The first part of the journey was to tread the mystical white beach in Romblon called “Carabao Island”. Being hailed as “Boracay” sans the congestion, the serenity it would offer delighted us to the point of screaming. Well, not to literally scream... but you get the point! It would be that beautiful.
We started the trip by taking a van from Aklan all the way to Caticlan Port. I initially thought that the ferry we would be taking was the same as the ones we had going to Boracay however, we rode a “lantsa” filled with locals and their products instead of the normal tourists.
It was a long sickening boat ride that ended for almost 1 hour; but the alluring white sands of the island with its turquoise-coloured beach surprised us. It was definitely one of the prettiest images I have ever seen.
As I alighted from the vessel with eyes fully locked up but definitely agape, I was convinced we had indeed chosen the best destination. It was really a wonderful sight and yes, it was like Boracay minus the party atmosphere. It was serene, peaceful and tranquil. It was perfect.
We readily deposited our things at the place we would stay then traced the white path of the beach. At first, the clouds hovered beneath the skies but the friendly heavenly workers gave us a delightful sight as the color blue started to dominate the view. It was indeed a blessing.
As added bonus, we crossed paths with fellow traveller Jay Agoo. He tipped us on a quicker and better way of visiting Boracay without riding back to Caticlan. We decided to eat our lunch with them and continued our pictorial while the heat of the sun was in full blast.
|this is jay agoo|
|burn baby, burn|
Before the sun set on the horizon, we decided to buy the necessary ingredients for our own dinner. Thus we ended the great day walking back home as the big red disk started to duck for cover. We had a hearty meal and rested in preparation for the coming days ahead.
We only had a short 1-day stay in this beautiful island but the time we spent here was truly remarkable. With lack of supplies as its only drawback, it is still really great that it was not as popular as Boracay. It is my fervent hope that when it becomes a tourist destination, people would keep and respect the tranquillity it brings.
*more pictures of Carabao Island
day 1 (Isla de Carabao)
06:00 - board van to Caticlan jetty port
08:30 - arrival at Caticlan, board tricycle to Tabon BayBay port
08:45 - arrival at Tabon BayBay port, board lantsa to Carabao
09:30 - departure for Carabao Island
10:30 - arrival at Carabao Island, Settle Inn
11:00 - explore island
12:30 - lunch
13:00 - continue exploration
17:30 - buy dinner needs
18:30 - sunset viewing
19:00 - prepare dinner
20:00 - dinner
21:00 - lights out
How to get to Carabao Island
Daily flights from Manila to Kalibo Aklan are available regularly. Also, Cebu Pacific offers direct flights to Caticlan Airport
From Kalibo, board a van to Caticlan. At Caticlan take a trycycle to Tabon BayBay Port. There are boats to Carabao Island at 8:30am daily. Boat ride depends on the waves. As for our tour, we had an almost 1 hour boat ride.
*Kudos to Jay Agoo! It was nice meeting you and your friend