Excellent news! AirSWIFT has not too long ago opened industrial 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 underneath 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 had 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, a few of the province’s key vacationer spots with some sensible details about every.
WHAT’S COVERED IN THIS GUIDE?
The province of Romblon has three important 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 world wide. Seaside lovers also can have a discipline day in any of those islands!
On this part, we’ll share a few of the prime points of interest exterior the three important 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 it is usually inhabited. Many of the settlements, nonetheless, are within the western and southwestern coasts, that are coated in a a large mattress of superb 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 briefly closed.
Entrance Payment: P60
Environmental Payment: P30
Methods to Get to Cobrador Island: From Romblon Port, e-book an island hopping tour, which often contains Logbon Island, Alad Island, and Cobrador Island within the itinerary. Generally it’s the primary cease, different occasions, 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 sturdy, so boats would possibly get a tough time getting nearer to the steps resulting in the leaping board. On this case, you’ll want to bounce into the water out of your boat and swim in the 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 seaside that spans its complete western coast. However its most outstanding characteristic is the Logbon Sandbar, dangling from its southeastern tip, simply subsequent to Romblon Seaside 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 Seaside and Bang-og Island. On the opposite finish of the cove lie the Nabagbagan Rocks.
Methods to Get to Logbon Island: From Romblon Port, get on a ship to Logbon Island. The journey time is 15-20 minutes. You can even be part of an island hopping tour, which often contains Logbon Island, Alad Island, and Cobrador Island.
Situated 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 house to quite a few species of fish and smooth and onerous corals.
Methods to Get to Alad Island: From Romblon Port, get on a ship to Alad Island. The journey time is 20-25 minutes. You can even hop on an island-hopping boat, which often contains 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’s also conveniently near Aklan’s Boracay Island, piquing the curiosity of extra seaside chasers who’re on the lookout for quieter, extra laidback escape. From Boracay, it’s possible you’ll merely e-book a ship tour to Carabao Island and be again inside the day.
Its nooks and crannies are crammed with white sand, punctuated by cliff diving websites and lined with extremely Instagrammable coconut timber.
Masking a land space of twenty-two.05 sq. kilometers, it boasts quite a few points of interest together with:
- Lanas Seaside
- San Jose Seaside
- 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.
Methods to 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 e-book 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 everywhere in the globe have lengthy been making Romblon their house and playground.
Romblon is positioned close to the mouth of the Verde Island Passage, thought of the world with the richest biodiversity on the planet. Beneath the waves is an underwater wonderland, marked by quite a few 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, and so they talked about that almost all of their friends are divers who want to see a few of the uncommon creatures discovered within the surrounding reefs.
Romblon Meals Journey
Typically neglected, Romblon’s delicacies is one thing we don’t usually see highlighted or featured sufficient in popular culture. However it’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 contemporary and plentiful. Coconut and seafood are the commonest components.
Listed below are a few of my favourite native delicacies. Description under, clockwise.
- Sarsa, freshwater shrimps combined with coconut and spices after which wrapped in coconut leaves.
- Sihi, small shellfish usually served ginataan (in coconut milk)
- Gayabon, contemporary taro leaves cooked in coconut milk, just 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 desserts wrapped in banana or coconut leaves. Suman, after all, is available in totally different sizes and shapes. We had been informed that the signature Romblomanon suman is that this (pictured under), a candy and oily concoction made 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.
Probably the most unfamiliar to me was nilidgid, which is made from floor corn after which wrapped in corn husk. Lidgid, I used to be informed, means to grate.
Cobrador Island additionally takes absolute pleasure in its atis (custard apple), and the locals we talked to assert that the island produces the sweetest varieties.
And naturally, don’t go away the province with out stuffing your face with all types 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. Created from coral stones and limestones, it covers an space of just about 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 navy protection, guaranteeing the safety of its occupied lands and outposts from Dutch invaders and Moro pirates in the course of the 80 Years Warfare. 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 tasks had 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 perfect time to go is early morning and late afternoon throughout sundown.
Location: Fort San Andres Highway, Poblacion, Romblon, Romblon
Entrance Payment: FREE. Any quantity of donation is way appreciated.
Visiting Hours: It’s open 24/7, however the standard visiting schedule is from 6:00 AM to six:00 PM.
Soar-Off Level: Thermopilas Road or Sabang Highway
Talipasak Seaside (San Pedro Seaside)
A secluded stretch of sand alongside the western fringe of the island, Talipasak Seaside provides a tranquil seaside escapade. Situated greater than 12 kilometers from the city heart, the seaside could be reached by land through a slender facet highway linked 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 superb grains and crushed corals. A couple of meters from the shore, the waters supply underwater surroundings good for snorkeling.
San Pedro Seaside Resort is your important entry to the seaside. You’ll be able to go to on a day tour or keep in a single day. When you want to spend an evening right here, know that the resort facilities are fundamental and the cellphone sign can get patchy. You might deliver your personal meals, however you may also ask the administration for the menu.
Location: Barangay Ginablan, Romblon, Romblon
Entrance Payment: P50 (Day Tour)
Day Tour Hours: Monday – Sunday, 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM. The schedule would possibly change, so it’s finest to test for updates earlier than going.
Methods to Get to Talipasak Seaside: From the brown heart, it’s possible you’ll rent a tricycle to take you to San Pedro Seaside Resort. The fare begins at P200 for 2-3 pax. The journey time is 30-45 minutes.
Bon Bon Seaside is the most well-liked seaside vacation spot within the province, thanks largely to its accessibility and sheer magnificence.
What’s exceptional about Bonbon Seaside 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 trip can take you westward to the jumpoff level. Though this secluded seaside is hidden from view from the primary highway by the plush vegetation, it’s really only a brief stroll, lower than 5 minutes, from there. There’s a directional signal alongside the path.
Be aware that this can be a rugged seaside, so no industrial institutions across the space, besides a small guesthouse that additionally serves because the entry method to the seaside. Prior to now, vacationers and locals had been capable of entry this paradise free of charge. However on our latest go to, we met the proprietor and realized from him that extra facilities are being constructed within the space, so count on to pay an entrance payment quickly.
Bon Bon Seaside additionally faces west, making it one other superior sundown viewing spot.
Location: Bon Bon Seaside, Barangay Lonos, Romblon, Romblon
Soar-Off Level: Regional Freeway 305/Romblon-Sawang-Agnipa-Sablayan Highway in Barangay Lonos
Situated simply south of Bon Bon Seaside in Barangay Lonos, Tiamban Seaside is one other seaside vacation spot close to the city heart. It’s a lot shorter strip than Bonbon Seaside, however nonetheless fairly picturesque, blanketed with superb, light-colored sand. It’s additionally a spectacular sundown spot.
That is personal property, however guests are nonetheless allowed to enter for a payment. Tables and huts can be found for hire in addition to a eating place. If you wish to lower your expenses on meals, you possibly can simply deliver your personal meals, snacks, and drinks. The seaside could be accessed through stairs down from the primary highway.
Location: Tiamban Seaside, Barangay Lonos, Romblon, Romblon
Entrance Payment: P50/head
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM. The schedule would possibly change, so it’s finest to test the up to date opening hours earlier than going.
Soar-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 primarily based on the present extraction charges. Naturally, the province’s economic system depends closely on the marble trade. 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 enthusiastic about marble processing, you possibly can go to Barangay Cajimos, one of many locations in Romblon providing manufacturing unit excursions.
Location: Barangay Cajimos, Romblon, Romblon
Romblon Purchasing Heart
When you’re on the lookout for memento objects which can be quintessentially Romblomanon, head over to the Romblon Purchasing Heart, which is a posh 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 non secular collectible figurines.
Memento staples like keychains and ref magnets are additionally obtainable, additionally made from marble, at solely P35 every. You’ll be able to actually have a title or textual content engraved on it free of charge. Probably the most attention-grabbing are in all probability the lapida keychains (tombstone keychains), which you’ll give as pasalubong to your mates (or non-friends). You can even have them engrave a reputation on it.
Not too far-off from the buying advanced stands the Romblon signage beside a giant statue of a dolphin, each in marble.
Extra formally often called St. Joseph Cathedral, it is without doubt one of 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 immediately had 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 website but in addition 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 Road, 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 finest to test 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 want nature tripping, journey trails, island hopping (and seaside 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 stated to be the primary of its sort 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 Seaside in Barangay Mahabangbaybay within the municipality of San Agustin. Going to the very best station entails a 20-minute uphill trek, however the trip ends on the identical facet, nearer to the seaside.
Be aware that this attraction is weather-dependent. Once we visited, we weren’t allowed to do it as a result of the wind was tremendous sturdy, so ensure that to test 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 finest to test the up to date opening hours earlier than going.
Soar-Off Level: Lengthy Seaside in Barangay Mahabangbaybay
Romblon isn’t all about seashores! Perched on a mountainside, Dad’s Bukid provides a laid-back venue for these desirous to chill out 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 observe the artwork of doing nothing!
If you wish to keep for an evening, you possibly can e-book one of many few glamping A-frame huts with fundamental facilities. Though they name it “glamping” huts, know that these are very fundamental, however a bedsheet can be supplied. The setting and local weather listed here are harking back to Tagaytay, so don’t overlook to deliver your jacket or something to maintain you heat throughout colder days when the place could be coated in fog too. The realm has a weak cellphone sign or none in any respect.
Listed below are the charges:
- Entrance Payment: 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 individual per meal. A modest café provides 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 finest to test the up to date opening hours earlier than going.
Soar-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 duplicate 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 obtainable for many who wish to spend the evening. Charges are from P1,400 to P1,600 per evening. 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 buddy, is Binucot Seaside.
Location: Barangay Hinaguman, Ferrol, Romblon
Entrance Payment: P30/head
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM. The schedule would possibly change, so it’s finest to test the up to date opening hours earlier than going.
Soar-Off Level: Tablas Circumferential Highway/Regional Freeway 308
Situated on the southwestern coast of Tablas Island within the city of Ferrol, Binucot Seaside is an off-the-beaten-path seaside vacation spot. Its uncooked magnificence is magnified by the rock formations, the coconut timber lining the seaside, and its cream-colored berm made up of shingles, pebbles, and rocks. The shore is split into two coves, clipped by a outstanding 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 power of the waves relies on the season — sturdy in the course of the habagat and calm in the course of the amihan. When you want deeper waters to correctly swim in, you possibly can simply discover your spot too. The clear blue water can be nice for snorkeling.
Binucot Seaside 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 onerous and smooth corals. The seaside additionally serves as a turtle sanctuary.
Location: Barangay Bunsoran/Hinaguman, Ferrol, Romblon
Soar-Off Level: Tablas Circumferential Highway/Regional Freeway 308
When you stroll farther south of Binucot Seaside, you’ll attain a small quiet cove bookmarked by towering limestone cliffs. That is Bel-at level.
Sticking our from the middle of the seaside into the ocean is an extended wooded boardwalk that results in a coated overwater gazebo, which serves as a viewing deck. This is without doubt one of the finest spots to observe the sundown on Tablas Island.
When you come early for sundown, it’s possible you’ll observe a path and take a brief trek up a hill for the fantastic view of Bel-at Level and Binucot Seaside.
Location: Barangay Hinaguman, Ferrol, Romblon
Soar-Off Level: Binucot Seaside 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 fee are accomplished 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.
Take pleasure in 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 might alter their habits.
You can even see the previous lighthouse close by.
Location: Looc Bay, Looc, Romblon
Entrance Payment: Grownup, P100; Little one, P50. The charges are inclusive of the roundtrip boat trip. Be aware that this would possibly change quickly as fee changes are within the works.
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM. The schedule would possibly change, so it’s finest to test the up to date opening hours earlier than going.
Soar-Off Level: Looc Pier
Located in San Agustin close to the border with San Andres, the Cabaliwan Peak is without doubt one of the noteworthy spots within the province in case you are after breathtaking panoramic views of the ocean and the encompassing 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 trip.
You’ll be able to go farther off the concrete highway, taking the rugged trails, to a few of the view spots. The climate could be a lot cooler right here, so ensure you have your jacket with you. Bask within the bucolic setting and profit from your journey right here by taking as many photographs as you want.
Location: Barangay Bachawan, San Agustin, Romblon
Soar-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 usually dubbed the “Galapagos of Asia”. Its most exceptional pure landmark is Mount Guiting-Guiting (G2), the very best mountain within the province.
Listed below are a few of the finest 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 best tropical paradise to succeed in 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’s essential deliver your personal tent, meals, and water in case you are planning to spend the evening right here.
Location: San Fernando, Romblon
Entrance Payment: P20-50, relies 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 dimensions of the group and the length of keep (day journey or in a single day).
Soar-Off Level: Barangay Azagra in San Fernando
Methods to Get to Cresta de Gallo: From Tablas Airport, go to Odiongan Port. Trip a ferry to Sibuyan Island’s Magdiwang Port. From there, trip a jeepney to San Fernando. From San Fernando, take a ship to Cresta de Gallo. The boat trip 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 outstanding 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 some of the tough to climb within the nation.
Within the vernacular, guiting-guiting means “jagged”, a shoutout to its most attention-grabbing characteristic: the jagged-shape ridge that resembles a noticed or, when you’re into dinosaurs, the again of a stegosaurus!
The standard tenting cease earlier than continuing to the summit is Mayo’s Peak. Normally, those that will not be seasoned hikers choose to conclude their climb right here, which is already a feat! The climate is sort of unstable and impacts the visibility and wind pace, particularly when you’re nearing the grassy summit.
We had been informed that the views on the summit and at Mayo’s Peak are breathtaking and humbling. And even when 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
Soar-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 provides a cool respite surrounded by stunning pure surroundings. Swim within the clear calm waters. When you’re feeling adventurous, bounce from any of the three concrete diving platforms at varied heights: 5m, 7m, and 10m. Or when 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 bathrooms, and a parking space can be found. It’s essential deliver your personal meals and drinks. This place is common amongst locals, particularly on weekends.
Location: Barangay Taclobo, San Fernando, Romblon
Entrance Payment: Locals, P20; Foreigners, P50
Visiting Hours: Monday – Sunday, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
Soar-Off Level: Sibuyan Circumferential Highway/Regional Freeway 302. The slender highway resulting in Cantingas River Resort is situated close to the bridge.
Inside the island’s lush inexperienced nooks and crannies lie a number of cascades, every possessing its personal attraction and distinctive character. Listed below are a few of them:
- Busay Falls. Situated in Barangay Panangcalan within the city of San Fernando, it includes a tall column falling from a rocky cliff right into a deep swimming gap. The realm is surrounded by enormous rocks and slabs.
- Dagubdob Falls. Situated in Barangay Espana in San Fernando, Dagubdob Falls is a four-tiered sequence of cascades and pure swimming pools. Some swimming pools are good for cliff diving too.
- Cataja Falls. Situated in Barangay Jao-asan within the city of Magdiwang, Cataja Falls is an imposing multi-level splash-machine. The perfect time to go to is in the course of the moist season when the amount of water is excessive and the circulate is powerful. As of writing, it’s briefly closed.
- Lambingan Falls. Situated in Barangay Silum in Magdiwang, Lambingan Falls is small in comparison with different falls within the space, however this is without doubt one of the hottest too as a consequence of its accessibility from the primary highway.
- Cawa-Cawa Falls. Situated in Barangay Weste, inside 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 will not be 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 offered twice every week — Tuesdays and Saturdays. The journey takes about one hour and quarter-hour.
Airswift provides 4 kinds 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 enables you to rebook 5x freed from cost (fare distinction might apply), however it doesn’t permit refunding and rerouting. No check-in baggage allowance, however you’ve got free 7KGs for carry-on baggage.
- Worth provides 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 permit 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 test flight schedules or to e-book, go to AirSWIFT’s official web site.
As talked about, Romblon has three important islands: Romblon Island, Tablas, and Sibuyan. The perfect space relies 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 below are the highest Romblon resorts and resorts on Agoda:
Written by: Asta Alvarez
Images and extra phrases by: Yosh Dimen
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