The Laid Back Island of Cagbalete

Posted: August 11, 2012 in Blog, Travel
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The Laid Back Island of Cagbalete

A lot of people have been telling me about this island with its pristine beaches and untouched by commerce… and this island is called CAGBALETE

Cagbalete Island is located about 45min boat ride from the town of Mauban, Quezon, with its sandy white beaches, Luscious trees lining up its shores, birds almost never seen elsewhere and most specially no electricity.

I had a chance to see Cagbalete when the group PINOY KODAKERO of Flickr organized a trip/photowalk/EB last March 14-15, 2009 to the island. Meeting place of the first group was in FOOD CENTRAL located in EDSA CENTRAL set at 5:00am and would depart at 5:30am to meet up with the second group. Since I had to finish my work till 3:00am, I had to rush home and pack my things and freshen up and headed for the meeting place and by 5:00am was meeting ther who will join the trip and to give leeway to others left Food Channel at 6:00am and our first stop was at Caltex Station in SLEX to meet up with the second group which was already there. After some breakfast and rest by 7:00am we traveled through the towns of Sto. Tomas, Batangas – San Pablo – Tiaong – Candelaria – Sariaya – Tayabas with a brief stop over to rest our butts at Tianog. Upon reaching Mauban which was almost 11:00am we transferred to the banka for a 45min boat ride to Cagbalete Island.

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The boat ride was uneventful except for the occational spray of sea water from the waves hitting the boat (had to keep the camera hidden in a water proof bag). Reaching Cagbalete, which was low tide we had to transfer to a flat boat and then when the water is knee deep wade the rest of the way to shore. Upon reaching the shore out comes the cameras and took pictures of the island and there was even a funeral procession along the beach like in the Caribbean. Placed our bags in the cottage and ate lunch at the long table. Crispy Pata, Ginataang Pusit, Enchaladang Pako (fern) topped with tuna flakes, and for dessert Leche Flan was served.

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After lunch with the hot sun shining I had the chance to explore the beach and met a man collecting shells and sea cucumber for dinner and a family collecting sea orchins for food (I tasted it and it was a little sweet and salty because of the sea water). They usually bring rice with them and after collecting sea orchins eat it there and bring home the rest.

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Merienda was pancit lucban and palitao. After resting a bit walked along the shore where I thought was the otherside of the island (upon checking google map it was not even a fourth of the way) when rain clouds could be seen in the horizon so made my way back to the resort and after freshening up it started to rain and that’s the time I dozed off.

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Woke up with the rain on and off and come dinner time which they served Inihaw na Pork Ribs, Sweet and Sour Fish, and Chop Suey and after dinner comes the bonfire and the videoke (electricity was from the generator of Pansacola resort) and the lambanog. Was so full after dinner that I could not drink much and had not slept much so by 10:00pm went to sleep.

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Woke up around 4:30am for the sunrise shot but was too lazy to get up but at 5:00am got up because I thought not to miss this opportunity which was most of my shots in Cagbalete then after the sunrise shots went walking again along the shore but this time the other side of the resort.

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Breakfast was Tortang Kamatis, Tinapa, Adobo and banana, and after breakfast was just lazing around and even fell asleep on the bench I was sitting. The whole morning was spent just lazing around and fresh Buko Juice and Turon with lanka was served for snacks.

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Fried Lumpiang Ubod, Calamares, Adobong Chicken was served for lunch with Gulaman with buko was for dessert. Then packed our things and when the boat came boarded it and headed back to Mauban. On the trip back to Manila was spent sleeping and with a stop over at Total Gas Station in NLEX where we ate dinner at this Thai restaurant and our final stop was at Food Central and said our goodbyes and headed our separate ways home.

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This is one island still untouched by commerce and great for rest and relaxation and if there is another chance to go back I would take it and stay longer.

Till the next adventure… maybe in the adventure capital of the Philippines.

HAPPY TRAILS!!!

Pansacola Beach Resort
Omel Pansacola
0928.505.86.33
romelpansacola@yahoo.com

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