DIY: A Night in Cagbalete Island

Cagbalete Island is part of the municipality of Mauban in the province of Quezon. It is 98.6 km east of Manila

DIY: A Night in Cagbalete Island

Its unspoiled beauty and accessibility to Manila make it an island destination to add to your travel wish list. Be warned though, electricity on the island is available from 6PM - 6AM. Here's how you can have your own 

DIY: A Night in Cagbalete Island...

So far the Cagbalete Island is still mostly crowd-free

Night falls in Cagbalete Island

Your adventure begins in Manila. Head to one of the bus terminals below and board a bus that leaves very early in the morning:

Jac Liner Inc.
LRT/Buendia Terminal 
Donada St. cor. Buendia, Pasay City 
☎ 274-8245
☎ 0922-8522891

Jam Liner
Buendia Terminal
2124 Taft Avenue, Pasay City
Cubao Terminal
831 EDSA, Kamuning, Brgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City
☎ 0917-5260008

The trip takes about 3-4 hours. From Lucena Grand Terminal, transfer to a bus heading to Mauban. Travel time is 1-2 hours. Head to the port and pay the fare and environmental fees before boarding the boat to Cagbalete Island. Travel time is 1 hour.

Early morning beauty of Cagbalete Island

Here's a useful itinerary that you might want to use:

📸 = Photo session

Day 1
  • Arrival in Sabang Port in Cagbalete Island (write your arrival time here _________)
  • Walk inland to resort (30 min - 1 hour) / Ride a boat to your resort (10-15 min)
  • Check-in + rest (1-2 hours)
  • Settle Cagbalete Island Tour for Day 2 with resort manager (5-10 min)
  • 📸 by the beach + swimming (2-3 hours)
  • Dinner (1-2 hours)
  • Night stroll/night swimming (1-2 hours)
Day 2
  • Wake up early
  • Preparation for Cagbalete Island Tour (10-20 min)
  • Early breakfast (30 min)
  • Start Cagbalete Island Tour (3-4 hours)

Places to visit during Cagbalete Island Tour:

The mini shoal

Bonsai Island

Cagbalete Island's long stretch of fine sand beach

Mangrove forest

Cagbalete Fish sanctuary

  • Lunch (1 hour) 
  • Preparation + Check out (1 hour)
  • walk (30 min- 1 hour)/ ride a boat (10-15 min) to Sabang Port
  • Boat ride to Mauban Port (1 hour)
  • Then a bus ride to Lucena Grand Terminal (1-2 hours)
  • Ride a bus going home from Lucena Grand Terminal (3-4 hours)

Budget Breakdown:

Bus fare Manila to Lucena Grand Terminal - P220 -250
Bus fare Lucena Grand Terminal to Mauban - P60-70
Boat fare to Sabang Port, Cagbalete Island -P50
Environmental fee -P50
Room rates: P300-2000 depending on the chosen accommodation 
Food budget: P200 / bring your own food (optional)
Cagbalete Island Tour: P700 -1000 for 4 pax
Boat fare to Mauban Port: P50
Bus fare Mauban to Lucena Grand Terminal- P60-70
Bus fare Lucena Grand Terminal to Manila -P220-250

Budget per pax: P2500

Location of Cagbalete Island:


  1. The sunsets on the shore, anything can be more beautiful?

  2. The island looks exotic. And so serene. It's interesting to know that electricity is available here only at night time. Such a beautiful place!

  3. Loved the way you have detailed out the itinerary and costs to Cagbalete island. The sandy beaches, sunsets, mangroves all make for an interesting adventure holiday destination. Thanks for sharing.

  4. It looks heaven! I have to see this and include in my places to go when coming home!

  5. Wow stunning photos. Philippines are in my list for the future... Would love to visit in here!

  6. The sunset,the reflection,the beach and the boat-they define heavenly beauty ❤️

  7. Your itinerary is very detailed and supported by great images. I wish I am able to make it to Cagbalete Island some day.

  8. Beautiful piece of heaven. Will include this in my Philippine islands to explore.

  9. Pwede po mag pitch ng tent? 😊

    1. Hi Anj. Yes pwede and that's the best way to experience Cagbalete Island.

  10. Well-written guide... thanks for the effort to provide us even the smallest details.
    I have never heard about Cagbalete Island, indeed a hidden treasure worth a visit. Your photos are temptation to see the place soon:)

  11. hi! any highly recommended accommodation that's value for money? thanks!

  12. would love to visit this someday. nice blog btw.


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