By KC Santos
MAUBAN, QUEZON PROVINCE – Going to Cagbalete Island requires persistence and patience, considering that it is about a 10-hour journey from Manila.
You will also need to ride a boat and do a lot of hiking to get there. One of its most famous resorts in Cagbalete Island is Villa Cleofas which can only be reached after a 13-kilometer trip by boat and another 1.5-kilometer hike.
Most bloggers describe the resort as “magnificent” with its beaches and a beautiful shore. Low tides occur during the morning and evening giving visitors a chance to see a 2,000- square-meter area of flat, shallow water that is truly breathtaking and perfect for moonlit walks on the beach.
Tonet Reyeg, owner of Villa Cleofas, shares that just in front of this resort stands Bonsai Island, which is home to a variety of big fish, and centuries-old bakawan trees.
Blogger Jherwayne wrote that hiking is the tricky part in getting to Cagbalete Island, as signs found on the trees lining the trail are mostly dilapidated. Bloggers Kaka and Mich say the best option is to seek the help of locals to avoid dead ends.
Blogger Demeter of Libot wrote that one can up tents along the shore. Most travelers like him tend to bring with them their own supplies of food and water and cooking essentials like charcoal and gas lamps since electricity in the island is cut-off by 12 midnight.
To make the most of your visit to this island, travelers are also advised to know a few tips on what and what not to do. Check out Chasing Philippines for a detailed information on traveling to Cagbalete Island.
(Photos courtesy of Darwin Pili and taken from Jherwayne)
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