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A Quick Side-trip to Cobrador Island

Aside from Bonbon Beach, the main island of Romblon has some island hopping activities too with its fare share of equally stunning islands and beaches. Since we’re covering the Biniray Festival and Tonton ng Sto Niño that day, we only have the morning to visit one of the three islands at the northwestern side of Romblon island, the Cobrador Island. The island is the farthest of the three and a 45 minute boat ride away from the poblacion.

Aside from Bonbon Beach, the main island of Romblon has some island hopping activities too with its fare share of equally stunning islands and beaches. Since we’re covering the Biniray Festival and Tonton ng Sto Niño that day, we only have the morning to visit one of the three islands at the northwestern side of Romblon island, the Cobrador Island. The island is the farthest of the three and a 45 minute boat ride away from the poblacion.

Our boat to Cobrador Island
Our boat to Cobrador Island

Island Hop

Accompanied by the Romblon Tour Guides Association, we took an outrigger boat from poblacion and to Cobrador Island. We passed by the other two islands, Logbon island which is nearer the mainland and Alad island, the middle island. Once we passed by the 2nd island, it was open sea and the waves became rougher.

Approaching the island
Approaching the island

Cobrador Island

We docked at the shores of Sitio Cabugaan on the west side of the island. This is the calmer part of the island and has most of the nice stretches of beach. The island has a community of a thousand in population who relies on fishing, tourism and also sourcing black marble.

We arrived on the beach near the school and traces of Typhoon Ursula still lingers. Some huts deformed and leaning from the force of the wind. Trees bent, if not broken. A primary and secondary school was in the vicinity. Some of the children were still playing some sport either basketball or volleyball. We rented one of the cottages and took time to enjoy the beach and some food. It was a short but sweet escape.

Bent hut from the storm
Bent hut from the storm

More Island Wanders

If I had my way, I would stay longer on the island or even overnight. There are now home stays for at least P 200/head or air-conditioned rooms for P800 a night available. It would give enough time to visit the famed Tinagong Dagat on the eastern side of the island, a beach hidden behind limestone rocks. Do spelunking on the any of the three caves, Dingle, Nagiritan, and Angas Caves. Or simply enjoy cliff diving at Marakay Marakay island.

The group at Cobrador Island
The group at Cobrador Island

Going to Cobrador Island

For a hassle free tour of Cobrador Island, contact Romblon Tour Guides Association on their FB page /RomblonTGA/.

Island Hopping prices vary depending on the size of the boat. For a 2 person outrigger boat, it would be around P1,500. For a bigger boat that can fit 4-5 persons it is around P3,000 for a day of island hopping.

There is also a public passenger two-way boat to Cobrador Island plying every Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The boat leaves Cobrador at 6AM to Romblon Port and returns from Romblon mainland at 12 NN to Cobrador. Fare is Php 30/ person.

Drifting at the clear waters
Drifting at the clear waters
Untouched and with little development
Untouched and with little development
Inviting waters of Cobrador Island
Inviting waters of Cobrador Island
Sitio Cabugaan beach
Sitio Cabugaan beach

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