Sunday, April 28, 2013

Backpackers Adventure in Tablas, Romblon (Side trip to Carabao Island and Boracay)

We call ourselves the packers

Well, you know what we mean. 

Our group's name  started from my name in my FB fan page (Smart Backpacker). And we just started calling ourselves "the packers!" We started our first travel in Puerto Galera, Mindoro. But the name started in Sagada. Now, we continued our travel to Tablas, Romblon!

We had 4 choices for our summer escapade, namely: Caramoan, Palaui Island, Baler and Tablas, Romblon. Originally, Tablas was not part of the choices. I suggested it after I went to Romblon.

We started our online voting on where we are suppose to go and it turned out that the last choice would be the group's choice.

And so, I booked our group in 2GO Travel and everything went well as planned.

We missed 2 of our packers, Jonas and MJ!


April 19, 2013
Terminal 3, Batangas Port
9:00 pm
Day 1



There were only 8 of us that night when we boarded the ferry travel to Odiongan, Romblon. The packers present were Nikko, Jen, Feng, Lester, Ces, Dave, Joyce and I.

The cost of the economy ticket was P815.00. The travel to Odiongan was good for 7 hours and while onboard the vessel, we decided to have a bit of drinking spree to start our trip right!


Day 2



We arrived at the Odiongan Port around 4 am and the beauty of the port captured my excitement already. I told myself, "We are going to have a good time here!"



From the port, we were fetched by the owner of the resort (Mr. Willy) and we paid P1,000 for the van. The trip to the resort is 30 minutes or 17 kilometers.



And finally, we arrived at the Binukot Sunset Cove Resort located in Brgy. Bunsoran, Ferrol, Tablas, Romblon. The owners of the resort are Mr. Willy (an Australian) and Ms. Michaela (a Filipina) (Contact nos. 0929-787-5486 / 0999-423-1040). The couple are very kind, accommodating and generous. You will definitely feel at home on your stay at this resort! Well taken cared of and loved! 



And we rented this house for only P2,500. The house was good only for 5 persons but we told the owner that we were 8 and the Ms. Mica agreed to allow us to have the house and even gave us extra beds for free! The entire resort has a wifi.



After taking our early breakfast, we decided to stroll in the beach and explore its wonders! We were not disappointed! It was simply an amazing experience.



The place is actually a huge cove. And at the end of the cove, there is a small island. And while we were at the other end of the cove,  we gathered seashells and stones as our souvenir for the trip.




The place is what we call a Paradise!

We walked up to the end of the cove and wandered around not minding of the time.


The place was simply beyond our expectations! And our smiles were written all over our faces...

We were having a good time! Probably, one of the best times of our lives!

And here we are in a paradise called Binukot Beach!



  
Time simply flew.. And we were there at the beach.. Laughing and enjoying!


The place was so beautiful that we could not stop taking pictures!

We were there posing from one spot to another.










And as always, I was the one tasked to take our pictures. I mean why should it always be me??

Coz, I simply love them and I wanted to have them to have a good time! =)






Around 11 am, we decided to go to the other side of the cove and we discovered a smaller cove!

What a treat for us! Two coves in one resort.










The smaller cove
from Joyce Recampo

We attempted to have jumpshots at the cove and this was the only one better after so many takes that was near to perfection.



Past 2 pm, we chartered the van of Mr. Willy and headed to Mablaran Falls. We paid only P1,500 for the van. The trip going to the falls from Binukot Beach was almost 1 hour.


Falls No. 1

I will never forget this trek to the falls!






Only Nikko, Lester and I decided to go to the second falls. From the first falls to second falls, it took us 20 minutes to reach the second falls. And the trail was rugged and slippery.  In fact, I lost my footing and everything (including my cameras and phones) got wet!



After almost 2 hours of staying at the falls, we decided to go back. We did not want to miss the reason why the resort was called Binukot Sunset Cove Resort!

Day 3



We woke up early the following morning after our late night drinking spree. My head was killing me that day (case of serious hangover!). But I did not want to spoil the fun! I pretended to be alright.. We took our early breakfast and proceeded to our next destination. Today is island hopping day!! =)



We rented four habal-habal (single motorcycle) and from Bunsoran, Ferrol to Looc we were cruising around Tablas, Romblon.  Everyone was happy that day! We paid P300/pax for the roundtrip ride. Our guide and contact person for the tour was Jun - (0906-181-2627)



We rented a boat for P6,000 for our island hopping adventure. The owner of the boat is Mang Nonobi (0935-912-1619). After 1.5 hours of boat ride, we arrived at our destination - Carabao Island!




Carabao Island is one of the best islands that I have seen in the Philippines.




We were told that Boracay was just 45 minutes away from Carabao Island and we could not simply refuse the temptation. And we also decided to go to Boracay. We paid an additional of P1,500 for the sidetrip.


It was my fourth time to see Boracay. But the beauty of the island still dazzled me. After cruising in Boracay for 20 minutes. We decided to go back to Looc. Along the way, we were playing our favorite game. And as always, Lester was the usual winner! Hooray for Lester!


Around 5 pm, we boarded the Montenegro ship back to Batangas Port. We were again all smiles while we were boarding the ship...

It's Really More Fun in Tablas, Romblon!

Thank you guys! =)

Youtube link
http://youtu.be/_UxFiYsFXKY

Related link
Backpackers first trip - Puerto Galera -
http://junvillegas.blogspot.com/2013/03/puerto-galera-with-friends.html
Backpackers trip to Sagada -
http://junvillegas.blogspot.com/2013/03/backpackers-trip-to-sagada-my-third-trip.html

Related youtube videos:
Falls, Tablas, Romblon - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voZ6YIbi944
Roadtrip in Tablas - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UxFiYsFXKY
Carabao Island - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHIShr2Frrs
Carabao Island Tours - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TP6oZNvEaE



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