REVIEW: Cagbalete Island's Donya Choleng Camping Resort

Cagbalete Island, Mauban, Quezon, Philippines

Donya Choleng Camping Resort is consistently receiving good reviews online. So, I and my friends decided to spend a night here to experience what everyone is telling: serenity and tranquility. 

Few days prior to our trip, I have been exchanging text messages with Ryan, the resort's owner. I've asked him about the place, weather, safety of the place, including accommodation rates. I confirmed our reservation the same day.

Donya Choleng is the closest resort from Sabtang Port. It is approximately a 30-minute walk from the port. It has a perfect location as it is not sandwiched with other resorts. The resort has multiple accommodations that can fit any budget, from air conditioned rooms to bali/nipa huts to even tents. Entrance fee is 50 pesos.

We chose a bali hut since it is intended for three people. We paid 1,500 pesos for an overnight stay. The accommodation is pretty simple with shared rest rooms with other bali hut guests. The room, the bed is clean and it has electric fan. Be reminded that electricity is being turned off at exactly 6 PM everyday. None of us wants to take the bunk bed so we ended flipping a coin. I lost the game so I had no choice but to take the upper bed.

My new friends brought up a tent so they only paid 250 pesos. Tent rental at the resort is 500 pesos. Dona Choleng offers a spectacular sunrise and sunset spot. The sand is soft and creamy just like those in Boracay. Bonfire at the resort costs 500 pesos.

Food at the resort is pricey. However, you can request for the staff to cook your preferred food. Seafood is not always available so you need to have reservation ahead of time. Bringing food including rice cooker and electric kettle is recommended.

The resort is tied up with boat owners for port to hotel transfer and island hopping packages. Tip: Be friendly to get the cheapest rates. If you're into party with loud music, the resort isn't for you. Visit the island during off-season to avoid the hassle of being with the crowd.

Overall, I enjoyed my stay here. They have friendly staff. Food is great even though its pricey. The resort is indeed the right place to de-stress. Two thumbs up for Donya Choleng!

Travel Guide To Callao Cave

Callao Cave, one of the most popular places in Cagayan, offers beautiful chambers, which are naturally ornamented with stalactites and stalagmites. The cave is such a peaceful place -- you can hear the tweets of the birds, echo of voices & rusting of trees. The cave is naturally cold which you will feel just after conquering the 184 steps.


From Manila, ride a bus heading to Tuguegarao City, Cagayan. Bus options include Florida and Victory Liner. Travel time is around 10-12 hours. Bus fare is around Php 650-700 per person. You may also book a flight via Cebu Pacific Air heading to Tuguegarao City. Your flight will just be an hour or two. Please note that non-promo air fare starts at Php 4,000 per way.

From Tuguegarao, hire a tricycle heading to Callao Cave. Tricycle fare: depende sa charming! Charot! Kaya, galingan sa pagtawad. Hahaha.✌


I'm highly recommending Kuya Ronald. You may contact him at 0936 378 8652. He exceeded my expectation, offering us the cheapest fare and he also waited for us for quite a long time. Mura na, mabait pa! After Callao Cave, ask Kuya Ronald to drive you to the famous low-cost eatery near the Airport for Pansit Cabagan or Pansit Batil-patong! Ang sarap, mga bes! Mura na, dami pang serving! Heaven!!!

  • Pinacanauan River
  • Tuguegarao Cathedral
  • Horno Ruins
  • St Paul University
  • Cagayan Provincial Museum & Capitol
  • St Jacinto Church
  • Buntun Bridge
  • ... and a lot more!

Where To Stay In Palaui Island

Hello! I went back to Palaui Island in Santa Ana, Cagayan few days ago and I have a good news for you! I've discovered a perfect place for an overnight stay (even longer!), offering serenity and an amazing view of the sunrise. If you're up for a beautiful jump shot while the sun is rising, then you better consider staying in Sunrise Palaui Homestay.

Undeniably, Sunrise Palaui is one of the most serene places I have ever been to. Food here is super delicious and healthy. Kapitana Rona Ramos Ugale (also known as Kapitana Orang), the homestay owner, is very friendly and accommodating.

Sunrise Palaui is such a beautiful place to get relaxed, to soul search or just to be at peace with nature. Imagine this: it's just you and the island. Guys, it's worth-staying here! Swear! For reservation, please contact 0926 960 6138. The standard homestay rate in Palaui Island is Php 250 per person.

I'm highly recommending these tour guides in Palaui Island (and within Santa Ana, Cagayan). They're the best!
Save the phone numbers and plan ahead. Tag your friends! Happy travels!☺