ROMBLON: Carabao Island x Tablas Island Tips and Itinerary

Never did I expect that I will fall in love with Romblon. It is my second time in this province but first time in Tablas Island and Carabao Island and yet… ang dami pa din naming hindi naexplore. This province has soooooo many great things to offer from its three main islands: Sibuyan, Romblon Romblon and Tablas. You can do river hunting, caving, (a lot of) cliff jumping, island hopping, snorkeling, star gazing, and more of beaching. Lol.

This has been one of our spontaneous trip of all time since we only have 1 week to prepare (took advantage of that seat sale) and we just have more or less 2 days to explore. Yes 2 days not included the transit. Now let me share you the photos and itinerary of how we did it.

DAY 1: TRANSIT AND COCONUT TREE

1:30PM: CATICLAN AIRPORT ARRIVAL
1:40PM: TRICYCLE TO CATICLAN JETTY PORT (15mins away)
2:30PM: BOARD PUMP BOAT GOING TO CARABAO ISLAND
3:30PM: ARRIVAL IN CARABAO ISLAND(aka Hambil)
3:40PM: CHECK-IN KAMEO LODGE
4:00PM: WALKING THRU THE SHORES, HANAP NG HALO-HALO, FREEEE TIMEEEE

NOTE:
There’s only 1 boat that transfers from Caticlan to Carabao Island per day and has 2 schedules: 8:30am and 3:00pm. Better catch this or else wait until the following morning. There are times the boat leaves earlier especially if the boat is already full of passengers so better come early. Buti na lang maaga kami dumating kundi… drama. Lols

If you don’t have any contact yet for the habal-habal that will tour you around the island, don’t worry because once you reached San Jose Port (port in Carabao Island) there are a lot of habal drivers that will ask you kung may mag tour na sa inyo kinabukasan. Price starts at PHP500 per habal habal for the whole day tour.

Kameo Lodge Contact:
Nanay Edna: 0917 548 7960
Kameo Lodge Facebook

DAY 2:
7:00AM: WAKE UP CALL
8:00AM: START OF TOUR
9:00AM: ETA CATHEDRAL CAVE AND CLIFF
11:00AM: ETD FOR KUDING-KUDING CLIFF DIVING SPOT
11:30AM: ETA KUDING-KUDING CLIFF DIVING SPOT
1:00PM: ETD FOR LUNCH
2:00PM: LATE LUNCH AT BAMBOO RESTAURANT
3:00PM: ETA TAGAYTAY VIEWPOINT
4:30PM: ETD FOR WHITE BEACH
END OF TOUR

NOTE:
Kung nagccrave ka sa seafood lalo na sa crabs and shrimps, sa Bamboo Restaurant kayo kumain. Sobrang mura at sarap niya. Like 250 pesos per crab lang.

📍Cathedral Cave and Cliff- you can relax on this bamboo raft after your cliff jump. Pero dahil hindi naman ako nag cliff jump, meron dun sa gilid na hagdan. Nilangoy ko na lang papunta dyan. hahah.

📍Cathedral Cave and Cliff- You can do caving before tumambay sa dagat. 💚
📍Kuding-Kuding Cliff Diving Spot- You can actually do caving here, best if it is low tide.

📍Kuding-Kuding Cliff Diving Spot- Dito ka pwede mag caving kung low tide.
📍Bamboo Restaurant- YAZ📍Tagaytay Viewpoint- You can view the island of Boracay here. Nakatulog ako dito aside sa napakahangin dito, ang tahimik. 😉

DAY 3:
4:30AM: WAKE UP CALL
5:00AM: WALK GOING TO SAN JOSE PORT
6:00AM: ETD BOAT TO STA.FE PORT TABLAS
7:00AM: ETA STA.FE PORT TABLAS
7:20AM: ETD STA.FE PORT TO ODIONGAN (JEEP)
8:20AM: ETA ODIONGAN
8:30AM: ETA TRIKE ODIONGAN TERMINAL
8:40AM: ETD JEEP TO CALATRAVA
10:15AM: ETA CALATRAVA PORT
10:30AM: ETD TO TURTLE COVE (PUMP BOAT)
11:15AM: ETA TURTLE COVE: CHECK IN
12:00NN: LUNCH
1:00PM: START HALF DAY TOUR
1:30PM: ETA LAPUS LAPUS BEACH
2:30PM: ETD TO GUINDAUHAN BEACH
3:00PM: ETA GUINDAUHAN BEACH
4:00PM: ETD TO TINAGONG DAGAT
4:15PM: ETA TINAGONG DAGAT
5:00PM: ETD BACK TO TURTLE COVE
5:30PM: SWIMMING COVE 1
6:30PM: WASH UP
7:00PM: DINNER
8:00PM: SOCIALS
9:00PM: LIGHTS OFF

NOTE:
Guys, sobrang ganda sa Turtle Cove and super secluded nung lugar and kami lang yung guest that time. (Weekday perks)

Turtle Cove Contact:
James: 0927 776 9003
Turtle Cove Island Resort Facebook Page

📍Turtle Cove
📍Lapus-Lapus Beach
📍Lapus-Lapus Beach
📍Guindauhan Beach
📍Guindauhan Beach- Can do snorkeling here.
📍Tinagong Dagat
📍Tinagong Dagat- Can do cliff jumping here.

DAY 4:
5:30AM: WAKE UP CALL
6:15AM: BREAKFAST
7:00AM: GOODBYE TURTLE COVE
7:45AM: ETA CALATRAVA PORT
8:15AM: ETD JEEP FOR ODIONGAN PORT
9:45AM: ETA ODIONGAN PORT
1:00PM: BOARD 2GO BOUND TO BATANGAS PIER
8:30PM: ETA BATANGAS PIER
12:00MN:ETA HOME (SILANG, CAVITE) HAHAHA

NOTE:
At Calatrava Port, hourly there is a jeep bound to Odiongan Port.

Since Boracay is closed for rehabilitation, you might want to consider Romblon for your trip. Medyo mahirap lang yung transit, but it is all worth-it. For boat schedules to and from Batangas Pier, you might want to check out Navios, Montenegro, and 2Go. These are some of the boats that travels in Batangas Pier to Sibuyan/Romblon Romblon or Odiongan (Tablas).

That’s it! Hope this helps you! Keep exploring!

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