Sanctuary Garden in Sibuyan, Romblon

Rooms at at Sanctuary Garden Resort in Magdiwang, Sibuyan

As mentioned in my previous blog post about Cresta de Gallo, we are very grateful that we’ve stayed in Sanctuary Garden.

Staying in Sanctuary Garden was the best decision we made. We were tempted to change plans during the RORO trip because I wasn’t getting any updates from my contact from the resort. When we went departed the ship, someone approached me and mentioned my name. Perhaps, it was gut feeling on his part to ask me and I immediately said “Yes, it’s me!”. It was one of the partners / owners of Sanctuary Garden and his name is Edgar. He brought his SUV and picked us up at the port then brought us to the resort. The reason that I didn’t receive his texts / calls is because of network problems. We felt so shy that he had to do this for us. This made me confirm the the things I read online that staff and especially owners of the resort go an extra mile for you.

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Day 2 of Romblon Backpacking Adventure: Journey to the Beautiful Island of Cresta de Gallo

Ambulong Port at Magdiwang, Sibuyan

The plan was to visit Cresta de Gallo the moment we docked at Magdiwang, Sibuyan. We had an earlier booking for a place to stay overnight in Magdiwang which is Sanctuary Garden Resort. We were told by another passenger on the ferry that it would be best to stay in San Fernando because it’s nearer Cresta de Gallo. We thought of changing plans the last minute, however, the owner of Sanctuary Garden already picked us up at the port. Thus, we went with the original plan of proceeding to our journey to Cresta de Gallo upon check in at Sanctuary Garden Resort. 

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Day 1: Traveling to Romblon

MV St. Ignatius - 2GO (Odiongan - Caticlan)

Romblon province is a composed of 3 major islands: Tablas, Romblon and Sibuyan. Sha’s relatives from her mother’s side is in Tablas but we wanted to explore some more. The plan is to go to Sibuyan, Carabao Island, Looc, Tablas and last stop is Boracay all within 6 days. We had to do a lot of inter-island transfers and travel via land by riding passenger jeepneys and tricycles.

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Aglicay Beach in Alcantara, Romblon

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Aglicay Beach is situated in the municipality of Alcantara, Tablas Island, Romblon. It is just a few minutes away from Looc, the town proper of Tablas Island. We rode a tricycle  from Looc which costed us Php 150.00.

I have heard a lot of good things about this place. Since my relatives are from Tablas Island, they recommended me to visit the place because it’s really beautiful and cheap as well. I went there with my cousin Genevieve, her boyfriend and Karla. Karla and I stayed there only for half a day because we need to go back to Manila at once.

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Carabao Island, Romblon: Definitely Better than Boracay

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Romblon is known as the ‘Marble Capital of the Philippines’ but there are things that are yet to be discovered in this beautiful island. My mother’s family is based in Romblon but it was just lately when I realized that Romblon has a beautiful island called ‘Carabao Island’.

Carabao Island is situated in San Jose, Romblon. The nearest island from Carabao Island is Boracay, going to Carabao Island will only take you 15 minutes via pump boat. Since my family lives in Tablas Island, Romblon, we took a boat ride from Sta. Fe to Carabao Island and took us around an hour to get there. There isn’t much tourists from the Sta. Fe side so the boat has schedules that you have to catch if you’re on a tight budget. At that time, we didn’t really go there to beach bum as my cousin and her boyfriend are planning to buy land there. It was official business. Since Karla and I didn’t really have official business to do there, we had the chance to enjoy the scenery and take photographs of it of course. The 4 of us rented a pump boat that costed around Php 4000 which we rented for half a day. We left Sta. Fe around 10 am and arrived at Carabao Island around 11 am. The boat ride was very bumpy, it felt like we were riding the ‘jungle log jam’ in Enchanted Kingdom but much longer (because it was almost an hour ride). According to the boat men, that was the normal motion of the sea but when it’s late afternoon it gets much crazier.

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