When Filipinos think of beaches and the Visayas islands, these are the three places that most often come to mind—Boracay, Cebu, and Bohol. Undoubtedly, these places have some of the best sand and surf, not just in the country but in the world!
But there are also lots of hidden gems elsewhere, places unspoiled by commercialism and towering structures. These places remind us of the raw beauty of nature. And while it may not look it, one of the best places to find these unspoiled beaches is in the province of Romblon.
Aside from being the Marble Capital of the country and a staunch advocate of ecotourism, Romblon has a slew of beautiful beaches and it’s the true definition of “tropical paradise.” Don’t expect posh beachfront properties and jet skis here, we’re talking about unspoiled beaches, rolling hills, and impossibly clear waters!
Sure there’s a cabin or two where guests can stay for the night, but everywhere else you look, there’s only nature’s grandeur. Let’s take a look at each of them!
1. Cobrador Island
Undoubtedly the best representative of Romblon’s beaches, Cobrador may take a little effort to reach. But it’s all worth it once you see the white sand made of crushed corals and the crystal clear waters broken only by the hazy silhouette of other islands. Aside from the beach, there’s also an interesting cave system on the island that’s just a hike away! After working up an appetite, be sure to sample the delicious local food!
Another remarkable thing about Cobrador Island is that it’s home to a native tribe! Crime is virtually non-existent here, and you can rest in the simple cabins at night without fear.
2. Cresta de Gallo Island
Sailing to the island is like embarking on a journey to another world. For a few minutes, you’ll see nothing but the turquoise sea and the sky. Upon reaching the island, the experience is just as wonderful. Along both edges of Cresta De Gallo, traces of white sand slither away into the crystal waters. When you walk along the sand bar, it’s the same surreal feeling as being on a boat: nothing but the sea and the sky around you, and a thin strip of white beneath your feet!
The island is the perfect getaway if you just want to erase every trace of stress from your body. To complete the experience on the island, don’t miss out on the breakfast. It’ll be one of the best meals you’ll ever have!
3. Bon Bon Beach
Not everyone is willing to completely leave civilization just to get a taste of Nature’s beauty. And not everyone would want to take a boat ride to a remote island. But even if you’re one of these, Romblon still has you covered! Bon Bon Beach is just a short ride away from town via tricycle.
If you chance upon the low tide, a sandbank swoops away from the mainland into the open waters, taking you near one of the best snorkeling spots this side of the province (a reef with a drop-off). Bonbon is also very uncrowded, and it’s a great getaway without going too far away.
4. Nonok Beach
If you’re looking for a nice beach where you can just while away the lazy afternoon, or one with decent amenities that won’t dent the wallet, Nonok Beach is for you.
For only ₱50, you get a private beach with chairs and tables, a slide that’ll take you down to the water, cabins you can rent (rate starts at ₱1,500 / USD 30 for two people), a waterfront walkway, fine sand, and sapphire waters! It’s just a short ride away from town, too, so you’re in for an amazing deal.
5. Tiamban Beach
What’s that? You’re looking for an actual beach resort in Romblon? Why, Tiamban Beach is the answer! It’s just right after Bonbon Beach, so it’s easily reachable by land. It’s got the usual white sand and clear waters, plus an amazing view of Tablas Island! The gradual slope of the land to the sea makes it very child-friendly.
An overnight stay here just costs around ₱800 to 1,000 (USD 15 to 20) and is good for 4 people. While it’s a little more crowded than the rest, it’s perfect for those who do not want to completely leave civilization.
6. Aglicay Beach Resort
Aglicay is the resort that comes closest to the posh properties we know from the nearby Visayan islands. You have a beautiful private stretch of beach lined with coconut trees, classy resort facilities (complete with hammocks), and an amazing view!
While the sand isn’t white, the overall atmosphere is that of a romantic getaway. It’s not a complete destination on its own but rather an addition to the other beautiful spots Romblon has to offer.
What’s great about Romblon is the fact that it’s not just a passive receiver of tourists. Its local government can actually be contacted to help arrange tours around its best beaches! With that, and the natural beauty evident in the province, it’s easy to think that the secluded and not-so-touristy beaches of Romblon may not remain as so in the future. So visit it before the tourists start swarming!