Visit Dahoyhoy Falls in Barangay Macasin.
Swim, cool off, picnic, relax. Be careful the rocks are slippery.
Bring your food & drink but remember to clean afterwards.
These photos are taken during summer, during rainy season the flow of the water is different due to large volume of water.
Wake up early and go to the town's seawall early in the morning to watch the sunrise or jog/walk back & forth from Gat Uban Park to the southern end.
Or go north to the "pantalan" to watch the sunrise.
Visit the Rizal Hill Park (locally known as Calvario Hill) in the middle of the town and get a panoramic view of the town.
Climb the 50+ steps up to the top or try the easier back route without those steps and go down via the concrete stairs.
At the top of the hill park is a monument of Dr Jose P. Rizal, our national hero.
Coming down the concrete stairs you will be facing the back of the 'white house' (called because of its color) - the ancestral home where Fr Horacio dela Costa, SJ (a famous Maubeño) was raised and now the property of the Jesuits.
There is no entrance fee but the gate is closed at night.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer (a leading broadsheet newspaper) on 31 Dec 2011 wrote an article: "The country's highest Rizal monument is in Mauban".
Dr. St. Bonaventure is the patron saint of the town of Mauban and his feast day is celebrated July 15th (before 2006, it was wrongly celebrated on the 14th, the church says).
Days before the event, people get ready for the feast day: novena masses, festive feelings, ferris wheel, rides, variety shows, games, bargain shops ("feria"), cooking sweets & special foods, lambanog (fermented wine from nipa palm), etc.
Before 2008, Maubanog (Mauban Lambanog festival) is celebrated the whole week before the feast day (Did they really moved this to May 15th?).
Now (2012) Maubanog Festival is week-long celebration with the town fiesta as the climax.
Be there and experience the fun and festivities.
The best time to visit Mauban is summer, especially Holy Week when most people take time off for a four-day weekend. The Catholic faithful have a Good Friday procession around the town where life-size images of 'Poon' (saints) go around the town (around 20 of them) . The ownership of these 'Poon' are handed down from one generation to the next and some 'andas' are made of silver.
On Black Saturday, lots of people unwind at various beaches.
Easter dawn has an Easter "Salubong" procession with Regina Coeli songs.
Mauban is bounded on the east by Lamon Bay (Philippines Sea) so lots of beaches abound. Beaches I remember since childhood are Bulwagen, Malasor (lighthouse), Sampitan and Cagbalete island.
Bulwagen is the nearest beach from the town, around 10 minutes ride along a concrete road. It is near the coal power plant and I think the sand now are darker (are they ash from the plant smoke stack or just my imagination?)
Malasor is by the lighthouse (does the light house still exist?) and since it is near the ligthhouse you can expect large rocks.
Sampitan is way past the coal power plant (15~20 min ride from town). Good beach although you can sometime see lots of logs (illegal or otherwise) by the beach.
Cagbalete Island beaches can be reached via a boat ride (~45 min) from the town's 'Pantalan" (pier) at 'Barangay Daungan'. Cagbalete has white beaches. One can ask around the 'Pantalan' area for boat crossing to Cagbalete Island.
Actually, Quezon City, past the southern end of the seawall is the nearest beach and it is near 'Barangay Sadsaran'. Fishing boats land here and the water here is dirty since Pakatan Creek empties via this side.
Festive month of May in Mauban means - festive. Aside from Virgin Mary's 'sagalas' are the celebration of the feast days of Patrons from different Barangays. There is an almost daily Fiesta at different places - visit to families, friends, food, dancing, sweets, 'lambanog', etc.
Some barangay are best visited via banca ride across the bay. Ride bancas from 'Daungan' or 'Sadsaran'.
This activity is very suitable for adventure seekers, or people who loves to hike and fond with nature. From Mauban Port you start the the trail will take you 2.5 hours to reach the falls, trekking for 1.5 hour in the beach, then 30 Minutes in farmland and lastly 30 minutes of trekking in the stream to reach the falls. This activity will definitely consume your energy, so be prepared and dont forget to hire a local guide just to make sure you dont get lost in the forest.
Gat Uban is the legendary hero of the town of Mauban who protects the town from the Moro attacks then. A monument in his honor is erected facing the sea where the Moros come to attack. You can read a short story of the town on the plaque at the base of the monument.
Join the locals at their morning exercise (dancercise) at the Gat Uban Park.
Be there by 5:30 am, join the group of health buff, follow the leader, swing to the music and be healthy.
few distance from Villa Cleofas is the River where you can enjoy swimming or just stay by the shore and enjoy the scene
Most tourist miss this activity, while in Mauban make sure to indulge yourself with nature. This is a beautiful waterfalls.