The Secret Beauty of Roxas City that Never Reached Your Screen Until Today

Roxas_Main copyOver the weekend, the gang went to the remotest part of Roxas City for some Aswang Hunting Spree seafood overloading while fulfilling a wanderlust adventure.

Roxas City welcomed us with a fair weather and sunny sky. While the staff of San Antonio Resort drove us straight to their beautiful place. You can read my review about this spectacular resort by visiting San Antonio Resort: Great & Affordable Place To Stay in Roxas City

The room was not yet prepared so we opted for our lunch first at the Seafood Court. It wasn’t a good experience. We think we were ripped off and were taken advantage of our price idiocy.

From an overpriced Kilawin to the switching of large prawns to smaller ones and double priced soft drinks – this all contributed to a not so good dining experience.

However, what the place lacks in fair business practice it makes up with its undiscovered beauty and some helpful people we met along the way. (Which truly restored our faith in Humanity!)

Originally, the plan was to visit the nature endowed beauty of Isla de Gigantes in Carles, Iloilo. But this didn’t materialize due to the boat’s availability and our flight schedule.

Instead, we pull out a quick research to find some alternatives and came across Olotayan Island. The problem is there are only few blogs about the place or even about Roxas City. So we hope this will be part of your online resources.

As mentioned a while ago, we were blessed to meet helpful people along the way. The resort’s guard gave us information on where to eat and all the tricycle fare to everywhere. While Mang Ruel, who became our driver, tour guide and navigator brought us to some key places of the city using his tricycle.

Seafood Capital of the Philippines

From San Antonio Resort, we rode Kuya Ruel’s tricycle going to Punta Cogon in 15mins. Punta Cogon is a small fishing village near Olotayan Island which exports delicious crab to Manila & neighboring Asian countries.  According to our guide, compared to Port Banika, Punta Cogon is nearer when intending to visit Olotayan Island. Through Kuya Roel’s interpersonal skill, we found a chartered boat for the Island Hopping in Olotayan.

While waiting for the boat man, Mang Naldo who owns the boat gave us a tour inside their Crab Selling Center, we were lucky to witness the actual operation and tanks containing gigantic crabs weighing at least a kilo per piece. It costs around 200 – 300 per kilo.

The boat ride from Punta Cogon to Sawang, Olotayan took less than 20 minutes. Olotayan is known for their marine diversity and colorful corals. Too bad! We didnt find those colorful corals and Nemos  as it was high tide when we visited. So instead we enjoyed the landscape and the nearby ruins of a German owned rest house.

Roxas City

According to Mang Fernando, our boat man. The once was glorious rest house seated on the cliff met its demise when Typhoon Frank hit the province. The typhoon brought havoc to its path and destroyed the entire structure. Six years later, it created a surreal backdrop for every photo ops.

Our final destination is Magatalihan Island. Characterized by its spectacular large rock formations welcoming its visitors, the island also consists of a white strip of pebbles and lush greeneries against a royal blue sky – a picturesque scene of an uninhibited island.

After camwhoring, we spent the rest of the time, swimming and floating on its tranquil waters.

Capping the morning’s itinerary we went back to the Crab Selling Center to have our crab fix for late lunch. We bought two kilos of crabs and had the resort prepared it for us for a fee amounting to Php300.00.

Olotayan Island

You can contact Kuya Ruel at +63 9306 458 854 for City Tour around Roxas City using his tricycle and pre arrange the boat rental to Olotayan Island via Punta Cogon.

Group (3 Pax) Per Pax Expense
120 40 Tricycle Fare (Round Trip: San Antonio Resort to Punta Cogon)
1500 500 Chartered Boat (To & From Olotayan Island)
300 100 Boat Man Service (Plus Php100 Tip on top of Php300)
300 100 City Tour 
2220 740 Total



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  3. TheWanderingMolly


    Hi. Thank you for the number of kuya ruel. We’ve met him here in roxas and used his service. Luckily i was able to contact him before his sim card got broken. This is his new number 0947-7005066. He is kind and knows a lot in the city. But we just had a hard time with what rate to give him because he did not gave us a fixed rate for the tour i requested.

  4. Stephen


    Dear Sir/Mam:
    It was nice to know that you came to visit Roxas City. With an available tricycle to go around the city, may I suggest to future visitors to get the morning flight which arrives at 0615H? With the said guy and his tricycle waiting for you, you can go straight to Bagong Lipunan Trade Center to the area near San Roque bridge; there are rows of eateries there that serve steaming hot fish tinola, shrimps, and for the curious ones, stingray or shark meat dishes. All for affordable prices. After that, you can sleep the rest of the morning and eat a lunch at the various restos by the beach (Albason’s, Alma’s, Anot’s, Timplado). Then you can go for a museum tour of the ancestral house of the late President Manuel Roxas, then to Pan-ay for the bell. On your way back to the city, you can drop by the Banica dried fish market for fish tocino, boneless dilis, and danggit. Dinner can be had at the various food places in the city. The next morning, you can spend all day at Olotayan island.
    I hope this helps. Thanks and God bless!

    • Jerome Nana


      Hi Stephen,

      Thank you so much for the inputs. I guess you really had fun & adventure in Roxas City. Glad you came back to share so many helpful tips.

      Thanks again & God bless.

      Pls dont forget to tagged us on facebook or instagram. We would love to see your photos. Thanks.

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