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Cresta de Gallo: Sibuyan Island Sandbar Paradise

Found at the southern tip of Sibuyan Island is one of Romblon’s raw gems worth daring the often tempestuous waters of Sibuyan seas for. Cresta de Gallo, named after its shape resembling a rooster’s comb, is an island with fine white sand beach and stunning sandbar. No commercial establishments or structures. Just pure tropical island paradise.

Found at the southern tip of Sibuyan Island is one of Romblon’s raw gems worth daring the often tempestuous waters of Sibuyan seas for. Cresta de Gallo, named after its shape resembling a rooster’s comb, is an island with fine white sand beach and stunning sandbar. No commercial establishments or structures. Just pure tropical island paradise.

Arriving on the island
Arriving on the island

Across Sibuyan Seas

We made sure to leave early morning upon the break of dawn while the waters are calm. In San Fernando municipality, we headed to the Azarga port area where our boat was waiting. From here, it’s roughly an hour’s boat ride. I enjoyed the morning scenery from our outrigger motorized boat. Seeing the sun rise and breaking through the thick clouds. The water was indeed calm. The ride was smooth. Only interrupted by a few fishes skimming over the waters. As we approach the island, the waters becomes clearer and slowly unravels the underwater seascape. We got more excited as the shallows reveal how crystal the waters really is.

Cresta de Gallo from the air
Cresta de Gallo from the air

Cresta de Gallo

Arriving during the low tide, we had to walk an almost thigh deep water to shore. This to avoid any damage to nearby corals in the area as it was too shallow for the boat to proceed. I got amused seeing starfishes, both the skinny bright blues and plump brown ones. A sea anemone’s home was surprisingly in the shallows. And finally a number of dogs living on the island barked to welcome us. Probably the companion of the island’s caretakers. They were friendly.

View of Sibuyan Island peaks at the backdrop
View of Sibuyan Island peaks at the backdrop

As soon as we stepped on the island, we were awed by its rugged beauty. It reminds me of islands like Seco Island and Panampangan Island. We were the only visitors on the island and much of the beach were untouched. Blinding yet inviting to explore from end to end. The island has a 4.5 hectare area with patches of mangrove vegetation on each end. Sibuyan Island and its peaks can be clearly seen from the island.

The sea, the sand and Sibuyan island
The sea, the sand and Sibuyan island

White Sand Wonder

There is nothing else to do on the Cresta de Gallo but enjoy the beach, the sea (and take pictures of course) and people’s company. Since there are no facilities on the island (aside from a few restrooms, huts and cottages), it is best to bring necessities like drinking water and food. If camping overnight, bring camping gear like tents and cooking stoves. We didn’t manage to snorkel or check out the underwater scene. But we heard there’s a Marine Sanctuary nearby for snorkelers and divers.

We immensely enjoyed Cresta de Gallo. An island is for those looking for an unadulterated tropical island experience.

Running on sand
Running on sand

Essential Info

The best jump-off point to Cresta de Gallo is from the Azarga, San Fernando. There’s a tourist center that could help visitors hire boats, settle fees and to register.

Cresta de Gallo Tourist Center
Cresta de Gallo Tourist Center

Below are the fees on visiting the island (info last updated February 18, 2020).

Environmental Fees

Adult Php 50
ChildrenPhp 20

Boat Fees

Motorboat 10 or less passengersPhp 50.00
Motorboat 11 to 20 passengersPhp 100.00
Motorboat 21 to 30 passengersPhp 125.00
Motorboat 31 and above passengersPhp 150.00
Non-motorized boatPhp 20.00
Wide sand and blue waters
Wide sand and blue waters

Amenities/ Facilities Rental

Balsa with life jacketPhp 1,000/ 4 hours
Balsa with motorboat 1 roundtrip additionalPhp 500
Safety paraphernalia/ life jacketPhp 20
KioskPhp 200/ day
Enclosed picnic areaPhp 250/ day
One set umbrella w/ 6 chairs & tablePhp 200/ day
Table onlyPhp 50/ day
Umbrella onlyPhp 30/ day
ChairsPhp 10/ day
Rubber Life Saver BigPhp 25/ 3 hours
Rubber Life Saver SmallPhp 15 / 3 hours
Picnic TentPhp 250
Camping Tent (4 person capacity)Php 400/ 24 hours
KayakPhp 200/ hour
GogglePhp 20
SnorkelPhp 20
Reclining ChairPhp 100/ day
Running to the beach
Running to the beach
Enjoying the waters
Enjoying the waters
One of the many starfish
One of the many starfish
Enjoying the island
Enjoying the island
Undisturbed sands
Undisturbed sands
Low tide shores
Low tide shores
View from the other end of the island
View from the other end of the island

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