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Cagbalete Island is now open to domestic tourists

This island in Quezon Province is known for its pristine beaches and powder-white sandbars.

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Team GRID

The list of reopened destinations just keeps growing: Cagbalete Island in Quezon Province has started welcoming domestic tourists, since its official reopening on February 05.

Cagbalete Island is known for its cerulean blue waters, pristine beaches, and powder-white sandbars said to rival those of Boracay and El Nido. Prior to the pandemic, its quiet and laid-back atmosphere had attracted thousands of local and international tourists each year—mostly backpackers looking to escape the big city. The island is located about 40 minutes away by boat from Mauban town, which lies 140 km south of Metro Manila.

crystal blue waters beach
Photos courtesy of Mauban Tourism Office

Previously, the island was only open to provincial residents, but now all domestic tourists aged 16 to 65 are welcome to visit. Visits are subject to strict health and safety protocols set by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and the Department of Tourism (DOT).

Upon arrival, tourists must present a valid ID and a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours for validation. Guests are also required to book their accommodations at a DOT-approved hotel or resort at least three days in advance, through Mauban’s official tourism website.

For safety measures, the local tourism board has also implemented a cashless payment system on the island.

Aside from Mauban, the towns of Lucena and Tayabas in Quezon Province have also reopened tourism to both locals and non-residents.