 12 pax)+ P50/head entrance fee
Studio-type Rooms with private CR
- 2 Person capacity @ P2,000/ night +P50/head entrance fee
- 4 Person capacity @ P3,000/ night +P50/head entrance fee
Resort Tents for Rent - 3 pax capacity at P400/night + P50 /head entrance fee
Guest's Owned Tent - Pitching fee is P250/night (3-pax capacity limit) + P50/head entrance fee
RATES (+ Entrance Fee of P50.0/head); P100/pax in excess of allowable cottage capacity)
Big cottage (25 people capacity) - P5,500 overnight
Medium cottage (12 people capacity) - P3,000 overnight
Small cottage (8 people capacity) - P2,500 overnight
Studio-type Room A with private CR (2 people capacity) - P2,000 overnight
Studio-type Room B with private CR (4 people capacity) - P3,000 overnight
Bamboo Hut (6 people capacity) - P 1,000 overnight, generator not included
Resort Tents (3 people capacity) - P 400 overnight, generator not included
Guest's Owned Tents - Pitching Fee P250 overnight (3 people capacity limit), generator not included
Horseback riding - P100/ 30 minutes
Private boat (20 people capacity) - P5,000 two-way ( Mauban-Cagbalete)
Fishing tour/Island hopping/Snorkeling- available upon request
Island hopping Baliscar - P2,000 ( 3 hrs )
Snorkelling gears - P100/hr (along the beach) ; P200/trip (during island hopping); lost gear - P1,500
Meals (minimum of 10 persons, 3 meals) - available upon request @ P200/meal/head - set meal and P300/meal/head -buffet meal
Videoke - P100/hr
Kayaks (double) - P200/hr
Beach VolleyBall - P50/hr
Beach Football - P50/hr
Tourism in Mauban Quezon fees to be pay:
Villa Cleofas Contact #
09178395852 - Tonet
09178143475 - Tess
09192205000 - Ed
Tourism in Mauban Quezon fees to be pay:
Enviromental fee: 30.00
Terminal fee: 20.00
Boat rides going to Cagbalete
Passenger Boats: 50.00
Note: I'm not sure the exact time of Passenger boat it may be change it depends the situation of the weather or the sea. much better you will arrive early in Barangay Daungan (Mauban Port)
1-5 Passenger 1,500.00 back and fort / 1,000.00 one way
6-8 Passenger 2,000.00 back and fort / 1,500.00 one way
9-12 Passenger 2,500.00 back and fort / 2000.00 one way
13-16 passenger 3,000.00 back and fort / 2500.00 one way
17-20 passenger 4,000.00 back and fort / 3000.00 one way
How to get there:
- Ride a bus going to Lucena Grand Terminal (JAC Liner) Kamias or Buendia Terminal. Estimate fare 218.00.
- From Lucena Terminal ride a mini bus going to Mauban Quezon (NCR Rieton Lines). Estimate fare 50.00.
- From Mauban Port barangay Daungan you can hire a boat or you can ride passenger boat. Estimate fare for passenger boat is 50.00.