How do you imagine paradise? I can see turquoise water by laying on white sand and having palm trees in the back. Sun slightly making me brown and simply hearing the sound of waves crashing gently onto the shore. That’s my kinda paradise… and you can find it in the Philippines! One of the spots where you will have all is Romblon.
It’s an island but also a province of the country. It has 4 main islands: Romblon, Tablas, Sibuyan and Carabao. Today I’ll tell you about Romblon and Tablas.
I went there with my friend who was also on an exchange. As we were staying in Manila that time we took a bus to Batangas and from there we got a ferry going straight to Romblon. But it wasn’t that easy. We had to wait few days more in Manila because of the typhoon. The ferries were not operated so be prepared for that. It might happen, you never know.
I’ve been to Batangas few times. It’s kinda scary place for me. Even though I wasn’t alone there are places near the harbour where I felt really unsafe. Imagine being a white girl and walking through an empty dark place. No tourists or travelers around except jeepney drivers who wanna take you somewhere all at once. I was terrified! We asked one officer to show us a road so he went there with us but it didn’t stop drivers to accost us. Luckily, nothing has happened, everything was fine but my heart was beating too fast that time.
The ferries are ok. Except the thing that it’s so cold inside like in the bus. I don’t know why they love a.c. to be that high. You can freeze without two hoodies and a blanket!
We arrived the next day in the morning. From ferry we could see the sandbar having its way to the island nearby. I love places controlled by nature not people. It is or it is not and no one can change it. It’s the beauty of it. Every time I see something like this my respect to the laws of nature grows! Low tide is only 2 times a day so if you miss it there is no way to walk to another island.
As we arrived we went to our room at Romblon Plaza Hotel which costed us 800 peso for two. We prepared quickly to go out. Took our things and went to rent motorbike. We had to wait a bit but it turned out that all rental shops were closed so we had to go by tricycle. We took one to Bon Bon Beach for P40. How breathtaking scenery our eyes saw. Bon Bon Beach appeared in all its whites and blues. It was amazing! We walked by the calm sea to the sandbar. We saw the low tide would finish soon so we went through it to Bang-og Island. Walking on white soft sand surrounded by turquoise water on the right and the left side. Magical! There were only 3 people more but going opposite direction so shortly we had all beach for ourselves. We arrived in another island and wanted to spent there more time but hide tide was coming fast. After few eyesights from this point of view we had to go back. Sandbar was no longer there. We were in ankle-high water. Height of water was going only higher. We were fighting with small but heavy waves. The current was quite strong. We had to watch out for our things not to get wet. We managed to step on Bon Bon Beach few minutes later. Sandbar might have been gone but the beauty of this place remained. We were so amazed how wonderful the place was.
After enough time of admiration we went by the coast to find a place to finally go swimming. We located a nice beach – Tiamban Beach, obviously completely empty. I wore my snorkelling mask and went to see the underwater world. I was stunned. I saw coral reef, starfish, different species of fish and sea urchins everywhere. It was so beautiful! Later we found a way to the road and from there we took tricycle to San Pedro Beach Resort. It costed us 50 pesos. The entrance fee of resort was 50 pesos per person. Oh, it was great there. After some food I was just laying in the shade of palm tree and I was listening to waves beating the shore. I went snorkelling few times. Underwater world is just mind-blowing! I could spend there a lifetime 😀
There were also hammocks between palm trees which I used a lot. I went to the nearby beach which was separated. I found there dried corals and a shell from sea urchin. It has wonderful star in the middle! After sunset we had to ask the receptionist to call tricycle for us as it was already late and there were none at the resort. Tricycle took us to our hotel for 200 pesos.
Romblon is a philippine province and it’s known as a Marble Capital of the Philippines. Don’t forget to buy some souvenirs such as marble statuette or marble keychains. We did quick shopping to have nice items for our friends back home 🙂
Next morning we climbed to the Fort San Andreas and went to see St. Joseph Cathedral. It was during the sunrise – nice view with pinkish clouds all around. Then we went to Motorboat Terminal and bought tickets to San Augustin which is a city on Tablas Island. It was full of locals, their groceries and even few motorbikes. I’ve sat in the front of boat and enjoyed the view and waves splashing on the bow of the boat. Bangka is so loud but I love this kind of experience. The boat ride costed 110 pesos. It was pretty cheap.
In the port of San Andreas were so many tricycle’s and van’s drivers offering the ride. We had to refuse all of them and walked fast deeper to the city. We found jeepney but it was full. Luckily, they allowed us to sit on the top. It was amazing. We were driving by the coast. Sun was shining all day and we were going by roads surrounded by green palms. I was so amazed!
Unfortunately, after 1 hour (there were still like 2 ahead of us) I went down because sun was too strong! There was no seat left so I just sat on the stairs to the jeepney. We got off on the road near the resort we wanted to go to. Driver said 400 pesos. I was like no… I knew it’s only 100 pesos so that’s what I paid. He just took it and they drove away. We had to take habal habal because Aglicay Beach Resort was 4 km away. It costed us 60 pesos each. After arrival we found out there’s no easy way out. We had to stay overnight or order a tricycle. We decided to get tricycle. I texted one man and haggled with him for a while. We set the price for 600 pesos to take us later to Sta. Fe. Now, we could finally enjoy our stay here. The beach and water were beautiful! We ordered food and later on climbed the nearby hill. The view from the top was marvelous! The color of water just left me speechless. The Philippines has so much to offer! Its nature is wonderful!
We went swimming but the underwater life wasn’t that nice. Just some starfish. In the evening we took the tricycle and after 1 hour rough ride we arrived in Sta. Fe. We had no place to sleep. The driver was really helpful! He did his best and I’m so thankful for that. He found us a stay for night for 600 pesos. I didn’t expect Sta. Fe to be that small. No tourists at all, just locals. We had great night and finally some rest after quite stressful rides.
Romblon province is wonderful! It’s one of its kind! I definitely didn’t spend enough days in Romblon. I was craving for more after leaving.. The Bon Bon Beach is worth your visit!
The next day I went to the islands I was dreaming of for a long time! I’ll write about it soon!
Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed as much as I did writing it and memorizing good times!
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