Cagbalete island is located off the shores of Mauban Quezon. It is one of the most visited island destinations near Metro Manila that offers nice white sandy beaches with clear waters, awesome sunset view and wondrous sights. With its proximity from Metro Manila, it is a popular destination among travelers and city dwellers wanting to have a quiet escape away from the big city.
It's my first time to visit Cagbalete Island last August 2015 through the invitation of my friend Karl of Turista Trails.
We stayed at Doña Choleng's Camping Resort (Check rates online) which offers nice and affordable island accommodations with architecture that perfectly blends with nature.
Casa Mikhail SuiteOur room accommodation is named Casa Mikhail Suite (Check rates online) located just near the reception area. The room's interiors exude a simple island ambiance coupled with 2 double beds made of bamboo. It has comfortable foam mattresses complemented with clean sheets and pillows.
Though our room is very basic, it is is clean and well organized. Basic amenities inside the room includes an en suite toilet and bath, an air-conditioning unit, a small living/dining area and a wall fan.
The toilet and bath is very spacious! It has a water closet, a shower, sink with mirror and a bath tub!
With all these amenities, every guest will certainly have an awesome and comfortable stay!
Resort Amenities and FacilitiesAfter settling our things inside the room, we quickly checked on the amenities and facilities they offer. They have a spacious hall, a restaurant and a wide selection of accommodations such as Bali Huts, Cottages, Nipa Huts and a camping area where you could pitch a tent for that ultimate island experience.
Exploring Bonsai IsletAnd then we went to the nearby Bonsai islet where we had an awesome swim at the natural mini pool areas.
Bonsai islet is a vanishing islet that can only be seen during low tide. Be sure to plan your visit to the islet ahead of time.
We went back to the resort and just spent our time at the beach while waiting for the sunset.
Sunset ViewingAn awesome sunset can be seen by walking along the shore for about 1 kilometer to the right side of the resort. Our group went there several minutes before sunset for us to fully enjoy the sight.
I truly enjoyed the magical view of the sunset. As the sun drowned in the horizon, its rays fill the sky with radiant and fiery colors. I was mesmerized as the sun slowly disappeared in the horizon, it's like a painting done right in front of me.
Sylvia's Kamayan RestaurantWe then went back to the resort, just in time for dinner. Their restaurant, Sylvia's Kamayan Restaurant serves an array of dishes that guests can savor. Here's a copy of their menu (click to enlarge).
Sunrise ViewingThe following morning, we woke up early to catch the sunrise just in front of the resort. It was such a blessing to wake up to a new day.
The whole morning on our second day at Doña Choleng Camping Resort was spent just seeing things around the resort and enjoying the beach.
We also got to check on the many activities they offer. This is one of the things I love about Doña Choleng Camping Resort. They offer a wide array of activities such as snorkeling, kayaking and island hopping which makes them an ideal place for company outings and team building activities. Definitely, you will never get bored when staying inside the resort.
ElectricityThe resort is powered by a generator that runs from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM during non-peak season and a water pump for washing and bathing. During peak season such as summer, electricity is available from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM and from 6:00 PM to 7:00 AM.
WIFI Internet ConnectionThe resort doesn't have WIFI internet connection. But don't worry, if you need to connect to the internet, 3G signal is available at the beach front and in some areas inside the resort. 3G connection is a bit slow but it's good enough for posting some photos on social media accounts and replying to emails.
- Entrance fee is Php 50.00 per head.
- Entrance fee for Camping Tent is Php 100.00 per head.
- Rent Space costs Php 250.00 per tent.
- The resort offers a food package for Php 800 per head which includes 3 meals and 2 snacks.
- The resort can also arrange transfer boats from Cagbalete Sabang port to the resort or from Mauban port going directly to the resort.
Published RatesYou may check their website at www.donacholeng.com for the updated room rates. They offer several rooms types that cater to the diverse need of its valued guests. Occupancy is dependent on the room type. Standard check-in time is at 2:00 PM and check-out time is 12:00 NN.
Book OnlineFor the best rates and awesome discounts, I highly suggest that you book online via Agoda.com. Check Room Rates Here
Overall, we had an awesome and memorable stay at Doña Choleng Camping Resort. I just love the peaceful and serene ambiance that the resort offers. We had so much fun and I can't wait to visit it Cagbalete island again!
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How to Get to Cagbalete Island?Here is a detailed post on how to get to the island. CLICK HERE!
Doña Choleng Camping ResortAddress: Cagbalete Island, Mauban, Quezon Province, Philippines
Contact Number: 0910-882-3346
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Note: Doña Choleng Camping Resort hosted our overnight stay on Cagbalete Island. Thank you for having us! We truly enjoyed our stay!
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