Cagbalete Island – Mauban, Quezon

 

Mauban port  (click photo for bigger view)

I thought our last holiday this summer was the whole day trip to Laguna’s hot spring resort. But my brother-in-law and his family invited us (hubby and me) to join them for a two-day and one-night stay at an island resort in Quezon province an almost 4-hour road travel from the city and 45-minutes by boat from Mauban port to the island of Cagbalete.

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Cagbalete island – view from the boat.

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The name of the resort is Villa Noe Beach with cottages, playing area for volleyball, cooking area and seats at the beach to relax.

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The sand is powdery white with blue crystal water. Though it was already June, there were still many tourists in the island, the water is shallow, just waist deep so you can see what’s underneath and kids could swim freely up to a kilometer without worry of getting into the deep, it’s clean except for seaweeds but there was no fish to catch if you are planning to do some fishing like hubby and B-I-L who both brought their fishing gears assuming they’ll gonna have a good time, lol..

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For accommodation we had a big cottage good for 20 people though we are just 13, no electricity from 6am to 6pm as they are using generator for power supply. With only 2 electric fans for the whole house is not enough to cool us all down, finding it hard to sleep, we had a toddler who was crying all night because of this. My nephews and their friends put up tents on the beach and enjoyed the ocean breeze the whole evening, a big contrast from us in the cottage, 🙁

Low tide – boats cannot reach the shore of the beach (click photo for bigger view)

During Low tide where guests has to walk to the resort from the boat and vice versa (click photo for bigger view)

Another downside was the low tide which happens starting 9 am where water is slowly subside and finally dried up until 2pm where you can actually walk on the sand as part of the shore, some of the tourists going home had to walk long distance to reach their boat that was almost in the middle of the beach carrying all their things. But in the afternoon the tide starts to go high again and you can enjoy the sea until the next morning.

If you plan to stay there for a longer period, bring water for drinking and raw food for cooking, there is a cooking area provided just bring coal for fire. Though there are stores there where you can buy but twice of the regular price which is understandable as they get their supplies from across the island. There are also locals who sell fresh seafood much cheaper from the market in the town.

All in all, the island is serene and beautiful, a good place to unwind and relax and be near with nature, wished we could have stayed longer.

Accommodation/amenities in the island:

  • Cottage – Php 4,000 for 2 days and one night – fan-room with bamboo beds – common CR for all the guests of the resort – abundant water supply (not for drinking), cooking area, volleyball. Caretakers clean the area every morning
  • boat rentals Php 2,500 back and forth (from the town port to the island and vice-versa with maximum capacity of 14 pax)
  • You can book online – just google the name of the resort.

By the way, there are also other resorts in the island, hubby and I made an afternoon walk along the beach and half of the island along the shore.

 

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Hot Spring Private Resort in Pansol Laguna

 

Before the summer wrapped up this year, we decided to have a last minute get-away from the city and the nearest place is Laguna which is a one and half hour drive from our place since we left very early in the morning. My 83-year old mom is suffering from arthritis and will be very hard for her a long travel if we will go to the nearest beach resort with travel time of minimum of 4 hours and also the resort we rented is with hot spring pool, it will be best for her aching muscles and us to relax our bodies and to renew energies.

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Since it’s a private, the resort is all for ourselves the whole day, we brought food and snacks, then barbecued some meat on the grill near the pool, there is a stove available if we want to cook but with a charge of Php200.

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Amenities:

For the amenities, besides the two swimming pools (adult and kiddie) there is also a billiard table if we want to play and Videoke machine, big dining area. There’s a refrigerator to stock perishable food and for cold drinks (we brought our own drinking water as it was not provided), ice and charcoal for grilling. Checked-in time is 8 am and check-out is 5 pm, so we didn’t waste any time and spend the whole day swimming, eating specially the kids, and singing. lol

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For the package, there are three air-conditioned rooms and one fan room, two shower rooms, and two toilets, a nipa hut near the pool if you want to relax after swimming, the place is newly painted and okay, but a little improvement should be done maybe on the comfort rooms.

Rates:

Since it’s summer and peak season, the rent is Php 7000 for day tour only (8am-5pm), overnight from 7 pm- 6am is Php 9000 and 22 hrs is Php18,000 if I’m not mistaken. But during the lean season which is from June-November and January-February it’s lower and you can haggle more during weekdays.

Note: I forgot the name of the resort as this was not the original one we reserved and was transferred to this place because the first one suffered power outage and will not be repaired till the next day. All in all, we enjoyed our stay there, specially the kids in the swimming pool and the adults at the videoke machine with the top pick timber drum at musiciansfriend accompaniment.

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