Be a responsible tourist in Cagbalete, Quezon

Friends say Cagbalete is like the white sand beaches of Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro before it got mainstream, famous, and touristy. Still others say Cagbalete is better than Boracay, Malay, Aklan in various aspects. Although I have not been to these other seaside paradises, my experience in Cagbalete has been a mix of nature-awe and human-disappointment.

I’ll get straight to the point: enjoy the place but don’t destroy it at the same time. Don’t litter when going there or in any place for that matter. Dispose of your sanitary napkins and used-tissue paper properly and in waste bins, and never ever ever leave them on the toilet bowl or on top of the water tank of the toilet bowl! If you do these two simple practices, you would be able to enjoy your stay at a much longer time without diminishing the enjoyment of future travelers. The most stressing part of traveling is not the length of the trip going to the place, nor the weather, nor the lack of budget; but most of the time it’s the litter and trash you see while walking and swimming at a pristine island, and the unceremoniously disposed sanitary napkin or the tissue paper or the un-flushed bowl in cases you decide to use a toilet. Ugh! *wahay!*

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