Romblon Island, Philippines
Romblon is a Philippine province made of up a number of islands located in the Mimaropa region of the country. In terms of tourism, scuba diving is the main attraction here and while the sites in Romblon aren’t as well-known as other destinations in the Philippines, they are picking up in terms of popularity and diving tourism is fast becoming an important part of Romblon’s economy. With that being said, it’s still a great destination to experience without the crowds of the most popular island in the Philippines.
How to get to Romblon
Romblon province only has one airport, which is located in Tablas. From Tablas, visitors will have to rely on busses, tricycles, and boats and ferries to travel across the province.
It is also possible to arrive in Romblon by boat. There is a ferry to and from Manila to Romblon’s Masbate Island. You can also catch a ferry from the Batangas to Romblon.
Travelling by ferry and flight will take some advance planning since you will need to schedule your transportation, especially since the ferries don’t travel daily.
Best Time to Visit Romblon
October to June are the best months to visit Romblon, especially in terms of scuba diving. June to October are the rainiest months, and while it’s still possible to visit Romblon during these months, the water probably won’t be as clear so chances are that the visibility will be poor. The winds also tend to be quite strong from June-October, meaning rougher waters not just for diver but for any beach goers looking to swim, snorkel, or island hop.
Things to See and Do in Romblon
Most people come to Romblon for the scuba diving. Romblon has some of the best scuba diving in Philippines, especially in terms of macro and super macro diving. The sites here aren’t as well-known as other places in the Philippines meaning the waters are cleaner and the dive sites are healthier.
However, as amazing as the scuba diving is in Romblon, there are some other pretty cool things to see and do on land in Romblon as well, including the following:
San Andres Fort: A 15th century colonial fort, San Andreas Fort was originally built so it those stationed at the fort could warn the town of pirates. Today, it’s a popular view point.
The Romblon Cathedral: The Romblon Cathedral, or the St. Joseph Cathedral, is said to be the oldest church in the province. It is also one of the Philippine’s 26 colonial churches that were declared as ‘national cultural treasures’ in 2001.
Marble Factories: Romblon is known for its beautiful marble and, unsurprisingly, there are plenty of marble factories, some of which are open to visitors.
Hit the Beaches: If you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy the day, there is no better spot than the beach. Some of the best beaches in Romblon are: Talipasak, Tiamban, Bonbon, and Dolphin Beach. Check out our ultimate list of the 101 best beaches in Philippines for more.
Island Hopping: If you are looking for more beaches, then hire a boat to take you island hopping for the day. You can visit the nearby islands of Alad, Cobrador, and Lugbon. On your tour you can explore caves, snorkel, and even do some cliff jumping.
Libtong Falls: A relatively unknown waterfall in Romblon, Libtong Falls is a gorgeous layered waterfall that is definitely worth a visit.
Romblon is a great area to explore not just for scuba diving, but for exploring the beauty of the Philippines. A few days exploring these islands and the waters surrounding them definitely won’t disappoint. Especially if you are looking for a beautiful island destination without the tourists and crowds.