Blog Post by: Dianne
Romblon Province. The province was formerly called “Lomlon” which is an act of hen nesting to warm her eggs. In 1853, this was organized by the Spanish into a politico-military district and made a sub-province of Capiz. It was in 1917 that it was established as a separate province. Romblon consists of four municipalities which are Tablas, Romblon, Sibuyan and Maghali.
April 2013. We travel around some of the islands on Romblon in several days. Packed with excitement and curiousity of what the place could offer, we explored Tablas Island. Allow me to share the beauty of the island.
Tablas Island. This is the largest of the islands that comprise the province of Romblon in the Philippines. It lies south of Marinduque and Quezon, east of Mindoro, north of Aklan and Capiz, and west of Masbate. Tablas is subdivided into the municipalities of Calatrava, Alcantara, Ferrol, Looc, Odiongan, San Agustin, San Andres, Santa Fe, and Santa Maria. We arrived at around 9:30 am at the Tablas Tugdan airport (located in Alcantara) through Zest air flight. Zest air flies for three times a week going to and from Tablas. See link for online booking (http://www.flyzest.com/). You can also reach Romblon by ferry from Batangas City port. You may found the list of schedule in this link (http://www.pdosoluz.com.ph/category/pmobatangas/bat_ship).
Looc, Romblon: Where to stay
We headed to Looc, a municipality away from the Tugdan aiport. We wait for the jeepney in the crossing. This jeepneys are from San Augustin heading to Looc, the fare from Tugdan to Looc is 40pesos/person. There are also van/shuttle going to Looc/Odiongan which costs 150pesos/person. It was almost lunch time when we arrived at Looc. We had our lunch at the bakery and restaurant near the Plaza (note that there are few resturants here). After lunch, we check in to Marduke hotel. They offer cozy rooms at good price. The owner, Tita Gina, and family are very accomodating!
Looc Fish Sanctuary
We then headed off to the Looc Fish Sanctuary. This is just a walking distance from the hotel. We headed to their office for registration. The registration fee is 100 pesos and there are snorkelling devices for rent too. This sanctuary contains one of the richest marine diversity.
I am amazed with the colourful fishes that welcome us. We fed them, played and swim with them. It was indeed a very relaxing afternoon in the middle of the sea. There is a light house also adjacent to the sanctuary.
After the fish sanctuary, we explore the nearest falls in Looc which is the Lumbia falls. We rode on a single (motorcycle). Kuya Ato, our driver accompanied us to the falls also. It was located at Limon Norte. Lumbia falls is a short hike up a small hill. The falls land into a nice pool at the base, great area for kids and family swimming adventures. The falls has no entrance fee while the pool have entrance fee of 35pesos/person for adult and 20pesos/person for the children. You can reach the falls after approximately 15-20 minutes of trekking. It is very peaceful and relaxing moment! The sound of the falls , birds chirping and cold water is very worth it the travel.
We have our dinner at Magin’s Bar and Restaurant. They offer various foods delicacies. The transfer from the hotel to the restaurant is free. Our day ended with the party at the Plaza. It is the city Fiesta and there’s lots of programs and pageant that entertained us that night. We enjoyed the comany of the locals of Romblon.
Tablas Fun Resort
Early morning, we headed off to Tablas Fun Resort. They are offering various water activities. You may check there site (http://www.tablasfun.com/home/home/viewArticle/) for inquiries. We spend our day there. See below photos to see the beautiful beach they have.
Zest Air flights to Tablas Island has been discontinued since the acquisition of a portion of Zest Air to Air Asia.