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How to go to Cagbalete Island from Manila? [Mauban Quezon Travel Guide 2021]

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Cagbalete Island, Mauban Quezon, Philippines - This island in Quezon Province is known for its pristine beaches and powder-white sandbars. It is famous for its turqouise waters, white sand beaches, and breathtaking sandbars. Cagbalete Island is located about 40 minutes away by boat from Mauban town, which lies 140 km south of Metro Manila.

By Private Car

If you are commuting via private vehicle, take the Calamba Exit in SLEX and go straight to Los Banos. From Los Banos, you need to pass through Pila, Santa Cruz, Pagsanjan, and Luisiana, then turn to Mauban Port.

By Public Bus


To go there, catch a Lucena bound bus in Kamias, Cubao, Alabang or Buendia. Jac Liner, Jam Transit, Lucena Liner and Ceres Transport have buses bound to Lucena Grand Central  Terminal. Buses leave almost every hour every day for approximately three hours bus ride from Buendia, fare is as low as P210.00.


From Lucena Grand Central Terminal, catch a van or local bus to Mauban for almost two hours travel time, fare is around P60-70 with last trip is at around 6PM. Alternatively, vans and air-con buses to Mauban are located in SM City Lucena for P80-90, with trip up to 9PM, travel time is faster at around an hour.


Upon getting off the bus in Mauban, it is only a short walk to the port where passenger boats to Cagbalete Island are stationed. Trips are scheduled at  10AM and 4PM daily, for P100 per person. The boats can ferry around 50-60 people.

They usually drop off passengers at “Sabang”  although they sometimes drop off their passengers directly to the south eastern part of the island where the resorts Villa Cleofas and MVT Sto. Nino are located. You may also arrange a private boat through your resort, rate starts at P4,000 two-way (Mauban-Cagbalete-Mauban) and can ferry up to 25 people.

If you are going to the Pansacola, Villa Cleofas or MVT Sto. Niño from Sabang, you can hire a small banca there for around P400.00 one way or you can take the 1.5 KM walk.

What to do in Cagbalete Island

Cagbalete Island Tourism Map Travel Guide
Cagbalete Island Tourism Map

  • Swimming and Beach Hopping
  • Island Hopping: Yang-in Sandbar, Fish Sanctuary and Ilog Bukana
  • Snorkeling/Scuba Diving (bring your own equipments)
  • Fishing/Camping/Picnic
  • Bird watching
  • Horseback riding
  • Beach Volleyball/Frisbee
  • Walk to the nearby Bonsai Island and see the century old bonsai plants
  • Visit the neighboring Baliscar Island and its lighthouse
  • Surfing/Skim boarding (Oct to Feb – bring your own board)
  • Watch the sunrise
  • Explore the attractions of mainland Mauban: Chasing Waterfalls in Mauban: Dahoyhoy Falls, Hagdan-Hagdan Falls, Alitap Falls, etc.

Cagbalete Island Sample Itinerary 

Day 1 

12:00am - Departure (Jac Liner Buendia)

03:00am - Arrival at Lucena Grand Terminal

04:30am - Departure (NCR-Rienton Lines)

05:40am - Arrival at Mauban Port

06:00am - Breakfast near Mauban Port

06:30am - Picture taking/ Nap/ Rest/ Tourism Registration (Environmental Fee)

07:20am - Departure from Mauban Port (Private Boat) - (Drop-off and Pick-up) - Your own preferred time

08:00am - Arrival at Cagbalete Island

08:30am - Checked-in at Resort

12:00pm - Lunch

01:00pm - 03:00pm - Free Time - Photo Ops

03:00pm - 08:00pm - Sleep/Free Time

08:30pm - Dinner

09:00pm - 11:00pm - Social Time/Free Time

11:30pm - Sleep

Day 2 

05:00am - Wake up time

05:30am to 07:00am - Sunrise watching, Picture Taking

07:00am - Breakfast

08:00am - Island Tour / Snorkeling 

11:00am - Lunch at Sabang Port

12:30pm - Arrival at Villa Noe Beach

12:30pm - 2:30pm - Free Time/Wash-up

03:00pm - Departure from Villa Noe Beach (Private Boat)

04:00pm - Arrival at Mauban Port

04:30pm - Departure from Mauban (NCR-Rienton Lines) 

06:20pm - Arrival at Lucena Grand Terminal

06:30pm - Departure from Lucena (Jac Liner to Buendia) 

Mauban Arts Culture and Tourism (M-ACT) Office ONLINE BOOKING & RESERVATION

Mauban Quezon Tourism Guide and requirements
Mauban Tourism travel guide and requirements -  as of Febriary 1, 2021

Ang Cagbalete Island ng Mauban, Quezon ay tatanggap na muli ng domestic tourists simula PEBRERO 05, 2021.
Upang makasiguro ng ligtas at mahusay na sistema at masubaybayan ang pagpasok at paglabas ng mga turista ay ipapatupad ang "CASHLESS PAYMENTS/COLLECTION OF FEES " mula sa mga turistang patungo sa Cagbalete Island.
Ipatutupad din ang "EARLY BOOKING". Para sa detalye at pagkuha ng booking ay buksan ang portal.
Para sa iba pang katanungan, maaring tumawag sa mga numerong nasa ibaba, 8:00am to 5:00pm.
◼️(042) 788-1292
Maari ring magpadala ng mensahe sa mga sumusunod:

Mauban Quezon Travel and Tourism Poster

To ensure hygienic and efficient system and to monitor tourist entry and exit logs, Mauban tourism shall impose cashless payments (collection of fees) from tourist and shall require early booking through this page ( at least 3 days prior to visit.

There will be limits on the allowed number of tourist per day, reservation will be on a first come first serve basis, as such, upon booking and reservation tourist are given 24 hours to settle the fees through the available payment channels.

Mauban tourists (ages 15 to 65) with confirmed booking will be issued “bracelets” upon arrival at Pantalan Port. Tourist must arrive on time and shall bring Valid ID for validation and Negative Result RT- PCT Test Result ( Real Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) Test result, taken within 72 Hours before visit.

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Tourist are also reminded of the following:

1. Accommodation/Resort reservations are only allowed to those resorts and hotels with DOT permits.

(You may check details of reservation with the DOT accredited resort at Cagbalete Island before booking. DOT set protocols are strictly implemented.)

2. Tourist are only allowed to stay within the compound and beach of the resort they are booked.

3. Small boat trip to Yang-in Sandbar and San Jose River is allowed with early booking

4. No island hopping

5. No visiting at residential areas

6. No communication with other people in the island or outside the resort EXCEPT with the on-duty resort personnel

7. Permission must be acquired in case of extension of stay to the LGU (M-ACT Office)

8. No roaming around Mauban Poblacion

9. Tourist are advised to wear face mask and face shield and bring alcohol during their stay in Mauban

For questions and clarifications you may call Mauban Tourism office at (042) 788 1292 or Contact Mauban Tourism on Messenger:


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