The Other Side of Cagbalete Island

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Dampalitan Island, Quezon Province

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Magalawa Island, Zambales

Palauig became popular as one of the Tourist Destination because of its Mt. Tapulao. But there’s more than just Mt. Tapulao Palauig can offer. Aside from its beaches and the scarborough shoal, Palauig is fortunate to have a beautiful island name Magalawa and it is now on the rise after its long sleep. Truly another pride of Palauig next to Mt. Tapulao and is hoping to be one of the top tourist destination in Zambales and of the Philippine Island.
Magalawa Island with its creamy white sand beaches and prestine waters is perfect for swimming, water/sand sports, boat riding, jetskiing, scuba diving, snorkelling or just relaxing on the beach amidst the crystal clear waters and white sand. Another attractions of Magalawa Island are coral reefs, magroves and abundant water resources .
Magalawa is 56 hectares in area. Although the island is surrounded by the sea potable water is abundant within the island and uses jetmatic and pitcher pumps. The main source of livelihood is fishing and some are engaged in shell craft industry.There is a complete primary school with two teachers. No rice
is planted in this area, so the people resort in buying everything they need except fish. Coco trees and century trees are abundant also.
Magalawa Island Looking back.
In the early century, MAGALAWA was apart of sitio Luan, Barangay Lipay. The said sitio was bi-sected by a small body of water crossable by people wherein the current flows southeast during high tide and northward during low tide. The current that runs n this area is about to 2 to 3 knots. In that situation erosion made this body of water wider and wider, which later on became a sea. This came when this part of the land was isolated far from sitio Luan, so the inhabitants called in their native word “MAG-LUWA” that means “about two places”. This word passed through generation to generation and was later changed to “MAGALAWA”.

For affordable tour to Magalawa Island you can inquire to Trippers

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Sombrero Island, Batangas

Sombrero Island (named because the island looked like a big hat sticking out of the water) is about 15 minute boat ride from Mabini Batangas (My start point going to the island).

Sombrero Island is a small patch of land known only to local fishermen. The changing tides and rainy season make it less known to tourists, but also unsurprisingly more pristine.


The east side of the island, you’ll find the beach but it does not offer much for the snorkeler but the white pristine sand makes the island more attractive. However, on the western side, you’ll find a spectacular coral reef garden. The only problem is that the snorkeler is limited only to about 50ft from the island. The farther you go out the stronger the current. To better enjoy this reef, scuba gear is needed.

Entrance to the island is 200Php cottage rent is 800Php

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Cagbalete Island

Cagbalete is an island in the town of Mauban Quezon, about three hours east of Metro Manila. It is situated on Lamon Bay together with Balesin, Alabat and Polilio Islands. Its proximity to Manila and its uncrowded beaches is a plus point for Cagbalete Island. Cagbalete Island is a 1,640.4874-hectare property in Quezon Province. Although all areas of the island are privately-owned, the southwestern part of it is populated by a number of Visayan fisherfolks who have settled in the idle lands. Known as “Sabang”, this fishing village can be estimated to be populated by over a thousand people. These people have learned to live through by earning money from fishing, farming (there are ricefields in certain areas), woodcutting, getting lumber and copra, and drying/ processing seaweeds..


Cagbalete or “Cabalete” in some maps, is truly a rare jewel. It is home to a number of species of land animals and sea creatures. Kingfishers, parrots, eagles, and other uncommon birds can usually be seen flying over the area of the island. It is also the habitat of the coconut crab or “kuray” (the Cagbalete favorite), starfishes, “alimasag”, “umang”, etc., and a long time ago, the “pawikan” (giant sea turtle). For divers and snorkeling-fanatics, underwater exploration is a treat with the diverse and colorful marine life that can be discovered beneath the rocks and corals.


The changing of tides is very evident in Cagbalete. During low tide, the waters can move as far back as 1 kilometer, leaving the shore dry and exposing all the rocks and corals that may be underneath. The low tide-high tide cycle occurs twice in a day, so if there is low tide during lunch time, high tide will come late in the afternoon, and the next low tide will occur at midnight, depending on the season.

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