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.
The place isn’t really big but it’s peaceful there. Good thing is that we were the only ones who were there. We paid the entrance fee of just Php 40 per person. They serve food there however I would suggest to bring your own food because anyway, they didn’t have corkage fees.
Reception and Dining Area
The picture above is the reception and the dining area. This is just near the beach so if you need something just go there.
Mini Tree Cottages
We stayed under these mini tree cottages. Actually it’s very unique and definitely won’t easily be destroyed by strong winds. There are only a few of these, probably around 5-6 near the shore. This is a very strategic spot when you want to just bum around in the beach. The rental fee for these cottages were I think Php 150.00 only.
A local Romblon delicacy: Ginidgid (made of corn)
What I appreciated in this place is that fact that it’s clean. It isn’t infested with a lot of commercial activities yet. A day trip is already satisfying but if you decide to stay there overnight, there are rooms there or you can pitch a tent by the sand at a very minimal price. The owners of the resort, Dr. and Mrs. Martinez, were former US migrants but decided to come back to the Philippines. They are usually there but unfortunately, they weren’t available when we got there.
How to go to Aglicay Beach from Manila
There are different ways to get to Alcantara. If you’re coming from Manila and decides to ride the airplane (By the way, SEAIR is the only airline that is available there) you’re coming from the Tugdan airport. The flight is only for 45 minutes. From Tugdan airport, it takes around 45 minutes to 1 hour to get to Alcantara. You can ride a tricycle from Alcantara and tell the tricycle driver to take you to Aglicay Beach.
Another route from Manila is by taking the ferry in Pier 8. There aren’t daily schedules from Manila North Harbor and MBRS (Tel. No 632- 2435886) is the only shipping line coming from Manila. The whole trip will take you around 8 hours to get to Odiongan Port (or Poctoy Port). The fare is from Php 400-2500 (of course this is depending whether you’re in ordinary, special or in a cabin). The ferry leaves Manila at 5:00 pm and arrives Odiongan at 2:00 am. Once you arrive in Odiongan, you can ride a jeep going to Looc. You can either tell the driver to drop you in Alcantara and ride the tricycle going to Aglicay Beach. But since it’s very early in the morning, you can stay in Looc first for a few hours, then ride a tricycle from Looc gong to Aglicay.
There is also another route: ride a bus to Batangas Pier then ride the Roro/Ferry (Montenegro Lines or Viva). The bus ride from Manila-Batangas usually takes 3-4 hours. The roro/ferry leaves Batangas Pier at 5:00 pm so better be in Batangas Pier earlier than 4:00 pm if you don’t have your tickets yet. The roro/ferry ride will take around 9 hours. Same prices from above apply also. The travel time here is much longer but the roro/ferry operations are everyday.