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.
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.
Bonbon is just 5 kilometers away from Romblon proper. However there were issues regarding access to the beach; a property owner/s had closed access to what was supposed to be a public beach weeks before we arrived. 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.
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. The municipal government had just opened an access to Bonbon Beach. We decided to visit Bonbon again – this time by land – on the morning of our last day in Romblon.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
We’ll share details on how to get to Romblon town on our next posts.