Carabao Island – Why it’s Not Only a Boracay Island Aspect Journey

Carabao Island in Romblon, Philippines is akin to its neighbour, the chart-topping Boracay Island, when it comes to powdery white sand seaside and turquoise blue sea.

Nevertheless, this tropical island is the reverse of Boracay in terms of the presence of crowd, the celebration environment and the luxurious indulgence the latter gives.

When you love easy pleasures of having fun with nature in a serene atmosphere, then Carabao Island is for you.

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Methods to Discover Carabao Island

One Day on Carabao Island

One full day within the Eight.51 sq. mile Carabao Island, extra popularly identified to locals as Hambil, can simply be crammed with enjoyable actions to do and locations to go. Listed below are your choices for having fun with the island in a day.

Hambil Seashore

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Hambil Seashore

That is on the island’s east facet the place the boats dock if you’re coming from Romblon (the capital) by Santa Fe Port in Tablas Island. Tablas Island is among the three main islands within the province of Romblon.

Passenger boats from Boracay Island additionally dock in Hambil Seashore.

visit Carabao boat at dock

The sight of the powdery white sand, crystal clear and astounding turquoise waters of Hambil Seashore upon our strategy made my coronary heart skip with pleasure.

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Stroll by its lengthy shore of tremendous sand, cool off at its clear waters, say hello to its resident fishes by snorkeling, or simply spend all the day seaside bumming.

hambil beach locals

I noticed extra locals hanging out on the seaside than vacationers. That is my type of seaside.

Sadly, I remorse not taking extra photographs of Hambil Seashore throughout daytime when the water is in its most vibrant blue. I did love strolling by the seaside at sundown although.

Carabao Island beach at sunset

A stroll on the coast earlier than sundown

Kuding Kuding Level

Kuding-Kuding Level is a somewhat new vacation spot in Carabao Island getting often called a cliff diving website.

Getting There: You will get right here from Hambil Seashore in about 30 minutes by renting a bike.

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Seashore at Kudung Kudung

There’s a strip of the street nearing the doorway that’s fairly difficult although. This street phase may be very slim, with rocky downhill and uphill slopes.

You may ask your motorbike driver should you can stroll this a part of the trail, because it’s simply lower than a kilometer away from the location.

cliff divers at kuding kuding

The location boasts of gorgeous rock formations and amazingly blue waters.

Issues to do at Kuding Kuding Level

Except for cliff diving, there’s a small cave with a mini pool, the place you’ll be able to swim inside.

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Will you make the leap?

When you’re not up for a cliff driving, you’ll be able to nonetheless get pleasure from Kuding-Kuding Level by taking within the attractive website or just hang around over the raft under the cliff.

You may entry the raft by a bamboo ladder.

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Bamboo raft under the cliff

swimming hole on carabao island

Crystal clear swimming gap

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Entrance to the small cave

 Lanas Seashore

Lanas Seashore on the western facet of Carabo Island will be reached by a chartered boat from Boracay.

From Hambil Seashore, you’ll be able to go to Lanas Seashore by motorbike. You may truly hire a bike for a day to go to totally different locations of curiosity across the island.

carabao island boats at beach

Not as white and powdery as Hambil Seashore, however Lanas Seashore is gorgeous simply the identical

You may see Puka Seashore, the northern tip of Boracay, from this facet of the island. Our motorbike driver advised us that Lanas Seashore is an efficient take off level to lovely diving spots.

Boracay Viewpoint

Our motorbike driver additionally took us to a viewpoint of Boracay and Panay Island from a hill. From the principle street, we had about 5-minute stroll uphill by grassland.

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Path on the best way to the perspective

The breeze and shade from the hut on the viewpoint was an effective way of cooling off from the warmth of the solar.

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View of Boracay Island

That’s Boracay Island on the left and the northern portion of Panay Island behind it.

Methods to Get to Carabao Island

From Aklan or Boracay Island

The closest airport in Carabao Island from Aklan is the Caticlan Worldwide Airport.

  • From the airport, journey a tricycle going to Tabon Baybay port.
  • From the port, take the passenger boat certain for Hambil. Boat leaves the port at 9 AM and the journey takes about an hour.
  • If coming from Kalibo Worldwide Airport in Aklan, journey a one-hour van journey for Caticlan. Ask to be dropped on the Tabon Baybay port.
  • When you’re in Boracay Island, you’ll be able to take a chartered boat to Hambil, which is 40 to 45 minutes away. The boat can take you to Lanas or dock on the Hambil Seashore, the place passenger boats additionally land.

From Tablas Island, Romblon

Fly into Tugdan Airport in Alcantara, Romblon. From the Tugdan Airport, take the jeep to Sta. Fe and get off on the port the place you’ll catch a ship.

High-loading on a jeep journey on the best way to Sta. Fe

The boat leaves at 9:30 AM, whereas boat journey is round one hour.

If time shouldn’t be a difficulty, you’ll be able to catch ferries certain for Tablas Island, Romblon from the Batangas Port. Journey time is Eight-10 hours.

Boat journey from Sta. Fe to Carabao Island

The ferry docks at Odiongan in Tablas Island. Trip a jeep to Sta. Fe on the jeep terminal in Odiongan. Jeep journey takes one hour. Get off at Sta. Fe port.

Going again from Carabao Island

Passenger boat leaves Hambil for Caticlan at 5:30 AM. That leaving for Sta. Fe additionally leaves at 5:30 AM.

Carabao Island as an Rising Vacation spot

Carabao Island’s proximity to Boracay Island has made it an rising vacation spot. It deserves to be a vacation spot in its personal proper. What I cherished about Carabao Island is its tranquility and the STILL preserved state of the atmosphere it’s in now.

Lodging and locations to eat are primary amenities, free from the luxurious you’ll be able to have over at Boracay. Nonetheless, resorts and lodging are slowly rising.

Carabao Island boat at sunset

Actually, constructing a world airport throughout the island had been a part of the federal government’s plan to immediately hyperlink the island to different elements of the Philippines and different Asian international locations.

Sadly (or perhaps luckily), the proposed challenge had two nationwide administrations come and go with out the challenge being executed.

I’m not towards growth. Nevertheless, it’s unhappy to see how sadly some pristine islands within the Philippines have changed into commercialized areas crowded with vacationers, on the expense of peace, tranquility and pure magnificence it was supposed to supply.

Accountable Journey Tricks to Carabao Island

The least we will do as vacationers is to guard the world by being accountable guests.

Don’t throw plastic bottles, meals wrappers or every other stable wastes anyplace. Higher but, discover methods of avoiding utilizing them should you can. Be taught extra about methods on journey responsibly and scale back our unfavourable impacts to the atmosphere right here.

Creator Bio:


Jing Calonge is an environmental guide from the Philippines who occurs to like journey and images. She considers touring as one of the simplest ways to find not simply the world exterior however to be taught of oneself.

She writes about her journey experiences at FindingJing. You may comply with her on Fb, Twitter @FindingJing, Instagram and Pinterest

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