Jomalig Island in Quezon should be in your travel bucket list! Ready your 3k and your good to go for 3 days and 2 nights! Going there is not easy peasy because you are going to travel for almost half of the day and you might get dizzy as well while on the boat. But once you get there you will surely utter that all the struggles you experienced are worth it!
Jomalig is an isolated island with fine golden sand and bluish color water. Locals are very accommodating as well.
Ordinary Bus from Legarda to Real – 170
Boat to Jomalig – 350/pax with free lunch
Boat transfer – 10
Tourism fee – 170
Entrance fee – 150 (Salibungot Beach)
Habal habal inland tour – 600 per head
Boat back to Ungos Port – 350/pax with free lunch
Van to Legarda Manila – 220
Food – 400 plus magbaon ng delata
Kubo Room – 1000 for 2 nights/2 = 500/pax (good upto 5 pax per room)
TOTAL = 2,920
TIPS AND PREPARATION
1. HAVE A CONTACT PERSON
Ate Lyra was very responsive to my queries on text. We planned to go there on the last week of December 2016 but we didn’t go through due to bad weather. Thanks to Ate Lyra for updating us so we proceed to our backup plan trip. Then finally this month of February we allotted another vacation leave and pushed through this Jomalig trip. Ate Lyra texted me what time the boat will leave on Real Port, name of the ferry and did everything she can to help us to make our stay in Jomalig enjoyable.
2. LEAVE ON TIME
Suggested departure time is 1am (Saturday/Sunday) or 3am (weekdays) from Legarda, Manila. Ferry boat going to Jomalig usually leaves at 10am on weekdays and 7am on weekend. The earlier you arrived in Real port the better so you can choose a good spot inside the boat. Kung sakaling maiwan (pero wag naman sana) pwede magrent ng private boat but of course it’s pricy bes pano kung sakto lang dala nyong pera. Kaya nga leave on time, be at Legarda station by 12 midnight so you can leave at 1am.
3. BRING BEACH BLANKET OR ANTYHING YOU CAN UNDERLAY WHEN YOU SLEEP
Expect that the boat’s deck is wet so bring cartolina, manila paper, old newspaper, beach blanket or something that you can use to underlay when you sleep in the boat.
4. TAKE BONAMIN
Mahihiluhin ka man o hindi mas mabuting magbaon at uminom ka ng bonamin dahil sobrang nakakahilo ang byahe. Yung way pa lang ng bus papuntang port paliko-liko na at pababa. Plus yung byahe sa ferry ay grabe ang lakas ng alon! Kahit yung mga kasama ko di naiwasang sumuka.
5. BRING WATERPROOF ITEMS/GADGETS
Use waterproof case for your phone and camera. Also bring waterproof bag and tent, hindi natin hawak ang panahon kaya kung umulan man atleast safe ang mga gamit mo.
6. BRING AND WEAR PROPER CLOTHES
Jacket – dahil malamig sa bangka if you will leave early as 7am. Sobrang lamig din sa madaling araw. Yung kumot hindi sya ganon kalapad at kahaba kaya mamamaluktok sa lamig.
Loose, thin and comfy sando – 10 am sobrang init sa bangka pag pauwi na
Leggings and sunglasses – to protect your eyes and legs during the habal-habal tour dahil dadaan kayo sa talahiban, bukid at kung saan-saan.
7. BRING EXTENSION AND POWERBANKS
Electricity is from 5pm to 1am only.
8. STAY FOR 4 DAYS AND 3 NIGHTS
I thought 3 days and 2 nights was enough to enjoy the place pero the truth was bitin pa rin. So I suggest to give atleast 4 days.
WHERE TO STAY
You can stay at Salibungot Beach.
- Kubo Room – 500/night good for 5 persons inclusive of pillows, blanket and banig. No electric fan. With power outlet.
- Homestay – 500/night good for 2 persons inclusive of pillows, blanket, banig and electric fan. With power outlet.
- Tent Pitching – free
WHAT TO DO
Habal-habal inland tour – 600 each
WHAT TO EAT
Gatang Alimasag is a must try – 250 pesos for 5 pieces and additional fee on ingredients
WHAT TO BRING
Underlay cover (sapin)
Easy open canned goods
JOMALIG ISLAND ITINERARY
12am – Meet up at Raymond Bus Terminal – Legarda
1am – ETD Real, Quezon
4:30am – ETA Real, Quezon
6am – Very very light breakfast to prevent vomiting
7am – ETD Salibungot Beach Jomalig Island
11am – Lunch but again very very light lang para di magsuka ng bongga or skip kung walang gana and bumawi na lang ng kain pagbaba ng bangka
1pm – ETA Salibungot Beach Jomalig Island
6pm – Dinner
6am – wakeup time
7am – break fast
8am – prepare things to bring for inland tour
9am – start of Inland tour via habal-habal
• Sadong River
• Lingayen Cove
• Little Boracay
• Canaway Maliit
• Canaway Malaki
12pm – Lunch
1pm – Continuation of inland tour
5pm – End of tour (should be back at Salibungot Beach at this time)
7pm – Dinner
6am – wakeup
7am – breakfast
8am – prepare your things
9am – take more pictures
10am – ETD Real
4pm – ETA Real
4:30pm – ETD Manila
10pm – ETA Manila
HOW TO GO THERE
First thing you must do is to call/text your contact person before the day of your trip to know what time will the boat leave at Real port going to Jomalig Island. For us, Ate Lyra told us that the boat will leave at 7am so to make sure na maabutan naming ang bangka we leave Manila as early as 1am.
1. From Legarda Terminal, take Raymond Bus bound to Infanta. When buying a ticket tell the staff that you will go to Real port. Raymond bus terminal Legarda usually have a trip every hour.
Fare – 170 php
Travel Time – 4 to 5 hours
2. From Real Port, ride a boat bound to Jomalig.
We arrived at Real port by 4:30 am and again I texted and called Ate Lyra. She instructed as to go to other side of the port where the LJ Kate (name of the boat) was. We just had a 5 minute walk. And to make sure I asked again the guys in front of the boat if it is heading to Salibungot Beach Jomalig Island and fortunately yes.
Fare – 350 php inclusive of lunch
Travel time – 5 to 6 hours
Ate Lyra of Salibungot Beach