Tablas Island Romblon Philippines Tourist Destination is the largest of the islands that comprise the province of Romblon in the Philippines. The name of the island was of Spanish origin. Before the colonization of the Philippines, Tablas was known as the Island of Osigan. At the time of contact with Westerners, Osigan had a population of two hundred and fifty people living in small villages. Wax was produced in this island.
Odiongan, on the west central coast of the island, is a major port and the largest municipality of Romblon in terms of population. Tablas is administratively subdivided into the municipalities of Alcantara, Calatrava, Ferrol, Looc, Odiongan, San Agustin, San Andres, Santa Fe, and Santa Maria.
Romblon have three main islands: Romblon island, Sibuyan island, and Tablas island.
Tablas Island have a natural beauty such as beaches, rivers, mountains, and diverse eco-systems, which offer tourists many opportunities for adventures like scuba, trekking, and snorkeling.
Tablas Island are a lot of resorts now, for example Binucot Beach Resort and Bar or Sunset Cove Resort, both located at Binucot Beach which means “hidden beach” in the Philippine language.
Activities Can do at Tablas Island Romblon Philippines Tourist Destination
- Snorkel in Looc Fish Sanctuary
- Stock up on marble
- Visit the Parish of St. Joseph, the Spouse of Mary
- Waterfalls ( Mainit Falls, located about an hour hike north of Poctoy Port, is on a private property and not signposted, but is open to the public. Dubduban-Bita Falls in Brgy. Dubduban, 3 km. from the town proper of San Agustin is a 7-tier cascade amidst dense vegetations and cool surroundings. Mablaran falls, located in Brgy. Linawan San Andres, Romblon at least 8 km from the town proper of San Andres, Romblon )
- Lakes ( Tinagong Dagat in Brgy. Kabibihan in Calatrava are two small, semi-circular saltwater lakes located only about 10 metres (33 ft) from the sea. The largest has a maximum diameter of 108 metres (354 ft), the smaller about 35 metres (115 ft). Both are deep and have cave-like formations under. When it is high tide, Tinagong Dagat is in low tide and vice versa.
- Beaches (Binucot Beach, Aglicay and Binay-we beaches in Alcantara, Atabay and Guin-awayan beaches in Ferrol, Binucot (Dolphin) Beach in Ferrol/Bunsoran, Puro Island, just off the coast of Santa Fe, Saptos beach in Mabini, San Andres is one of rarest of all because of shoe shaped rock formation. It has also white sand.
- Wildlife ( The Tablas Fantail Rhipidura sauli, the Tablas Drongo Dicrurus menagei, the Romblon Hawk Owl Ninox spilonota, and the Tablas Bulbul Hypsipetes (siquijorensis) cinereiceps. The frogs Platymantis_lawtoni and Platymantis levigatus are endangered species endemic to Tablas and other islands of Romblon province. In Ferrol at Malcom’s Cove, monkeys, sea turtles and the Philippine eagle. In Santa Fe the whale shark. Binucot Beach has manatee, dolphin and sea turtles.
- Scuba Diving (The diving on Tablas Island is world class and virtually unexplored).
How to get to Tablas Island Romblon Philippines Tourist Destination
By Sea – From the Port of Batangas City in southern Luzon and disembarking at the Port of Odiongan in Barangay Poctoy.
From Batangas port, you can take a ferry going to Odiongan. Regular fare rates start from around P700- P800 pesos for both Montenegro Lines and 2GO Travel. It takes about 7-8 hours to travel from Batangas to Odiongan.
Montenegro Lines serves Odiongan from the Port of Batangas City six days per week with Roll-on/roll-off vessels, then heading to Romblon Island from Poctoy and returning the next day. Travel time from Batangas to Poctoy takes about 8–10 hours. Travel time from Poctoy Pier to Odiongan town is about 10 minutes by motorcycles. Tricycles are also readily available
By air – The main commercial airport of the province of Romblon is Tugdan Airport (IATA: TBH – ICAO: RPVU) located in the southeastern coast of Tablas in Barangay Tugdan, in the town of Alcantara.
From Manila, Philippine Airlines (PAL) serves Tugdan three times a week. Beginning February 2017, Cebu Pacific started flying from Manila to Tablas four times weekly – Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, using ATR 72-600 aircraft.
Philippine Airlines is the sole carrier that flies from Manila to Tablas at 11:00 A.M. and returns on the same days at 12:00 P.M.