Sombrero Island (named because the island looked like a big hat sticking out of the water) is about 15 minute boat ride from Mabini Batangas.
On the surface, this island resembles a hat underwater, so its profile makes the name Sombrero quite appropriate. The rim of the “hat” stretches a long way underwater from north to south. Gorgonians, black coral shells, turtles, rays, grunts, jacks, snappers, and a great variety of soft corals are abundant. Currents are normally strong during the full moon. Diving is fairly shallow on the rim down to about 50 feet in certain area.
Uninhabited, this island has a delightful beach which is often used as a picnic spot between dives.
How to get there
Location: North of Sepok Point, the northern end of Maricaban Island.
Access: 12-15 min by boat from EAGLE POINT pier Southwest across the Maricaban Strait until Northwest of Sombrero Island.
Take a 2/12 hour trip from Manila to Anilao. Take a bus from Pasay City going to Batangas. from Batangas, take a jeepney ride from P. Burgos St. to the little town of Mabini. From Mabini, take another jeepney ride to Anilao which takes about 20 mins.