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Tablas Island

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Tablas Island

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Tablas Island is the largest of the islands in the Province of Romblon in the Philippines.

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The name of the island was of Spanish origin. Before the colonialization of the Philippines, Tablas was known as the Island of Osigan. Tropical Tablas has retained its original character. The Wildlife and landscape appears untouched as deep-green vegetation is crossed by rivers and streams. Tablas Island provides a wide variety of outdoor activities. Visitors can explore wonderful waterfalls and caves surrounded by tropical nature. Sig-Kop Cave, Mablaran Falls, Garing Falls, Mainit Falls, or turquoise colored Linao D Victo are natural attractions in Tablas. In the middle of the island scenery becomes hilly and mountainous. The highest mountain is Mt. Payaopao with 665 meters (2182 feet) located in the municipal of San Augustin. But it is not necessary to climb mountains to get stunning views. Through partial winding roads arise magnificent outlooks on surrounding nature. Roads are mostly paved with asphalt some are covered with gravel. Tablas is not nearly as frequented by tourists compared to Boracay. Therefore, the beaches are deserted and quiet.

Odiongan, on the west central coast of the island, is a major port and the largest municipality of Romblon in terms of population. Tablas is administratively subdivided into the municipalities of Alcantara, Calatrava, Ferrol, Looc, Odiongan, San Agustin, San Andres, Santa Fe, and Santa Maria.

The ATM situation on the Tablas Islands is tricky. Even There are several ATM, due to problems with the connection to the internet, there is always a risk of beeing unable to get cash.

May 2018 there are no ATM on Sibuayan Islands which accept creditcards of foreigners. So please do yourself a favor and stack up on Pesos. There are several Pawnshops [for example (M Lhuiller) which offer Dollar exchange.

If you find yourself with Cash on Sibuyan you have the possibility to make an transfer to an M Lhuiller branch to get Cash. This method can be quite expensive but save the day.

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By Plane[edit]

Cebu Pacific has recently started flying to Tablas Island. They offer four flights a week from Manila, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays. Flight time is about one hour.

Other nearest airports are:

  • Caticlan or Godofredo P. Ramos Airport - Only small aircraft can land at this airport. You can either take a tricycle or walk to Caticlan Jetty Port.
  • Kalibo International Airport The Kalibo Airport runway is able to take larger aircraft but is further from Caticlan jetty port which is over an hour away

From Caticlan Jetty you can take a Bunka or Ferry to Tablas Island

By Ferry[edit]

The main port on Tablas Island is Odiongan with ferry’s running from Batangus City (2 hours south of Manila).

Ferry operators are

From Caticlan Jetty Port (next to Boracay) you can join the Bunka (local ferry) to Looc on Tablas Island. The Bunka usually leaves at 8:30am.Caticlan to Looc takes about 3 hours depending on weather.

Get around[edit]

To get around the Island you can have Jeepneys and motorized tricycles or you can hire a Motorbike

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Mainit Falls

The Wildlife and landscape appears untouched as deep-green vegetation is crossed by rivers and streams. A portion of the native forest cover has been removed and converted to coconut plantations, or rough grazing. However, the remaining small areas of watershed forest support several species of endemic wildlife that occur only on Tablas, or on just Tablas and Romblon Island. These include the Tablas Fantail Rhipidura sauli, the Tablas Drongo Dicrurus menagei, the Romblon Hawk Owl Ninox spilonota, and the Tablas Bulbul Hypsipetes (siquijorensis) cinereiceps. The frogs Platymantis_lawtoni and Platymantis levigatus are endangered species endemic to Tablas and other islands of Romblon province. In Ferrol at Malcom's Cove, monkeys, sea turtles and the Philippine eagle. In Santa Fe the whale shark (the earth's largest fish) is known to breed. The waters off Looc team with numerous species of tropical fish and sea life in the protected sanctuary. Binucot Beach has manatee, dolphin and sea turtles.

  • Mainit Falls, located about an hour hike north of Poctoy Port, is on a private property and not signposted, but is open to the public.*Dubduban-Bita Falls in Brgy. Dubduban, 3 km. from the town proper of San Agustin is a 7-tier cascade amidst dense vegetations and cool surroundings
  • "Mablaran falls", located in Brgy. Linawan San Andres, Romblon at least 8 km from the town proper of San Anres,*
  • "Tinagong Dagat", in Kabibihan in are two small, semi-circular saltwater lakes located only about 10 meters from the sea. The largest has a maximum diameter of 108 meters, the smaller about 35 meters. Both are deep and have cave-like formations under, One peculiar thing about Tinagong Dagat is that when it is high tide, Tinagong Dagat is in low tide and vice-versa.

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  • Escape Eco Resort & Pirate Hideout, Binucot beach (Odiongan to Ferrol to Bunsoran), [1]. checkin: 12; checkout: 12. This is a very charming new resort situated on one of the most valued beaches in Romblon region. Accommodation for all budgets are available. AC rooms range from 1600-1400 php. Fan rooms, 1100 php. Bungalows 800 php. Tent, 400 php and hammock 200 php. Most rooms overlook the beach and it's a 40 meter walk to the water. The resort offers package tours and freediving AIDA courses. The setting is very relaxed and eco friendly.  edit
  • Binucot Beach Resort
  • Cummings Highlands Resort
  • Footprints Beach Resort
  • Turtle Cove Resort

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