Going to Cagbalete via public transport?
Here’s how we did it: JAC Liner from Cubao (Kamias) to Lucena; ordinary bus from Lucena to Mauban; and a boat ride from Mauban to Cagbalete. There’s a JAC Liner bus from Cubao to Mauban in case you want another option.
Sounds easy right? You bet, but pay attention to what I’m going to say next because it’ll save you time and effort.
When you reach Mauban, you’ll need to do two things. First, enjoy a tricycle ride (at Php 10 per person) to a registration area, then register and pay an environmental fee that costs Php 50 each person. Second, you need to choose between two boat ride options – one that they call “passenger” and the other that they call “private.”
What’s the difference? (See images below for reference.)
The “passenger” option is the cheaper one. I think it’s Php 50 per person. But you’ll have to wait for other passengers or wait for the time of departure.
The “private” option is the exact opposite. This is ideal for groups of at least 6 people. You’ll have freedom to choose your time of departure, but you’ll need to shell out more money. Prices for these private boats are regulated and are determined by the officials in charge. You cannot haggle. I was with a group of 9, and we paid Php 3,500 for a 12-seating capacity. This rate is for a two-way transfer.
This is what you can expect the port to be.
A. Passenger Boat Option
B. Private Boat Option