Rock at Balibago Beach


  David at Balibago

We waited for a few days until the weather was more settled and then went by a service boat to Cabra Island with the objective of visiting Balibago beach.

We intended to land at Libis but the sea was too rough for our boat on that side of the Island so we headed for Mahangkig Beach instead. The boat trip was about a half hour.

At Mahangkig beach we hired a tricycle and then travelled the narrow concrete roads to Balibago.

When the tricycle could go no further we then had about a half-hour walk to the beach.

If the weather is suitable it is far easier to land directly at Balibago Beach.

For information including access and guides: Please contact Lubang Tourism Office at celphone no. 09214224387, email address:

The offshore rock pictured above is probably the site of the Cabra Islanders first and last stand against the Spanish in 1570 - David de la Hyde.


Departure at Tumibo
Grave of some Vietnamese Boat People

In loving memory of Our Daughters, Sisters and Aunts Ana NguyenThi Trang (1955 - 1987) Teresa Nguyen Thi Minh Nguyet (1958 - 1987) and other Vietnamese who died when their boat sank near Cabra Island in June,1987. ******** Our heartfelt gratitude to the Filipinos for having our loved ones resting in peace on this beautiful Cabra Island. Salamat po!

In 1987 there was a mass burial of 40 people in the cemetery at Mahangkig beach.

Mahangkig Beach


Cabra Island Cemetery

This cemetery is located in Mahangkig Beach, Cabra Island.

If you have any information about the Vietnamese people who are buried here, or who were on the boat, please contact Hoang Anh Le at the email address:
    Hoang, 14 years old, was on the boat and two of his brothers drowned: Le Anh Quoc (23yrs) and Le Anh Quoc Buu (21yrs). His parents were not on board, but an uncle Toan was and also drowned.

The boat's name was "group 57/96 Cabra" and it sailed from Bai Tru , Nha Trang -Khanh Hoa - VietNam.

Reception Kiosk under construction at Mahangkig Beach

The reception kiosk is under construction. The tricycle we hired is pictured on the right.

The tricycle we hired
On the road to Balibago
Further on the road to Balibago
A stone wallcrossing on the Balibago track
Crossing a stone wall
Balibago Beach and Banca
Balibago Beach View

As can be seen the rock pools make Balibago an excellent place for swimming and snorkelling.

Island offshore Balibago

The following is from an extract (written originally by Hernando Riquel, chief government notary) that covers the defeat, in May 1570, of Fort Santa Catalina by the Spanish, from Blair and Robertson "The Philippines, 1493-1898" Vol. 3, pp. 121-127.

". . From there the captain went to a rock (From Google Earth this appears to be the offshore rock at Balibago - David de la Hyde) belonging to another small islet, (Cabra Island), very near to that of Loban, and lying in the sea at a very short distance from the said islet. The natives who lived in that island had retired to this rock to the number of about three hundred warriors.

The captain, having arrived on the same day at about ten o'clock, went around the rock, and we captured a small boat containing thirty men. Many volleys from the arquebuses were fired at them during this day; and on the following morning the soldiers began to make ladders to scale the rock—whose occupants, when they saw the determination of the Spaniards, came to terms of peace and friendship, giving another hundred tael of gold, following the example of those of the other fort, who had been left good friends. . . ."

Sea view of Balibago