While organizing our itinerary, I got to know that there are three main islands of Romblon. And yet we can only go to 2 of it.
We have to give up Sibuyan mostly because of the time constraint.
We first started with a tiresome activity switching to an adventurous one the next day. Then capping off our trip with a half-day chikahan filled chillin’ at the beach.
And of course, food trip. Oh, not to mention Boracay, to which we just turned to for a soothing massage.
Us admiring the view from afar.
Since we are mostly Manila-based, we rode a bus from Buendia first to get to Batangas port. Bus ride took 1.5 hours.
To get to Romblon Island, you need to board a 2Go Travel shipping vessel. The sea journey will take at least 8 hours.
One can also opt to originate and take a plane to Tablas via Philippine Airlines and navigate from there.
We may lack sleep due to the 9-hour ferry ride to Romblon but we still continued with our island tour.
Are we really going to miss all the things that Romblon has to offer? Of course not!
As a matter of fact, I was truly amazed with the beauty we saw that day. Especially with the marble and other stunning rocks we saw along the way.
Given these points, this province has proved of being a stunner which really deserved to be on my travel bucket list!
Read here to know more about our experience.
Spots to Visit:
>> Marble Factory at Brgy. Cajimos
>> Fort San Andres
>> St. Joseph Cathedral
>> Apunan Point Lighthouse
>> Talipasak Beach
>> Bonbon Beach
To set foot on one of Tablas Island’s best kept secret was a privilege. Our tour guide also mentioned that even the locals or known travel bloggers have not seen such. O di ba?!
Furthermore, a recently discovered cave to be named after you (yes, me! see Pearl of Melody) was even an honor.
Want to know the backstory? Read it fully here. It’s either matatawa o mabwibwiset ka! Lol.
Spots to Visit:
>> Tablas Viewdeck
>> Blue Hole Bay
>> Secret Underwater Cave
>> Pearl of Melody
>> Lapus-lapus Island
>> Paksi Beach
>> Tinagong Dagat
Day 3: Carabao Island Tour & Boracay
Oh Romblon, you just continues to fascinate me! Those were my thoughts when we arrived at Carabao Island.
Still under this province and a few minutes from Boracay. When I first heard about it, I was then thinking that at least people now have an option instead on simply staying in the party island.
Well, that’s just me. You may read our full Carabao Island to Bora experience here.
Spots to Visit:
>> Carabao Island
WHERE WE STAYED
We stayed at Parc Bay Mansion for a night. The cost per night is P800 for an AC twin room. It’s only 5 minutes from the Romblon port.
We decided to stay at Caesar’s Lodging Inn for a night. The cost per night P850 for an AC twin room. Its location is less than an hour away from Sta Fe port.
Since we went straight to Boracay from Carabao Island, we stayed at Ernest’s Place located at Station 2. The cost per night is P1,500 for an AC twin room good enough for 3 people.
Usually, I have food suggestions but this time I don’t have one. There’s always a carinderia near our hotels and we ate most of our meals there.
I asked the locals if they have a specialty and said there was none. So I guess, marble it is?
• Shell out more for a Tourist Class ticket since it will be in an AC room. It will come as a surprise what Super Value Class looks like especially when you are quite, uhm, maselan.
• It’s equally important that you hydrate yourself at all times. Don’t forget to bring water.
• Similarly, always put on some sunscreen.
• Also, bring your snorkeling and/or diving gears. I purposely didn’t bring mine and as a result, I regretted it instantly.
• We observed that stores and carinderias closes as early as 7 pm, hence, it’s best to have your dinner early.
• Buy lots of marble stuff too! We did and I now have many figurines on my travel cabinet. Just make sure youhave a baggage allowance on your way back.
TRAVEL EXPENSE SUMMARY
|Expenses||Total||÷ by 6|
|One-way 2Go ferry ticket||8,049.84||1,341.64|
|One-way plane ticket from Caticlan||3,594||599|
|Batangas ferry terminal fee||180||30|
|Day 1: Romblon Island|
|Parc Bay Mansion (3 twin rooms)||2,400||400|
|Romblon Jeep Tour||2,500||416.67|
|Day 2: Calatrava Island|
|Pump boat to Tablas||600||100|
|Blue Hole entrance fee||600||100|
|Lapus-Lapus entrance fee||600||100|
|Ceasar’s Lodge Inn (3 twin rooms)||2,550||425|
|Day 3: Carabao Island & Boracay|
|Pump boat to Carabao||600||100|
|Boat rental to Bora||3,000||500|
|Ernest Place (3 twin rooms)||4,500||750|
|Transpo to Caticlan airport||——||160|
|TOTAL||P 34,033.84||P 6,302.31|
• Pasalubong money not included.
Kuya Toto helped us contract a jeepney for our Romblon Island tour. You may contact him at 0918-852-0035.
By the same token, we chose to have our overnight stay at Parc Bay Mansion. You may contact them c/o Kuya Ritchie Samson at 0921-575-7760.
Calatrava & Looc
Deo Fausto of Deo’s Islands Adventures Toursntravels handled our doorless van transfers and served as our tour guide during the Calatrava island hopping tour.
You may contact Kuya Deo at 0999-002-0806 or 0997-920-0270.
Also, we chose to have our overnight stay at Caesar’s Loding Inn. You may contact them c/o Joy at 0919-657-3906.
Carabao Island & Boracay
Ate Lea of Carabao Island Tourism Office likewise helped us contract a boat going to Boracay. You may reach her at 0926-136-7455.
Moreover, we chose to have our overnight stay at Ernest’s Place Boracay. You may contact them at 0920-532-5613.