The afternoon that we arrived at Banton Island in the Province of Romblon, we inquired on how we could go around the island. Ate Osing of A & A Lodging House told us that we could rent a Single for us to go touring around the island.
In the Municipality of Banton, roads are designed only for motorcycle, that is why most of their roads only has a width of less than 2 meters. Some of the residents have their own motorcycles, but for people like us that do not have one, the Single would be our faster means of transportation other than walking.
The Single is a motorycle that has an extended railing at the tail to accommodate more people. That’s why a Single could accommodate Dazl, Jessica and me plus the driver… plus a possible person to be seated in front of the driver. On other parts of the country the Single is popularly called Habal-habal.
The next morning we negotiated with the driver and agreed to pay hime 500 Pesos for him to tour us around the island. Here’s how our motorcycle tour around Banton Island went.
9:12 AM – Start of Tour via Single
9:15 AM – I saw a a peculiar building that has river stones colored white and grey strips.
9:28 AM – We visited a port. I forgot the name of the baranggay.
9:48 AM – Arrived at the jumpoff point to the Tabunan Fish Sanctuary at Baranggay Yabanon. They told us to get to the beach in front of the sanctuary there was a 20 Pesos per person for the boat.
9:59 AM – Arrival at Tabunan Beach Resort via pumpboat. Unfortunately, we didn’t have goggles with us.
10:56 AM – Back at the jumpoff point. Paid the boat fee. Go to the next destination.
11:23 AM – Arrival at Macat-Ang Beach.
11:42 AM – Left Macat-Ang Beach.
11:55 AM – Arrival at a port in Baranggay Mainit. We were supposed to see the Hot Spring on the salt waters of the beach, unfortunately, it was high tide so we could not approach it.
12:23 PM – We stopped by a beach where Bantoncillo Island is visible. Since we were thirsty that time, Jessica decided to ask around for coconuts we could drink.
1:10 PM – We left the beach and saw a halo-halo stand at Baranggay Balogo so we stopped to eat and drink the halo-halo. #ILoveHaloHalo!
1:49 PM – Arrival at Villa Cerelina where we just stayed and rest for a while.
3:00 PM – We left Villa Cerelina.
3:14 PM – Arrival at Baranggay Lagang Waiting Shed on top of a hill.
3:30 PM – Back at Poblacion or Town Proper of Banton Island. LUNCCCHHHH!!!
The roads around Banton Island passes through its mountainous facade making the roads going steeply upward and downward. A note on the downward part is that due to gravity and by the weight of the people at your back the closeness level with the person in front of you will be forced to a super close level.
Follow my Banton Island, Romblon Series
- Boat from Banton Island to San Agustin, Tablas Island
- Motorcycle Tour around Banton Island
- Banton Island Church
Follow my Romblon Province Series