sibale island

Travel: Sibale Island, Concepcion, Romblon

In the last few years, I have made it a point to travel at least once a month. I may have skipped a month or two at times but I always schedule out-of-town and international trips to take a break from my demanding online career. I do not usually share photos of all my trips but I guess it wouldn’t hurt to share experiences and adventures now that I own a blog again.

Having said that, my first post is about my recent trip with my friends to Concepcion, Romblon. Also known as Sibale Island, the town of Concepcion is less than a couple of hours boat ride from my home town (about 20 kilometers). I have been here twice before but that was ages ago when I was still a young kid.

Sibale Island, Concepcion, Romblon
The owner of that house must have a fantastic view from the window.

Each of the 9 barangays (villages) has its own beach cove and white sand beach with lush forests, clear water, and breathtaking views all around. We stayed at Won Dive Resort in the southern part of the island, which is just a few minutes away from the town proper. Upon arrival, I immediately took a dip in the beach because it was just so irresistible. The water was warm and very clear and I enjoyed the coral formations and the colorful fishes swimming with me.

The water was so clear I could see through to the bottom
The water was so clear I could see through to the bottom

The beach front is also a perfect spot for pitching a tent. I had mine under the shade of a big tree, just a couple of meters from the shore. For the less outdoorsy, there are rooms available, but you should not expect the best accommodations. The electricity is not on 24/7 but the resort has its own power supply separate from the island’s main generator. Fresh water is available although not very strong. There is no air conditioning. It’s all very basic, but after all, you’re supposedly here to experience nature and not a 5-star hotel accommodation. The owners, however, are very friendly and accommodating.

We had a bonfire party at nighttime. It was not a rave party but the small portable speakers we had was enough to get us all dancing rather wildly. I don’t know where I got all the energy but all I can say is that it was a lot of fun and was probably one of the best bonfire parties I’ve been to.

bonfire
No pounding speakers or blinking lights necessary

If you are interested in going there, you may contact Mr. Nimrod Yagaya through the following numbers: 09059128078 and 09214663343.

Photos by Onil Castillo

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