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Sunday, February 08, 2015

Joven's Beach Resort, Cagbalete Island: Resort Review

TRAVEL DATE: JANUARY 2015

Cagbalete Island is a fisherfolk village situated roughly 45 minutes away from Mauban Port, via pump boat trips. It is also considered as one of the tourist haven for group of friends and barkadas wanting to have a breath of fresh air, and is just a short drive from Metro Manila.

Joven's Resort's beach front, Cagbalete Island
Joven's Resort's Beach Front

The island, being relative small and less populated, is still teeming with beach resorts lining up the beach fronts. There are only 2 passenger boat trips going to Cagbalete from Mauban, and 2 return trips as well, but how come the beach resort industry is booming? Well, I figured something when we arrived at the island and that is, most of the beach resort owners are family relatives, and they help each other promote the tourist destination by improving their facilities and fairly regulated rates.

Joven's Blue Sea Beach Resort was the one we chose for our overnight accommodation. It is located just beside Villa Noe Beach Resort and near Villa Cleofas resort. We arrived earlier at the resort as a group of tourists we met at Mauban port offered us to go with them on the private boat they negotiated at the tourism office. The boat fare, PHP 200, was significantly expensive than the passenger boat trip which only costs PHP 50. Nevertheless, we arrived earlier which is also a good thing so we have more time exploring the island.

Joven's Blue Sea Beach Resort, Cagbalete Island

Joven's Resort is roughly a 15-minute walk from Sabang Port, where boats alight in Cagbalete Island, You'll pass by a local village and then to some grassy areas with some concrete trails and muddy ones. It's a good thing that there were a lot of signboards leading you to the resort location, though I noticed that there weren't any street lamps that will be most helpful at night time.

Signboards going to Jovens Resort, Cagbalete

Funny thing when we arrived Joven's, around 9 AM, as we we're the first guests to check-in and they were only expecting 4 bookings on that day. Oh well, I finally have the peace and serenity I've been wanting. Hours passed and surprisingly a lot of tourists also arrived and inquired for walk-in bookings. Well to sum it up, the resort was about 70% filled up that day.

What's nice about Joven's is that the resort owner, Tita Rexie, is very accommodating and welcoming, and always up to have some small talks explaining the island's inception and how she is related to other resort owners. She also makes sure that the resort guests are well-attended with their needs. I believe, the success her resort business has achieved is because of her hands-on efforts on maintaining the quality and comfort the resort offers.

So below are my PROs and CONs summing up my stay at Joven's Beach Resort.

PROS:
  • Peaceful, Clean, and Well-maintained facilities
  • Friendly staff and resort owner
  • Nice, tidy, and fine-sand beach front
  • Overlooking Bonsai Island
  • Videoke machine available at night

CONS:
  • Food price are relatively expensive than other resorts
  • Few amenities that guests can enjoy
  • Pillow are not that comfy
  • Electricity is only available from 6 PM to 6 AM

Bonsai Island, Cagbalete Quezon
Bonsai Island...from afar

Room Accommodation:

Room: Ilang-Ilang Cottage
Persons: 2 - 3 Persons allowed
Amenities: 3 pillows, 2 mattresses, electric fan
Price: PHP 1,700.

Cottages in Joven's REsort, Cagbalete
Rosal Cottage, Joven's Resort
Joven's Resort Cottages, Cagbalete Island
Rooms at Joven's Resort

Contact Details:

Resort Address: Cagbalete Island, Mauban, Quezon, Philippines
Facebook Page: Joven's Beach Resort
Contact Person: Rexie Taino
Contact Numbers: 0939.289.9752, 0918.396.2997, 0917.984.8505

TRAVEL TIP: According to Tita Rexie, come summer time, the resort is fully booked and even those who bring their own tents have fewer spaces left.

Since food prices are a bit expensive at the resorts, I suggest that you buy the supplies you need at the local village as prices are cheaper. Secure some sunblock, jacket, flashlight, water, etc. Check out the activity rates of Joven's from here.

Cagbalete Island from afar, Quezon
Cagbalete Island from a different view

2 to 3 days stay at Cagbalete Island is already more than enough of a fulfilling journey. Nothing much to do, bu if you're looking for a beach front scenery while having a cup of coffee and reading a book and hearing the sounds of waves on the background, then Cagbalete Island is just right for you!

Browse more information about Cagbalete Island, Quezon from here:

2 comments:

  1. Exact information! this all we need thanks

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  2. Very informative .. want to go there summer time

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