KIPOT RIVER ON ROMBLON ISLAND, ROMBLON
The Kipot River is one of those natural gems that take your breath away the moment you catch a glimpse of it. It might not be easy to find but it’s worth the hunt.
We were snorkeling at the Agpanabat Turtle Sanctuary out the front of Reggae Vibes, the accommodation owned by Rose Romblon. She was super nice and loved that we were exploring Romblon. I told her we were going to try and find Kipot River later, she laughed and told us she would come with us so we would find it. Rose runs tours to all of the attractions on the island and specifically the lesser known spots on the south of Romblon Island.
We finished up our coffee at Reggae Vibes, dried off from our epic snorkel over the reef of Agpanabat Turtle Sanctuary and jumped on the bikes. We followed Rose all the way there from Reggae Vibes. I think we would have driven for about 20-30 minutes. The Kipot River is located in the south-east of Romblon Island.
Rose was right! If she didn’t come we would have driven straight past the entrance. If you aren’t lucky enough to have Rose along for your adventure, your best bet is just to drive towards the east from Reggae Vibes and start asking people where is the Kipot River. I usually give better directions than that but this spot is off the grid and I’m sure the locals will help you out.
The entrance to the Kipot River is literally someones front yard. We walked through their yard as the kids played and the parents said hello. Wandering past huge pigs and other farm animals, we began to wind our way down to the river. It is a very short trek but quite steep and slippery.
At the bottom of the trail, we had our first glimpse of the Kipot River. The emerald color of the water was stunning and the atmosphere was quiet and relaxing.
The magical part about the Kipot River is that it is a mini canyon to explore. You can swim down a narrow slot or walk over the top to where the river opens up again on the other side. It is possible to jump into the water as we did but it’s not super deep so be careful on that play!
Kipot River on Romblon Island is definitely one of the gems of the island and a great addition to an adventure day in the south. You could visit Libtong Falls and Agpanabat Turtle Sanctuary in the morning and then Kipot River followed by sunset at Lahung Rock formation in the evening!