Bonbon Beach: A Hidden Paradise Just Near Boracay
President Rodrigo Duterte announced the closure of Boracay effective April 26, 2018. He approved the recommendation of Departments of Environment and Natural Resources, Interior and Local Government, and Tourism to shut the island down for six months for rehabilitation.Along with the world-class tourist spot’s closedown is the half a year-suspension of businesses in the island and loss of livelihood for almost 40,000 workers. And that’s one less gem for us, one less summer destination.But luckily for us, our archipelago offers many other beaches to visit especially this season. They may or may not be on par with Boracay.
Bonbon Beach, Romblon
Romblon, for the longest time, has been one of the most underrated provinces in the Philippines. Many attribute this to the fact that it is near Boracay, but offers less in terms of excitement.
However, once you see and experience it, you will see that that is not the case.People often talk about a “hidden paradise”, but it is usually just an expression. In the case of Bonbon Beach, it’s literally true.
There is a tiny jungle trail to access it, and if you don’t know exactly where it is, you could easily drive by the entire beach -- without even knowing it’s there. For this reason, Bonbon beach is a paradise you might get all to yourself…
A Pristine Beach, Just Minutes From Romblon Town
Bonbon Beach consists of two sides of a triangular peninsula jutting out westwards into the sea and joining together at its apex to form a snaking sandbar. The sandbar curves out to sea and towards a large rock outcrop called Bangug Island. During low tide and at certain times during the year, it is possible to walk all the way to Bangug. Bombon’s sand is powdery white and quite fine, making it the most popular and probably the most beautiful island in all of Romblon.
HOW TO GET TO BONBON BEACH, ROMBLON
Ride a flight to Romblon (Tablas, Romblon). Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines offer daily flights to Tablas, Romblon. Travel time is a little over an hour
From the airport ride a jeepney/van to the town of Odiongan. Travel time is roughly 1.5 hours.
From Odiongan port ride a jeepney/mini bus to bring you to San Agustin Port. Travel time is 3 hours. Jeepneys/Mini buses leave Odiongan port at around 2am.
Upon arriving at San Agustin Port buy RORO or pumpboat tickets to bring you to Romblon Port. Travel time: 50 minutes – 1 hour.
From Romblon Port ride a tricycle to Tiamban Beach Resort.
Bonbon Beach Sandbar is walk-able from Tiamban Beach Resort.
RORO/Boat options are also available from Batangas Port. Travel time is longer. We recommend booking a flight instead. If you’re staying at the town centre, just ride a tricycle going to Bonbon beach (south of town). It will only take around 10 minutes to get there.
Watch this video to get more of BonBon Beach!