Sibuyan Island is the Galapagos Islands of the region. Sibuyan is a crescent shaped of Romblon province. The island has two prominent peaks, Mount Guiting –guiting with a height of 2, 058 m and Mount Nailog with a height of 789 m.
The people speak the Sibuyan dialect of Romblomanon, a Visayan language.
Sibuyan has a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna. Sibuyan has been proclaimed as one of the world’s most diverse forest.
This town is near the banks of the mighty Cantingas River is one of the three entry points onto the islands.
On the coastal side of the town Sea Breeze Inn is a family run affair, bamboo huts with verandas face out to sea. There is a common kitchen can make use of the attached café which opens for visitors.
There are three small inexpensive eateries in the market area with irregular opening hours.
The gateway to Mt. guiting-guiting. Magdiwang is a friendly, no-frills port town.
Its pier, 2km from the town is lined with picture perfect little houses silts decorated with flowering pot plants.
Sleeping and Eating
Vicky’s Place is officially a home stay just off National road opposite the school. There are homely timber floored rooms on the 2nd floor with an immaculate shared bathroom.
Roger’s Place has simple rooms with wonderful mountain views and there’s a communal sitting area with cable TV.
Mt. Guiting-Guiting Natural Park
This 15, 000m plus hectare natural park is one of the Philippine’s natural treasures. The island has been cited s one of the centers of both plant and animal diversity in Asia and the Pacific. It’s home to an estimated 700 plant species some of which are only found on the island and 130 bird species and long list of rare and endangered mammals and reptiles.
Cajidiocan and Around
Cajidiocan is Sibuyan Island’s access point for boats to and from Masbate. It’s also an alternative base to Magdiwang for trips into Mt. Guiting-guiting Natural Park.
Cawa Cawa Falls an excellent swimming spot are 8km from the town.
On the town’s main street you’ll find the Marble House it has no signposting but is known by all locals-with rooms with fan and large windows onto the street ot towards the mountains. The shared bathroom is large and of course marble.
Banton Island is a small rock island with some good white sand beaches, a cone shaped mountain, plenty of coconut palms, a crumbling 18th century Spanish Port and some great diving.