I don’t remember getting ready for this trip – but this was my super “negra” version ever, and that I remember! We came here for the sand – the pictures on the internet sure were all stunning.
But Cagbalete is more than the sand.
An island off the east coast of Luzon, Philippines – we were on the road for almost half the day and on the boat for 45 minutes.
Not bad as we get this in return – who would mind the long ride? For detailed information on how to get here from Manila, you may want to check Travel Pilipinas.
The long stretch of sand is nothing like I have seen before – this is so unique to Cagbalete. Fresh sea breeze, clear cold sea water and pines. I love all these things together – it makes me genuinely happy.
Cagbalete was dubbed as the “Boracay of the Pacific”- I would say Yes to this but a more peaceful, cleaner version of it.
We stayed at Dona Choleng for a night and paid P2,000 – that didn’t include the meals. Check their seafood offers – it’s the freshest in the island you could get.
Heaven must have showered us all the luck in the world when we came here – good weather and empty island. Yes, we were the only guests in the island. How sweet is that? An island all to ourselves for one day!
We didn’t waste any time. As soon as all our bags were laid, we went to check the island, took photos, got some laughs and got some dip.
Did you know? This mangrove is over 100 years old according to one local that lived in the island.
Did I forget the beauties that were with me on this trip? Well, here they are! They planned all of this – I’m just a kalad-kalarin here.
And the gang!
I love Cagbalete for many reasons – I was so stunned by the island’s vibrancy.
Could you see yourself chilling under a pine tree and seeing all of this? All for less than $50 – you could have this to live and breath for one day.
We made a short tour to see the other side of the island – and sure it was a blow!
Looking down, you could see the sand – just pure sand that is soft and gentle to the feet. You could spot some starfish and small fishes too – the water was that clear.
This island has been pretty blessed with all that there is in a beautiful island.
And at the end of the tour, we treated ourselves with some seafoods.
And right after – a good play!
Another island as good as paradise that I recommend everyone to visit – serene and so one of a kind. Pick a good date to visit Cagbalete, I’m glad we did.
And yes, a picture of me ‘coz I love it here – like a lot!
Stayed at: Dona Choleng Camping Resort
Transportation: Bus, Tricycle, Boat
Enjoyed most: the long stretch of sand
Overall Impression: 9 stars