ALIBIJABAN ISLAND

Alibijaban island is a small  paradise,  located in San Andres,  Southern part Quezon  Province known as Bondoc Peninsula, commonly known as  Bonpen. It was an 8-hour road trip and 30-45 minutes boat ride to get to the island. The long and exhausted travel is worthless upon the first look in the island. It is less crowded and perfect for private retreat and relaxation. We are planning to visit this paradise since summer but because of our schedule it was moved to November 21, 2015. Thanks to our friends in Quezon Don Franco, Ezcel, Lourds and family who invited us, for the kindness and hospitality. We even met the wife of Mayor Juarez and took a photo with her.

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Paradise bound
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Welcome to Alibijaban Island
sand bar
Sand bar
Lounging
Lounging
Beach weather
Beach weather
Amazed by its beauty
Amazed by its beauty

 

If the budget is tight, you can bring your own tent
If the budget is tight, you can bring your own tent
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When you visit the island please bring some goodies for these lovely kids.
NP: No place I'd rather be
NP: No place I’d rather be
Life goal
Life goal
BFF
BFF
I got a copy of magazine featuring Alibijaban Island
I got a copy of magazine featuring Alibijaban Island
SQUAD
SQUAD
What a lovely sunset to end a beautiful day!
What a lovely sunset to end a beautiful day!
Squad
Squad
Thank you Lourds and company for this experience,
Thanks again to Lourds and company for this experience. Here’s a photo with Ma’am Juarez.
PARTICULARS  FARE
BUENDIA TO LUCENA (BUS) 210.00
PRIVATE VAN TO LOURDS HOUSE (P3500) 583.33
FOOD C/O HOST
VAN GOING TO LUCENA 180.00
BUS GOING BACK TO MANILA 202.00
TOTAL  1,175.33

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Real, Quezon

I am the type of person that lacks self confidence. They say “if you have it, flaunt it” but not me. I grew up in the province and don’t even have bunch of friends in school. There’s one thing I love to do – shopping! I think most girls are like me. I love to buy bikini but I don’t use them, I just tried it in front of the mirror. When I started traveling in 2010, I used to tell myself I am not going to wear bikini at the beach – I’m shy! but under the influence of my travel buddy (now a Mommy) Jocelyn, I was convinced to try it once in Boracay and every beach session lol. I’m sharing some of them, let me know your thoughts.

Love this 2-pc bikini from a not well-known brand I used in Real, Quezon
Love this piece from a not well-known brand
It looks good on me, agree? :D
I love this 2-pc – it looks good on me, agree? 😀
With cover-up! Beach hat from Mamu Emzi (IG: @emzitravels)
With cover-up. Beach hat from Mamu (IG: @emzitravels)

Will post more photos soon.

 

 

 

 

The Park – Real Quezon

We initially planned Calaguas trip for our July layas but unfortunately, it didn’t pushed through because of our time availability and the weather condition. We are Layas anyway nothing can stop us from beaching so we thought of having a quick getaway near Manila. One of my travel buddy suggested Real, Quezon. I was not too excited about this trip because it is not white sand beach but since Real offer surfing I said yes right away.

From a big group down to 5 participants but despite no one can stop us (walang makakapigil sa amin lol). It was a fun and tiring weekend for all of us. I was with Ivy, Yoyce, Eys and Emzi our new buddy. Here are the things we did in Real Quezon and you might want to consider this for future reference.

Surfing
Learn to Surf
Floaters instead if you don't know how to surf
Floaters instead, if you don’t know how to surf
Sunbathing - luckily it was  a summery day
Sunbathing – luckily it was a summery day
Bluetiful view
Bluetiful view
Found this view on our way to Balagbag Falls and we thought we need to take photo here :D
Found this view on our way to Balagbag Falls and we thought we need to take photo here 😀
perfect place to find your inner peace
perfect place to find your inner peace
My first travel instax, thanks Yoyce and Eys for this. So cute isn't it?
My first travel instax, thanks Yoyce and Eys for this. So cute isn’t it?
Thanks God for flowers
Thanks God for flowers
Hi, my name is Joanne, 20 something from the Philippines!
Hi, my name is Joanne, 20 something from the Philippines! lol welcome to the first level Balagbag Falls
Chased Balagbag Falls
Chased another waterfalls
Second level of the Balagbag Falls. We owned the place since there'w no tourist the moment we arrived
Second level of the Balagbag Falls. We owned the place since there’s no tourist the moment we arrived. Ooops photo shoot lol
Woke up 5 am just to catch sunrise and it was all worth it
Woke up 5 am just to catch sunrise and it was all worth it
Beach bumming
First day beach bumming
It was raining on our first day in the surf camp - I even saw a lightning while taking this photo - so scary
It was raining on our first day in the surf camp – I even saw a lightning while taking this photo – so scary
On our first day
On our first day
Photo from Yoyce (IG: @robellejoyce)
Photo from Yoyce (IG: @robellejoyce)
For your reference
For your reference

Photo credits to the team, travel date – July 25-26, 2015

Here is our itinerary and summary of expenses per head. Hope it will help you.

DAY 1
TIME  ROUTE/DECRIPTION COST PER PAX
6:00 AM  MEET UP IN JOLLIBEE EDSA AYALA; BREAKFAST
7:00 AM  OFF TO RAYMOND TERMINAL SAMPALOC MANILA 50.00
8:00 AM  VAN GOING TO REAL QUEZON, GET OFF AT “THE PARK SURF CAMP” IN BRGY TIGNOAN 220.00
 TRAVEL TIME IS 4-5HOURS DEPENDS ON TRAFFIC
1:00 PM  ETA THE PARK SURF CAMP – WHERE WE STAYED OVERNIGHT
 RENTED BIG TENT GOOD FOR 4-5 PAX, RATE IS P500 DIVIDED BY 5 100.00
 ENTRANCE FEE FOR ADULT; OVERNIGHT RATE 50.00
2:00 PM  PITCHED TENT, GETTING READY FOR BEACH ACTIVITY
 FREE TIME; EXPLPORED THE BEACH; PHOTO OPS ETC
 WE HAD CHIPS FOR MERIENDA
6:00 PM  SEAFOODS DINNER AT TALIPAPA – CHEAP AND FRESH CATCH
 YOU CAN CHOOSE VARIETY OF SEAFOODS AND HAVE IT COOKED THERE
 THERE’S A MINIMUM CHARGE FOR THE PALUTO – IT’S LIKE DAMPA
 TOTAL BILL FOR DINNER IS P900 GOOD FOR 5 PAX 180.00
8:00 PM  BACK TO THE RESORT; TRICYCLE TWO-WAY 20.00
 BANLAW AND PREP FOR BONFIRE
9:00 PM  IT’S SMORES TIME – ALWAYS PART OF THE ITINERARY FOR BEACH CAMPING
11:00 PM  BACK TO THE TENT; RESORT QUIET TIME FROM 11PM – 5AM
12:30 AM  BED TIME
DAY 2
5:30 AM  WAKE UP CALL TO WATCH THE SUNRISE
6:30 AM  BREAKFAST AT ATE CHLOE’S SARI-SARI STORE INSIDE THE VICINITY OF THE CAMPSITE
8:00 AM  OFF TO BALAGBAG FALLS
 CHARGED OUR PHONE AND POWERBANK 30.00
 ENTRANCE FEE 20.00
 TRYK FEE 50.00
11:00 AM  BACK IN THE CAMP SITE
 BEACH BUMMING; PHOTO OPS
1:00 PM  OTHER CONTRIBUTION FOR FOOD (P400/5) 80.00
 BANLAW AND CHECK OUT TIME
 TRYK TO THE TALIPAPA 10.00
1:30 PM  PALUTO OF LUNCH AT ATE NEK-NEK’S CANTEEN
  SEAFOOD FEAST AGAIN FOR ONLY P730 DIVIDED BY 5 146.00
3:30 PM  JEEPNEY GOING TO INFANTA 60.00
4:30 PM  VAN GOING TO CUBAO (2-3 HOURS) 120.00
 TOTAL EXPENSES PER HEAD 1,136.00

Cagbalete Island – March 7-8, 2015

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We meet again Mauban, Quezon!
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Mandatory turista shot with my TITE shirt

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Layas Family
Layas Family
Welcome to Sabang Port, Cagbalete Island where the public boat and fishing boats are.
Welcome to Sabang Port, Cagbalete Island where the public boat and fishing boats are.
Touchdown Doña Choleng - walked through the resort because it's low tide
Touchdown Doña Choleng – walked through the resort because it’s low tide
We stayed at Doña Choleng Resort - here is the resort facade
We stayed at Doña Choleng Resort – here is the resort facade
You may check schedule of low tide with the resort where the sand ripples are visible
You may check schedule of low tide with the resort where the sand ripples are visible
Exploring the island
Exploring the island
Walking alone isn't bad at all
Walking alone isn’t bad at all
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I wanna believe in Forever ❤
I prefer walking alone :)
I prefer walking alone 🙂
Or chillin under the tree
Or chillin under the tree

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One of the things I love to do <3
One of the things I love to do ❤
Photo shoot is part of our itinerary :))
Photo shoot is part of our itinerary :))

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Day 2: Island hopping to Yang-in
Day 2: Island hopping to Yang-in
Say hi to my Layas family
Say hi to my Layas family
Happy together :)
Happy together 🙂
Behind us is the world's largest bonsai - @dudeinorange
Behind us is the world’s largest bonsai – @dudeinorange
Thanks to idol @willianism09 for his yellow inflatable salbabida
Thanks to idol @willianism09 for his yellow inflatable salbabida

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This island hopping tour to Yang-in costs only P150.00
This island hopping tour to Yang-in costs only P150.00 per head
His fierceness @sa.do.fi @project_sadofierce - follow him on instagram
His fierceness @sa.do.fi @project_sadofierce – follow him on instagram
Back in the shore
Back in the shore
Because we are Instagrammers :)
Because we are Instagrammers 🙂
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Because we are Instagrammers 🙂
Certified Island girl
Certified Island girl
Certified island girl
Certified island girl
Certified island girl
Certified island girl
Sun-kissed skin <3
Sun-kissed skin ❤
Who wouldn't love summer?
Who wouldn’t love summer?

Here is our 2-days itinerary to Cagbalete Island, Mauban Quezon. I hope it will help you with your future trip here. Group photos credits to the owners (#layas_). For our resort Doña Choleng Resort, you may contact Maybel at 0998-352-0544. She will help  you out including the private boat arrangement.

Itinerary:

Day 1 – Off to a place we only knew 🙂

Time Description
01:30am * Call time at Mcdo LRT Buendia
02:00am * ETD Jac Liner terminal going to Lucena Grand Terminal (first trip)
* Estimated travel time is 3-4hours
* Bus fare – P210.00
05:00am * Arrived in Lucena Grand Terminal
* Waiting for the first trip to Mauban Quezon which is 05:50am
05:50am * Bound for Mauban Quezon
* Estimated travel time is 1hr to 1.5hrs
* Bus fare – P54.00
07:15am * Arrived in Mauban drop off area
* Went to public market to buy food for 3 meals (lunch, dinner and brunch)
08:00am * Dropped by Mauban Tourism Office to register and paid for
* Paid for Environmental Fee worth P50.00 each
08:30am * Off to Cagbalete Island
* We rented for private boat since we are a big group (13pax)
* The rate is the boat is P5,000 or P384.62 per head (roundtrip)
* Estimated travel time is 45mins
Other option: * You may take the public boat scheduled every 10am and 1pm only
* Boat fee per pax is P50.00
* 10-15 mins walk going to the resort
10:00am * Arrived in Doña Choleng Resort
* Early check-in, the standard check in time is 2pm but since our room
    is available, we already use it and then prepare for our lunch
* Paid for entrance fee worth P50.00 per pax
* Paid for our room accommodation worth P4,000 or P307.70 per pax
* The room is good for 15pax with aircon, electric fan, bed (no blanket)
    and common CR
* Kalan rent – P400 (P30.77/pax)
Other option: * You may opt to rent tent, P500 each good for 2 pax
* There is still entrance fee of P50, free use of resort facilities
* There is a restaurant in the resort if you don’t want to cook anymore
* Food ranges from 100 for breakfast to P200 depends on the food
01:00pm * LUNCH (Chicken Adobo and cucumber)
02:00pm * Beach bumming
* Photo Ops
* Free time
05:30pm * Back to the resort
* Prepared for dinner
07:00pm * DINNER (Grilled Liempo, Fried tilapia)
08:30pm * Free time
* Bonfire fee – P250 for big group but we use our excess charcoal and cooked
* smores, fire dance, beach party and Bacardi
12:00mn * BEDTIME

 

Day 2 – Island hopping to Yang-in

06:30am * Coffee time
07:30am * Island hopping to Yang-in Sandbar – P150.00 each
* The place is perfect for kids and adult who doesn’t know how to swim like me
* Super fine white sand, no seaweeds & sea urchins, they spotted small jellyfish
    but no worries. There are mangroves too and the world’s largest Bonsai LOL
* We weren’t able to go snorkeling because we need to go back to the resort already
11:00am * Back to the resort
* Prepared BRUNCH (Maling and salted egg)
12:30nn * Off to Sabang Port, Cagbalete Mauban
* Public boat schedule to Mauban is 1pm
02:00pm * ETA to Mauban port
02:15pm * ETD Mauban to Lucena Grand Terminal via private van – P60.00 each
03:00pm * Arrived in Lucena Grand
* Merienda at Chowking
04:00pm * Off to Manila via Jacliner – P295.00 (Guadalupe)

 

Our breakdown of expenses:

Particulars Amount
Bus fare Manila – Lucena Grand Terminal              210.00
Bus fare Lucena Grand Terminal -Mauban                  54.00
Environmental fee                  50.00
Private boat roundtrip – (P5k/13 pax)              384.62
Resort Entrance fee                  50.00
Room accommodation (4k/13pax)              307.70
Kalan rental (P400/13pax)                  30.77
Island hopping fee per head              150.00
Shuttle fee Mauban-Lucena Grand   – van capacity is 17 seater but we decided to pay for the excess, shuttle fee per head is only P60.00                  78.46
Bus fare Lucena Grand Terminal to Guadalupe              295.00
Food (depends on your preference)
1,610.55

 

Other option: Via Public transportation

Bus fare Manila – Lucena Grand Terminal              210.00
Bus fare Lucena Grand Terminal -Mauban                  54.00
Environmental fee                  50.00
Public boat fee per head (roundtrip)              100.00
Tryk going to the resort                  15.00
Resort Entrance fee                  50.00
Room accommodation if tent good for 2 (P500/tent)              250.00
Kalan rental (optional – you may use charcoal)                        –
Island hopping fee per head              150.00
Shuttle fee Mauban-Lucena Grand                  60.00
Bus fare Lucena Grand Terminal to Guadalupe              295.00
Food (depends on your preferrence)
           1,234.00