When we hear or see the word “ROMBLON”, the first thing that comes to mind is “MARBLE” (or marmol, in Tagalog). But really, Romblon is more than just the “Marble Capital of the Philippines”. It’s also home to crystal clear beaches, healthy and rich marine life, very gentle and friendly people, and greeaaaat food.
Romblon is one of the provinces of the Philippines with most kept beauty. This gem, are not always on the travel bucket lists even of most Filipinos. If I’m not mistaken, it’s just now that the tourism in Romblon is growing, and sadly, it’s not growing as fast as El Nido’s, Batanes’, Boracay’s. If only tourist are aware how much beauty and fun it offers.
Located in the MIMAROPA Region, Romblon has three main islands – Romblon Island, the provincial capital; Sibuyan, and Tablas, the largest among the three. The province lies south of Marinduque and Quezon, east of Oriental Mindoro, north of Aklan and Capiz, and west of Masbate.
We found the Boathouse in a list of the most recommended home rental in Google (the forever best friend). We immediately contacted Ate Laarni, owner of the place, and made sure we booked the rooms available to accommodate 9 persons.
The Boathouse only has three rooms for available for rental. One room for two, and two other rooms for three to four. The house has two bathrooms so it’s easy for us to take turns when we needed to take a bath. The Boatroom comes with a boat shaped double bed and a private comfort room. And both the Backpacker Lodges are equipped with bunk beds and a shared comfort room. In the house, there also are hammocks where you can lie down and chill. A separate area beside the main house is dedicated for dining and a loft-style area where you can also spend time with your group to play to eat or just have fun.
The Boathouse is embedded in the area of the well-known Olango Bay, which is almost 30 minutes away from Azagra Port and almost one hour away from Cajidiocan Pier.
The Boathouse was constructed on April 2014 then refreshed on June 2016. The most used construction parts in the Boathouse are made from natural materials such as – wood – bamboo – savalli and nipa.
This is the ideal place for upcoming exploration tours through the rain-forest, the neighboring waterfalls and starting point for to climb up to the summit of Mount Guiting Guiting.
Sibuyan Adventures, the tour operator closeby, coordinate all listed activities and your personal tours.
Before summer ended, I and my gorgeous friends (ok) had a quick 3-day trip, which took us months to plan. Basically because we needed to meet up and finalize the itinerary face-to-face, else we knew it’d be one of our beautiful “drawing” we’re keeping in frames. “Quick” because we tried hopping among the three main islands of Romblon in three days and even if we had only one day in each island, time spent didn’t disappoint at all. In fact, the short trip gave us more than enough reasons to go back there soon.
On our first day, we explored a little part of Romblon Island, where another sunset experience joined my list of the most beautiful and peaceful sunsets of my lifetime. We learned a lot about marbles, and witnessed first-hand the beautiful beaches around the island. We stayed in San Pedro Beach Resort, where enjoyed hanging out and bonding and catching up with the whole gang.
If you are looking for a cozy place to stay after a loooong day of island hopping. The Boathouse is probably one of the best place you can find. It’s also one of the top choices for groups that are hiking up Mt. Guiting Guiting, a famous mountain in Sibuyan.
Fortunately, I can vouch all the hotels/resorts we chose for this trips was more than what we expected. This trip made us realize how helpful blog articles and accommodation reviews are.
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