A Beach Named Bonbon

We first set foot on this white sand beach at the end of our island-hopping tour, on our second day in Romblon. We had spent an inordinate amount of time at our third island destination leaving us only several minutes to explore beautiful Bonbon Beach before we had to return to Romblon town. Our boat hurriedly docked in the middle of Bonbon’s long, curving sandbar and we lost no time in exploring the beach, by now beginning to get awash in the golden rays of a sun lazily dropping down into the distant horizon.

the southern half and sandbar of Bonbon Beach
The southern half of Bonbon Beach viewed from the sandbar.

Bonbon Beach consists of two sides of a triangular peninsula jutting out westwards into the sea and joining together at its apex to form a snaking sandbar. The sandbar curves out to sea and towards a large rock outcrop called Bangug Island. During low tide and at certain times during the year, it is possible to walk all the way to Bangug. Bombon’s sand is creamy white and quite fine, making it the most popular and probably the most beautiful in all of Romblon Island.


the Bonbon Beach sandbar with Bangug Island in the background
The sandbar at Bonbon Beach with Bangug Island in the background; note the clarity of the water.

Bonbon is just 5 kilometers away from Romblon proper. However there were issues regarding access to the beach and people mentioned that we won’t be able to walk down to the beach from the main road. We were told that it is possible to walk to Bonbon from nearby Tiamban Beach. But after our beach bumming at Tiamban, we realized it would be too tiring to walk all the way to Bonbon and back. The other option was to visit Bonbon on the last leg of our island-hopping tour on the following day.

the sandbar of Bonbon Beach viewed from an approaching boat
The sandbar at Bonbon Beach viewed from our approaching boat.
another view of the southern half of Bonbon Beach and the sandbar
Another view of the southern half of Bonbon Beach with Romblon Island on the right background and Logbon Island on the left.

That visit to Bonbon via boat would have been our last time to set foot on this beach. But on our way back to town after a second visit to Tiamban Beach, we noticed a sign along the road that was put up just a few hours before announcing that an access road to Bonbon Beach is open (it was signed by the municipal government). We decided to visit Bonbon again – this time by land – on the morning of our last day in Romblon.

our tour boat at Bonbon Beach's sandbar
Our boat docked at Bonbon Beach’s sandbar.
the southern half and sandbar of Bonbon Beach
On our second visit we camped under the trees at the southern half of Bonbon Beach.

Compared to our previous visit we had all morning to chill at Bonbon. It was hot and there are no resorts or even the barest of amenities such as a hut on the beach but there was plenty of shade in the form of several trees along the beachfront. In its undeveloped state, Bonbon has remained pristine.

the northern half of Bonbon Beach
The northern half of Bonbon: if you access the beach by land from the main highway you will run into the northern half of Bonbon first. Debris brought in by the waves of the open sea are deposited in this section while the southern half is almost debris-free.

The sea around Bonbon is a marvel to look at – clean, clear, crystalline and of varying hues of aquamarine, turquoise and blue. Inside that portion of the beach half-surrounded by the sandbar, the sea bed slopes down gradually making it an excellent site for swimming; we wasted no time in getting to the water.

Bangug Islet and Bonbon Beach

Bonbon stood out among the 4 beaches and 3 islands we visited in Romblon Island, and most probably because of its long and stunning sandbar. Our only complaint was the debris brought in by waves on the side of the sandbar and the northern half of the beach facing the open sea towards Tablas Island – which is the price for not having a resort in the area that can regularly clean up the beach. But it’s also the reason that Bonbon Beach has remained relatively untouched.

Getting There

Since Bonbon is only 5 kilometers away from the city proper you can easily take a trike to bring you there. A trike for 2-3 people will usually charge P100 for a one-way trip. Ask the driver to drop you off at the entrance of the access to the beach. Be sure to arrange for your return trip to town, although you can also take a chance and ride a trike along the road headed back to town – for a lower fee. Also bring in food and water if you’re planning to stay at Bonbon for a considerable amount of time as there’s no store nearby.

Chasing Paradise

It is also possible to stay at Tiamban Beach a little further south and use that as a base for exploring Bonbon Beach but be prepared for a considerable amount of trekking time.

For directions in getting to Romblon town please visit this page.

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13 thoughts on “A Beach Named Bonbon

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    1. Yes it’s really a nice beach. But we just hope someone will do something about some thrash getting washed ashore on the northern part of the island and sandbar. Bonbon is a public access beach.

      1. Yeah, I think all beaches that are touched by both locals and tourists have a garbage problem. The long-term solution would be education and strict implementation of rules for locals and tourists.

      2. The thrash here appears to have been brought in by the waves from other places though. There’s practically none on the southern half of the beach and sand bar, only on the northern part where the waves are hitting,

      3. Sir, thise thrash were no brought in by d waves, they are left behind by the visitors/picnickers. And that is exactly d reason why d owners closed the other access road to d beach; they only want a single access road wherein everytime d public passess, thay could remind d people to bring home their garbage, and do their part in keeping/ helping d environment/beachfront clean.

  1. It is quite erroneous to say that the owners of BONBON closed the entrance to Bonbon Beach. We have never prevented anyone from entering Bonbon Beach. It is true that we isolated a small part of the property to protect it from being damaged further as well as to give the fragile mangroves some time to be rehabilitated. HOWEVER, we provided another entrance for the public to use – FOR FREE and s shorter walk to the beach. Whoever told you that we closed BONBON Beach was misinformed.

    As to the garbage and trash, we can vouch that they were left by some uncaring members of the public. One of our greatest concern which we brought to the attention of the Municipal Officials was the accumulating rubbish left by the public.

    It is very disheartening to see broken bottles scattered all over the sand, used diapers, wrappers, coconut shells (taken from our property without consent), burnt areas from fires left unattended, discarded worn out vehicular tires, trees intentionally destroyed, mojons or property markers maliciously destroyed, plastic containers and all kinds of rubbish too many to enumerate.

    We have requested the public to help us with keeping the beach clean by bringing home their rubbish. Most have been quite open to the suggestion and we have observed that there were a good number who heeded our request. Unfortunately, some had the gall to tell us that it is public domain so we should mind our own business. It is true that everyone is free to use the beach but that freedom to use the beach comes with responsibility. If we want Bonbon Beach to continue to be an excellent destination for family outings and a place for everyone to have fun and enjoy, we should all work together to keep it clean.

      1. Hi. Next time you find yourself in Bonbon Beach, do drop by our house and we can share a cuppa as we watch the beautiful sunset or sunrise. We can even exchange ideas about the beautiful beaches we have visited in the Philippines and overseas.

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