Excellent news! AirSWIFT has not too long ago opened business passenger flights to Romblon, connecting the Ninoy Aquino Worldwide Airport Terminal 4 (NAIA-4) in Metro Manila to Tugdan Airport (TBH) in Tablas Island. The boutique airline is the primary service to function within the province for the reason that pandemic disrupted most tourism actions globally.
Romblon’s solely airport began operations a few years in the past, however it stays largely below the radar. It has been a favourite amongst scuba divers — due to the richness of its marine biodiversity — however most vacationers have but to find all the opposite pure and historic wonders that it has to supply.
We have been honored to be part of AirSwift’s inaugural flight to Romblon, so we had a sneak peek into its tourism trove. On this article, we’ll share with you, among the province’s key vacationer spots with some sensible details about every.
WHAT’S COVERED IN THIS GUIDE?
The province of Romblon has three primary islands: Romblon, Tablas, and Sibuyan. Round and in between them are a number of different isles and reefs that appeal to scuba divers and underwater photographers from all over the world. Seashore lovers may have a discipline day in any of those islands!
On this part, we’ll share among the prime points of interest exterior the three primary islands and actions that may be loved in any a part of the province.
Amongst beachgoers, Romblon is best-known for his or her three-island tour, which covers the isles north of Rombon Island: Alad, Logbon, and Cobrador. Of the three, Cobrador Island is the farthest and the northernmost, however additionally it is inhabited. Many of the settlements, nevertheless, are within the western and southwestern coasts, that are coated in a a large mattress of positive grains, shells and coral bits. The inside of the island is usually hilly, with some rocky cliffs and formations protruding into the ocean, framing the serene beachscapes.
A notable attraction on the island is Tinagong Dagat, a pure saltwater pool tucked on the northeast coast. However as of writing, this half is quickly closed.
Entrance Charge: P60
Environmental Charge: P30
How one can Get to Cobrador Island: From Romblon Port, guide an island hopping tour, which often consists of Logbon Island, Alad Island, and Cobrador Island within the itinerary. Generally it’s the primary cease, different instances, the final cease. The journey time from Romblon Port to Cobrador Island is about 45 minutes.
Cascarro Islet (Cliff Leaping)
Most island hopping excursions make a cease at close by Cascarro Islet, the place you possibly can go cliff leaping, if the situations are proper! Within the habagat season, the waves can get too robust, so boats would possibly get a tough time getting nearer to the steps resulting in the leaping board. On this case, it is advisable to leap into the water out of your boat and swim in direction of the islet.
Beforehand a guard station, this tiny adrenaline paradise nonetheless homes the guardhouse, painted in aquamarine.
Additionally a part of the three-isle tour, Logbon Island has an nearly uninterrupted seashore that spans its complete western coast. However its most distinguished characteristic is the Logbon Sandbar, dangling from its southeastern tip, simply subsequent to Romblon Seashore Resort. (That is simply the primary of the numerous sandbars that we’ll point out on this article.)
From right here, you possibly can catch a glimpse of Bonbon Seashore and Bang-og Island. On the opposite finish of the cove lie the Nabagbagan Rocks.
How one can Get to Logbon Island: From Romblon Port, get on a ship to Logbon Island. The journey time is 15-20 minutes. You may as well be a part of an island hopping tour, which often consists of Logbon Island, Alad Island, and Cobrador Island.
Positioned north of Logbon, Alad Island is one other inhabited island boasting pristine and uncrowded seashores with ivory sand. A marine sanctuary, the island’s surrounding waters supply wonderful snorkeling and diving spots in each the west and east coasts and are dwelling to quite a few species of fish and mushy and arduous corals.
How one can Get to Alad Island: From Romblon Port, get on a ship to Alad Island. The journey time is 20-25 minutes. You may as well hop on an island-hopping boat, which often consists of Logbon Island, Alad Island, and Cobrador Island within the itinerary.
Additionally known as Hambil Island, Carabao Island lies off the southern coast of Tablas Island. Right here, you’ll discover the city of San Jose, Romblon’s southernmost municipality. It is usually conveniently near Aklan’s Boracay Island, piquing the curiosity of extra seashore chasers who’re on the lookout for quieter, extra laidback escape. From Boracay, you might merely guide a ship tour to Carabao Island and be again throughout the day.
Its nooks and crannies are crammed with white sand, punctuated by cliff diving websites and lined with extremely Instagrammable coconut timber.
Protecting a land space of twenty-two.05 sq. kilometers, it boasts numerous points of interest together with:
- Lanas Seashore
- San Jose Seashore
- Tagaytay Viewpoint
- cliff leaping spots like Cathedral Cave and Koding Koding
It may be accessed both means: through Santa Fe Port (about an hour) in Romblon or through Boracay (40-45 minutes). Cabalian Channel separates Carabao Island from Tablas Island, whereas Hambil Channel separates it from Boracay Island.
How one can Get to Carabao Island: If coming from Tablas, go to Santa Fe Port, then take about to Carabao Island. If coming from Boracay, simply constitution a ship or guide a day tour. If you’re within the Caticlan space, go to Tabon Port, then take a ship to Carabao Island.
Whereas the higher touristing public continues to be taking its candy time discovering its many seashores, scuba divers from all around the globe have lengthy been making Romblon their dwelling and playground.
Romblon is positioned close to the mouth of the Verde Island Passage, thought-about the world with the richest biodiversity on the planet. Beneath the waves is an underwater wonderland, marked by numerous dive websites together with:
- Three P Home Reef
- Blue Gap
- Bonbon Sea Grass Valley
- The Rope
One of many locations we stayed at in Romblon Island is Three P Vacation and Dive Resort, which has entry to the Home Reef. We met two of three brothers, who personal the resort, they usually talked about that the majority of their friends are divers who want to see among the uncommon creatures discovered within the surrounding reefs.
Romblon Meals Journey
Usually ignored, Romblon’s delicacies is one thing we don’t usually see highlighted or featured sufficient in popular culture. But it surely’s one thing you shouldn’t miss if you go to. A lot of the province’s land space is fertile and its surrounding waters are a present that retains on giving, guaranteeing that components are recent and considerable. Coconut and seafood are the commonest components.
Listed here are a few of my favourite native delicacies. Description beneath, clockwise.
- Sarsa, freshwater shrimps blended with coconut and spices after which wrapped in coconut leaves.
- Sihi, small shellfish usually served ginataan (in coconut milk)
- Gayabon, recent taro leaves cooked in coconut milk, much like laing
- Utan na langka, chopped unripe jackfruit cooked in coconut milk
Conventional Filipino snacks are additionally peddled within the streets of most cities, the commonest of which is suman, usually rice or cassava muffins wrapped in banana or coconut leaves. Suman, in fact, is available in totally different sizes and shapes. We have been advised that the signature Romblomanon suman is that this (pictured beneath), a candy and oily concoction manufactured from sticky rice. Visually, texturally, and
flavorally taste-wise, it’s similar to Batangas’s sumang Taal, which isn’t actually shocking for the reason that two provinces are geographically and culturally shut.
Essentially the most unfamiliar to me was nilidgid, which is manufactured from floor corn after which wrapped in corn husk. Lidgid, I used to be advised, means to grate.
Cobrador Island additionally takes absolute delight in its atis (custard apple), and the locals we talked to say that the island produces the sweetest varieties.
And naturally, don’t depart the province with out stuffing your face with all kinds of seafood!
Romblon Island is the place you’ll discover the municipality of Romblon, the capital and the financial and administrative hub of the province. The island additionally boasts pristine sandbars, secluded coves, white sand seashores, and a few cultural points of interest. Let’s check out a few of them.
Fort San Andres
Fort San Andres sits atop San Antonio Hill between Barangay Capaclan and Barangay II, overlooking the harbor and the municipality of Romblon. Constituted of coral stones and limestones, it covers an space of virtually 300 sq. meters with 4 turrets, one in every nook. Spanish-era cannons additionally adorn the fort grounds.
The fort was constructed within the mid-Seventeenth century as a part of Spain’s army protection, guaranteeing the safety of its occupied lands and outposts from Dutch invaders and Muslim pirates in the course of the 80 Years Struggle. The development was overseen by the Portuguese friar, Fr. Agustin de San Pedro, nicknamed “El Padre Capitan”.
It was declared a Nationwide Cultural Treasure by the Nationwide Museum of the Philippines in 2013. With a grant from the Nationwide Fee for Tradition and the Arts (NCCA) in 2012, the primary two phases of restoration initiatives have been lastly accomplished in 2016.
That is the one remaining construction of the Twin Forts of the Romblon. The opposite tower, Fort Santiago, used to crown Calvary Hill however is now in ruins reclaimed by nature.
The very best time to go is early morning and late afternoon throughout sundown.
Location: Fort San Andres Highway, Poblacion, Romblon, Romblon
Entrance Charge: FREE. Any quantity of donation is far appreciated.
Visiting Hours: It’s open 24/7, however the standard visiting schedule is from 6:00 AM to six:00 PM.
Bounce-Off Level: Thermopilas Avenue or Sabang Highway
Talipasak Seashore (San Pedro Seashore)
A secluded stretch of sand alongside the western fringe of the island, Talipasak Seashore presents a tranquil seashore escapade. Positioned greater than 12 kilometers from the city heart, the seashore might be reached by land through a slim aspect highway related to the primary freeway.
On a transparent sunny day, the ocean dazzles in varied shades of blue and inexperienced. Its cream-colored sand is a combination of positive grains and crushed corals. A number of meters from the shore, the waters supply underwater surroundings excellent for snorkeling.
San Pedro Seashore Resort is your primary entry to the seashore. You’ll be able to go to on a day tour or keep in a single day. Should you favor to spend an evening right here, know that the resort facilities are primary and the cellphone sign can get patchy. Chances are you’ll deliver your personal meals, however you can even ask the administration for the menu.
Location: Barangay Ginablan, Romblon, Romblon
Entrance Charge: P50 (Day Tour)
Day Tour Hours: Monday – Sunday, 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM. The schedule would possibly change, so it’s greatest to examine for updates earlier than going.
How one can Get to Talipasak Seashore: From the brown heart, you might rent a tricycle to take you to San Pedro Seashore Resort. The fare begins at P200 for 2-3 pax. The journey time is 30-45 minutes.
Bon Bon Seashore is the most well-liked seashore vacation spot within the province, thanks principally to its accessibility and sheer magnificence.
What’s exceptional about Bonbon Seashore is that it glazes two sides of a scenic cape that stands proud from the western coast of Romblon Island. These two seashores meet on the tip, which is adorned by a prolonged sandbar that stretches out to close by uninhabited Bang-og Island at low tide.
From the city heart, a brief tricycle journey can take you westward to the jumpoff level. Though this secluded seashore is hidden from view from the primary highway by the plush vegetation, it’s really only a quick stroll, lower than 5 minutes, from there. There’s a directional signal alongside the path.
Be aware that it is a rugged seashore, so no business institutions across the space, besides a small guesthouse that additionally serves because the entry approach to the seashore. Up to now, vacationers and locals have been capable of entry this paradise free of charge. However on our current go to, we met the proprietor and realized from him that extra facilities are being constructed within the space, so anticipate to pay an entrance price quickly.
Bon Bon Seashore additionally faces west, making it one other superior sundown viewing spot.
Location: Bon Bon Seashore, Barangay Lonos, Romblon, Romblon
Bounce-Off Level: Regional Freeway 305/Romblon-Sawang-Agnipa-Sablayan Highway in Barangay Lonos
Positioned simply south of Bon Bon Seashore in Barangay Lonos, Tiamban Seashore is one other seashore vacation spot close to the city heart. It’s a lot shorter strip than Bonbon Seashore, however nonetheless fairly picturesque, blanketed with positive, light-colored sand. It’s additionally a spectacular sundown spot.
That is non-public property, however guests are nonetheless allowed to enter for a price. Tables and huts can be found for hire in addition to a eating place. If you wish to get monetary savings on meals, you possibly can simply deliver your personal meals, snacks, and drinks. The seashore might be accessed through stairs down from the primary highway.
Location: Tiamban Seashore, Barangay Lonos, Romblon, Romblon
Entrance Charge: P50/head
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM. The schedule would possibly change, so it’s greatest to examine the up to date opening hours earlier than going.
Bounce-Off Level: Regional Freeway 305/Romblon-Sawang-Agnipa-Sablayan Highway in Barangay Lonos
Cajimos Marble Manufacturing unit
In keeping with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, the province is blessed with an estimated 150 million metric tons of marble deposit that may final for as much as about 300 extra years based mostly on the present extraction charges. Naturally, the province’s economic system depends closely on the marble business. Discuss bringing meals to the desk on a marble platter as an alternative of silver.
Marble merchandise vary from small objects (ashtrays, paperweights, and many others.) to furnishings units (backyard lounges, benches, eating tables, and many others.) to development supplies (tiles, stones, chips, and many others.). A lot of the marble extraction, quarrying, and processing occur within the municipality of Romblon.
If you’re fascinated with marble processing, you possibly can go to Barangay Cajimos, one of many locations in Romblon providing manufacturing facility excursions.
Location: Barangay Cajimos, Romblon, Romblon
Romblon Procuring Heart
Should you’re on the lookout for memento objects which are quintessentially Romblomanon, head over to the Romblon Procuring Heart, which is a fancy composed of a number of memento shops. True to its marble capital moniker, it’s bursting with all issues marble — from kitchen utensils to furnishings items to spiritual collectible figurines to phallic symbols (yep, generally in the identical retailer!).
Memento staples like keychains and ref magnets are additionally out there, additionally manufactured from marble, at solely P35 every. You’ll be able to also have a identify or textual content engraved on it free of charge. Essentially the most fascinating are in all probability the lapida keychains (tombstone keychains), which you’ll give as pasalubong to your folks (or non-friends). You may as well have them engrave a reputation on it.
Not too far-off from the purchasing complicated stands the Romblon signage beside a giant statue of a dolphin, each in marble.
Extra formally often known as St. Joseph Cathedral, it is among the most essential landmarks within the province.
Hailed as a Nationwide Cultural Treasure by the Nationwide Museum of the Philippines in 2001, it has roots that may be traced again to the fifteenth century. However a lot of the cathedral’s construction at this time have been constructed or added a lot later, within the 18th and nineteenth centuries.
The fortress church was initially constructed to serve not solely as a non secular web site but additionally as a protection construction towards the Moro raids within the Seventeenth century. Just like the Twin Forts, the cathedral’s development was supervised by the Portuguese Recollect priest Fr. Agustin de San Pedro.
It acquired its cathedral standing when the Diocese of Romblon was based in 1974. Two of the highlights are the belfry and the picture of Sto. Niño de Romblon.
Location: Rizal Avenue, Barangay 1, Poblacion, Romblon, Romblon
Mass Schedule: Wednesday – Friday, 6:00 PM / Saturday, 7:00 AM / Sunday, 6:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM & 5:00 PM. These schedules would possibly change, so it’s greatest to examine for updates earlier than going.
Tablas Island is the most important within the archipelago. Regardless of its measurement and land space, most elements of the island are nonetheless untouched by urbanization, making it a haven for many who favor nature tripping, journey trails, island hopping (and seashore hopping), scuba diving, and thrilling actions like cliff leaping.
Admire the scenic coastal views on the northeastern finish of Tablas Island from above! the Biaringan Zipline is a two-way island-to-island zipline connecting Tablas to the smaller Biaringan Island. It’s mentioned to be the primary of its variety within the nation.
Spanning a complete size of 1,350 meters, the zipline measures 700 meters from Station 1 to Station 2 and 650 meters from Station 2 to three.
The jump-off station is at Lengthy Seashore in Barangay Mahabangbaybay within the municipality of San Agustin. Going to the best station entails a 20-minute uphill trek, however the journey ends on the identical aspect, nearer to the seashore.
Be aware that this attraction is weather-dependent. After we visited, we weren’t allowed to do it as a result of the wind was tremendous robust, so ensure that to examine the climate and coordinate with the administration first earlier than going.
Location: Barangay Mahabangbaybay, San Agustin, Romblon
Charges: Adults (18 y/o and above), P350; Kids (12-17 y/o), P300 (two-way)
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM & 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM. The schedule would possibly change, so it’s greatest to examine the up to date opening hours earlier than going.
Bounce-Off Level: Lengthy Seashore in Barangay Mahabangbaybay
Romblon isn’t all about seashores! Perched on a mountainside, Dad’s Bukid presents a laid-back venue for these eager to loosen up whereas having fun with the view of the Tablas highlands, notably Pader forest, Mt. Kang-ayong and Mt. Ondok, curiously nicknamed Suso ng Dalaga.
Its highest level is at 360 meters ASL. You’ll be able to take within the verdant surroundings from the primary viewing deck or from the log deck.
A pioneer ecotourism vacation spot within the city of San Andres, the farm goals to advertise the worth of straightforward dwelling by means of its “buhay-bukid” strategy. It’s a spot the place you possibly can follow the artwork of doing nothing!
If you wish to keep for an evening, you possibly can guide one of many few glamping A-frame huts with primary facilities. Though they name it “glamping” huts, know that these are very primary, however a bedsheet might be supplied. The setting and local weather listed here are paying homage to Tagaytay, so don’t overlook to deliver your jacket or something to maintain you heat throughout colder days when the place might be coated in fog too. The world has a weak cellphone sign or none in any respect.
Listed here are the charges:
- Entrance Charge: P20/head
- A-Body Hut (w/ bedsheet): P600/2-3 pax
- Tent Pitching: P1,000/tent
- Treehouse: P1,000 (as much as 8 pax)
- Use of Cooking Facilities: P100.
You’ll be able to deliver your personal meals or you possibly can avail of their meals for P120 per particular person per meal. A modest café presents snacks and drinks must you get hungry.
Location: Binoog Highway, Barangay Victoria, San Andres, Romblon
Opening Hours: Monday – Tuesday, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM; Wednesday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM; Saturday – Sunday, 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM; Glamping Hours, 6:00 PM – 6:00 AM. The schedule would possibly change, so it’s greatest to examine the up to date opening hours earlier than going.
Bounce-Off Level: Binoog Highway in Barangay Victoria
Marinor Mountainview Resort
One other highland resort within the municipality of Ferrol is Marinor Mountainview in Brgy. Hinaguman. You’ll be able to simply acknowledge it by the attention-grabbing picket reproduction of the Eiffel Tower that straddles its entrance gate. As you climb to the primary corridor, you’ll discover one other construction that appears like a ship poking out from the slope. MV Marinor, the signal reads.
And sure, rooms are additionally out there for many who wish to spend the night time. Charges are from P1,400 to P1,600 per night time. It additionally homes a restaurant.
However as a result of it’s constructed on a hillside, Marinor Mountainview’s greatest asset is the view. From right here, you possibly can simply spot past the plush forest a glowing sandbar extending to a rocky islet. That, my good friend, is Binucot Seashore.
Location: Barangay Hinaguman, Ferrol, Romblon
Entrance Charge: P30/head
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM. The schedule would possibly change, so it’s greatest to examine the up to date opening hours earlier than going.
Bounce-Off Level: Tablas Circumferential Highway/Regional Freeway 308
Positioned on the southwestern coast of Tablas Island within the city of Ferrol, Binucot Seashore is an off-the-beaten-path seashore vacation spot. Its uncooked magnificence is magnified by the rock formations, the coconut timber lining the seashore, and its cream-colored berm made up of shingles, pebbles, and rocks. The shore is split into two coves, clipped by a distinguished lush rock islet, making a visually arresting beachscape.
The waters range in depth, so select the shallow elements the place it’s secure for teenagers to swim. The energy of the waves will depend on the season — robust in the course of the habagat and calm in the course of the amihan. Should you favor deeper waters to correctly swim in, you possibly can simply discover your spot too. The clear blue water can be nice for snorkeling.
Binucot Seashore can be a great place for sundown viewing. You’ll be able to ask the locals for the paths to the hilly viewpoints and a cave.
In 2009, it was established as a marine protected space because of the presence of uncommon and endangered species together with the arduous and mushy corals. The seashore additionally serves as a turtle sanctuary.
Location: Barangay Bunsoran/Hinaguman, Ferrol, Romblon
Bounce-Off Level: Tablas Circumferential Highway/Regional Freeway 308
Should you stroll farther south of Binucot Seashore, you’ll attain a small quiet cove bookmarked by towering limestone cliffs. That is Bel-at level.
Sticking our from the middle of the seashore into the ocean is an extended wooded boardwalk that results in a coated overwater gazebo, which serves as a viewing deck. This is among the greatest spots to look at the sundown on Tablas Island.
Should you come early for sundown, you might observe a path and take a brief trek up a hill for the great view of Bel-at Level and Binucot Seashore.
Location: Barangay Hinaguman, Ferrol, Romblon
Bounce-Off Level: Binucot Seashore through Tablas Circumferential Highway/Regional Freeway 308
Looc Fish Sanctuary
Nestled in the midst of Looc Bay, the Looc Fish Sanctuary is a protected marine space, encompassing a complete space of 48 hectares. Established in 1999, it goals to guard the marine ecosystem of the world whereas additionally enriching its native livelihood. The sanctuary harbors a couple of hundred totally different marine species, together with reef fishes, octopuses, eels, turtles, big clams, and corals.
Registration and cost are achieved at Looc Pier. Get on a ship that may ferry you to the marine sanctuary in 5-10 minutes. The spacious floating dock or pontoon serves as a base for vacationers the place they will calm down, eat, and simply chill.
Get pleasure from your time swimming with the colourful fishes or marvel at them whereas snorkeling. Fish feeding is allowed right here, however we don’t advocate it because it may alter their conduct.
You may as well see the previous lighthouse close by.
Location: Looc Bay, Looc, Romblon
Entrance Charge: Grownup, P100; Little one, P50. The charges are inclusive of the roundtrip boat journey. Be aware that this would possibly change quickly as price changes are within the works.
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM. The schedule would possibly change, so it’s greatest to examine the up to date opening hours earlier than going.
Bounce-Off Level: Looc Pier
Located in San Agustin close to the border with San Andres, the Cabaliwan Peak is among the noteworthy spots within the province if you’re after breathtaking panoramic views of the ocean and the encircling lush mountains. You’ll be able to even see the mighty and mystical Mt. Guiting-Guiting on a transparent day. The concrete highway main as much as the spot snakes across the mountainous panorama, making a scenic and thrilling journey.
You’ll be able to go farther off the concrete highway, taking the rugged trails, to among the view spots. The climate might be a lot cooler right here, so be sure you have your jacket with you. Bask within the bucolic setting and profit from your journey right here by taking as many pictures as you want.
Location: Barangay Bachawan, San Agustin, Romblon
Bounce-Off Level: Bachawan Barangay Highway
Sibuyan Island is the second largest Romblon isle, subsequent to Tablas. It harbors three of the province’s municipalities specifically Cajidiocan, Magdiwang, and San Fernando. Due to its unspoiled panorama and largely intact forests and wildlife, the island is commonly dubbed the “Galapagos of Asia”. Its most exceptional pure landmark is Mount Guiting-Guiting (G2), the best mountain within the province.
Listed here are among the greatest vacationer points of interest in Sibuyan Island.
Cresta de Gallo
About 12 kilometers off the southern tip of Sibuyan Island, Cresta de Gallo will not be the simplest tropical paradise to achieve however those that courageous the lengthy journey are rewarded with pristine white-sand seashores lapped up by cerulean waters.
The 2 islets forming Cresta de Gallo are linked by a sandbar, which surfaces when the tide is low. The opposite sandbars embody one tailing the southern a part of the bigger isle and one other extending from the northern tip of the smaller islet.
Be aware that the one construction on the island is the caretaker hut. It is advisable to deliver your personal tent, meals, and water if you’re planning to spend the night time right here.
Location: San Fernando, Romblon
Entrance Charge: P20-50, will depend on your contact/boatman
Boat Charges: The boat charges from San Fernando to Cresta de Gallo vary from P2,500 to P3,000, relying on the scale of the group and the period of keep (day journey or in a single day).
Bounce-Off Level: Barangay Azagra in San Fernando
How one can Get to Cresta de Gallo: From Tablas Airport, go to Odiongan Port. Experience a ferry to Sibuyan Island’s Magdiwang Port. From there, journey a jeepney to San Fernando. From San Fernando, take a ship to Cresta de Gallo. The boat journey lasts for about an hour, relying on the wave situation.
Towering over Sibuyan Island, Mount Guiting-Guiting, nicknamed G2 by mountaineers, is essentially the most distinguished characteristic of the protected Mt. Guiting-Guiting Pure Park, which was based in 1996. Standing 2,058 meters above sea degree, it’s hailed because the tallest mountain within the province. Its formidable peaks and unforgiving slopes pose nice problem to mountaineers, making it one of the crucial troublesome to climb within the nation.
Within the vernacular, guiting-guiting means “jagged”, a shoutout to its most fascinating characteristic: the jagged-shape ridge that resembles a noticed or, should you’re into dinosaurs, the again of a stegosaurus!
The same old tenting cease earlier than continuing to the summit is Mayo’s Peak. Normally, those that are usually not seasoned hikers choose to conclude their climb right here, which is already a feat! The climate is sort of risky and impacts the visibility and wind pace, particularly when you’re nearing the grassy summit.
We have been advised that the views on the summit and at Mayo’s Peak are breathtaking and humbling. And even should you weren’t capable of attain the summit, the surroundings all all through the entire stretch of meandering lush trails is already a deal with. Presently, hikers have two path choices — one from Magdiwang and one other from San Fernando.
Location: Mt. Guiting-Guiting Pure Park, Sibuyan Island, Romblon
Bounce-Off Level: Magdiwang Path or San Fernando Path
Flowing from the majestic Mount Guiting-Guiting down towards San Fernando Bay, Cantingas River is the island’s lifeline — its major wellspring of water and electrical energy (through mini-hydro powerplant), contributing about 90% of the availability.
The most well-liked a part of the river is Cantingas River Resort, which presents a cool respite surrounded by stunning pure surroundings. Swim within the clear calm waters. Should you’re feeling adventurous, leap from any of the three concrete diving platforms at varied heights: 5m, 7m, and 10m. Or should you’re simply in a soothing temper, simply dip your toes whereas taking within the breathtaking views, together with Mt. Guiting-Guiting within the background.
Facilities together with kiosks, picnic tables, showers and bogs, and a parking space can be found. It is advisable to deliver your personal meals and drinks. This place is well-liked amongst locals, particularly on weekends.
Location: Barangay Taclobo, San Fernando, Romblon
Entrance Charge: Locals, P20; Foreigners, P50
Visiting Hours: Monday – Sunday, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
Bounce-Off Level: Sibuyan Circumferential Highway/Regional Freeway 302. The slim highway resulting in Cantingas River Resort is situated close to the bridge.
Throughout the island’s lush inexperienced nooks and crannies lie a number of cascades, every possessing its personal attraction and distinctive character. Listed here are a few of them:
- Busay Falls. Positioned in Barangay Panangcalan within the city of San Fernando, it encompasses a tall column falling from a rocky cliff right into a deep swimming gap. The world is surrounded by large rocks and slabs.
- Dagubdob Falls. Positioned in Barangay Espana in San Fernando, Dagubdob Falls is a four-tiered collection of cascades and pure swimming pools. Some swimming pools are excellent for cliff diving too.
- Cataja Falls. Positioned in Barangay Jao-asan within the city of Magdiwang, Cataja Falls is an imposing multi-level splash-machine. The very best time to go to is in the course of the moist season when the quantity of water is excessive and the move is robust. As of writing, it’s quickly closed.
- Lambingan Falls. Positioned in Barangay Silum in Magdiwang, Lambingan Falls is small in comparison with different falls within the space, however this is among the hottest too as a consequence of its accessibility from the primary highway.
- Cawa-Cawa Falls. Positioned in Barangay Weste, throughout the ancestral area of the Sibuyan Mangayn Tagabukid, within the city of Cajidiocan, Cawa-Cawa Falls is a three-level cascade with three kawa-shaped pure swimming pools. The cascades are usually not actually excessive, however the depths of the swimming pools are good for cliff diving too.
For the previous few years, the one mode of transportation to the archipelagic province is by sea through Batangas Port or Manila Port. However that has modified not too long ago! On September 24, AirSWIFT, the one boutique airline within the Philippines, had its inaugural flight to Romblon from NAIA’s Terminal 4. Touring to the province is now quicker and extra handy.
The Manila-Romblon (Tablas) route is obtainable twice per week — Tuesdays and Saturdays. The journey takes about one hour and quarter-hour.
Airswift presents 4 varieties of airfare packages: Promo, Fundamental, Worth, and Premium.
- Promo has limitless free rebooking (topic to fare distinction) and 7KGs carry-on baggage. Nevertheless, because it’s a promo, restricted seats can be found for this bundle.
- Fundamental allows you to rebook 5x freed from cost (fare distinction might apply), however it doesn’t enable refunding and rerouting. No check-in baggage allowance, however you will have free 7KGs for carry-on baggage.
- Worth presents 10KGs check-in baggage allowance on prime of the 7KGs carry-on baggage. This additionally permits 5x rebooking free of charge (fare distinction might apply), however it doesn’t enable rerouting.
- Premium has the identical perks because the Worth bundle BUT with a check-in baggage allowance of 20KGs as an alternative of simply 10KGs.
To examine flight schedules or to guide, go to AirSWIFT’s official website.
As talked about, Romblon has three primary islands: Romblon Island, Tablas, and Sibuyan. The very best space will depend on what points of interest you want to get pleasure from. However most vacationers often keep both in Tablas or Romblon, which have essentially the most lodging choices and extra developed points of interest and institutions.
Listed here are the highest Romblon lodges and resorts on Agoda:
Written by: Asta Alvarez
Pictures and extra phrases by: Yosh Dimen
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