The Philippines is a well-known home to wonderful views of mountain tops and beautiful islands and beaches. That’s basically one of the reasons why I want to travel my country first before going outside. Pinas is such a beautiful place, and I haven’t seen even half of it yet. Good thing this year’s summer trip, I got to explore another interesting province of PH – Romblon. And guess what – I finally got to swim the waters of Cresta de Gallo as well!
Cresta de Gallo is one of those tourist spots in Romblon that are too famous to skip. I was like “I visited Romblon last summer!” and people were like ” Oh, did you went to Cresta de Gallo?” Not because they’ve been there already, but they often see pictures of it all around the internet. And I don’t blame them – travelling to Romblon is not a walk in the park, and you need more than one week to fully enjoy the main islands!
This undisturbed paradise can be reached between 30 to 45-minute boat ride from the main island. Similar to most beaches in the Philippines, the water is crystal clear that it seems like reaching the bottom of the ocean is so easy. You can actually see corals and rocks and even fishes clearly up from your boat ride. Fine, white sand runs from all sides of the island. What I love most? The beach is not crowded even during the summer!
I’m not really sure if they already offer overnight stays within the Cresta de Gallo island, or if it is okay to pitch a tent there for a night. But since we were targeting another spot in Sibuyan we decided to check in at the main island instead. Guess what – we only had one night in Sibuyan and luckily, we got a nice home at The Boathouse.
For P3,000 we got three rooms good for nine persons, plus we got two private bathrooms all for ourselves! Well, we actually got the whole place to ourselves that day. Thanks again, Ate Laarni! You guys can contact her anytime you wish to stay in Sibuyan. And she can arrange for your tours and island hopping, too! Reach her at +639179366223.
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Romblon at large is very much underrated. Sadly, when people hear Romblon they just see marbles and loooots of them. It’s nice that during the weeks I and my friends posted our photos, we got comments and questions like “where was this? it’s so nice!”, “where have you been? the beaches there looks great!”. I mean, these are just pictures. If you are into beaches and exploring islands, I’d recommend Romblon over and over again!
get there via planeWhen I first posted on IG and Facebook, many of my friends were asking, “how to get there? That’s via roro, right?” Most of them were not aware that there is more or less than an hour direct flight from Manila to Tablas via Tugdan Airport. From Tablas, book a ferry ride to Romblon, Romblon.
get there via ferryIf you have more time, less budget, and brave enough to sail the seas at night (hehe the thought of being a pirate in my past life hits me sometimes) you can take the ferry like we did. 2Go Travels offers daily trip from Batangas Port to Romblon Port. Better check their site for the updated schedules and rates, and book online. The trip is 6-7 hours long. From the port is 2 24-30-minute ride via tricycle which you can hire/rent for around Php200 per trip (at least as of May 2019.)
From anywhere in Romblon, hire a tricycle to drop you at Romblon Port. (If you’re traveling in the afternoon, I suggest you try the ihaw ihaw just right beside the gate of the Romblon Port!) Book a trip to Cajidiocan Port via Navios Shipping Lines or other lines available, as trip schedules are usually moving.
We needed to get to the Romblon port at 2am to catch the first trip to Cajidiocan. We got there at 7am, got our breakfast at the port, and we went ahead to Azagra Port where our boatman suggested as our meeting place.
We finally got there at around noon! I don’t know what happened during our travel time, as I was mostly asleep. Lol. Oh, and a friendly tip: shop and cook meals for lunch and also bring snacks and drinks as there are no stores in Cresta de Gallo island. There’s no place to recharge your devices as well, though you can try ask the people there. Network signal is also poor so you don’t have any choice but to enjoy the island, hang out with your friends, and swim around!
We stayed there for at least three or four hours (and I realized just now where I got my sunburn) just swimming and resting and taking pictures and laughing and eating. Our favorite part is when we’re having a dip on the side of our boat, planning our next trip. Lol.
It’s just super nice to just hang out with your friends (and not just in a bar our wherever) and I really am looking forward to have the same bonding time with my Mnemo!
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Forget my shot, I’m not a pro. But really, this sand bar is the highlight of the island, and I know everyone who witnesses this kind of beauty will never say it’s boring. Even when I was just reading different articles and stories when we were just building our itinerary. OMG WE GOTTA GET THERE! you know that special feeling when you’re just in a beautiful beach in the middle of the ocean…and yeah. Oh, another tip: bring your hammock if you’re travelling here!
And a waterproof camera or camera case because, man, that crystal clear sea needs to be documented and kept so we can have something beautiful to show to our grandchildren. I really wish we stop polluting the oceans and start taking care of them more.
I don’t really have a bucket list, even when I try listing interesting places online (excuse me if you’ve seen that), and I don’t also have my favorites (until now). But I think I will visit Cresta de Gallo more than once, wanna join?
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