This resort has the most beautiful beachfront in Cagbalete Island. It's especially breathtaking during low tide, which happens during early morning and late afternoon. In the morning when the sky is clear, you can see Mt. Banahaw on the eastern horizon.
Don't expect to be able to swim properly here, however. The water doesn't go deep until about 200 meters into the sea.
Two days before our initial reserved date, we asked if we could move it three weeks later due to unforeseen circumstances. Mr. Pansacola, the owner, was happy to accommodate our request.
There were only 3 of us in the group, so we availed of the small hut for 1200. We had no problems with mosquito bites, but my friends and I suffered from itchy patches on our thighs for two days. I guess you get what you pay for.
The staff tried their best to make our stay more pleasurable; they offered to sweep our hut, gave us a mosquito net, and provided us with anti-itch ointment.
We didn't avail of the food package, but they lent us cooking equipment for 50 pesos/day. If you want to prepare coffee, hot water in a big jug costs 50 pesos. They have a small sari-sari store if you forget to bring a toothbrush or tissue, but expect to pay about twice the normal price for everything.
Make sure to start charging your phones at 6 PM, because their power generator only runs until 11 PM. As a city girl, I also had the rather frightening experience of getting attacked by about a dozen moths in the face while trying to find the common toilet with my flashlight at 3 AM.
I would stay here again, but I would stay away from that open hut!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located by the quaint little town of Mauban, Quezon Province about 3-4 hours drive from Manila, beach lovers get to enjoy a 45-minute bangka ride to get to Pansacola Beach Resort in Cagbalete. For accommodations, nipa huts with lofts are available to give you the experience of "roughing it"-you'd be surprised at how the evening sea breeze beats your usual air conditioners at home. With the staple of five meals per day, you will surely get more than you bargained for when it comes to food. At low tide, the clear blue water is transformed into a massive expanse of sand, perfect for games with your friends. At night, be amazed at the wide blanket of stars on the clear sky. ... more less