Cruising Romblon: Sibuyan Island in 48 hours

Sibuyan Island in 48 hours
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Exploring Sibuyan Island in 48 hours

As my previous article suggests, everything is badass in Sibuyan. A long weekend is all you need to visit!

Sibuyan Island in 48 hours is possible. Sans the downtime from the boat ride, your day will be jam packed with activities your head will spin! Here’s how we did it…

We left the Batangas port via Grand Unity (Navios Shipping Lines) for Cajidiocan (Sibuyan) at 5PM. We had deluxe accommodations at P1200 each.

Clocking in at 15 hours as the ship made a stop at Romblon City first. We finally made it to Cajidiocan by 9AM.

Were here - Ajie Masuba
Were here – Ajie Masuba

At 11AM we have checked in at Sanctuary Garden resort. It’s a perfect place to unwind and disconnect — literally. The mobile and data signal in the area is next to nil. From billiards, kayaking, nature walks (i.e. hunting for different kinds of Hibiscus flower then animal viewing), river trailing, swimming, bird watching and dinner by the bon fire—there’s a myriad of activities to keep you busy.

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The picturesque Pawala river dam
The picturesque Pawala river dam
So clear, you can almost see the bottom!
So clear, you can almost see the bottom!
3 ducklings kayaking
3 ducklings kayaking
Meet Kat-Kat, the adorbs parrot!
Meet Kat-Kat, the adorbs parrot!

The resort has a convenience store which carries a variety of local and imported goods. Don’t forget to buy Teresing’s Balitsaw – Ginataang Alamang (Shrimp paste in coconut milk) as pasalubong! It’s addicting, believe me.

Group pic courtesy of PHILTOA and #govisitphilippines
Group pic courtesy of PHILTOA and #govisitphilippines
Room for the night
Room for the night – Ramon Figurasin Mariñas. Their villas have fan and a/c rooms available!

The next 24 hours were focused on the waterways and falls of Sibuyan. We headed out to Lambingan Falls at 7:30AM to take a brief 10-15 mins. stroll to the falls. It’s a quaint area, great for picnics or alone time.

Alone but not lonely in Lambingan Falls – Ajie Masuba
Alone but not lonely in Lambingan Falls – Ajie Masuba

We then met with mayor Nicasio ’Nick’ M. Ramos of Cajidiocan to get our Cruising Romblon ‘passports’ stamped.

Mayor of Cajidiongan - Faith Democer
Mayor of Cajidiongan – Faith Democer

At 9AM, we’ve gone to Sugod beach where we saw some town festivities.

Sugod beach shoreline – Ajie Masuba
Sugod beach shoreline – Ajie Masuba

I got to speak with the LGUs who were attending the affair and they’ve shared exciting news that there’s another trail — a shorter but more treacherous one in Mt. Guiting –Guiting which will soon open. This may have already been the case since our visit to Sibuyan was more than a month ago. The mountaineer inside me flipped.

We had some refreshments, specifically Halo-Halo at this quaint place called Hayahay Point. It’s one of the best I’ve tried! At just P35 per serving, it’s an original recipe from the owners. There are several huts at their yard which you can lounge in while you beat the heat with your Halo-Halo, or two!

Halo-halo - Jenny Picara
Halo-halo – Jenny Picara

On top load, we went on an exciting ride to Cantingas River Resort. The Cantingas River has the cleanest river in the country and it’s evident. I guess my excitement stopped there as I didn’t go cliff diving because I left my ear plugs *boo*. It looks to be an exhilarating experience for sure! See for yourself here.

Top load view going to Cantingas River
Top load view going to Cantingas River
Entrance info
Entrance info

We were served lunch and I cannot forget how delectable the Sarsang hipon was! It’s pounded fresh river shrimps with coconut meat, coconut milk and chilies. That’s another reason for you to explore Sibuyan!

Look at this spread! – Ajie Masuba. The sarsang hipon are on right hand side.
Look at this spread! – Ajie Masuba. The sarsang hipon are on right hand side.

Last on our list is Dagubdob Falls. It requires a 20 minute hike but it’s all worth it. You can see the falls in ‘layers’ like a cake. It’s especially nice that there are sections of the falls where you can dip in position yourself for a free nature massage from the cascading waters. Who can beat that?

Dagubdob Falls – Jenny Picara
Dagubdob Falls – Jenny Picara

We made a side trip at the home of our very gracious host, Mr. Ronnie Royo, Community Coordinator of Sibuyan. We were served fresh coconut and Cagabcab, a local delicacy made of cassava and brown sugar. It’s thin so it’s crisp and very crunchy.  You can get this packed and ready to be fried so you can bring it home too!

Cagabcab with Nutella – Ryan Meimban
Cagabcab with Nutella – Ryan Meimban
Perfect Combo – Ajie Masuba
Perfect Combo – Ajie Masuba

We ended the tour at 5pm and went back to the Sanctuary Resort. 48 hours of discoveries in Sibuyan. I’m definitely going back!

Simple Living in the Island of Sibuyan
Simple Living in the Island of Sibuyan

If you are ready to visit too, I’ve listed some information below to get you started. Be sure to attend the 27th Philippine Travel Mart this weekend at the SMX Convention Center to grab the best deals for your visit to Sibuyan and the rest of the Romblon islands. See yah!

How to get to Sibuyan Island

By Ferry

From Batangas and Manila
2Go Ferry, Romblon Shipping Lines and Navios Shipping Lines

From Romblon Island
to San Agustin via Montenegro Lines
to Odiongan via Montenegro Lines

Ferry Schedules and Booking details:
2Go Travel: Travel.2go.com.ph
Montenegro Lines: Montenegrolines.com.ph
Romblon Shipping Lines: http://www.romblonshippinglines.com/

By Public Pump Boat

From Caticlan Jetty Port (Boracay Aklan)
Leaves daily at 9am

This Cruising Romblon Validation Tour was made possible by Department of Tourism Region 4B MIMAROPA headed by Director Rebecca Labit, 2Go Shipping Lines, PHILTOA, Romblon Provincial Tourism Office and the local government units.

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