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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! :)
Updated Jun 25, 2008
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.
Updated Apr 23, 2012
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).
Written Jun 25, 2008
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.
Written Mar 12, 2012
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.
Updated Jun 25, 2008
Address: Villa Cleofas, Cagbalete Island, Mauban, Quezon
Favorite thing: 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.
Updated Mar 30, 2012