Towns and Cities

ODIONGAN


  • Garing Beach (Brgy. Progreso Weste)
  • The 3-km. long, white sand Poctoy Beach, in Brgy. Poctoy, is located half a kilometer away
  • Garing Falls, in Brgy. Progreso Weste, cascades into three natural pools
  • Mainit Falls, in Brgy. Pato-o, has warm waters.
  • Barangay Libertad has a cave with an underground river.

ROMBLON


  • St. Joseph's Cathedral, the best-preserved church complex in the province, was built by Augustinian Recollect fathers in 1726. It has thick buttresses, a dome and a pyramid-shaped roof.  Its fine interior has a Byzantine altar and several Baroque-style retablos (altar backdrops), stained glass windows and a collection of antique icons, religious paintings and other antiquities.  Its belltower, standing separate from the cathedral, was built between 1640 and 1726 and still contains its old copper bell. The cathedral is now a National Cultural Treasure.
  • At the poblacion are twin Spanish-era hilltop forts (Fort San Andres and Fort Santiago), both built between 1640 and 1753 with coral blocks and bricks.  Fort San Andres, built by Fr. Agustin de San Pedro (popularly known as Padre Capitan), was used as a watchtower against Moro raiders and Dutch pirates.  Situated 156 ft. above sea level, it can be reached by negotiating 250 steps.  Now a navigational station for the Weather Bureau, it affords a panoramic view of the whole town and its harbor. Fort Santiago, on the other hand, is located behind the cathedral.  Both are said to have a series of underground caves leading to the coast and were used by Spanish friars as an escape route.  A legend says that the caves are guarded by huge snakes. Only about 100 m. has been explored by spelunkers.
  • Lighthouses are located at Sabang (3.5 kms. north of the town) and Apunan.  They have good views of palm forests, rocky cliffs and marble quarries.
  • The 444-m. high Mt. Lagting, in Sablayan, is the island’s highest peak.
  • Bon Bon Beach, in Brgy. Lonos, 5 kms. from the town (a 10-15-min. tricycle drive), is a gradually sloping, powdery white sand beach known for its beautiful sunsets.
  • The white sand, 50-m. long Tiamban Beach (Suwa, Brgy. Lonos).
  • Alad Island (Brgy. Alad) has white sand beaches and good offshore coral ideal for snorkeling.
  • The small Bang-og Island is connected to Tiamban Beach by a sandbar which disappears during high tide.
  • Cobrador Island (Brgy. Naguso), the farthest island from the town, is a 15-min. boat ride from Romblon Pier.  It has white sand beaches and good offshore coral ideal for snorkeling.
  • Naguso Cave, in Cobrador Island, is the largest natural cave in the province and is believed to be an ancient burial site.  Pottery and ancient works of art have been found here.
  • Lugbon Island, located at the mouth of Romblon Bay, also has a beautiful white sand beach and offshore coral.
  • The Lugbong Wreck site, located near the Lugbong Island shore, at a depth of 37 m. (121.4 ft.), is a dive site.

SAN AGUSTIN


  • Trangkalan Grotto, in Brgy. Bachawan, has statues of the 14 Stations of the Cross and cascading falls.  It is ideal for picnicking.
  • The hilly and thickly forested Cawayan Park is a refuge for wildlife such as wild boar and monkeys.
  • The concrete Punta Gorda Stairway, from the shoreline of Brgy. Cawayan to the top of a hill, was built by the national government in 1950.
  • The Cagbuaya Ruins, located within a coconut plantation in Brgy. Cagbuaya, 1.5 km. from the town, consists of the remaining limestone wall of a cotta (fort) built on Payong-Payong Hill and started in 1873 by Fr. Agustin de San Pedro to serve as a post against raiding Moro pirates.
  • The long and wide Long Beach is located at the foot of Mt. Payaopao, the second highest peak in the province.
  • Busai Falls is located 2.5 kms. out of the town.
  • The 7-tiered Dubduban-Bita Falls, in Brgy. Dubduban, 3 kms. out of the town, lies amidst dense vegetations and cool surroundings. The first tier falls from the top of a hill with a 70-ft. elevation from a pool of clear blue-green waters. The bottom tier ends in a shallow pool of water.
  • The deep waters of Carmen Bay, in Brgy. Carmen, has a sunken Spanish galleon, highly recommended for scuba diving.

SAN ANDRES


  • Mablaran Falls, in Brgy. Linawan, 4.5 kms. from the town proper, is set amidst lush greenery and wild foliage. The falls, concealed by towering, moss-covered trees, empties into a 20-ft. deep pool of cool, blue-green waters. It is the town’s source of water.
  • Sapatos Point, a big, shoe-shaped rock, is located at Brgy. Mabini.
  • The 3-km. long, gray sand San Andres Beach is ideal for windsurfing from June to December.
  • Bal-Ong Falls (Brgy. Mari Sur)
  • The chair-shaped Bangko-Bangko Point (Brgy. Agpudlos)
  • Cajil Cave (Brgy. Pag-alad)

SAN FERNANDO


  • Azagra Church, in Brgy. Azagra, was built in the 1800s.
  • Cantingas Falls (Brgy. Taclobo)
  • Lagting Falls, in Brgy. Taclobo, is located 3 kms. from the poblacion
  • Busay Falls, in Brgy. Panangcalan, is located 2.5 kms. from the poblacion
  • The beautiful, 5-hectare, kidney-shaped Cresta de Gallo Island is a lushly vegetated island whose northern tip forms a gently-sloping, powdery white sand pit.  It is a 1-hr. boat ride off San Fernando or a 30-min. boat ride from Brgy. Azagra.
  • The cool Catingas River, in Brgy. Taclobo, has a natural swimming pool
  • The 7-hectare Lamao Lake (Brgy. Azagra).
  • Aubarede and Romero Reefs, located near Cresta de Gallo Island, has white sand beaches and offshore coral gardens.

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