This place may not be perfect but it offers so much you would want to visit over and over again. That’s not even an exaggeration!
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.
WHAT WE DID
It was almost after 7am and we finally arrived in Romblon Island after a 9-hour sea voyage. Having only a couple of hours to settle in our hotel rooms, we decided to change into our swimming clothes since we will be having an island tour that day.
Calatrava Island Tour
Carabao Island Tour
As has been noted, we were actually relying to the ‘sleep’ we had during our boat trip. Though it was really hard to rest when you are sharing a room with hundreds of passengers and the air is freezing cold.
By 9am, Kuya Toto picked us up and our island tour soon began.
Spots to visit:
Marble Factory at Brgy. Cajimos
Our first stop was at this marble quarry and factory where we saw how the marble products are being made and polished.
Really in awe most especially with the polishing part! They were just using water and sandpaper then voila, a very makinis marble banister! O di ba?!
Fort San Andres
This fort has an overlooking view of the whole town and served as a fortress to protect the locals from Moro raiders and Dutch pirates during the Spanish regime.
St. Joseph Cathedral
So this is said to be the oldest Catholic church in Romblon Island and I must say, the interiors are quite impressive. Aba, puro marmol ba naman ung loob!
Being situated in a marble-abundant province has got to have its perks, right?!
Apunan Point Lighthouse
Since none of us are physically fit, climbing the steep stairs of the lighthouse was quite a challenge. Kahingal!
Not to mention, the view from the top is breathtaking!
I have my fair share of stunning beaches here and abroad. In fact, Palawan and Thailand beaches can really spike your expectations.
In fact, when I caught a glimpse of Talipasak, I was disappointed. Not only is the sand fine enough, it’s also not that, err, white.
But as we all have the same observation when we tried to swim. The water not that salty and hindi siya masakit sa mata!
We really enjoyed swimming with our eyes open underwater. Eh ang linaw pa ng tubig!
We continued our beachbumming party to Bonbon beach to which our guide told us is much better than Talipasak.
The beach is comparatively a long stretch of white and fine sand. Moreover, Bonbon beach has a sandbar that can lead to another island (Bangug Island) during low tide.
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.
It is also convenient that our hotel is just in front of the pump boat pier to Tablas since we will be going there the next day at the earliest time possible.
See contact details below for more information.
Usually, I have food suggestions but this time I don’t have one. There was a turo-turo near our hotel 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. You’ll be surprised 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.
• We observed that stores and carinderias closes as early as 7 pm, hence, it’s best to have your dinner early.
TRAVEL EXPENSE SUMMARY
|Expenses||Subtotal||÷ by 6|
|Parc Bay Mansion (3 twin rooms)||2,400||400|
|Romblon Jeep Tour||2,500||416.67|
|TOTAL||P 4,900||P 951.67|
Kuya Toto helped us contract a jeepney for our Romblon Island tour. You may contact him at 0918-852-0035. If you happen to avail his services, please say hi for me!
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.