By air – there’s no airport on Romblon so you’d have to fly to the Tablas Island. Plains from Manila fly 3 times a week on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and. From there you need to take a jeepney or a tricycle to San Augustin, where you can get a ferry to Romblon.
From San Augustin (Tablas):
5am – a Seahorse Ferry. That’s the ferry that I took. (it actually departed at 4.40 so it’s better to board it earlier). It costed 100 PHP (~2$) and took 50 min to Romblon, Romblon.
6 am a Montenegro ferry
8.00 and 13.00 a pump boat.
– 2go ferry departs on Tue and Sat at 21.00.
– Navios Lines departs on Wed, Thu, Sun at 17.00.
– Montenegro departs on Mon/ Thu/ Sat at 17.00
– CSGA FERRY Departs on Thursday and Saturday at 16.00
Any ferry ticket can be purchased at the ferry terminal before the departure. 2go additionally offers an online booking (it also has the best standard). Travel takes around 7-9h, which means that in most cases, you’ll arrive in Romblon in the middle of the night or very early in the morning. The fare depends on the ferry and the class, but it’s usually around:
1000 PHP (~15$) for the economy class
1200PHP (~20$) for the tourist class (with AC)
1500 (~29$) for a cabin
2. Accommodation – there are a few lodges in the town itself including Romblon Fun Divers & Inn for those who would be into diving. If you prefer to stay in quieter place, I highly recommend Coral Canyon Romblon. It’s a guest house in the southern part of the island (getting there takes around 30 min by a tricycle). It has very neat bamboo houses with private bathrooms. Everything is very well thought with simple, yet very functional deign. Not to mention the superb view. There’s no sandy beach in there, but there’s absolutely fantastic snorkelling site just in front of the house. Let’s just say that the owner didn’t exaggerate when called the place ‘Coral Canyon’. Place is very reasonably priced (1500 PHP ~28$ for a house with private bathroom). The also provide meals. I especially liked homemade jam for breakfast (they give you a set of 4 or 5 different ones). I fell in love with green tomato jam.
Since the guesthouse is in a literal middle of nowhere (which could be both an asset or a problem) they conveniently have bikes and scooters for rental. So as long as you wish to go somewhere you are not trapped in a place.
4. WIFI – there are no landlines on Romblon so the only internet comes from mobile data. That is why it’s good to purchase a good data package (preferably from Globe). Be advised though that mobile internet works fine only in the town itself. The further you get from the town, the worse reception you’ll get.