For photo enthusiasts, Yang-In Sandbar off Cagbalete Island is a MUST visit! Well, any beach lover will truly enjoy a couple of hours exploring this little sand bar that appears at low tide and disappears after the tide turns :) Nature lovers will appreciate the healthy stands of mangroves that surrounds it. Yang-In is a popular destination for...more
There is no restaurant on the island but you can ask the resort owner (in advance, of course) to prepare your food for a fee but they may required a minimum number of persons to cook for.In Pensacola resort where we stayed, we are just fortunate that there was a team building of one company and the resort owner just include and/or added us to them...more
There is no established restaurant in Cagbalete Island except for those in the resorts. But at the Villa Cleofas Cagbalete Island Camping Resort one can get catered food if your group is composed 10 or more persons. If you went fishing, you can also request to have you catch cooked for a small fee.The food prepared by the resort staff is adequate...more
Being a secluded island that has no electricity, and the generator running on a limited time, this is not a place to party. But, a videoke machine running on full gears never fails to entertain. Just a little warning though, the island, especially at night, is so silent, that singing one's heart maybe too much distraction for those who want to...more
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 pmCagbalete-Mauban : 7:30 am & 1 pmCost : PHP40 OW (child goes free or half fare depending...more
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...more
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...more
That is a joke, right?There is no shopping to be had at Cagbalete Island. :) A really refreshing change from the pushy vendors and hawkers in other island resorts in the Philippines. Cagbalete Island is a total nature trip and you have bring everything with you unless you've informed the Villa Cleofas management about your requirements (that'll...more
There are small stores on Cagbalete Island but the stores have limited selection and everything is more expensive because it had to be brought over from the mainland. So I suggest that before boarding the boat you better shop for food and other essentials that you may have forgotten to bring with you.more
The Cagbalete Island residents are very friendly bunch of people. They are very open to conversation with total strangers. They are willing to share their knowledge of their island if you are interested in local lore. You will get a lot of information from them that you won't get from any other online source. You will not get lost on the island since the people there are always willing to point out the right direction.
Why, I even got an open invitation for snack from one lady we met on the boat...
Ate from Masbate! I am holding you to that invitation! Remember, I know where you live! :)
If you decide to rent a small boat for the return trip to Mauban instead of the regular boat, be prepared for the shock of having to thread dirty, stinky water when you get off the boat on the shores of the town. Small boats prefer to land on the beach next to a small shanty ville on the left side of the waterfront where the towns sewage water flow...more
The local government issued a new directive starting April 4, 2012 adding environmental, terminal and porters fees to all people going to Cagbalete Island.
These additional fees of PHP100 surprised everyone especially with the five-day weekend in April 2012.
Tourists from out of town can't do nothing but accept the additional fees although locals are complaining and it seems the local government are having hearing (after the fact!) on the additional fees.
Unique Suggestions: Let's just wait for further development.
Luggage and bags:
Bring a garbage bag for your backpack just in case it rains or you rent a small boat to and from Sabang.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring aqua shoes or something similar to protect your feed when you go wading as there are some patches of sea urchins in the waters of Cagbalete.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are no shopping centers nor drug stores in Cagbalete island so be sure to bring all the medicines you need.
Photo Equipment: Bring your camera and your digicam and put them on waterproof cases. There are a lot of photo opportunities on the island. Be sure to recharge all your batteries before going to the island as there is no steady power supply.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: There are available tents for hire on Villa Cleofas. But if you don't want to pay for the rental you can bring your own tent and then just pay the resort entrance fee (P30/pax). Bring your fishing pole, snorkeling gear, wake board and other assorted outdoor gear especially flashlight! :)
Miscellaneous: Bring your favorite tipple if you're not into beer and lambanog. Same with your nibbles. The resort has limited stock and the neighborhood store is about a kilometer away (give or take a few hundred meters).
If you have the time, try walking along the beach from Sabang going south to Pansacola, turning around the tip to Villa Cleofas and up north and ending at MVT Sto Nino. Then cross the island back to Sabang port.
There are lots of things to see.
Pick sea shells along the beach.
It might take about an hour.
Villa Cleofas offers a chance for their guests to go on a fishing trip in Lamon Bay for a fee (P200/pax for 2 hrs.) supplying the bait and boat. So if you are a fishing enthusiast, be sure to bring your fishing gear with you when you visit the resort because there might just be a lapu-lapu with your name on it.
You cannot find a restaurant "per se" in Cagbalete, but you can buy cooked viand around Sabang.
Make earlier arrangement with your resort for your foods.
Cook your own food or let your resort cook it for you, the way you like it. Buy rice, fresh seafood, meat, bread & other necessities in stores around Sabang area. Be there early for fresh seafood or order the day before.
Be on look out for fishermen and their catch as they go home to Sabang and buy (more cheaply!) from them. Or, buy from spear fishers around the beaches.
Bread is available, usually buns, coming from the mainland.
Pork is available daily and you can buy it beside the elementary school in Sabang.