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.

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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).

I travel a lot, and one of my biggest problems is I quickly get sunburns even along my ride to somewhere. But you know what, I finally found my skincare routine best for after-summer vacays. Here’s how I take care of my sun-burnt skin. Aside from sunburns and an empty wallet, what else do I get from traveling, by the way?

Moving on, another challenge is thinking of how can you make your story interesting enough to get people to listen or read your page. Photos! People love viewing photos more than reading detailed stories, so no matter how much information you have you still have to own a technique on editing your photos. Here’s mine.

Read more of my Romblon Trip here >> TheMhayonnaise x Romblon

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PRE-TRAVEL GUIDE
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When is the best time to visit Romblon?
This really had me thinking – WHY PEOPLE CHOOSE CROWDED PLACES OVER A PEACEFUL ONE?! Guess it’s all about advertising and branding, just how things work with products and other stuff.

Romblon is actually a safe place. In most of the beaches, stand perfect spots for diving (if only I can dive and take videos, so I could give you examples of “perfect”)and what makes it better is you can dive all year round – well except when there’s a rude typhoon who doesn’t know how to blend in, pfft.
How to get there?
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 plane When 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 ferry If 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.

From Romblon port, book a trip to Cajidiocan Port via Navios Shipping or Montenegro Lines, (Php400*per head).

*rates are as of May. 2019
Where to stay for accommodation?
We did a lot of research on where were the best places to stay in three nights, as we were hopping the islands every morning. We Googled and Googled considering three things: 1) nice bed where three to four hours of rest would be worth it, 2) cheap rates, as we were trying to minimize our spend, 3) an Instagrammable place where we could take advantage of our idle time to collect pretty pictures.
We chose the following accommodations:

ROMBLON ISLAND – San Pedro Beach Resort
SIBUYAN ISLAND – The Boathouse
TABLAS ISLAND – Escape Eco Resort

I also shared a list of other options on each blog, just click the link! >>> TheMhayonnaise x Romblon

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OUR SIBUYAN ISLAND EXPERIENCE
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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.

Related post: Home away from home: The Boathouse in Sibuyan, Romblon
the boathouse | sibuyan island romblon | themhayonnaise

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!

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*rates are as of May 2019

Read more of my Romblon trip here >>

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WRAPPING IT ALL UP
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sibuyan island romblon | themhayonnaise

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?

Looking for more places to visit? Need someone to travel with? Waiting for someone to be your food buddy? Wait no more and just stay connected! Follow me on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter. I also am on VSCO and Zomato, in case you’re curious or interested to join me in my travels and food reviews. Or let’s chat via email through themhayonnaise@gmail.com.

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