Sibuyan Island Travel Guide

Open field walk at Sibuyan Island

Isolated to the rest of the world since the ice age, and never connected to any Philippine archipelago since history, Sibuyan Island’s seclusion has kept its pristine state since geological formation. With the seismic forces pushing its jagged mountain peaks up to 2,000 meters above sea, much Sibuyan Island is untouched. Naturalist and scientist around the world were quick to give the island a moniker, “Galapagos if Asia”. The island itself has its own character, having one of the richest concentration of endemic flora and fauna. The island also has the densest forest in the world.

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Cantingas River: Cleanest Inland Body of Water

Cantingas River flows

It seems there are several title holders for the “cleanest inland body of water” in the Philippines. Good thing about this is it shows how many natural clean body of water we have. Bugang River in Pandan, Antique was the first I know to have the title through the Gawad Pangulo ng Kapaligiran. There’s also Lake Apo for Northern Mindanao. Cantingas River in San Fernando, Sibuyan Island in Romblon adds to this merry list of clean body of water.

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Cresta de Gallo: Sibuyan Island Sandbar Paradise

Sandbar stretch at Cresta de Gallo

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 a fine white sand beach and a stunning sandbar. No commercial establishments or structures. Just a pure tropical island paradise.

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Waterfalls of Sibuyan Island

Top level of Dagubdob Falls

Sibuyan Island is one of the most fascinating in the country in terms of biodiversity. Its 445 square meter area is home to more than 123 species of trees (54 are endemic), an estimated 700 vascular plant species, 131 species of birds, ten fruit bats, and more animals that have yet to be cataloged. A naturalist haven that it wasn’t many are calling this the “Galapagos of Asia”. But Sibuyan Island should be called by its character, home of the world’s densest forest and rich biodiversity. I was excited to finally step on this island of MIMAROPA and glad to …

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