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.
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. You can view my map here.
It’s been more than a year since I last went for an escapade with the Bullies – my group of friends who are also travel enthusiasts (yes Bullies because we bully ourselves. But don’t worry, it’s just within the group and we all know we’re just making fun of each other and we know that we all love each other like family).
Being a new mom is quite challenging because, well, for me, it was a hard shift from “doing everything I want anytime” to “focusing on what is more important and of course my top priority – changing diapers (lol)”. But hey, moms are allowed to take vacagions, too. Thank you, wowa, wowo, and tatas (that’s aunties and uncle in one word).
Our second day schedule in Romblon was not that tight, because we knew we were going to spend more time on the road from the port to the hotel and to Cresta de Gallo. We just couldn’t find a nicer place to stay near the port, so we just booked the best one we found – The Boathouse.
From our initial itinerary, we were supposed to ride an unfamiliar ferry from Romblon to Sibuyan. We got to Romblon Port at exactly 2am because as we got it from the internet, the earliest schedule for Sibuyan was 2:30 or 3am max, via Navios. When we got there, we learned there was no trip to Sibuyan until 6am via Montenegro Lines. For more details on their schedules, click here.
Luckily, we got nice bed spaces in the deluxe/air-conditioned room, so we were able to at least rest and take a nap for a big Sibuyan day. Montenegro Line’s air-conditioned room was a bit colder than we expected. Which was nice because nobody from the group loves to sleep in a hot room. (I mean, hello.) So pro tip: bring your comfy blankets with you if you are planning for a ferry-hopping trip. Also, you may think you’d just book for the cheapest seat, but really, the upgrade of Php100* max is totally worth it.
Our land transpo within the area was arranged by Ate Laarni, owner of the Boathouse, where we spent the night. She also was kind enough to give us instructions and tips on where to buy food and stuff, what to do in Sibuyan, what is the best and affordable way to enjoy Sibuyan.
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We actually didn’t tire ourselves roaming around the island (because we know we’ll be coming back as soon as possible!). What we really wanted is to experience and familiarize each of the three main islands of Romblon. However, Cresta de Gallo was never striked out of the itinerary. Thanks again to Ate Laarni of the Boathouse for giving us a good contact for a boat ride to one of the most beautiful islands here in PH!
*rates are as of May 2019
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Sibuyan Island is one of the most remote destinations in the Philippines, which keeps it away from being overcrowded of tourists. The island is often referred to as the “Galapagos of Asia”, named after Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.
Romblon, among many provinces in the Philippines, has captured our hearts unexpectedly. Three things I loved most? 1) You can actually avoid the crowd even in mis summer; 2) yummy and cheap foods!; 3) undeniably beautiful places (though it’ super tiring roaming around!).
We loved Romblon so much we plan on exploring more of it next vacay. What do you think about Romblon?
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