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Romblon Island, the Diamond of the Visayas

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A February 2006 trip to Philippines by HiramAbif

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Quote: Imagine your perfect island destination. It should have perfect beaches, superb diving and snorkeling, relaxing comfortable accommodation and healthy fresh food at knock down prices. In addition lush vegetation and friendly locals. Well, this island is not fictional. It is real and is called Romblon

Romblon Island, the Diamond of the Visayas

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Romblon is a "get away from it all and relax" destination. This by no means implies that there is a lack of interesting activities in Romblon. Starting with the little picturesque town, which is worth exploring, you can visit the 17th century Fort of San Andres, and also the beautifully maintained and imposing, with its sheer size, Church (also 17th century) of St Joseph. On the south and western side of the island there are some fantastic beaches and if you tour the whole island (using a hired tricycle-duration non stop about two and a half to three hours) you will be able to sample the impressive scenery and images from the life and works of the people of Romblon. The island is a marble exporter an...Read More

St Pedro Beach Resort

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Hotel

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This is one of my all-time favourites. I would easily rank St Pedro’s Beach Resort not simply one of the best in the Philippines (and it can be checked that I have travelled the Philippines well beyond the average backpacker), but one of the best of all the countries I have visited (and that is more than 40). The reason St Pedro rates so high is a superb combination of quality and (low) price.The accommodation comprises eight Nippa Hut bungalows, which are located few meters above the sea and link with the resort’s restaurant and reception with a cobbled path. The Nippa Huts are hidden in thick vegetation and protected from the wind and the strong sunlight by carefully planted trees blending n...Read More

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One of the best western eateries in Romblon, owned and run by Bob, a very friendly and genuinely nice Englishman from North Western England. He has a great sense of humour too. One evening as we enjoyed some great food, beer and funny conversation, another expatriate commented: "Poor people are generally nicer than rich people" Without thinking Bob added : "In that case I am becoming nicer every year"His little bar/restaurant in the corner of Republica street, near the main Plaza in Romblon Town serves the best spaghetti Bolognese in Romblon, most definitely the best pizzas and delicious spicy beef as well as several other western (and Filippino) dishes, and has a great atmosphere.The general air and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 21, 2006

St Pedro Beach Restaurant

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Restaurant

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St Pedro Beach resort has a restaurant on site which serves non guests as well. Mina has a daily menu, but what is outstanding is her Lapu Lapu fish cooked with an incredibly tasty sauce, accompanied by vegetables and rice—it is absolutely delicious.If you are staying at the resort make sure you secure your Lapu Lapu (and the size of it) with an order from the previous day. The price of the fish dish with the rice, vegetables and fruits at the end was a mere 150 Pesos, although Spyros (from our party) was charged 300 Pesos (due to the size of his fish and all the extras he was asking). Beers and soft drinks were competitively priced, but water was (by comparison) terribly expensive at 30 Pe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 21, 2006

Romblon Plaza Hotel Rooftop Restaurant

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Restaurant

Romblon Plaza Hotel Rooftop Restaurant  Photo, Romblon, Philippines
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This is a place to enjoy a drink or a meal, primarily for the commanding views of Romblon Town, and to a lesser extent for the meals. Having said that, there is nothing wrong with the meals regarding preparation, hygienic conditions, service, speed or prices, which are surprisingly inexpensive. The only problem is the Chef’s palate, which happens to be fanatically Filipino. That means that if you ask for a Spaghetti Napolitaine, a very tempting choice for about half a Euro/Dollar, you must make sure that the waitress (who is also local) clearly understands that you do NOT want any SUGAR in your spaghetti or else you will have the unenviable experience to sample spaghetti Napolitaine mixed with loads a...Read More

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Romblon Plaza Hotel Rooftop Restaurant
Romblon Main Square
Romblon Town

Romblon Town sightseeing

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Attraction

St Joseph's Church Photo, Romblon, Philippines
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Romblon Town, which is your arrival and departure point, is a small place. It is naturally protected from rough seas and winds by the hills around it and the natural harbour.It is a quiet sheepish Town, when compared with other places in the Philippines, and you can go around it within a space of a few hours.If you are an Internet addict and you cannot live without your emails, then you have no option but to visit Romblon Town, as this is where you will find the sole Internet café on the island (in February 2006, this was located on Republica street , almost opposite Republica restaurant and just around the corner from the main square).If you wish to buy fresh fruits and fresh fish then you will visit...Read More

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Without a shred of doubt, one of the best diving sites in the whole of the Philippines are Sibuyan and Romblon islands, the former with numerous unrecorded undiscovered fish species.I can think of no one better to help you with your diving explorations than Josef Mazenauer, who is a properly trained and equipped PADI instructor (Master instructor 903790). He has an impeccable knowledge of diving sites and extremely competitive prices (compared to the pricey Boracay a few miles further south). Married to a Filipino he can be contacted on mobile numbers 09102837612 and 09189144930.
His email address is cabanbanan@hotmail.com and his commercial website is http://www.romblon-isl.com

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Captain Lanon

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Through Elvin (our tricycle driver), we met Captain Lanon, who owns a small trimaran boat and he is a competent seaman, and very amicable and nice person too.With Captain Lanon we visited Lugbung island (one of the three islets northwest of Romblon island—the other two being Alad and Cobrador) and a number of remote and unique beaches like the one on photo 1 below.You can be pretty certain with Captain Lanon that he will find a beach with no other person on it, creating a Robinson Crusoe experience. After a couple of days, we felt honoured to be invited to his home and meet the rest of the family, his wife and his daughter Virgin, as well as grandchildren and rest of relatives. These friendly, hospita...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 21, 2006

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Romblon island is linked with Batangas Port (Luzon island) every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday with Montenegro Lines. The Boat departs at midday, reaches Odiogan Port in Tablas 4-5 hours later and eventually Batangas at 2-3:00am. A "de Luxe" ticket is 560 Pesos (11 US$ in February 2006) and on photo 2, you can see what sort of accommodation is the "de Luxe".Travelling by Boat in the Philippines is not for the faint hearted. Mary the Queen links Sibuyan island with Romblon island every Friday, and then continues to Batangas. Mary the Queen was used in the past in the UK and was serving the Isle of Man. It is a far better option than the Montenegro Lines, as it has a decent restaurant on the top deck, w...Read More