Cagbalete Island Mauban Quezon
Renante MinaFriday, March 21, 2014 48 comments

     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.

Mauban Port

     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

Market near the Mauban Port

Vendor of Pancit Habhab for only 10.00.... sarap

This is how to eat famous pancit in Quezon the Pancit Habhab


     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

Cooking time

Boodle fight

Pinoy style nagkahiyaan sa isang piraso

Social with my buddies


High tide at the morning

Group picture

Villa Cleofas

     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.

Dining area

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

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)

Hired Boats:
      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.


Balut said...

nice one! I think this will be one of my destination soon! :)

Arnie Monacillo said...

Indeed this is the best escape destination. The 'duyan' with Empelayt? The boodlefight with seafoods? way to relieve stress.

JC SABIO said...

wow ako talaga ang model ng pancit hab-hab!hindi po sya masarap guys.lasang 10petot lang! must try un biko!

Marco said...

Cagbalete Island is my unforgettable island experience!

Joy said...

A very nice place, but I dont want the boat ride. .

Renante Mina said...

go ma'am napaka adventure ang alon dito papunta sa isla pero pagdating mo sa isla tahimik na ang alon at napaka ganda din

Renante Mina said...

hahaha tama sir

Renante Mina said...

arte ang dami mo nga naka sabhin mo di masarap... hahaha

Renante Mina said...

nice sir hehehe bakit naman dahil ba sa alon? hahaha

Renante Mina said...

me too ma'am they didn't priority the safety of the passengers, I hope the coastguard will monitor this.

Retchel Inovero said...

You mean po malakas ang alon papunta ng isla? We are going to Cagbalete this coming Holy Week. Ayoko na malakas ang alon... :'-(

Renante Mina said...

yes retchel noong pumunta kami malakas siya pero meron daw time talga na ganun at meron din time na kalmado. kc part na siya ng pacific ocean yung dagat so expect po na maalon talga. observe niyo nlang yung weather bago kau pumunta.

Retchel Inovero said...

Eww! Bago ako nagpa-reserve tinanong ko muna kung malakas ang alon. They told me na kalmado daw during Holy Week/summer kaya nag-go ako. Kinabahan tuloy ako ngayon.Yung na nga din observation ko when went to Verde Island few years ago, hindi pinasusuot ang life vest sa mga pasahero. Nakatali pa talaga sa taas. Big questions ko talaga yun. Haayyy... sana bigyan ng pansin ng coast guard at ire-require for the safety of all passengers. Anyway, thank you Sir for the info. It's very helpful.

Elal Lasola said...

Ang dami talagang magaganda sa Quezon nahilo lang talaga ako sa zigzag roads last weekend. Sana makapunta din sa Cagbalete :)

Renante Mina said...

walang anuman ma'am tama baka saka lang maghigpit kung meron ng nagbuwis ng buhay... dapat bigyan to ng pansin kahit na sabhin natin karamihan ay marunong lumangoy mas maigi na ang nag iingat.

Renante Mina said...

yes dami nga hehehe sana mapuntahan ko laht ang tourist destination ng Quezon.

Paulakwatsera said...

Ayun o, mukhang ang sarap ng boodle fight nyo sir. :)

Renante Mina said...

tama hehehe masarap talga kapag salo salo sa hpag kainan kahit anong ulam pa yan :)

naks said...

ipinanganak ako sa quezon pero wala pa akong napupuntahang tourist destination dyan...
buti na lang at may mga blog na kagaya ng sa 'yo sir renan...para na rin akong nakapaglakbay...
good luck sa mga lakad at akyat...

Renante Mina said...

maraming salamat sa pagsubaysubay sa aking adventures sir...

Billy Palatino said...

Cagbalete was my worst boat ride! Grabe akala ko lulubo kmi nun! Sama nman ako next time sa inyo! Invite mo ko!

Renante Mina said...

sobrang ginabahan talga ako maganda pa panhon yun ah pero ganun na sitwasyon ng dagat kakatakot. overloaded pa yung bangka.

Allysia Salasiban said...

hi. ung studio type rooms nila with aircon po ba or fan lng??? thanks in advance.

Dickens Miranda said...

wala po bang jellyfish diyan? plan po sana namin magpunta next week na, :D

Aris Antonio said...

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Aris Antonio said...

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Renante Mina said...

fan lang po ata kc ang cagbalete ay generator lang din ang source kuryente nila

Renante Mina said...

noong kami wala naman di tulad sa Borawan...

Joyjoy Llanes said...

We spend our 3 days 2 nyts here at villa cleofas last week with my family ... and sobranggg sarap ng feeling na mkpg relax at unwind na hindi crowded .... the best ang sunrise at to witnessed the red moon rising .... one of the best vavation weve ever had!!! :-)

Renante Mina said...

very nice.. thanks joyjoy for dropping by

Angel Caronongan said...

hay naku! nauna ka na... kailan anniversary beach bumming ng #TeamBorawan? Cagbalete or Burot beach? hehe!

Raz Vesta said...

Ask ko lang po. May common CR po ba doon? :) thank you.

Renante Mina said...

sa mga resorts po meron :) tulad sa Cleofas meron silang common cr :)

lupin jerimaya said...

napakandang pagmasdan ng cagbalete island subalit sa kabila nito,,di lang ang kalikasan ang inaabuso ng mga malalaking tao sa mauban kundi pati na din yung mga maliliit na bangkero!!!! puro bayad nalang ang pagpunta sa cagbalete,,, , , hanggang sa pagpunta sa mismong pasyalan aba!!!! eh may bayad pa!!! sana makarating ang mensaheng ito sa mga matataas na tao!!!! ang pasyalan ay dapat libre!!! aba pati ba naman yun dapat may bayad as environmrntal fee without an official receipt ha??? sana makarating ito sa matataas na tao na tutuligsa sa sistemang bulok ng mga tao sa mauban!!!!

lupin jerimaya said...

sana makarating ito sa nakatataas,,, tama bang magbayad ng environmental fee sa isang pasyalan?? with matching NO OFFICIAL RECEIPT???? THTA'S BULL SHIT RIGHT?

Michael Corbeta said...

Hello po, may mapag-iiwanan po ba ng kotse if ever magdadala po ng private vehicle? Thank you. We have plans to go there next week po.

rose_just_rose said...

provided po kaya sa tents nila ang mat and pillow?

Fergie Tadaya said...

Hello po ask ko lang po ano # ng mga hired boats please??? Thanks!

jerome panganiban said...

Pwede po ba di na mag rent ng room? Magdadala nalang po ng tent.

Patricia Mirasol said...

Considering Villa Cleofas. Thanks for this!

yvonne Castromero said...

Hi po we're planning to visit cagbalete on May 2-3. Kaso we'll leave Morong Rizal by approximately 3PM pa. Me boat pa po kaya na pwede maghatid samin? 8-10 persons po kami and how much po kaya? Thanks.

cheska bayatan said...

ano2 po ang mga resort doon? may pag ppilian po ba?

cheska bayatan said...

sir ask ko lang how much po kaya ang pamasahe frm cubao tp cagbalete? we're planning to visit cagbalete on May 9 san thanks

Renante Mina said...

hi Cheska eto po :)

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.

Renante Mina said...

marami po resort doon pero Villa Cleofas na po ang mura :)

Unknown said...

Ask kolang po may oras lang din ba ang kuryente nila?

Juliet Ann Rapis said...

Good morning Sir! Thanks for a very informative blog :)

Juliet Ann Rapis said...

Good morning Sir! Thanks for a very informative blog. Naka kuha ako idea :) Punta kasi kami dun dis weekends :) God bless