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5 Things to Do in Mauban, Quezon – 3 Days 2 Nights DIY Itinerary

Thinking of a place for the weekend? Batangas and Zambales are good choices but has Quezon ever crossed your mind?

Cagbalete from afar
Don’t let another weekend pass you by.

There, the municipality of Mauban is just a bus ride away from the Metro and is boasting not only of beaches and waterfalls but also a rich history. To convince you, here are 5 things you can do in Mauban, Quezon that’s perfect for your next vacation.

Camp in Cagbalete Island

Approximately 45 minutes away from Mauban Port is the island of Cagbalete. The serenity and simplicity of this island await its visitors. If you want to disconnect from work, why not pitch a tent and just enjoy the view?

Camping in The Tent Place
The Tent Place Resort is the perfect place for camping.

Visit the Mangroves of Yang-in White Beach

Yang-in White Beach or commonly known as the “sandbar” can be reached through a 30-minute boat ride. When the tides are low, the beauty of Yang-in will leave you speechless.

Yang-in White Beach
To infinity and beyond!

Take a dip in natural pools (actually, just visit the Rock Formations)

Visiting Cagbalete Island’s Rock Formations is a must. There are parts wherein the edges form a mini-pool. You just have to wait for a huge wave to crash and enjoy!

Cagbalete Rock Formations
Just me, chilling.

Do a historical walking tour

Mauban, Quezon is a historical landmark as unknown to many. It is easy getting around since the tourist spots are stone’s thrown from each other.

Mauban Public Bath
Mauban Public Bath

Trivia #1: The water used in the public bath comes directly from the mountains of Sierra Madre.

Rizal Hill
Rizal Hill Park

Trivia #2: This is the only Rizal monument in the country that is built on top of a hill.

Mauban Museum
Mauban Museum

Trivia #3: Mauban came from the Tagalog word “Uban” which means “white hair.” The Maubanin ancestors are really white-haired people, hence the name of the municipality.

Go chase waterfalls

Chasing waterfalls in Laguna sounds too mainstream for you? Then give Mauban a try! The local tourism offers a tour package to take you around its breathtaking nature.

Dahoyhoy Falls

Here’s the actual 3D 2N DIY itinerary during my visit last September 29-October 1, all complete with travel guide and expenses.

Day 1 – Chill and camp in Cagbalate Island

4:00 AM – ETD Jac Liner Kamias Bus Station Mauban, Quezon

Jac Liner is the only bus line that offers daily direct trips bound for Mauban. If you want a hassle-free trip, book your tickets through!
Bus fare (booked via PHP 227
Travel time: Approx. 5 hours

Jac Liner Bus Terminal

10:00 AM – ETA Jac Liner Mauban Bus Terminal

Hire a tricycle to take you to Cagbalete Island Tourist Port.
Tricycle fare: PHP 10/ pax

Upon registration, pay for the environmental fee.
Environmental fee: PHP 50

There are 2 ways to reach Cagbalate Island, either you charter a private boat or ride a passenger boat. Good thing makes it easier for you to commute and secure your public boat transfers from Mauban Port to Cagbalete Port and vice versa! Check out their website for the daily trip schedules.
Passenger boat fare (booked via PHP 100
Travel time: Approx. 45 minutes

11:45 AM – ETA Cagbalete Port

From here, you have the option to either stay in resorts in the Port-side or ride a habal going to the other side. Pro-tip, if you want a more serene spot, grab that habal and ask the driver to take you to The Tent Place.
Habal fare: PHP 50/ pax

The Tent Place contact details: Ate Karen Sabillo – 0998-428-3116 (message for rates inquiries)

12:00 NN – onwards
Take this time to unwind and rest for a while. You may stroll along the shore or catch a good tan.

Golden hour
Golden hour.

Special concern: like most islands in the country, electricity in Cagbalete is run by generators from 6PM-6AM only daily. Resorts may have additional charges if you will plug your gadgets.

Day 2 – Cagbalete Island Tour

6:00 AM – Wake-up call

6:30 AM – Start of island tour

Cagbalete Tour Guide – Kuya Joel
Contact number: 0946-558-6012
Regular rates:
Yang-in White Beach + Snorkeling = PHP 1,500 (group of 4)
Yang-in White Beach + Snorkeling + Rock Formations = PHP 2,500 (group of 4)

3:00 PM – End of island tour

Day 3 – Mauban Day Tour

6:00 AM – Wake-up call and breakfast
Ride a habal to take you to Cagbalete Port
Habal ride fare: PHP 50/pax

7:00 AM – ETD Passenger boat from Cagbalete Port to Mauban Port

Passenger boat fare (booked via PHP 100
Travel time: Approx. 45 minutes

7:45 AM – ETA Mauban Port

Mauban Tour Guide: Kuya Ega Elim
Contact number: 0907-854-5945
Regular rates: PHP500 for 2 pax

8:00 AM – Start of Mauban Day Tour
First stop: Mauban Public Bath
2nd stop: Rizal Hill
Entrance fee: PHP 10
3rd stop: Mauban Museum
4th stop: Dahoyhoy Falls
Environmental fee: PHP 20

Rizal Hill Park Entrance

2:30 PM – ETD Jac Liner Mauban Bus Terminal to Manila

Bus fare (booked via PHP 227
Travel time: Approx. 5 hours


*Huge thanks, for sponsoring this trip!*

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