Often compared to the nearby Boracay Island, Romblon has its own charm that’s very much worth getting to know. Its quiet ambience is a distinct contrast from Boracay’s buzzing atmosphere — but don’t let it fool you. In the midst of its laid-back setting, Romblon also has much to offer: thrilling cliff-diving, mysterious spelunking sites, and incredible sunsets.
Wondering where to stay in Romblon? Look no further. Oceans Edge Resort is a breathtaking resort in Romblon, particularly located on Carabao Island — an unspoilt paradise with stunning white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. Ideal for travellers looking for a quiet getaway, the luxury boutique resort is perfect for families, couples, groups of friends, and even solo travellers. With its own private cove, this Romblon resort offers a tranquil escape from city life. At the same time, it provides easy access to the island’s exciting attractions and activities.
As you continue reading this Oceans Edge Resort review, you’ll certainly fall more in love with the idea of coming by for a visit. Beautifully designed with traditional Filipino interiors, the sumptuous villas rest on the edge of a cliff, 30 metres above the Tablas Strait’s turquoise waters. Enjoy panoramic views of the ocean from anywhere in this resort — we particularly loved watching the scenes from the infinity pool, restaurant, and our villa’s very own terrace. And as if this all wasn’t enough, the resort’s personalised service made us feel right at home.
True to its commitment to sustainable development, the resort offers complimentary reusable glass bottles to guests. And we certainly appreciated the little details like the book selections, French press, freshly ground coffee, tea, and complimentary chocolates during turn-down service. Ah, guilt-free luxury!
Enjoy 40 square metres of privacy when you stay at the Muni-Muni Cliff Villa. We were delighted to have an entire floor to ourselves — including our very own balcony with gorgeous views of the resort’s private cove. At our villa, we loved the comfortable king size bed and beautiful Filipino decor. The spacious glass-walled bathroom, on the other hand, was a very sexy surprise! Enjoying the rain shower while looking out into the panoramic beauty of the cove certainly makes for an unforgettable experience.
Choose between ocean or garden views, as the Kalinaw Studio Villa offers a wider perspective of the lay of the land and the great ocean beyond. We particularly loved its floor-to-ceiling windows and custom-made Filipino furniture — a combination that truly perfected the villa’s chic and rustic ambience. In addition, we appreciated the special touches such as the complimentary reusable bottles, and the traditional Filipino hat and bayong (bag) for use around the resort.
The island offers an exciting underwater experience, regardless of whether you’re an adventurous traveller. At the resort, you can easily arrange for watersports and other underwater activities like snorkelling, cliff-jumping, and scuba diving. Carabao Island’s clear, turquoise waters and coral reefs are well worth exploring — it’s even said that most of their corals are 98% alive!
When in Carabao Island, exploring its beaches, cliffs, and caves is a must! Though it’s often thought of as a day trip destination, the island offers much more than a days’ worth of sights and activities. To get the most out of your trip, let the resort staff organise an island tour for you. You can enjoy the scenic trip in luxury with a private van, or feel the rush of riding a motorbike. If you are the type that loves to combine fitness and relaxation, you can explore the island by mountain bikes, available for rent at the resort.
Take your pick of local and international flavours at Ocean Edge Resort’s in-house restaurant. Here, enjoy generous servings of Pinoy favourites like adobo and kaldereta, and Asian flavours like pad thai and seafood laksa. At the Bahandi Clubhouse, the freshest and healthiest food ingredients are sourced directly from the resort’s on-site all-natural-farm, and their fresh catch is supplied by local fishermen. In addition to their mouthwatering dishes, the resort’s unbelievably gorgeous views truly perfected our dining experience at Bahandi Clubhouse! There really is no better way to enjoy a meal.
What’s a trip to the beach without enjoying an ice-cold drink? Ocean Edge Resort’s Dapit-Hapon Lounge offers a selection of cocktails, beers, and beverages to keep you cool as you bask in the summer heat. Choose to enjoy your drink indoors, or at the outdoor terrace overlooking stunning scenes of Carabao Island — it’s an ideal spot to watch the sunset, too!
Just minutes from Oceans Edge Resort are two of Carabao Island’s well-known cliff-diving destinations: Cathedral Cave and Koding Koding Point. With jump-off points that range from 12 to 50 feet, these two spots are friendly to both beginners and seasoned divers. (To paint you a clearer picture, jumping off at 20 feet and below is a safe place to start!)
By boat, Carabao Island and Boracay are just an hour apart. To compare the two, Carabao Island is quieter and much less populated by tourists; Boracay houses more commercialised establishments and activities. If you’re up for adding more action to your itinerary, you might want to venture on a day trip to Boracay from Oceans Edge Resort. It’s a great opportunity to explore Boracay if you haven’t yet!
The Ati are indigenous people of Carabao Island, and continue to practice their traditional way of life. As part of its commitment to inclusive and sustainable growth, Oceans Edge Resort offers equal job opportunities to the Ati, aimed at integrating them into mainstream community while at the same time promoting appreciation and respect for their unique culture.
Oceans Edge Resort is located in Inihawan, Lanas, San Jose, Romblon, Carabao Island, Philippines. Its nearest jump off point is Caticlan, Malay, Aklan — the same jump-off point for the world-famous Boracay Island. In Caticlan, Godofredo P. Ramos Airport is the hub of many domestic and international flights.
Another option for those travelling by air is the Kalibo Airport, which is two hours away from Caticlan by land trip. For a more scenic route, guests may travel either by sea to Iloilo City and take a six-hour land trip to Caticlan, or start their journey from Batangas and enjoy a leisurely overnight boat trip to Caticlan.
From Caticlan, guests are transferred to a private boat to take a 45-minute to one-hour trip to Carabao Island.
Oceans Edge Resort is an ideal starting point for getting to know Carabao Island’s amazing attractions. If you haven’t already heard this, some actually refer to this destination as Boracay’s twin sister. And once you see the stunning white sand beaches on the island, you’ll certainly understand why. Venture to Lanas Beach for snorkelling, scuba diving, and breathtaking sunsets. Poblacion Beach and Tan-agan Beach, on the other hand, are perfect for swimming and sunbathing.
Close to Oceans Edge Resort, you’ll also find Cathedral Cave. This is a popular spelunking destination, and an even better-known point for cliff-diving! If you happen to be a first-timer, then you’re in luck — this spot has several jump-off points, including beginner-friendly ones. As you jump into crystal clear waters, you certainly won’t regret making the decision to take on this activity. You can even kick back and relax while floating on a bamboo raft in the middle of the water!
A few metres from Cathedral Cave, Koding-koding Cave is another favourite spot for cliff-diving into beautiful turquoise waters. It’s also where you’ll catch some of the most gorgeous sunset views on Carabao Island. This being said, you will certainly still enjoy this spot even if you aren’t on the adventurous side!
Meanwhile, Ngiriton Cave is another popular spelunking site just 15 minutes away from Koding-koding Cave. Adding to its mystique are the thousands of bats that make this cave their home. You can enjoy a gentle carabao ride across a rice plantation field before reaching the lush forest surrounding the cave. After admiring Ngiriton’s stalagmites and stalactites (and sleeping bats!), enjoy a refreshing buko upon your exit.