Cagbalete Island Getaway Trip (How to Get There)
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Cagbalete Island Getaway Trip (How to Get There)

Cagbalete is a small island off the coast of Quezon province in the Philippines. Situated in the Pacific Ocean, it offers warm climate and beautiful waters. Learn how to get there.

For most of us caught up in the busy pace of commerce and corporate world, a weekend getaway or out-of-town trip is a welcome breath of fresh air! Tourists and locals alike pack their bags for a lovely time in one of the best Philippine beaches. Boracay is one of them, being a popular white sand beach. I've never been there, but I have been to a small gem of a white sand beach--Cagbalete Island.

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Cagbalete is a small island off the coast of Quezon province in the Philippines. Situated in the Pacific Ocean, it offers warm climate and beautiful waters. Its shoreline is dotted with coconut trees AND pine trees! Since it is not as commercialized and developed as the more popular Boracay, it offers a tranquil place to enjoy the beach.

How to Get There

There are many options to go to Cagbalete Island. For tourists, the first step is to get to Manila.

In Manila, you can ride a bus for Quezon province at Cubao bus station or flag one down at Buendia-Taft. Public transport buses headed for Quezon include Jac Liner, JAM Liner and Lucena Lines. After a three-hour ride, go on another bus ride or a van ride from Lucena City Grand Terminal to town of Mauban, Quezon.

For our group, we rented a private van with a trusty driver who knew the routes. The travel time to Mauban is around six hours. At one point, we spotted a beautiful old bridge-like or aqueduct-like structure. (We stopped for it on the way home!)

We stopped at a town in Quezon to buy supplies and food for cooking. Our final stopover that morning was Mauban market, for breakfast.

Once you have reached Mauban, you will need to cross the ocean! There are many options as well.

There are passenger boats that charge for a small fee per head which drop passengers off at the Western side of Cagbalete. If you decide to ride this ferry boat and your resort is on the Eastern side, you can either hike (1.5 km) all the way or ride horses or a kuliglig (motorized ride). You can also ride a boat to go from West to East side.

For our tour group, we decided to rent a private banca. The banca is a small open boat. On the way to the island, we got slapped by waves and our stomachs churned with the motions of the sea. Fortunately, no one got seasick! But we all got sunburned.

After the long road trip and the choppy boat ride, a lovely sanctuary!

To know what happened next in our Cagablete Island trip, click here.

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