Beach adventures in Tablas Island

By A Not So Secret Life and Randomly Candid

We know it’s almost December and writing article about beach adventure is somewhat off. But you might also want to consider spending your Christmas vacation in an island, right?

Honestly, Romblon was never on my island bucket list. However, when we were planning for an island getaway, it popped up as one of the options. Without second thought, we all agreed to pack our bags and go straight to Romblon.

We took the first trip from Iloilo City going to Caticlan at 3 am as we found out that the only trip going to Tablas Island, Romblon leaves Caticlan Jetty Port at 9 am. Tablas Island takes around 3 hours boat ride from Caticlan in an open sea.

It’s already 12 noon when we reached Looc town. The port is just few meters away from the town proper so you can either walk or rent a tricycle going to your destination. Since we do not have any idea where to stay, we opted to hire a tricycle. Fortunately, we met some locals on the boat who gave us some recommendations.

There are a number of resorts that offer good accommodation in the island but since we’re on a budget, we chose to stay in an inn located at the town proper. We actually went to a number of inns nearby but most of them are already fully-booked because it’s the town’s fiesta when we went there.

The inn where we stayed had air-conditioned rooms. Not bad for P1,150 (good for 3 pax) for an overnight stay.

After eating lunch and taking a short rest, we started exploring what Tablas Island has to offer. Our first stop is the Looc Fish Sanctuary which is their most popular destination. We went back to the port where we docked as it is also where we can ride a boat going to the floating cottage about 5 minutes away.

But before going there, you first have to pay P100 per head fare at the office located at the entrance of the port. Guests can rent snorkelling gear here for P50 and can stay at the floating cottage for a maximum of two hours and enjoy fish feeding, snorkelling or simply swimming.

We asked our driver where we can see the most beautiful sunset in Romblon and he recommended Binucot Beach. It’s an hour away from the town proper when riding a tricycle.

We reached Binucot Beach around 4 pm. It’s a very laid-back beach resort with a number of hotel rooms and cottages. There’s no need to pay for entrance fee but you can rent out a cottage for those who want to stay there for a day. Rooms and villas are also available for overnight stays.

After exploring the whole stretch of the beach, we stayed in a less crowded area where we had a little dip. We were supposed to wait for the sunset. However, we got bored so we just decided to go back to the town proper to take a rest since there is nothing to do in this island at night.

We look forward to the summer when we can go back to Romblon. There are still a lot of islands and destinations on our list that we plan to visit.

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