Romblon Island

The archipelago of the Romblon Islands – one of the Philippine “new pearls” about which tourist guides are now beginning to write – is located almost in the center of the Sibuyan Sea.

Romblon Island is one of the three largest islands in the province of Romblon in the Philippines. The other two islands are Sibuyan and Tablas. The island is small (15 km in length) and, according to those who have visited here, is a paradise far from mass tourism. Romblon is located at the end of the so-called green island Passage, which biologists say is the most diverse underwater ecosystem in the world.

HOW TO GET TO ROMBLON

How to get to Romblon from Manila

The fastest (and perhaps the easiest) way to get to Romblon is to take a plane in Manila to Tablas Airport, which is called Tugdan Domestic Airport and is in the Alcantara area. Once there, you will have to arrange for a tricycle, minibus, or jeep that will take you to the port of St. Augustine (about an hour) to get from there to Romblon.

Remember that flights from Manila to Tablas are not daily, and the schedule is often changed. So, be prepared to spend the night in Tablas, or you will have to pay for a private ship to Romblon.

A “jeepney” or tricycle from Tablas Airport will take you to San Augustine in an hour and a half, and it will cost you about 250 pesos in the daytime and twice as much in the dark.

Montenegro Shipping Lines sends a ship daily at 5:00 from San Augustine to Romblon. The trip takes 1 hour.

Starhorse Shipping Lines ships from St. Augustine to Romblon on Tuesday and Saturday at 14:30. The trip takes 1 hour.
Bangks to Romblon run at different times, although they usually depart around 7:00 and 13:00. You should act as quickly as possible to ensure a guaranteed departure to Romblon. The trip lasts only 90 minutes, depending on the state of the sea.

If you don’t find a boat, you can always arrange for a private transport exit (2500-3000 pesos) or stay overnight in San Agustin, which has modest boarding houses.
Montenegro Shipping Lines also sends ships from Odiongan (the main port of Tablas) to Romblon on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 15:00. To get to this port from the airport, you will have to connect different modes of transport.

ferry to Romblon

You can get from Manila to Romblon via the city of Roxas by plane to Roxas (the ticket will cost you from $28 to $75 at different times). And then, sail to Romblon by ferry ($14 – $26), and you will also have to pay for moving by public transport or taxi from Roxas airport to the Capiz/Culasi port in the same city from which the ferry to Romblon departs. The total travel time is 14 hours; ferries and flights do not leave daily.

How to get to Romblon from Caticlan, Boracay

Suppose you are on the island of Boracay and want to visit Romblon. In that case, you can get to it with a transfer to Tablas. You will need to take a ferry from Caticlan to the port of Odiongan (Tablas). From there, move to San Agustin (2 hours by jeepney), then take a ferry or a boat to Romblon. The 2Go company departs the ferry at 14:00 every day (it arrives at 17:00; the ticket – is $9). You can book a ticket here.

Montenegro Shipping Lines also sends ships from Odiongan (the main port of Tablas) to Romblon on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 15:00.

How to get to Romblon from Sibuyan

To get to Romblon from Sibuyan, you have several options (although you should always check the schedule – it changes quickly):

  • Montenegro Shipping Lines: departs from Magdivang (Sibuyan) to Romblon every day at 22:00. The ticket costs $6.
  • Starhorse Shipping Lines is from Magdiwang on Wednesdays and Sundays at 2:00 (arrival at 6:00).
  • Navios Shipping Lines: departs from Cajidiocan (Sibuyan) to Romblon on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 10:00. The arrival is around 14: 00.

THINGS TO DO IN ROMBLON

Diving in Romblon

Romblon is the mecca of excellent diving. In addition, in its waters, you will find a Spanish galleon and some sunken ships from the Second World War. Therefore, one of the things to do in Romblon is to explore its seabed. Near San Pedro Beach, you will find Dumagat Freedive, Romblon Fun Divers, or Romblon Pirates Dive Shop. There are also other diving operators called Sonofa Reef, closest to the village, or The Three P, near the Krimphoff resort.

In addition to more than 15 diving points in Romblon (9 of them are marked on the map), divers are offered dives at nearby islands such as Logbon, Alad, Tabla, Sibuyan, Banton, or Simara. Prices for dives range from 1,700 pesos.

Swimming with turtles in the Agpanabat Marine Reserve

The coral of the Agpanabat Reserve is in good condition, and the marine life delights with abundance and diversity. And you will also see turtles! You will have to pay a modest fee of 10 pesos per visit. If you are keen on snorkeling, you need to visit the Romblon tourist office and talk about tours to marine reserves because there are 17 marine reserves around the island with good snorkeling.

Bonbon Beach on Romblon

Bonbon Beach is one of the most stunning beaches in the Philippines and the most fantastic sandy tongue in the world. In addition to the undeniable beauty of the sand, this beach is famous for the clear and transparent water of the surrounding sea. The beach is located 3 kilometers from the town of Romblon, and you will not need even ten minutes to get to this paradise, which looks even more impressive at low tide. At this time, you can walk along the sandy tongue connecting Romblon with the small uninhabited island of Bang-Og.

You may get stuck at high tide if you explore a nearby island. Therefore, we recommend you check the tide table and visit the beach at the perfect time to see Bon Bon Beach in all its glory. You will need to park your motorcycle in the parking lot and walk for about 5 minutes until you reach the sandy tongue. Access is free, and you will not find a bar or hotel on Bonbon Beach – you will have to bring food and water.

Tiamban beach. Romblon

Tiamban Beach in Romblon

Tiamban Beach will become your favorite beach for several reasons: fine white sand, calm, clear waters, and the shade of palm trees that will shelter you from the sun while you enjoy this place. Admission will cost 50 pesos, as the beach is being looked after, there is a small restaurant, and you can order drinks, something fresh, and snacks such as chips or sandwiches.

Relax on Talipasac Beach or San Pedro Beach

Two more things must be done in Romblon, enjoying its San Pedro beaches and Talipasac. San Pedro Beach is never crowded. A little more hidden than the others, half an hour by motorcycle from the town of Romblon, this tranquil beach has enough shade to devote an entire day to it. There is a small resort where you can order food and drinks, and you will find hammocks here! Admission costs 50 pesos per person. Don’t forget your snorkeling gear because here is the San Pedro Marine Reserve. You will find simple rooms with sea views for 800 pesos per night if you want privacy.

Take a walk around the island’s capital

Island’s capital is a small but pleasant city. Walk to places such as St. Joseph Cathedral and its bell tower dating back to the XV century: the fountain of Bethlehem, also of the colonial era and with a poster entirely in Spanish, as well as more than 40 colonial buildings of Romblon.
You will also encounter several bridges of the Spanish era, still intact, most of which are coral! The Rio Casalogan Bridge, Romblon Bridge, and Belen Bridge are critical cultural sites by the National Museum of the Philippines.

Staying in Romblon is impossible without visiting one of its marble quarries and factories. Comparable to the Italian Carrara, the world-famous Romblon marble comes in a range of shades from white to black with intermediate shades of mottled white, tiger white, and onyx. A guided tour to one of the marble factories gives an idea of how marble is processed into works of art.

Discover the history of Fort San Andres

Another thing you can do in Romblon is to explore the Spanish fort of the XVI century. Even though it has been completely redone, entering the structure built by the Spaniards to protect the city from pirate attacks will be interesting. The fort offers a breathtaking view of the city of Romblon and the neighboring islands. The place is guarded by a security guard who will open the doors to you after paying a modest donation for its preservation.

ROMBLON HOTELS MAP

Here you can choose the most exciting accommodation option on Romblon and book it online in advance: