The Philippines, an archipelago of 7,107 islands, is known for its beautiful beaches. Its coastline, stretching at 37,653 kilometers, is the fourth longest in the world, longer than Australia and even the United States of America. But more than Boracay, Cebu or El Nido, there are other beaches perched in less touristy islands of the country. Unspoiled and unsploited hidden jewels that guarantee the same sun, sea and sand of the tropical Philippines such as in the Province of Romblon.
Located at the center of the Philippine archipelago, the Province of Romblon is a cluster of 20 islands and islets scattered in Sibuyan Sea and Tablas Strait. Its capital is the island municipality of the same name, Romblon Island, home to some of the country’s pristine beaches, without the usual crowd and with the serenity that everyone dreams of. Let’s check out some!
Just five kilometers from the downtown, Bonbon Beach is perhaps the most beautiful and popular beach in the island. Located in Barangay Lonos, Bonbon is a privately owned white sandy beach on a gradually sloping seafront that stretches up to approximately two kilometers. It is linked to an uninhabited Bang-og Island by a sandbar that is submerged on a knee to chest deep water during high tide.
It is a bare beach – no resort nor other commercial amenities. Just pure sand, turquoise water, fantastic view of the Tablas Island, beautiful sunset and the typical rural beach life. Since it is a private property, you need to ask permission if you have plan of camping in the area.
Also in Barangay Lonos and situated just beside Bonbon Beach is a small yet equally beautiful strip of white sand that locals call Margie’s Beach. Generally speaking, it is still part of Bonbon Beach, separated only by huge rocks and owned by different person.
Like Bonbon Beach, there is no resort nor cottages in Margie’s Beach. If you prefer to set your camp here, just approach the locals residing in the beach to ask for permission.
Tiamban is another popular beach in Barangay Lonos. Famed for its white sand and crystal clear blue water specially during high tide, Tiamban Beach offers the same beautiful view of Tablas Island.
It is a child friendly beach for its gradually sloping seabed and clean fine sand. But unlike Bonbon and Margie, Tiamban Beach has basic facilities for tourists who prefer to stay overnight, camping is also allowed for a minimal fee.
San Pedro Beach (Talipasak Beach)
Tucked in the coastline of Barangay Talipasak, some thirty minutes ride from the downtown, is the privately owned San Pedro Beach Resort or commonly known as Talipasak Beach.
With eight room cottages, a restaurant and a secluded beach, this resort offers a quiet and serene beach accommodation for as low as P600 per night on a fan room. The the resort, owned by Ms. Mina Mingowa (+639282730515), is popular for foreign backpackers.
That’s just four beaches in mainland Romblon Island and there are probably more on the eastern seaboard and the neighboring islands. But I hope those photos and descriptions are enough to convince you to visit Romblon. I guarantee you that it is a worthy trip!
For more information on how to go, where to stay, what to do and other tips on going to Romblon Island, check out my Romblon Island Travel Guide.