I Heart Romblon

I Heart Romblon

Romblon is one of those fantastic places you’ve never heard of.  Smack dab in the middle of the Philippine islands, Romblon lies at it’s heart. This island paradise is best known for it’s marble, but its best kept secret is its pristine beaches and excellent scuba diving.

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Our adventure began with a twelve hour ferry ride overnight from Batangas.  The ferry was furnished with rows of bunk beds for its passengers.  That was an adventure in itself as the beds were small and close together, so you got to know your neighbor well by the end of the trip.

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Upon arrival we were greeted by trikes on which we and our luggage were loaded for the seven kilometer journey to the Three P Holiday and Dive Resort and Duck Diving Center.

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Romblon is a beautiful island.  The influence of the marble trade is everywhere. Houses and businesses alike are richly decorated with beautiful marble pedastals, tables, chairs, candelabras and even dishes and utensils.  We stayed at The Three P Holiday and  Dive Resort where the cabins we stayed in had walls made of both rough and polished marble inlaid in beautiful patterns. And the bathroom was made completely of stone, including a marble sink.  Yet, the cabin retained a rustic appearance, with bamboo mats covering the ceiling and a wood slat floor in which you could see the ground beneath through the cracks.

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The cabins are on the ocean front and the tide comes right up to the wall in front of the patio.  Lush gardens decorate the grounds with marble gnomes, and other carved marble figures.  All the patio furniture is made of marble and bamboo.  Gheko’s “Hic-caw” as they sit among the plants or on the wall.

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Because of its remote location, Romblon doesn’t attract the average diver.  Most visitors are serious about diving and/or photography so you can depend on having a pristine environment unspoiled by hordes of tourists.

The best thing about scuba diving in Romblon is encountering it’s unique critters.  My favorites were the “Butterfly” Nudibranchs:

Cyrece Nigra
Cyrece Nigra
Cyrece Bourbanica
Cyrece Bourbanica
Cyrece Elegan sp
Cyrece Elegan sp

But the craziest critter is the Melibe Colemani Nudibranch.  It is so cryptic it looks like a ball of wadded up string.

Melibe Colemani
Melibe Colemani

The Pontohi Seahorse and Severensi Seahorse are tiny pygmy seahorses that live on the coral reef. They are difficult to find because their habitat varies, unlike other pygmy seahorses that live on sea fans.

Pontohi Pygmy Seahorse
Pontohi Pygmy Seahorse

Like most dive destinations I visit, I want to return to this one.  The diving was great, and the beauty of the Island and ambiance of the resort is unsurpassed.

A big “THANK YOU” to the staff at Three-P, Kati, Peter, Patrick and Phillip for your special attention and care during our stay.

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