Romblon is a series of 20 islands which lie in the Sibuyan Sea which is the near perfect center of the Philippine’s archipelago. Romblon is 346 kilometers south of Manila. Three main islands make up the bulk of Romblon; they include the islands of Tablas, Sibuyan and Romblon. The province is mostly mountainous but narrow strips of lowlands hug the coastlines and there are many plains and low hills throughout the islands. Accessible by ferry there is also an airport on the island of Tablas which is accessible by flights generating from Manila and surrounding areas.
Mount Guiting-Guiting is famous in the Philippines. The mountain stands 2,058 meters (6,752 feet) above sea level and is a magnet for rock climbers. Experienced climbers should dare take the trek up Guiting-Guiting due to the jagged summit on the mountain. For those not into rock climbing try the many beaches that border the islands of Romblon. Carabao Island and Cresta Del Gallo are just two of the hot spots of white sand and total tranquility for those who seek it.
Many beautiful waterfalls and rivers are found in the regions of Romblon. Be sure to tour the Cantinga River known for its captivating vistas. In the mountains just above Cantinga the world’s smallest bats are found along with the endangered wild cat called Singalong. Other waterways include Busay Falls, Lagting Falls River, Lambingan Falls and Saba Bay Lagoon. Saba Bay Lagoon is a 28 hectare body of water and is near Mabini and San Roque. Saba Bay allows anyone who goes there to see beautiful scenes of the surrounding waters.
Diving in Romblon is an endless adventure. Dive through untouched sea beds and abundant coral reefs where exotic fish and the beauty of the sea live. Hot spots include Times Square, Sunken Island, Logbon Sanctuary and Sasaigang Point all of which are incredible places to dive in and discover. For those who are not into diving but love snorkeling try Turtle’s Feeding Place along with San Pedro Sanctuary where many turtles can be seen in their natural habitat. For those who stay out of the water, take a boat ride in search of whale sharks. Those who enjoy bird watching, the migrating birds which pass through this region from the Sulu Sea are a great way to enjoy a day or late evening.
For those who love the beauty of cave exploration, Romblon has many for you to enjoy. First try the Guyangan Caves of Banton. This famous cave is where the centuries old coffins of hollowed out logs were discovered in 1936. These coffins are now part of the National Museum in Manila. Lis-Ong Cave and Guiniwagan Cave are both heavily adorned with Stalagmites and Stalactites inside. Be sure to bring your swimming trunks along when touring the Guiniwagan Cave as a beautiful pool of water adorns the interior where anyone can take a dip.
There are many other unique and adventurous places to see in Romblon. Stop by the Cotta Tower, the remains of a fort during the Spanish attempt to ward off the Muslim Pirates. Panorama Point, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Fort San Andres and many other unique places around Romblon are a vacationer’s paradise. In all, the 20 islands of Romblon will take several vacations to see. Start with the 3 main islands of Romblon and find your way back to discover what the other 17 have waiting for you.