Romblon: The Underrated Province Where You Can Beach Hop, Snorkel, and Trek Up a Mountain

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Maybe Romblon has been on your to-visit list for a while now but because of how far it is, you’ve been thinking twice about going. Or maybe you just don’t know enough about it yet so you’re hesitant to book a flight. But for those who have been able to visit Romblon, they’ll tell you that this archipelagic province has so much to offer!

You’ll have a great time exploring pristine, white sand beaches and gazing at spectacular sunsets. And it provides a more peaceful, laid-back alternative to the loud atmosphere of Boracay.

Tiamban Beach

Tiamban Beach

If you’re still unsure about going, here are some more reasons that might convince you.

Go Beach Hopping

Romblon has a handful of pristine beaches that have not been touched by development or mass tourism, making it an ideal place to go beach hopping.

One of the best places to enjoy the sun, sand and sea is Aglicay Beach Resort in Tablas Island. It is one of the first places visitors go to once they arrive at the airport. Its idyllic beachfront location makes it the perfect place to sit back and relax. The powdery, white sand rises between the spaces of your toes, and the lapping of the waves replaces the droning of engines and motorbikes. For those who want to get away from it all, Binucot Beach is another destination to add to your itinerary while in Tablas.

Aglicay Resort

Aglicay Resort

If you’re a beach lover, there are more beaches in Romblon to get excited over than the two already mentioned in Tablas.

Travel to Romblon, Romblon by boat to explore more of the province’s beaches. Bon Bon and Tiamban Beach are two of the popular beaches that locals and visitors go to. These are top attractions because of their fine, white sand, and their clear, glass-like waters.

Bon Bon Beach

Bon Bon Beach

Talipasak Beach may not have the same powdery sand as the two mentioned destinations, but it is a good place to relax and unwind because of its remote location. Depending on the time of your visit, you and your group might be the only tourists there!

Go Snorkeling

Looc Fish Sanctuary is a noteworthy destination to add to your itinerary if you’re planning to explore the province. Rent or bring your own gear to see different kinds of fish swimming in the turquoise waters of the island. The sanctuary also aims to educate visitors about the importance and preservation of marine life.

Hike Up Mt. Guiting-Guiting

If you are an avid hiker, you may have already heard of Mt. Guiting-Guiting. Maybe it’s even on your list of mountains to climb. But just to give you fair warning, it isn’t for the faint of heart. Standing at more than 2000 meters, climbing this mountain would require skill, experience and perseverance. It is one of the most difficult in the country because of the ‘Knife’s Edge’, a steep and craggy ridge you have to overcome before you reach the peak. Aside from the challenging trail, you also have to deal with G2’s inclement weather.

Mt. Guiting-Guiting

Mt. Guiting-Guiting photo from Christine Fernandez of Jovial Wanderer

When you do reach the summit, you’ll be rewarded by a spectacular view and you also get bragging rights for summiting one of the most difficult mountains in the country.

Chase Sunsets

Romblon’s beaches have some of the best sunsets because there are no high rise buildings, selfie sticks, cameras or large groups of tourists to obstruct your view. The skies turning from white and blue to orange and red, and with the coast in the foreground, is picture perfect.

Romblon Sunset

Romblon Sunset

Marble Industry

The province has a flourishing marble industry; it is not only famous locally, but also in other parts of the world. Many of the small and large marble businesses gather and sculpt their own materials which they send to America, Europe and parts of Asia. One can clearly see the skill of the craftsmen because of the intricate details you’ll find on the statues they create.

Marble Industry

An artisan adding details to a marble statue.

Where to Stay

Aglicay Beach Resort – One of the places to stay while on Tablas Island. Its beachfront property makes it an ideal place to start your trip around the province. The price of the room will depend on the size of the group and the room’s closeness to the beach.

Parc Bay Mansion – This is an affordable accommodation during your stay in the province. A private fan room costs around ₱500 a night.

Aglicay Beach Resort

Tablas Island
Alcantara, Romblon

+63 917 531 4067

aglicaybeachresort.com

Agoda

Parc Bay Mansion

Magallanes St.
Romblon, Romblon

How to Get to Romblon

Getting to Romblon is now easier because the airport on Tablas Island has reopened, allowing Cebu Pacific to have direct flights from Manila. However, for those who want to travel by land and sea, you can board a bus bound for Batangas Pier. Once there, you have the option to ride a boat that travels to either Odiongan or Romblon, Romblon.

Romblon is the kind of place to visit if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Idyllic and laid back are the two words that best describe it. Internet connection is slow but you won’t need it much because you’ll be spending plenty of time exploring what this province has to offer. Enjoy nature and the slow passing of time in Romblon, two things you can’t get in the city.

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Joshua Berida

When he is not blogging at The Wandering Juan, he likes to take long walks on the beach, eat candle-lit dinners, watch rom-coms till he cries, and make stories about himself online. He is out to discover the world and the Philippines one province and country at a time.