Cagbalete Travel Guide

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Cagbalete Things to Do

  • Explore Yang-In Sand bar

    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...

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  • Be lazy

    You can do that in the island, the island is serene, the pace of life is very slow and you are allowed to just laze around.

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  • Sleep or read to your heart's content

    If the beach is not calling you (as maybe it's too hot or the tide's too low and the water's too far), just lay on the hammock, get a book or just sleep. Bumming is all you can do.

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Cagbalete Restaurants

  • No restaurant available

    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...

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  • By Request

    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...

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Cagbalete Nightlife

  • what nightlife?

    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...

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  • Nah! It's Videoke Night at Villa Cleofas

    For P300 you can sing videoke all night long if the power is on, that is. :)The resort management is very concerned about egos that they disabled the rating system of the videoke machine.

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Cagbalete Transportation

  • Boat Fare

    This boat fare tariff is posted at the entrance to the Cagbalete Terminal at the Mauban Port ("Pantalan") for guidance of passengers.Photo of May 3, 2013

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  • Boat ride

    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...

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  • JAC LINER Straight to Mauban from Cubao

    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...

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Cagbalete Shopping

  • What Shopping? Where?

    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...

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  • Do your Shopping in Mauban

    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.

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Cagbalete Local Customs

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    Striking a conversation is easy!

    by monina_c Updated Jun 25, 2008

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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! :)

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Cagbalete Warnings and Dangers

  • Not really a warning but a reminder ;D

    Being in the middle of nature has its drawbacks and one of them is the heavy mosquito population! :) Be sure to bring your mosquito repellent with you when you go to Cagbalete.

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  • Dirty Stinky Water :(

    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...

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  • Sea urchins

    There are a few small patches of sea urchins in the waters of Cagbalete Island so be sure to watch where you put your feet. iIt is safer to wear aqua shoes or something similar when swimming or wading there.

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Cagbalete Tourist Traps

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    The new additional fees 1 more image

    by tanamay Updated Apr 23, 2012

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    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.

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Cagbalete What to Pack

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    Bring everything! Right, Moymoy?

    by monina_c Written Jun 25, 2008

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    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).

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Cagbalete Off The Beaten Path

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    Near Sabang port. 1 more image

    by tanamay Written Mar 12, 2012

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    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.
    Nature tripping.
    There are lots of things to see.
    Pick sea shells along the beach.
    It might take about an hour.

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Cagbalete Sports & Outdoors

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    by monina_c Updated Jun 25, 2008

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    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.

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Cagbalete Favorites

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    by tanamay Updated Mar 30, 2012

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    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.

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