|Enchanting Cagbalete Island|
It's summer once again and the word "hot" is an understatement. One island that is on the bucket list of summer folks is the Cagbalete Island in the province of Quezon. I, together with Dong Ho and a couple of friends have visited the island in 2009 and here is my recollection of the place thru photos and stories.
|Swirling Low Tide Marks|
|Tree in Stone|
We arrived there at low tide so we were greeted with what is probably the widest beach shore I have ever seen so far. In fact, you will think twice of swimming in the beach because the nearest swimmable waters from the shore is a good ten minute walk amidst the glaring sunlight. Cagbalete is an excellent relatively tourist-free beach with creamy yellow sand underfoot gently sloping beach that lets you walk really far out before you even get your bum wet and the place exhibits an uncanny calm that is both relaxing and spooky.
|Under the Sea Cave|
Probably the best place to talk to God and reflect is on one of His best creations. Imagine this to surround you... bright blue sky, fine stretch of white sand, clear and cool beach waters, green vegetations and trees, amazing rock formations and endless silhouttes of mountains on the backgound. Then, there is just you and your GOD... ain't you lucky to be alive and enjoying all of these?
|Sea... Pond... Rock...|
Off the coast of Cagbalete Beach, there lies a small speck of an islet which locals call Bonsai Island. During Low Tide, visitors can walk to this island and marvel at the amazing wide flat stone which resembles that of a stone pavement. On these stones, you can see a couple of trees similar to those trees you can see in mangroves. The island is amazing to visit because of the crevices filled with trapped sea water with some small fishes. Then there are also lots of stickweeds or tree roots sticking up from the yellow sand.
Cagbalete is located at the east coast of Quezon Province and is accessible via banca from the pier of Mauban. Better be there in Mauban early to catch the passenger boat heading to Sabang. Be prepared thou to have animals such as goats, chicken as well as groceries and even hardware items as your boat mates. Otherwise, if you miss the passenger boat, you can hire a more costly private out-rigger boat. From Sabang, you may ride another boat or walk more than one kilometer to the resort and beach areas.