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.
From Manila, we took the first flight of PAL Express to Caticlan and arrived at around 6:40am. We took a tricycle from the airport to the Caticlan Jetty Port (Php 50 per pax) and took the chance of getting 2Go ferry tickets to Odiongan. If ever we were not able to get the 2Go ferry tickets, we will most likely take the pump boat to Looc (leaves at 8:30am).
It’s our first time to ride the 2Go ferry. We only got the Economy class tickets since it’s just a short trip. In case you’ll get hungry, there’s a restaurant inside (airconditioned). A rice meal with one viand costs Php 95.
Upon arrival at Odiongan port, we took a tricycle to Odiongan Market / Jeepney Terminal. We took the jeepney going to San Agustin via San Andres, and Calatrava (Php 120 per pax). On the way to San Agustin, around 98 percent of the roads we passed by were already paved.
We got off at the port of San Agustin. We looked for a lodge where we can stay for a night so that we can take the M/V Querubin ferry to Sibuyan (via Romblon Island) that leaves at 6:00am.
Here’s a breakdown of the schedule and expenses during our first day of travel to San Agustin, Romblon before we en route to Sibuyan Island.
Manila to San Agustin, Romblon:
6:40am – arrival at Caticlan Airport
6:45am – arrival at Caticlan Jetty Port, bought 2GO tickets, checked in and paid terminal fee
8:00am – boarded 2Go ferry going to Odiongan, Romblon
8:30am – ship left Caticlan Jetty Port
10:30am – arrived at Odiongan, Romblon
11:00am – arrived at the Odiongan Jeepney Terminal
12:00noon – departure of jeepney for San Agustin, Romblon
2:45pm – arrived at San Agustin, Romblon; checked in at a lodge
2go tickets (Caticlan to Odiongan) – Php 946 for 2 pax
Terminal fee at Caticlan Jetty Port – Php 100 for 2 pax
Tricycle fare (Odiongan Port to Odiongan Jeepney Terminal) – Php 100 for 2 pax
Jeepney fare (Odiongan to San Agustin) Php 240 for 2 pax
Lodging and Food Expenses:
overnight stay in San Agustin (airconditioned room) – Php 800
Lunch at San Agustin – Php 160
Afternoon snacks – Php 60
Dinner – Php 115
Routes going to Tablas Island:
- from Manila
- via Batangas Pier route:
- Ride the bus going to Batangas Pier (2 – 3 hour bus ride) then hop on a RORO / Ferry going to Odiongan, Tablas. You can choose either 2GO or Montenegro Shipping Lines. 2GO is good because it’s clean and fairly new although it’s a bit more expensive than Montenegro. Ferries to Odiongan usually leave 5:00 pm and arrives 2:00 am / 3:00 am the next day.
- via Caticlan
- From Caticlan Jetty Port, you may ride a 40 seater pump boat going to Looc, Tablas or ride the 2Go Ferry (MV St. Ignatius). Pump boat going to Looc leaves at 8:30 am daily while 2G0 leaves 8:00 am (check their website for the schedule). Be at the terminal at least an hour before so that you can have time to buy your tickets (if you haven’t bought this via 2GO website), check in and also pay the terminal fee.
- via Batangas Pier route:
- Do note that jeepney schedules in Romblon depends on the ferry schedules. Reason for this is that they don’t have much passengers if there are no ferry arrivals / departures. You might have to rent a tricycle or wait longer if your schedule is not according to the ferry schedule.
- Always check ferry schedules (especially the big shipping companies such as 2GO, Montenegro Shipping Lines) because this changes without further notice. For pump boats, this will depend on the weather.