From Mauban go to the Pantalan (pier) in Barangay Daungan and ask around for the boat going to Cagbalete. Two public boats (tres paltik) commutes to & from Cagbalete Island - MV Neneng & MV Anthony. Travel time is about 45 min.
Mauban-Cagbalete : 10 am & 3:30 pm
Cagbalete-Mauban : 7:30 am & 1 pm
Cost : PHP40 OW (child goes free or half fare depending on age)
After transfering in Sabang pier, walk or hike to your prefered beach resort.
During the busy summer months, especially Holy Week, the boats have additional trips at 11am Mauban-Cagbalete & 3pm Cagbalete-Mauban.
It's now more convenient to travel to Cagbalete from Cubao. JAC Liner has a bus leaving the Kamias Cubao station at around 5 a.m. everyday. I do advice you to get to the bus station at around 4:30 am so you can get choice seats. Given the traffic situation it is prudent to peg travel time at around 4.5 to 5hrs.
All their buses are WIFI ready so you can check your contacts while on the road! :)
Here's a link to JAC Liner website for more info:
Once in pantalan, you can ask around where's the location of the boat going to Cagbalete island.
There are only two trips everyday, 10 am and 4 pm. And the boat will be loaded not just with passengers but also with sacks of rice, coals, vegetables and other basic commodities that island residents will need.
Locals are very friendly and can strike a conversation with anyone like they know them.
The 45-minute boat ride can be rough so prepare to get wet. :)
Once in the Grand Central Terminal in Lucena, look for ordinary buses going to Mauban. After getting down from the bus from Manila and facing Jollibee, they are located on the left most side of the terminal. The earliest trip is scheduled at 5 am and every 30 minutes thereafter a bus leaves for Mauban.
The almost two hours bus ride won't be felt as you will be overwhelmed with beautiful sceneries and fresh mountain breeze.
It is best to leave Manila early in the morning preferably between 3 am and 4 am. Go to the bus terminal located in Buendia cor Taft Avenue in Pasay and look for a Lucena-bound bus. I would recommend riding JAC Liner Bus as they are, aside from having courteous staffs, bringing passengers inside the Grand Central Terminal in Lucena. Lucena Lines also do that while JAM Liner will just drop you off along the highway and you have to walk your way to the terminal.
Travel time from Manila to Lucena would be between 3 to 4 hours, depending on the traffic.
There are two trips to and from Cagbalete Island each day:
a. Mauban to Cagbalete
1st trip - 10:00 a.m.
2nd trip - 4:00 p.m.
b. Cagbalete to Mauban
1st trip - 7:00 a.m.
2nd trip - 1:00 p.m.
BTW, boat fare is P30/way.
If you don't want to wait for the regularly scheduled boat, you can rent a small boat for P750/way to take you straight to Villa Cleofas.
Going to Cagbalete from Manila requires land and sea travel. :) Quite a long trip actually.
Stage 1. MANILA - LUCENA
You can go to the Jac Liner/JAM Liner/Lucena Lines Station in Kamias, Edsa/Cubao or in Buendia-Taft (LRT). The buses leave every 30 min for Lucena. The bus ride costs around P224/way and takes about 3.5 hours.
Stage 2. LUCENA-MAUBAN
Upon reaching the Lucena City Grand Terminal There are mini-buses (non-aircon) bound for Mauban leave every hour. The 1.5 hour trip to Mauban costs P50/way. The last trip for Mauban is 6 pm. From Manila another alternative is for you to take the Dalahican bound bus and get off at SM-Lucena and get on one of the air-conditioned vans bound for Mauban for P60/way (1hour travel). Per info, the last trip for aircon vans is 9 pm.
Stage 3. MAUBAN-CAGBALETE.
Boats bound for Cagbalete Island have 2 trips daily: 1st trip leaves at 10:00 am and the 2nd at 4:00 pm. Fare is P30/way (almost an hour trip). There is a small village in the island which serves as the disembarkation point, Sabang. From Sabang, you might prefer to hike going to Villa Cleofas, it will only take you about 45 minutes easy walk with a lot of stops in between for photo ops! :)
Or rent a small boat which according to a lady we talked with, will cost around P300.00.
The boat back to Mauban town leaves Sabang twice: 1st trip is at 7:00 am and the 2nd trip is at 1:00 pm.
We preferred to rent a boat from Villa Cleofas for P750/boat (6-7 pax capacity) to take us straight to Mauban pier as this freed us from the hike back to Sabang. From there we caught the bus bound for Lucena in from of the Catholic Church. This bus will take you back to the Lucena Grand Terminal where you can catch a bus bound for either LRT-Buendia or Cubao, whichever takes your fancy.
Getting to Cagbalete is as easy as 123, From Manila Board a bus going to Lucena City Grand Terminal fare 225 pesos trips are daily morning to midnight, JAC Liner, JAM, Lucena Lines Tritran and N Dela Rosa Liner, choices are airconditioned or Ordinary, travel will take 4-6 hours depends on the traffic
From Lucena Grand Terminal take a bus bound to Mauban via Mainit they are only ordinary buses there is no airconditioned bus to choose from they leave every 30 minutes last trip is 5pm fare is 50 Pesos, alight at the Mauban Public Market, travel will take 1.5 Hours
Once your in Mauban Quezon take a tricycle tell the driver to drop you off to Pantalan or Daungan fare is 7 pesos per head. Ride will take just 3-4 Minutes
Once your in Pantalan or Daungan board a boat "Neneng" or "Antonette" they are the public ferry boats bound to Cagbalete Island trips are 10AM and 3PM only so make sure you make it that time fare is only 30 Pesos per head if ever you miss those trips and you are a group you can charter a small boat for 2K good for 10 persons to take you to the island. Ride will take 1 hour