As the tide was rising, we took the time to swim before it got dark. For dinner, we were planning to have a bonfire and cook our food (Hotdogs) there, but the wind was very strong. Instead, we borrowed grills and bought coals from the caretakers.
We decided to sleep early. The rain started to pour again. We can hear the droplets of rain as they hit the top of the tent and the wind shook our side. Luckily, our tent is designed to sustain strong winds. Despite the weather, it’s still a good thing, because it feels cold. More comfortable to sleep.
Day 1 was full of challenges. We got drenched. Dog incident. No bonfire. This is what happens when you travel in a rainy season. But, we’re still hoping for that summer feeling.
We woke up at 5:00 in the morning. The color outside was promising. The sky cleared and the sun rose. Day 2 was the day!!
We didn’t waste time, ate our breakfast, and started exploring the beach and swim.
There are no rocks and corals present on the right side of the resort, just pure sand.
We stood there, in the middle of the sea. Touched the seawater, felt the wind, and stared at the horizon. It felt like a dream. The place was amazing!
In addition to our day 2 experience, we bought a delicacy of the island for lunch. Crabs with banana blossoms. One of the staff of the resort, Melvin, will cook this for you.
We left the resort around 12 P.M. to ride the boat and bus in time. We road the carabao cart going back to Sabang. The fee is 30 pesos per head. The weather is now sunny so it makes our trip home a lot easier.
You don’t need to stay in an expensive resort or eat in a fine dining restaurant. Just stay in a tent and experience the simplest things in life. Have an adventure together, as relationships are adventures as well. You will experience trials, work it out, and continue moving forward together.
HOW TO GET THERE:
- Ride a bus (JAC Liner) from EDSA-Kamias, Cubao, or Buendia going to Mauban (Fare = ₱270/person, Travel time = 5 Hours)
- If you’ve missed the bus going straight to Mauban, you can drop off at Lucena Grand Terminal and take an ordinary bus going to Mauban.
- From the Mauban Terminal, charter a trike going to the market and port. (Fare = ₱75, Travel Time = 30 Minutes)
- Ride a boat going to Sabang Port, Cagbalete Island. You can charter a boat going straight to your resort or walk from Sabang Port to your resort. (Fare = ₱50/person, Travel time = 45 Minutes to 1 Hour)
- Registration/Environmental Fee for Cagbalete: ₱50/person
- Carabao Cart: ₱30/person
- Entrance Fee: ₱50/person
- Pitching Fee: ₱250
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- Remember that chicken adobo? No one was near our tent, so the stray dog in the resort ate it. Bad Doggy! XD Cover or hide your food if no one’s checking it.
- Bring umbrellas and raincoats if you’re going in a rainy season as it is one of the paths storms usually pass.
- Boats going back to Mauban Port leaves at 1:00 PM and the bus going back to Manila leaves at 2:00 PM.
- Other activities offered in Villa Cleofas are snorkeling, frisbee, volleyball, kayaking, and island hopping.