Romblon's top 6 beaches with wow factor

If you're looking for the perfect  tropical white-sand beach with clear waters, with hardly a soul in sight, then look no further than Romblon

Cover photo by George Tapan

ROMBLON ISLAND
Carabao Island. By Harvey Tapan
Maracay-racay
 is a fantastic powder- white sand beach with gin-clear waters, one of the best beaches visited by the Archipelago and Inflight Traveller magazine team. The seabed is rocky in parts and slopes down gradually. It is also the jump off point to the neighboring dive site of Tacut Reef, a marine sanctuary. Maracay-racay is a 2km hike to the southern direction, through two barangays. For more information on Maracay-racay and to arrange for a homestay, contact Congressman Madrona’s office, tel +632 931 5001 loc. 7684.

Carabao Island Beach is said to be the next Boracay. It's located in San Jose Town, south of Romblon and just about a two-hour boat ride from Boracay. It has several white-sand beaches similar to Boracay's White beach. Check out airbnb for apartments and homes you can rent in Carabao Island.

Talipakasak Beach Marine Sanctuary. By Jocas See
Talipasak Beach
 is a secluded beach with cream-colored sand, gradually sloping seabed that is rocky in some parts, and clean, clear waters. Close to the beach is a marine sanctuary that houses untouched reefs, home to pelagics and diverse marine species. The beach is a 30-minute drive from the port down the main road. Book a stay at San Pedro Beach Resort, which has native thatched cottages by the beach.

Cobrador Island, located north of Romblon Island is the biggest islet in Romblon. It has beautiful coves fringed with fine white sand and crushed corals. You can reach Cobrador in 35-40 minutes by outrigger boat from Romblon’s port to Cobrador port. For more information on Cobrador Island and to arrange for a homestay, contact Congressman Madrona’s officetel +632 931 5001 loc. 7684.

Tiamban Beach has creamy beige sand, clean, clear waters, and a small cove that stretches to some 50m. Again the seabed slopes down gradually. From the beach, you can see Tablas island in the distance. Tiamban is located about 5km from the town proper or a 15-minute drive from the main port. Book a stay at Tiamban Beach Resort. Call +632 723 6710.

SIBUYAN ISLAND
Cresta de Gallo. By George Tapan
Cresta de Gallo,
one of Romblon's gems, is a five-hectare, kidney-shaped islet with a white sand beach and clear, turquoise water. It's largely undeveloped and there’s no lodging anywhere on the island, but this shouldn't stop you from enjoying a swim and snorkel for the day since this is one gloriously beautiful beach. Another bonus is that oftentimes, there's hardly anyone in sight. Just pack a tent, food and drinks. Cresta de Gallo is an hour's travel by land from the main town of San Fernando to Barangay Azagra where you can hop on a pumpboat for a 30-minute ride to the island. Cresta de Gallo is located south of Sibuyan in the town of San Pedro. To inquire about tours and general travel help, contact the Romblon Tourism office, tel +63926 718 8286. For more information, visit Romblon.

TABLAS ISLAND
Looc Bay Marine Refuge and Sanctuary. By George Tapan
Looc Bay Marine Refuge and Sanctuary
 is one of the best spots for snorkeling and fish feeding. This sanctuary is host to diverse species of tropical reef fish, hard and soft corals, turtles, octopuses, eels, seabirds, and hundreds of continuously regenerating colorful giant clams. The sanctuary is located on the southwestern portion of Tablas. To inquire about tours and general travel help, contact the Romblon Tourism office, tel +63926 718 8286, visit Romblon.

ESSENTIALS
PAL Express flies three times a week from Manila to Tablas, one of the three major islands of Romblon province. Visit PAL Express. The best time to visit Romblon is from August to January. Check out the Ati-atihan parade, the local mardi-gras that takes place on the second Friday of January. 

Originally published in InFlight Traveller August to September 2009. Updated March 2016