I held on to the rope securing a tiny pink bicycle to the roof of the jeepney, ducking every once in a while to avoid a low hanging branch of a tree. Squeals of nervous laughter and delight interrupted the steady vroom of the engine. We were speeding along the dusty, dirt roads of Sibuyan in the province of Romblon, riding on top of the roof of a jeepney.
Rewind to a few minutes earlier. My friends and I waited on the bridge for the jeepney our guide Dhie was on that will take us to Dagubdub. After taking advantage of the empty roads and taking zombiepocalyse-styled shots, a jeepney finally arrived. It was full, to say the least. Inside the jeepney, all seats were taken, including the makeshift benches they had in the middle. Up top, the entire roof was packed with all sorts of cargo and people. We weren’t even sure if we were supposed to go on, until Dhie popped her head out of the window and told us that we will be top-loading to Dagubdub.
So yeah, day three of our Romblon backpacking adventure found me and my friends, top-loading on a jeepney from Cantingas to Dagubdub. Another means of transportation added to our ever-growing list of ways to go around Romblon.
This has got to be one of my favorite moments from this trip. I’ve never had top-loading in my bucket list, but I sure am happy to have been able to cross it out anyway. Does that make any sense at all?
After about thirty minutes on the road, we were dropped off at the Dagubdub Picnic Grove’s tourist office. From here, you’ll get a scenic view of majestic Mt. Guiting Guiting.
There is a short hike to get to the falls. The hike wasn’t difficult, mostly over grassy terrain that gradually changed to rocky as we got closer to the falls.
There are four levels to the falls. I wasn’t expecting much but I still ended up a bit under whelmed. Each one was small. But the water was clear and gave my friends and I plenty of chances to jump off them.
Mostly, the trip to the falls was a good chance to cool off from the immense summer heat. I could stay submerged in those waters all day.
Since there are limited jeepneys, we rushed back to the main road at around 11AM. The next jeepney was expected to pass by at around 11:30AM and we didn’t want to miss it and wait another couple of hours for the next one.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the same jeepney we rode from Cantingas to Dagubdub is the same one that would take us back. Is this the only jeepney that travels this route? Apparently, it is. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.
The ride back to Cantingas was quite uneventful. There are fewer passengers on their way back so we were able to sit inside the jeepney. We arrived in Cantingas a little past noon. Just in time for lunch.
This post is part of a series I wrote about a recent backpacking trip around Romblon, with a side trip to Boracay. Check out the other posts by clicking on the links below:
- Layover Romblon, Romblon: The Ruins of Fort San Andres
- The Long Road(?) to Sibuyan, Romblon
- Beachbumming in Cresta de Gallo and the Sunset Over Azagra
- Toploading to Dagubdub Falls
- Jumping off a Ledge in the Cantigas River, Romblon
- Speeding to Looc, Romblon
- Swimming with the Fishes: A Visit to the Looc Fish Sanctuary
- Place Your Bets! Attending a Local Fair in Looc
- A Quick Stop at Carabao Island
- So this is Boracay
- Parasailing Over the Waters of Boracay
- SUP?! Stand Up Paddleboarding in Boracay