Exploring Tablas Island of Romblon Province | Travel Guide

December 27, 2017

When someone says Romblon, the first thing that comes on my mind (maybe yours too) are Mt. Guiting-guiting and Sibuyan Island. Romblon, in my opinion, has been underrated. Although it may not be the least visited province in the Philippines, but you know that it won’t be on the top list either. Even I, is guilty of neglecting Romblon and just passed it by whenever I’m looking at our country’s map. Little did we know that this province offers tranquility from the bustling and hustling of Metro Manila particularly Tablas Island.

Haven’t heard it before right? Let me provide you some information about Tablas Island and a simple travel guide to explore and experience the serenity of this place.

Tablas is divided into nine municipalities and Odiongan being the center of trade and commerce in the island where the major port is located as well as most of the government offices. The locals speak a variety of Visayan dialects, notably a mixture of Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Aklanon, and other minor tongues. The island is also equipped with major infrastructures such as hospitals, hotels, resorts, restaurants and banks. Mobile signal is quite strong in some areas but when I went there I had a hard time getting a single bar.

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How to get there

  • Fly to Tablas Island

The fastest way to reach Romblon (or Tablas Island) is via Cebu Pacific Airlines, which was newly launched last February 2017 with four returning flights weekly. (Promo fare ranges Php 1,900+ | Non-promo fare ranges around Php 4,300+)

If you have a limited budget but has a lot of time, you could try taking a ferry from Batangas Port to Odiongan Port. For more details, you may visit the following links from these bloggers:

  1. Roro schedule and Fares by Pinoy AdvenTurista
  2. Romblon travel guide by Lakwatsero
  • Getting Around Tablas Island

Upon reaching Tablas Island, you may hire a habal-habal to tour around the scenic spots in the island. You could rarely see vehicles around the island which may either be SUV’s or 4×4 since roads were not paved before. Public vehicles are rare and always fully-loaded.

If you would hire a habal-habal, I recommend Generoso F Mercano (09296660553) who took me to Ferrol, Looc, Alcantara and Odiongan. Aside from being a habal-habal driver, he also drives a public van going to Odiongan and you may see him at the arrival area at Romblon Airport.

Places to visit

  • Aglicay Beach in Alcantara
View from the hill in Aglicay Beach.
  • Looc Bay Marine Refuge and Sanctuary in Looc
A 10-min boat ride from Looc Port.
  • Binucot Beach in Ferrol
  • Tuburan Falls in Odiongan
Part of Tuburan Falls.
  • Carabao Island in San Jose
Photo Credits: Out of Town Blog
  • Paksi Coves in Calatrava
Photo Credits: TripAdvisor
  • Mainit Falls in Odiongan
Photo Credits: Tour Tablas Philippines

Contacts:

  • Public van to Odiongan – Generoso F Mercano – 0929 666 0553
  • Tuburan Brgy. Capt. Larry – 0999 372 8684
  • Motorcycle around Odiongan – Peter – 0950 654 4633
  • Motorcycle around Alcantara to Looc – Aljun – 0948 722 3190
  • Tours – Deo’s Islands Adventures – 0999 002 0806 | 0997 920 0270

Where to Stay

Here are the list of places where you could stay around Tablas Island for a very affordable prices and that are near the beach.

  • Escape Eco Resort – price ranges around Php700 (good for 2) – Php2000 (good for 5).

  • Aglicay Beach Resort – price ranges Php 900 (Hillside, good for 6) – Php3,400 (Beach Front, good for 8).


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Where to Eat 

As for food trips, I can only share a few under this category since sometimes I prefer to be on the road than to make a stopover for lunch. There are times that I only eat 2 meals a day whenever I’m travelling. It saves me time and money.

Sample Itinerary 

My visit in Tablas island was time-constraint that’s why I haven’t visited all the other stunning sites but if you want to explore every nook and cranny of the island. It would probably take you 5 days, starting from San Agustin until Aglicay Beach in Alcantara.

Place to Visit
Day 1 Santa Maria & San Agustin
Day 2 Calatrava & San Andres
Day 3 Odiongan, Ferrol & Looc
Day 4 Santa Fe
Day 5 Alcantara



Sample Budget

This was the breakdown expenses on my 3 days and 2 nights in Tablas island. I kinda splurge on my 2nd night since I have way more than enough budget. I could enjoy a 5-day trip with Php8,000 all-in.

Breakdown of Expenses
Transportation P 1,212
Accommodation P 1,400
Food P 610
Tour and Rentals P 950
Terminal Fee P 100
Total P 4,272

Disclosure: Air fare was sponsored by Cebu Pacific. Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions are objective and independent.

Hope this travel guide helps you plan your adventure in Tablas Island!