When the sea breeze is blowing, the aquamarine blue of the water is glistening, and every thing appears to somehow be much more vibrant than usual, you may be on Romblon island.
It is a friendly, much more nearby knowledge than Boracay nearby, but it is no significantly less amazing and to me, is even greater with its sand bars and collection of islands, all ripe for adventure.
Immediately after quite a few of some of the most relaxing and enjoyable days of my travels so far – which is specifically what I’d ordered from the universe – it was time for some adventure, and Romblon island delivered! Plus, I was one particular of the only foreigners about.
The folks in the location are some of the friendliest in the planet, I’m confident. How can you not appreciate a spot exactly where everybody desires to know your name and take images collectively? This unbelievable hospitality is what keeps me coming back to this nation once more and once more. I’m confident this Romblon Island itinerary will have you falling in appreciate, also:
Finding to Romblon Island
Romblon is each the name of an island and a province, type of like New York, New York. In order to attain Romblon Island, you will initially want to get to the province. You can do this by flying from Manila to Tugdan Airport on Tablas (TBH) and taking a Jeepney, trike, or van to San Augustin. Cebu Pacific operates this flight three days per week.
You could want to overnight on Tablas in order to take the a pump boat more than. They leave each day at 8am and 1pm from San Augustin and price 100 pesos plus a 10 pesos terminal charge.
Alternatively, you can fly into Caticlan Airport, ferry from Caticlan to Odiongan, and take a Jeepny from there to San Augustin. It is also worth seeing if you can go straight from Odiongan to Romblon island, as some ferries on some days of the week cease in Odiongan on their way, like Montenegro Lines.
You can also ferry from Batangas, which is three hours south of Manila by bus. This is a extended choice but it is the least expensive. You can come across out much more about timetables right here.
*Be confident to bring ample money with you. Often the ATMs on Romblon island are not operating. Fortunately my accommodation accepted PayPal, or else I would have had to penny pinch.
Exactly where to Remain
My greatest tip for obtaining a considerably much more distinctive and lovely knowledge on Romblon island is in fact to keep on one particular of the smaller sized satellite islands, specifically at this enchanted spot:
I chose to keep on Alad Island, which is a stone’s throw from Romblon island, and exactly where several of the island hopping tours will take you for its underwater menagerie. I am totally smitten with the spot I stayed, Tinaoog Beach Resort, which is an eco-resort that is completely self-sustaining, operating on solar energy, on its personal secluded beach on Alad Island.
I was in such a very good mood my entire time there. The owners, a French and Filipina couple, have been so hospitable and friendly, they even let me keep in their loved ones hut more than Easter given that I hadn’t booked my hut all the way till then. Their daughter is adorable, and the employees are so friendly and cheerful. I assume it says a lot about a spot when everybody there appears genuinely satisfied.
It was so peaceful and had a vibe to it that is really hard to place into words. It felt serene, secure, secluded, and great. It is conveniently in my best five favored locations I’ve ever stayed, out of hundreds. Book it appropriate now, honestly, and strategy the rest of your trip about it. It is worth it.
There are only a couple of huts there so you will want to book in advance. The meals is wonderful, the cost is appropriate, and you can book a private island hopping excursion straight from them for only 1500, which I did! This permitted me to customize the trip how I wanted to. This is what Ken, the resort guide, and I discovered:
What to Do
Bon Bon Beach
Romblon Island’s most renowned function, Bon Bon beach is a sandbar that seems in its complete glory in the course of low tide. The swirling shape of the vibrant white sand leads to a gumdrop (or bon bon?) shaped island at the finish. I was the most excited to see this, as a sandbar enthusiast.
If timing does not enable you to see it in the course of low tide, do not despair, for the reason that it is lovely even when the water begins to cover it as nicely. The photo above was taken at higher tide, given that it was pretty crowded when I went in the course of low tide. I initially discovered that disappointing but ended up loving the thin, swirling shape of the sand bar even much more at higher tide!
Also beware, when the water comes and seals off the sand bar, the present can be powerful. Be confident to cross back more than ahead of the water is waist-deep.
Just a couple beaches more than from Bon Bon, Tiamban beach offers a palm-lined stretch of white sand and calm, crystal clear water that is synonymous with tropical paradise.
The small fishing boats look to match the water hue completely, and for these who favor calm water that you can just lay in, this spot is great. There are not any reefs or sea urchins inside the initially hundred meters or so (based on the tide) which can be really hard to come across elsewhere in the location. So soak it up ahead of moving on to the other spots on this list for a bit much more adventure.
You will notice a further sand bar to your appropriate when approaching Bon Bon beach from the water, or at about two o’clock if you are standing on Bon Bon beach. This is just one particular of quite a few beaches on Logbon island that are similarly pristine with white sands and crystal clear water.
On the other side, close to exactly where the Logbon Pool types at particular occasions of year (although not when I was there in April), there’s a little nearby village with some fantastic snorkeling – assume numerous various types of corals and good, clear water. I saw a seahorse although snorkeling there!
Cobrador Island Sea Turtle Sanctuary
The snorkeling in Cobrador island is fantastic as nicely. If facing the island, the greatest spot for obtaining sea turtles is to the appropriate of the little island with the diving board, Marakay Marakay. I saw schools of Barracuda, lobster, schools of glittering tiny fish that jumped out of the water when I freedived down to them (sorry guys), and of course, a sea turtle. I heard that the turtles can get massive as nicely! This was some of the greatest snorkeling I did in Romblon and the surroundings.
Marakay Marakay Island Diving Board
I’m starting to assume small islands with their personal diving boards are a point in the Philippines soon after obtaining one particular in Siquijor (come to assume of it, I did off of Bali, also, on Nusa Lembongan). Romblon island, naturally, has its personal!
There are two sets of stairs on either side of the island, although one particular is considerably decrease than the other. This is exactly where your boat will probably dock if you’d like to give it a attempt. It is not a crazy higher jump, but it nonetheless gets the adrenaline going!
Just beyond the Marakay Marakay diving board you will see a further great, white sand beach. When I was there it was alive with types swimming in the water, locals out enjoying the day, and there as nicely as everywhere else I went on my trip, I was the only foreigner about. I just appreciate it when that occurs!
Maintain in thoughts that this beach is really hard to access at low tide due to the coral and sharp uphill-tilt of the sand. It tends to make it really hard for the boat to get in and out, so go at higher tide.
Tinagog Dagat was one particular of the points I wanted to see most in the course of my Romblon island hopping knowledge, apart from Bon Bon, of course. We couldn’t pretty get there in the course of higher tide, when it is greatest, but you can not be everywhere at the appropriate time!
It was nonetheless fairly cool to see it as the tide was falling, and I suspect it is not also various at higher tide – maybe there’s just a bit much more water. The minerals in the rock or the way it is filtered as it comes in (or each? Sounds like science to me) make it a blue-green colour that is enchanting to see, and soak in.
Be confident to put on your flip flops or water footwear when you discover this one particular, as you will want to climb more than some jagged rocks. You will stroll by means of a couple of caves on the way as nicely, which make it really feel like a journey into a further planet.
Far more Romblon Island Spots
On Romblon Island appropriate, there’s a lot to discover as nicely. Right here are some favorites:
When you dock at the principal port, you will see methods straight behind the initially row of buildings top up to an old fort that appears out more than the ocean. It is west-facing and a fantastic spot for sunset.
I didn’t verify these out myself, but heard from a couple who stayed at the similar resort as I did that it was a worthy excursion. I want I had much more information on exactly where specifically to come across it but if you ask about the friendly locals can most likely point you in the appropriate path.
Kipot River & Inuquit Falls
This super blue river is a further distinctive function of Romblon island that I heard very good points about. It is a good small modify from the beaches and sand bars, if you want to switch it up. This one particular is not on Google maps either, so ask about to come across the greatest way there!
Even though there are several lovely locations in the Philippines, this has been one particular of my favored for the peacefulness, the wide variety of activities on Romblon Island and the surrounding islands, the Bon Bon beach, which actually lived up to expectations for me, and the lovely spot I stayed, which completely exceeded them.
Delight in the adventure and the friendly atmosphere – I’m confident I’ll go back one particular day!