Tablas Island Travel Guide

  • Fishing village at Punta just outside Looc
    Fishing village at Punta just outside...
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    Ferry arriving San Agustin
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Tablas Island Things to Do

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    by wjpepperell Updated Apr 4, 2011

    48 hectares of sanctuary to protect the fisheries around Looc. The best place to see this is the platform they have mounted out in the bay. From here you are encouraged to snorkel with the fish, lotsa fun. You are also encouraged to take a picnic out but yu must take your rubbish back to the mainland.

    Costs P200 which includes the transport from the Jetty to the platform. Buy your ticket from the KOICA office out at the port which is reached by the walkway extending off the main street. Best contact is Susan Noche on nochesusan@yahoo.com. Otherwise try the Information office in town in the town square plaza.

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Tablas Island Restaurants

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    by wjpepperell Written Nov 21, 2010

    Looc

    Closest thing to fast chain store foods is Audreys restauran upstairs around the back of town. Not to be confused with Audreys bakehouse off the main street. I ate mainly at Glenmars on the main street. Excellent Sansit (spicy) and minodi (sweet). Also they do Pinak Bet a vegetable type soup and Turon which is a skinned banana wrapped in a thin crepe and deep fried. Yum! Audreys bakery does pizza! as well as Philipino favorites like Pancit Bihon. At Angelique I used to get breakfast, Hotsilog being small hotdog saugages, egg and rice. I also tried the Sinigang na Isda Fish soup not for the squeamish as the fish is whole with the head.

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    From the small restaurant out the front of the Beverly Hills I had Pancit Minu which is a vegetable broth with a small amount of porrk added.

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Tablas Island Transportation

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    by wjpepperell Written Nov 21, 2010

    I travelled by Zest air, although Sea Air also do the Manila - Tudgan (Tablas Is) route. They use small MA60 Turbo prop aircraft which climb quite high and are relatively smooth.

    For domestic travel you need to pay a "Airport Fee" on departure, varying between P200 at Manila to P20 at Tudgan.

    The Manila terminal is at the Domestic airport across the runway from the NAIA International airport but different and not connected. Best get there by a metered cab. Airport taxis while reliable are more expensive so choose you own path on your return. There are coffee lounges both before and after entering the departure lounge.

    The Tudgan Terminal is in the village at Tudgan. There are a few small Sari Sari stores selling basic items of takeaway bars etc. There is no accommodation here, the closest being in Alcantra. There are heaps of tricycles, a few vans and a couple of Jeepney to take you wherever.

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    by wjpepperell Updated Nov 21, 2010

    Jeepney are the brightly decorated WW2 troop carriers used throughout the Philippines. Generally around P40 for a trip between most places 1 hour.

    You will be travelling with the locals and it gets squeezy. If you need to get off at the last stop I recommend getting a seat up the front to avoid the inevitable congestion. Don't be afraid to ask the "conductor", thats the guy hanging off the back, to notify you of your stop if you are not sure.

    The routes are marked clearly on the outside of the Jeepney, but look for the small placard in the front window which will show the final destination. it could be going the long way around!

    Note there is only one Jeepney doing the San Agustin to Looc route and it leaves at 6AM, 2 hours so P80.

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    by sirenna Written Oct 16, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The Looc to San Augustin road is extremely rough in places. Rather than wait for the jeepney (a scary option on that rough and mountainous road), or take a private jeep (expensive) we decided to do the journey by tricycle. This was not such a bad experience on the way there as it was quite a spacious and comfortable trike, but on the return journey my partner chose possibly the worst trike in the whole of San Augustin! It had no windshield, hard, narrow seats, virtually no suspension, a low roof (to bang our heads on) and was extremely small for two people to endure for a two hour ride. When the monsoon rain descended about halfway back, the triver threw a tarp over the trike and continued to drive, peering out through a small hole. Due to his limited view, he drove into just about every pothole in the road, leaving us covered in bumps and bruises, as well as wet and cold.
    The moral of the story? Choose your transpotration very carefully!

    Not This Trike!
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    by sirenna Written Sep 24, 2007

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    Favorite thing: This shot of a local "petrol station" was taken on the road from Looc to San Augustin. As you can see, facilities en route are limited to say the least - don't expect rest stops or service stations. Pee before you leave!

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    by sirenna Written Sep 24, 2007

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    Favorite thing: San Augustin is a sleepy little port town which appears to have little else going for it other than it being the crossing point to Romblon Island. There are a couple of restaurants that look vaguely hospitable and a small information office.

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