Aside from Bordeos and Polillo Island, the unspoiled paradise of Jomalig is a must visit in Quezon Province. It features golden sand, pristine water, pine trees and accommodating locals known as "Jomaligins."
Jomalig is an island located in the north eastern most part of the province of Quezon which measures 5,665 hectares (14,000 acres). It's on the easternmost part of Polillio group. The jump off point to the island is in Real, which is around 4 hours away from Manila by bus or a private van. Take another 6-hour long boat ride on a cargo vessel through an open seas. The Real port is the easiest way to reach Jomalig Island. You can also rent a boat at Dalahikan port in Lucena.
Passenger/cargo vessel in Ungos Port leaves at around 10 to 11 in the morning. From Salibungot beach Jomalig, boat/vessel leaves at around 10:00 to 11:00 AM as well.Fare is 350 – 400 with free lunch. Travel time 5-6 hours depends on the ocean current .The best time to go island is summer time like March to May. There's a time that coast guards are not allowing boat to go to the island if there's a Gale Warning so it's advisable to check the weather and get an updates on the weather condition of Quezon.
|The Golden Sand|
I really recommend to travel in a group so you can save more money. You can actually rent the whole boat for 6500 per way so you can manage your time. No need to wait, anytime you can ask the owner /crew of the boat to leave early. It would be better if you buy your food supplies in Real market (palengke) because it's cheaper here compare to the island. There are goodies, seafoods and alcoholic beverages available in Jomalig island.
|Fearless photo with the Jomalig Serye|
|Photo opt under the sun|
When it comes to accommodation, there're homestay type that you can rent while in the island. Room rate starts at Php 500 per night. As a backpacker, our group usually bring tent. We pitched our tent in Salibungot beach. Tent pitching is absolutely for FREE.
There is available water resources in the island. If you're looking for purified water, no need to worry, you can buy there in the island.
What I like about Jomalig Island is its golden sand. It's very beautiful once the sun strikes on it. Even it's not powdery like in Calaguas and Boracay, it's comfortable to walk with barefoot. The turquoise water is very clean and clear. The ocean is reach in marine life.
Aside from the unique beauty of the island, the locals or Jomaligins are very accommodating. The kids welcomed us with their smile. They helped us to pitch our tent. They's re also proactive if we need to buy something in the store.
How to get to Jomalig Island
1 From Cubao, take LRT 2 and drop at Legarda Station
2. From a Legarda, take a 5 minute walk to reach the Bus Terminal (bound to Real Quezon)
3 From Real, you can either walk or ride a tricycle to Ungos Port
4 From Ungos port, take a passenger boat/ Cargo boat going to Jomalig Island
21:30 Meet up at Legarda / Raymond bus terminal
22:00 ETD to Real
03:00 ETA Real
04:00 Buy food supplies at thewet market (palengke)
05:00 Secure boat
06:00 ETD to Real
12:00 ETA Jomalig Island / we got stranded in the middle of the sea for 3 hours
16:00 Arrival at Jomalig
16:30 Pitching Tent
17:00 Prepare dinner
18:00 Chasing sunset
20:00 – Socials
07:00 Wakeup call
09:00 – 11:00 Photo Ops
11:00 Prepare Lunch
13:00- 17:00 Free time/ Explore Island /Sand Bar. River Crosiing
17:00 Prepare Dinner
18:00 Chasing Sunset
20:00 – Socials
06:00 Wakeup call prepare breakfast
07:30 Beach bumming
09:00 Break camp/ Wash up
10:00 ETD to Real /Ungos Port
16:00 ETA Real / Buy Miryenda
16:30 ETD to Manila
21:00 ETA Manila
Budget Break down
Bus to Ungos Port: Php. 195.00
Van Ungos Port to Manila: Php.200.00
Round trip Boat ride w/Lunch : Php. 640.00
Floater from Ungos port to boat: Php. 15.00
Municipal fee: Php. 100.00
Barangay fee: Php. 50.00
Food Contribution: Php. 250.00
Total: Php. 1450.00
Tips / Reminders.
1. Don't expect to much on the on the bot going to Jomalig island. It's actually designed fro cargo.
2. Meals aboard are fisherman's meal and designed for cowboy people. Bring your own meals if you have allergies or delicate to a specific food
2. Boat ride can be rough during the "ber" months up to January.
3. Don't forget to bring sunblock. The island is exposed to direct heat of the sun
4. Electricity in the island is up from 6PM to 1AM only
5. It's advisable to travel in a group and take the DIY or KKB way.
6. It's cheaper to bring your own tent
7. Don't forget to put a plastic inside your bag to secure your travel essentials, You can also bring dry bag for your gadgets and mobile phones,