Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Year End/New Year at Cagbalete Island

This is where we spent our year end  holidays. It was windy and it rained mostly on afternoons due to typhoon in Visayas but nonetheless, we enjoyed our stay. After all, we were there to rest and rest we did! :)

excuse my "restless now rested" feet

We came from a year end planning and retreat in Tiaong, quezon so that made the trip shorter. We took a bus going to Lucena, which supposedly is only an hour away (but traffic is bad in Sariaya that time). From Lucena Grand Terminal, it's another one hour and half trip in a non aircon bus going to Mauban. From Mauban, one hour boat ride to Cagbalete Island.

BUT since we arrived late in the afternoon in Mauban and the weather is not that good, there were no more boats going to the island, we were told to just spend the night in the town and head to island early morning the next day. We checked in a small hotel (Queen Margaret) and paid 700.00  good  for 12 hours stay-because we only need a place to sleep. So here's a tip - Be in Mauban as early as possible because the public boats' trip schedule is as unpredictable as the storm.

The next morning, we went early at the port, registered  and paid 100.00 for environmental fee, the public boat fare is only 40.00 but we were told that it is not coming.ugh. so we took a private boat and paid 200.00 each. We were with other 4 tourists and 3 boat crew. And yes, there are life jackets.

Thankful that this was not our boat. It's overloaded :(
After an hour or so of crashing waves and lots of screaming from me and the other girl passenger, at last we arrived. We trekked for at least 10-15 minutes more before finally reaching our resort.

They say it's an easy trek during summer and boats can go directly at the resort but not during this time of year
Our resort-will make a separate post about it soon

To have this view in the morning, so peaceful. It is priceless
And I love that there were only 7 guests in the resort. That's is why I love to go to beach during December. It's like you own the whole island :)

Our only food :) plus some eggs and chips.

hindi naman kami mukang nagutom di ba?

spending the rest of my life (anywhere in the world)  with this man  is one of God's best gift ever!
Sometimes I asked my self if it's worth all the effort and the travel time and the money we spent, I say it would have been better if the weather cooperated BUT still worth it. As I have said, I went there to rest, to refresh my mind from last year's clutter and most importantly to have quality time with my husband and undoubtedly, I had all that so in the end it still worth it. The experience and the memories we made here will be forever written in our book.


  1. Sounds like a bit of issues getting there and the weather wasn't the greatest, but the company was the best. That's all that counts. Well, the rest helps.

    Have a fabulous day and thanks for sharing your vacation. ♥♥♥

    1. yes Sandee! It was a hassle but you said it right! having my husband in this vacation is all that matter :)


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