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Travel Guide : Borawan Island

Located in Padre Burgos , Quezon Province. Four to five hours away from the busy Manila. Borawan used to be Quezon’s best-kept secret but not anymore since it was discovered. The place is blessed with beautiful rock formations, azure water and white sand. There is no special with the sand since it isn't fine just like other popular beach, though it is not black. Don't expect too much about this place. It may not be as fascinating as Boracay, Palawan nor Calaguas, Borawan still have charm of his own. Enough reason for you say that the long drive is worth it. It was the start of Ber months when I went there with Team Yapak, Sep 1 & 2 2018 to be exact. We were the only people who were there that made us enjoy the whole place.

How to commute going to Borawan? 

  1. Take a bus going to Lucena Grand Terminal (3-4 hours) 
  2. Take another bus to Unisan (45-75 minutes). Get off at QCRB Bank in Padre Burgos 
  3. Take a trike to Aplaya (15 minutes). You’ll find tour boats here that will take you to the Island. Boat ride is just 15 mins.

Fees and Accomodation


P220/pax Overnight
P150/pax Day Tour Students & Senior
P180/pax Overnight P120/pax Day Tour

P1,250 Overnight
P850 Day Tour (Good for 10 to 15 pax)

P500 Overnight (Good for 2 to 3 pax)
 *Guests can bring food in Stations 1 & 2 

*Entrance Fee is INCLUSIVE for Station 3 ROOMS (airconditioned):

P4,800 Overnight (Room good for 4 pax)
P3,500 Overnight (Room good for 2 pax)

BEACH HOUSE (airconditioned):
P8,000 Overnight (Good for 8 pax)


 *Food not allowed in Station 3 (except chips)

Things to Remember : 

  1. Jellyfish has been reported to abound in the area so you might want to ask your contact (boatman, tour operator) if it’s a good time to swim. I haven't seen one though during our visit.
  2. Bring enough cash for your trip with small bills. Yes there is a sari-sari store in the island and items are pricey. 
  3. Bring power bank for your gadgets.** 
  4. Bring portable lamps or flashlights. Bonfire is not allowed. Generator is available that is used for lightning during the night.** 
  5. Bring your own tent. Rentals are also available. 6. Bring your own food and water.** 
**not applicable for station 3

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    Travel Guide : Cagbalete Island, Mauban Quezon Province

    How to get to Cagbalete

    A. Commute via Bus

    1. Take a Bus from Manila to Lucena Grand Central Terminal

    Buses bound to Lucena Quezon can be found in terminals 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.

    2.Take a Bus from Lucena Grand Central Terminal to Mauban

    TheLast trip of Van or local bus to Mauban is at around 6PM. Vans and air-con buses to Mauban are also located in SM City Lucena with trip up to 9PM. Travel time is roughly 2 hours.

    B. Private Car

    Pass through SLEX until reaching the Calamba Exit, then follow the road that leads to Los Banos, Laguna. Just follow the National Highway passing through Pila, Santa Cruz and Luisiana.

    Before you reach Lucban, you will encounter two separate roads, one is bound to Lucban town proper and the other one is going to Mauban. Of course, take the road going to Mauban. The port of Mauban is just another 30 minute ride. Just ask around the local, in case you need assistance.

    Boat ride from Mauban Port to Cagbalete Island

    When you get to Mauban take a short walk going 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”. You can also arrange a private boat through your resort, specially if you are with a group. Rate starts at P4,000 two-way (Mauban-Cagbalete-Mauban) and can ferry up to 25 people. Boat ride will take about 45 mins.

    What to do in Cagbalete?

    • Swimming – This is best yo do in the morning when there is enought water.
    • Beach bumming – Sit, relax and simply enjoy the view.
    • Snorkeling – Asked your boatman where is the best spot to go on snorkeling. They can bring you there for a minimal fee.
    • Bird watching – During low tide, there are lots of birds searching for food at some parts of the beach.
    • Beach Volleyball – There are nets available and you can borrow volleyball.
    • Frisbee – This is another nice sport to try since the beach is wide and you can run around.
    • Visit sandbars – This is must when you’re in Cagbalete. Its sandbars in the afternoon is just awesome.
    • Visit Bonsai Island – There’s a lot of small trees in Cagbalete. It took time for me to realize that those are actually Bonsai.
    • Visit the lighthose in Baliscar Island – This is part of the itinerary when you hire a boat to explore the Cagbalete and nearby islands.

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