Villa Cleofas

Cagbalete Island, Mauban, Quezon, Philippines

How To Get There

 

Private Transport

 

First alternative   is to take the South Super Highway, then pass by Sto. Tomas, Batangas – San Pablo – Tiaong – Candelaria - Sariaya – Tayabas - Mauban. Total road distance is about 168 kms. and average travel time for this route would be 3 hours depending on the traffic condition. The Tayabas-Mauban road that was undergoing construction before is already completed and cemented.  This route is the national highway road where most private and public vehicles pass and will be inconvenient to motorists during peak season. This is a good route when travelling very early in the morning and can take you only 3 hours driving.

 

Second alternative  from Manila is to pass by South Super Highway, then proceed to Calamba, Laguna. The route is now to pass by the towns of Los Baños – Sta. Cruz - Pagsanjan – Cavinti – Lusiana – Lucban – Tayabas before finally getting to Mauban, Quezon, the town proper. This route is shorter if you are coming from Rizal- Sta. Cruz and you can pass via Sampaloc then Mauban. Sampaloc-Mauban route has a little rough road (on-going construction but passable) which is about  700 meters long. If you want to avoid the rough road, then proceed to Tayabas then Mauban, after reaching Lucban. The Calamba route gives the alternate route to Mauban avoiding the traffic in national highway. It takes only about 3 hours if guests will leave Manila very early in the morning. It has less traffic (except during holidays where the South Super Highway and Laguna towns can be really packed) and has a great view of the Makiling. It is also ideal for those tired of the cityscape since the view along this route is mostly very countryside (rice fields, mountains, etc.). 

 

 Third  alternative route is via Antipolo, which can take around 4 hours average. Travelers will pass by the towns of: Teresa, Morong, Sta. Maria – Fami – Siniloan – Paete – Lumban – Pagsanjan – Cavinti – Lusiana – Lucban, and Sampaloc ( Sampaloc -Mauban road , same as Alternative 2)  before reaching Mauban. On holidays like during Holy Week, this is the most ideal route to avoid traffic in South Super Highway and Los Baños. 

 

 

 

 

                                                         

                                                                              

                                        Taiño's Residence

             #8 Corner Quezon St. and Pansacola St , Mauban , Quezon 

 

                                                                 

 

 

From Mauban, guests can board a boat going to VILLA CLEOFAS. Private boat trips straight to the site in Cagbalete Island costs P5,000 (two-way). These trips can accommodate about 20  people (during summer time) and 15 people (during "Amihan") inside the banca, depending on the size of the boat. The boat ride takes around 45 minutes. 

      Private boat (capacity 20 persons, P5,000.00) - Direct to Villa Cleofas

 

       Private boat ride direct to Villa Cleofas will take about 45 minutes.

 

During low tide, a small flatboat is used to transfer guests and baggages from where the private boat has docked to the resort.

 

          


 Public Transport

 

For commuters, the Jac Liner/JAM Liner/Lucena Lines Station in Kamias - Edsa/Cubao or in Buendia-Taft (LRT)  have hourly trips (2:00 am is the first trip) to Lucena. The bus ride costs around P300 and takes no more than three hours. At the Lucena City Grand Terminal, where all buses drop by,  mini buses (non-aircon) bound for Mauban leave on an hourly interval. The one-hour and-30 minutes travel costs around P60. First trip is 5 am and last trip for mini bus is 6 pm.  There are also air-conditioned vans stationed in Lucena SM Mall going to Mauban  for approximately P70 and first and last trip for aircon vans is  9 am and 9 pm respectively. This is faster than mini buses which will take only 1 hour travel time. There is now a direct trip going to Mauban thru Jac Liner at Kamias Edsa station. The schedule of the trip is at 4:30 am and 1 pm only. Fare is around P280.

 

                                             

                    Lucena Grand Terminal

 

 

Passenger boats to Cagbalete Island (varying time depending on season) are available for  P50 per head/ one-way. The municipal government of Mauban is charging an Environmental Fee of P30/head on all tourists and an optional Terminal Fee of P40/head for the use of terminal at the port. The drop-off point will be the "Sabang" (small fishing village in the island). From Sabang, visitors can take a hike of about 1.5 km. going to Villa Cleofas, "Paet", Cagbalete Island. There are porters/children in Sabang who will  guide you going to Villa Cleofas and carry your stuff as well. There are also road signs along the trail. For those who do not want to hike,  we have a carabao driven cart that can carry around 8 passengers including luggages (fare P350). There are also small bancas for rent at Sabang that can bring you to Villa Cleofas (rate is around P400 for 5 pax capacity) or more depending on the size of the boat.

 

        

     Public Boat -" Neneng" or "Anthony"  (@ P50/head) Direct to Sabang Port, Cagbalete Island

 

                                Flat boat transfer to Sabang Port      

 

 

             

 

 

From Sabang, you have the following options to go to Villa Cleofas:  

 

... Guests can take a small boat from Sabang to Villa Cleofas (rate of a 5-pax capacity boat including luggages is around P400).

  

              

... or Guests can smell the grass, sweat it out a bit, and take a 15-20 minute-hike  from Sabang to Villa Cleofas (about 1.4 km)  

    

           

 Some areas may be flooded along the trek during rainy season

  

 ... Or like in the olden days, ride an environment-friendly carabao driven cart that can carry around 8 passengers including luggages (P350 per trip)

 

 

 

 

 

... or if you want some excitement, ride a horse going to the resort (rate is P100/horse).