Upon our arrival at Brgy. Poblacion, Carabao Island we asked the people near our docking area on where we can stay. We met Ma’am Laura Bandala, a local of Carabao Island, she pointed us to a house made of nipa located at the beach front (my type of lodging). It has 2 floors and 2 CR inside. It was surprising when she told us that it was only 500 Pesos/night. We stayed there overnight. The downside of this lodging though is the water in the CR was a bit salty. It was somehow salty and because of that it was hard to take a bath. You can look for Ma’am Laura Bandala if you want to stay here.
- From Caticlan Airport, Aklan
- From Boracay Island, Aklan
- From Santa Fe, Tablas Island, Romblon
- From Looc, Tablas Island, Romblon
- From Odiongan, Tablas Isand, Romblon
From Caticlan Airport, Aklan
Locals populary call Carabao Island as Hambil, you might want to use this when asking around.
From here there will be boats leaving for Brgy. Poblacion or Brgy. Lanas in Carabao Island. All the boats here will be leaving around 8:30 AM daily. Only one trip per day. Fare is 80 Pesos/person. Travel time is 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Going back to Caticlan Airport
From Brgy. Poblacion and Brgy. Lanas passenger boats will be leaving Carabao Island around 5:30AM daily. Fare is 80 Pesos/person. Travel Time is 45 minutes to 1 hour.
From Boracay Island, Aklan
There are many small boats that ferry residents of Carabao Island that work in Boracay Island daily. Locals popularly call Carabao Island as Hambil, you might want to use this when asking around.
These small boats can be found in Bulabog Beach and will be going to either Brgy. Poblacion or Brgy. Lanas of Carabao Island. Just ask around on where to find these boats when you arrive in Bulabog Beach. They leave around 2PM to 5PM. Just ask around the beach to find them. Fare is 50 Pesos/person. Travel Time is 30 minutes.
Going back to Boracay Island
From Brgy. Poblacion and Brgy. Lanas, the small boats ferry back people to Boracay Island around 5:30AM to 7AM. Though I advise your ride only until 6AM as after that there are very few boats leaving to Boracay Island. Fare is 50 Pesos/person. Travel Time is 30 minutes.
From Caticlan ride a boat to the island where there is powdery white sand, friendly people and cool activities to do. I’m not talking about Boracay, the party island, I’m talking about Carabao Island, the nearest island of Romblon Province to Boracay.
Carabao Island is an island municipality of Romblon province which is named San Jose. It got its name as the topography of the island looks like a carabao from afar at sea.
What I like about Carabao Island is that it still had that laid back and friendly feeling of a province, and the quiet night life. I’m a sucker for quiet relaxing dark nights, spontaneous swimming on clear waters and laughing out loud with the locals.
Here’s a list of what I enjoyed doing in Carabao Island.
1. Sitting on the side of the passenger boat
On our way to Carabao Island from Santa Fe, Tablas Island we rode the passenger boat on the side. I love unobstructed views and some splashes of water. Toploading only offers the former. Besides, why offer your special someone the window seat when you both can seat with the best view?
You can also do this with the passenger boat from Caticlan, Aklan.
2. Swimming in clear sea waters
When we arrived on the island, young children were swimming and would climb up on the katig of our boat. With the clear waters and smiles of the people swimming showing pure enjoyment on what they are doing, who would say no?
3. Walking on the powdery white sand beach
We walked the whole stretch of this beach barefoot. It was powdery fine white sand.
We did it again at night when we bought some drinking water from the other end of the beach, but that time was low tide. Quiet strolls on the beach with stars at night, this is one of the reasons why I love Carabao Island.