Romblon Island is the hub of the Romblon Province and home to the famous Bonbon Beach

Romblon Island is the hub of the Romblon Province and home to the famous Bonbon Beach. However, there is a slew of other attractions just waiting to be discovered. Romblon had arguably the best beaches of all the islands in the Romblon Province, which made it a much more relaxing island. However, it also had its fair share of waterfalls, island hopping, and epic viewpoints. I put together this list of the highlights from our stay on Romblon Island. Don’t be confused. Romblon is the province, which is made up of Romblon Island, Sibuyan Island, Carabao Island, Tablas Island and another 15 or so smaller land masses. So when you hear Romblon, people may be talking about the province but generally, people call it Romblon, Romblon when they are referring to the Island of Romblon itself. Bloody confusing stuff!

Romblon is an archipelagic province of the Philippines located in the Mimaropa region. Its main islands include Tablas, the largest, which covers nine municipalities, Sibuyan with its three towns, as well as the smaller island municipalities of Corcuera, Banton, Concepcion, San Jose, and Romblon, the provincial capital. The province lies south of Marinduque and Quezon, east of Oriental Mindoro, north of Aklan and Capiz, and west of Masbate. According to the 2015 census, it has a total population of 292,781. Romblon has been inhabited by aboriginal Filipinos prior to the arrival of the Spanish in 1569. Archaeological artifacts recovered by the National Museum in 1936 indicate that the aborigines of Romblon already have a rich and advanced culture. Under Spanish colonial rule, Romblon was initially administered under the newly established province of Arevalo, until 1716, when it was transferred to the jurisdiction of the newly created province of Capiz. With arrival of the Americans in 1901, Romblon was declared a province and placed under civilian rule. It lost its provincial status for a short while between 1907 and 1945, but regained it in 1946, just after World War II. How to get there? Romblon Island is a little tricky to get to but that’s a good thing. It keeps the masses at bay. We flew from Manila to Caticlan and then took a ferry to Tablas and then a ferry to Romblon Island. There are multiple options for you to get to Romblon but no real airport. The closest airport is on Tablas Island. Transport is pretty straightforward on Romblon Island. There aren’t many cars and most people get around by moped/motorbike. We found them in the town for 500 pesos per day. It might sound expensive but it was pretty similar throughout Romblon so we just rolled with it.

What to Do in Romblon? 1st Explore the unspoiled and virgin beaches of Romblon. The beaches of Bonbon, Margie’s, Tiamban and Talipasak among others. 2nd Visit St. Joseph Cathedral, the oldest church in the province originally built in 15th century but is now reconstructed with its facade made of marbles. The collection of antique icons and religious paintings still remain inside. 3rd Check out the old fortresses of San Andres and Santiago on the two adjacent hills fronting the bay. The twin forts made of coral blocks and bricks were erected during the Spanish era to guard the town against the Moro raiders and Dutch pirates. The Fort of San Andress now houses PAGASA Romblon Observatory while only the ruins of Santiago Fort is existing. The two are on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Site. 4th Hop from island to island and enjoy their fine white sand beaches. Go to Alad, Logbon and Cobrador all under the municipality of Romblon, Romblon. 5th Check out also other beaches, waterfalls, caves and other attractions in the neighboring islands of Odiongan, Concepcion (Maestro de Campo Island), Banton, Corcuera (Sumara Island), Sibuyan and San Jose or Carabao Island, regarded as twin beach of Boracay. 6th Scuba diving in more than 20 known dive spots across the province: Agnay Sanctuary, Agpanabat Caves & Canyons and Sanctuary, Alad Island, Bangug Island, Bonbon Beach, Cobrador Island, Tinang Island, Coral Garden, Giant Clam Sanctuary, Logbon Island, Naguso’s Wall, Phil’s Fan Coral Collection, Salvar Beach, San Pedro Cliff and Sanctuary, Sasaigang Point, Sunken Island, Telsie’s Garden and Turtles’ Feeding Place in Romblon Island; Blue Hole, Bonbon Sea Grass Valley, Carmen’s Cliff, Guindauahan Island, Origon Rocks, Peter’s Pinnacles and Times Square in Tablas Island; and Cresta de Gallo in Sibuyan. Expect to see wrecks, sharks, rays, tuna, barracuda, and other pelagics and tropical marine species, corals and crinoids. Dive shops in Romblon Island include: Cabanbanan Dive and Beach Resort and The Three P Holiday & Dive Resort / Ducks Diving Romblon. 7th Snorkeling and other water sports. 8th Trek Mt. Guiting-Guiting in Sibuyan Island. 9th Buy marble products.

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