the sandbar at Bonbon Beach

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; 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.

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. 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.

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.

clouds over the southern half of 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.

view of the two halves of Bonbon Beach from the sandbar
The northern (left) and southern (right) halves of Bonbon Beach are visible in this photo taken from the sandbar

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.

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7 thoughts on “A Beach Named Bonbon”

    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,

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