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If you want a break from scuba diving, there are many options to relax and tour the island of Romblon. You can explore on your own or hire a local guide.

Motorbike or Tricycle Tour around the island

A tour around the island takes around 2 hours to a full day depending on how many times you want to stop to explore, take photos, eat or swim at beaches and waterfalls. A large part of the road runs near the coastline and the rest of it leads you through forests, mountains and small villages.

Tiamban Beach, Romblon Island

It takes about 20 minutes to reach Tiamban Beach by foot from the resort. Taking a tricycle would be only about 5 minutes. Here you can swim or snorkel and relax in the shade of the trees. Entrance fee is around PHP 70. There are toilets and a small store selling drinks.

Bonbon Beach, Romblon Island

Bonbon Beach is a beautiful beach in the center of Barangay Lonos. A long sandbar connects the beach with the nearby island Bangug. During low tide you can walk to the small island – just make sure you return in time before the tide comes back as the current can get strong ones the water flows over the sandbar.

San Pedro Beach (Talipasak), Romblon Island

It takes about 15 minutes by tricycle or motor scooter to reach San Pedro Beach. The small resort offers drinks and local dishes. Entrance fee is around PHP 50. You can relax on the beach or go swimming and snorkeling in the nearby San Pedro Marine Sanctuary.

Romblon Marble Tour

On a guided marble tour you can follow the way of the marble from the small quarries and factories to the souvenir shops in Romblon Town. You can also visit local artists working on large marble statues.

Sunbird Ridge in Lonos, Romblon Island

The private house is owned by friends of the family, who are willing to welcome guests on appointment. They are bird specialists and observe local birds on a daily base. Frequent guests at their garden are Olive Backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis), the rare Purple Throated Sunbird (Leptocoma sperata) and a couple of other bird species (common and rare species). You can also enjoy the amazing view over the bay and the nearby islands. The owners are also creating art: fine oil paintings on marble and shell jewelry (from shells found at local beaches).

Romblon Town

Romblon Town is known for the marble artists and the historic Filipino houses built of wood with the typical shell windows. Best time to visit is early morning (market) and late afternoon. A walk around town takes 15 to 120 minutes depending on what you like to see.

Agpanabat Scenic Point and Light House

No entrance fee has to be paid to visit the scenic point, but the care takers of the light house are happy to receive a small donation from visitors. Worth a visit are also the fossilized giant clams in the vicinity of the light house.

Biniray/Ati-Atihan Festival

The “Carnival of Romblon” starts every second Saturday in January with colorful parades and drum concerts. The Biniray/Ati-Atihan Festival is one of the Romblomanons’ favorite day of the year and the whole island is preparing and looking forward to it each year.

Hiking in Romblon Island

In Romblon you can find many hiking trails. Many are suitable for all levels of experience. Only some are more difficult and require suitable shoes. There are ridge hikes, valley hikes and hikes along the coast. You can explorer on your own or book a local guide.

Logbon Island, Romblon

It takes around 15 minutes by boat to reach Logbon Island. You can go swimming on one of the beaches, have a picnic in the shade of the coconut palms, go snorkeling in Logbon Marine Sanctuary or explore the small villages.

Alad Island, Romblon

Alad Island is known for its beautiful marine sanctuary with large soft and leather corals and colorful fish. Here you can find secluded beaches and small hiking trails. It is often included in our island hopping tours and a perfect place for a BBQ or picnic on the beach.

Cobrador Island (Naguso), Romblon

Here you can find Cobrador’s White Beach – a long stretch of beautiful fine white sand not far from Takot Reef Marine Sanctuary (Sunken Island). The island is part of most of our island hopping tours. In recent years a small rock near Cobrador got famous for cliff jumping and was promoted by several travel bloggers.

Fort San Andres

The historic Spanish fort is located on a hill overlooking Romblon Town. Best time to visit is either early in the morning or late afternoon.

St. Joseph Church

The beautiful church in the heart of Romblon Town was declared a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum. This historic sight should be part of every tour through Romblon Town.

coming soon: waterfalls

Mount Guiting-Guiting, Sibuyan Natural Park, Sibuyan Island

Sibuyan Island is located east of Romblon Island. It takes about 2 hours by ferry to get there. The island is known for its dense forests, high mountains and large waterfalls. Due to the high number of species including a couple of endemics the Sibuyan is also dubbed “The Galapagos of Asia”. You have to stay at least one night at the island and can enjoy hiking in the forsts, natural park tours and visiting one of the many waterfalls including Catingas River, Cawa-Cawa Falls, Lagting Falls, Cataja Falls and Lambingan Falls.