Experience Nonok Beach in Romblon
If you’ve been following my blog, you’ve heard me say before that there are gems to be found outside the more famous touristy places. This is true in Romblon as in any other place. With commercial development kept at a conservative pace to prevent encroaching into the natural beauty of the province, there are lots of beautiful places here that not many even knew existed.
We had time to spare in the province’s capital before waiting for the ferry to San Agustin, our next stop. While there, we thought of visiting the beaches. We first went to Bon Bon beach, which we found to be really pretty! It was a public beach, hence there was no entrance fee. It had no amenities, however, and since we did not really want to take a dip before setting out for the next destination, we moved on.
That’s when we came to Nonok beach. A cursory Google search will not yield so much information about this one, aside from its location. It tends to be overshadowed by the nearby Tiamban Beach, which is indeed beautiful. But for the moment, we found that Nonok beach is exactly what our group is looking for.
A Leisurely Time
Nonok beach is a private beach, with a measly entrance fee of Php 50 (around USD 1). With that amount, you can enjoy its beauty, plus amenities! We met Mr. Francisco Benedicto, the proprietor of the beach. He said that the beach tends to be pretty full on weekends. But since we came there on a Thursday, we had the fine white sand and the dazzling waters all to ourselves!
One of the advantages of Nonok is that you can simply drop by it anytime due to it being accessible by the main roads. That’s unlike other beaches of its kind, like say, Cobrador Island. This makes it the perfect weekday destination for groups who are simply looking for a relaxing place to spend an afternoon or evening. It’s just too bad that we can’t go for a swim at the time, but the waters were really inviting! It was all we could do to simply walk along the coast and admire the natural beauty of this corner of Romblon.
All you need
But the real draw of the beach is its complete set of amenities, for those who wish to have other activities. Nonok has cabins, huts, and everything you need for a great stay! Mr. Benedicto is proud of the fact that Nonok does not just offer rooms, it also offers a sala and a kitchen (you can bring your own food and equipment such as a grill). And rental starts at only Php 1,500 (around USD 30), good for two people.
There are three rooms available for rent, all of them air-conditioned. The second-floor room is the biggest, with the aforementioned kitchen and living room. The bathrooms are pretty basic (squarely within the price range), but the windows offer a great view of the ocean! For those opting for a more rustic feel, there is the “Tree House” which can be rented for Php 1,000 (around USD 20). It’s a fan room, but it has a seaside balcony that has an amazing vista!
Aside from these, there are also three comfort rooms and lots of tables and chairs outside. There’s even a dive shop behind the beach! For those who really want to feel the sea breeze, there is a white walkway that takes you out to the middle of the water. The end has rails that make it feel like the deck from that famous Titanic scene! And if you want to jump right into the water, there’s also a slide that leads directly into the shimmering blue.
For this afternoon, Nonok was indeed all that we needed. Sure, it’s not as dazzling as first-rate beach resorts, but who wants all that fancy stuff when all you need is the tranquility of nature?
Nonok Beach Resort
Address: Sawang – Sablayan Rd, Romblon
Contact Person: Francisco Benedicto
Contact No: 09218923131