Best of Odiongan | Things to do, Hotels, Resorts, Guides
The port town of Odiongan funnels travelers into the larger tropical haven, Tablas Island. Little do they know that the town is abundant with waterfalls, natural springs, light gray beaches, and seaside cliff-jumping sites. Odiongan is also considered the gateway to Romblon province, thus securing its place as the province’s financial and commercial center. Today, the town is more than able to provide accommodation, food, and comfort to all its visitors, much like the bigger tourist destinations in the Philippines.
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Find your way out of town to Brgy. Canduyong and a short walk through the mangroves will bring you to the rock formations of Bagulayag. Look carefully where you are walking and you will see the remnants of bullet shells from World War 2 embedded in the rock. Just off the coast is a rock formation that locals use for cliff jumping and diving. Why not try it yourself. There are also plans to develop watersports activities in the area.
Gabawan Vista Point
You will need strong legs for this climb. But once you have made the effort to climb the 360 stairs up to Gabawan Vista Point you will be rewarded with a view along the entire west coast of Odiongan Municiapality. From here you can see over to Mindoro too. Totally worth the effort.
Lily's Halo Halo
Said to be the best halo-halo on Tablas Island, this roadside stall in Brgy. Gabawan attracts first timers and regulars alike. Their bestseller is the classic halo-halo, which is complete with the requisite ingredients: leche flan (milk custard), pinipig (rice crispies), langka (jackfruit), saba (banana), nata de coco, kaong (sugar palm fruit), beans, gulaman (jelly), and haleya (purple yam jam). For P50 a glass, Lily's doesn't scrimp on these freshly-cooked ingredients. Customers can get their halo-halo fix in plastic cups to eat while on the go, or by the stall while seated on a few number of wooden benches under the shade of the trees. Aside from the well-loved dessert, the stall also sells skewered hotdogs, siomai, and lugaw (rice porridge).
Reaching Tuburan Falls entails a 30-minute hike from Brgy. Tubaran. Along the way, you'll pass through coconut groves and numerous river crossings. It is a fairly easy hike along a well-worn trail, but wearing comfortable footwear is still recommended. Like most falls on Tablas Island, Tuburan is low-level, with numerous layers. The waters flow strongly, distributing itself to pools on various levels. Hearing the sounds of rushing water, it's hard to resist taking a dip in the clear cold pool. The more adventurous ones can venture into the caves by the falls, up to Cayatong, a place that is said to be enchanted by fairies.
Busay Falls in Odiongan
This gorgeous waterfall mixes the thrills of spelunking and the chills of taking a dip in a refreshing pool. Found in Barangay Tuburan, visitors are first taken through the forest of Odiongan before reaching this site. Busay waterfall is perfect for one-day getaways and picnics, and the area is capable to host a couple of tourists at a given time. A favourite thing to do here is to sit down on the rocks and let yourself be massaged by the gushing cool water from the falls.