Jomalig Island Travel Guide (Itinerary & Expenses)

by Rizanoia

Let’s direct to the point, Jomalig Island in Quezon should be in your travel bucket list! Ready your Php 3000 and your good to go for 3 days and 2 nights! To help you further, here’s my latest budget travel blog about Jomalig. In this travel guide, you will get a sample itinerary, breakdown of expenses, as well as my recommended resort.

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ABOUT JOMALIG

Jomalig pronounced as “Humalig” is part of Polillo Group of Island in Quezon Province. This isolated island is known for its fine golden sand and turquoise water. While the land is mainly used for agricultural use, there is still plenty of beautiful sights to see and enjoy.

Getting to this spectacular island isn’t for those who want an hour or less plane ride to their destination. It will take 4 to 5 hours going to the port of Real, Quezon and another 5 to 7 hours boat ride going to Jomalig Island depending on the weather. Nevertheless, once you get here you will surely utter that all the struggles that you experienced are worth it!

  • Language: Tagalog
  • Mode of Payment: Cash
  • Money Exchange & ATM: There are no banks or ATM in Jomalig
  • Electricity Info: Electricity is from 5pm to 1am only.

HISTORY OF JOMALIG

The history of Jomalig Island is one amongst the greatest story legend in Quezon province. Though many aged Jomaligins (its people) does not know or could not remember where Jomalig originated, there are few old residents who still can remember the marvelous legend from their ancestors. Based on the story, there was a Datu who lived on the island and had a stunning daughter. A young man from a neighboring island wished to marry the princess, however, Datu hindered the proposal.

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The Datu told that he will only give his daughter if the young man will roam around the island in just one day and shoot 3 fishes in each pond of the island. The young man took the Datu’s challenge. When he roamed the island, he nearly finished the marathon, however, he failed and nearly died. He acquired the goal dispiritedly so he requested the princess to kiss him because it’s the sole reward he may receive.

The princess kissed the young man and when people saw what happened, they shouted: “humalik” (They kissed). From that moment, people named the island “Humalik”. A few years passed Humalik become Jomalig. Many aged residents say that the Americans modified it after they conquered the Philippines.

BEST TIME TO VISIT JOMALIG

Please avoid visiting during the rainy season, the current of the waves are too strong that can result in being stranded on the island. The best time to visit Jomalig is during the summer season which is March to May. The second best option is January to February.

HOW TO GO TO JOMALIG ISLAND FROM MANILA

The 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 that we will catch up the boat 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

*Note: In case you missed out the bus, there is also a van bound to Infanta/Real near the terminal. The downside is you might wait for a couple of hours because the vehicle needs to be full of passengers before it leaves.

2. From Real Port, ride a boat going to Jomalig.

We arrived at Real port by 4:30 am and to make sure we were going to the right destination I asked the guys in front of the boat if it was heading to Salibungot Beach Jomalig Island and fortunately it was.

Fare: Php 400 (inclusive of lunch)
Travel Time: 5 to 7 hours

HOW TO GET AROUND IN JOMALIG

The best way to roam around the island is via habal-habal.

WHERE TO STAY IN JOMALIG

There are several accommodations where everyone can stay when they arrive in Jomalig Island. As a traveler on a budget, I chose one of the cheapest accommodation I found – L&J Resort. For me, L&J Resort is one of the best place to stay in Jomalig Island. Guests at this resort can stay inside a closed cottage or a “kubo”. You can bring your own food or ask them to cook for you with an additional fee.

  • Name of Accommodation: L&J Resort
  • Rate: 500/night/kubo; good for 4 pax
  • Amenities: standard fan, pillow, blanket and mat, common CR
  • Access: front beach view of Salibungot Beach, nearby sari-sari store

How to book?

  • Contact Name: Ate Lyra
  • Mobile: 09307968665

JOMALIG ISLAND RESORTS

Apple Beach Resort
09466359115 / 09565524246
Sitio Muros, Barangay Talisay

Balwarte Farm & Resort
09094835485 / 09776663998
Sitio Salibungot, Barangay Talisay

Banana Beach Resort
09100527501
Sitio Salibungot, Barangay Talisay

Caparas Beach Resort
09299573655
Sitio Boton, Barangay Gango

Ella Beach Resort
09999938058 / 09214696827
Sitio Bigwangan, Barangay Talisay

Hayahay Beach Resort
09123427844 / 09078087535
Barangay Casuguran

Humalik Beach Resort
09094848654
Barangay Apad

Jojomalig Beach Resort
09399034275
Sitio Salibungot, Barangay Talisay

Jojomaligaya Beach Resort
09478919617
Sitio Salibungot, Barangay Talisay

Kadena Beach Resort
09097755317
Sitio Salibungot, Barangay Talisay

L & J Beach Resort
09186565477 / 09084362153 / 09307968665
Sitio Salibungot, Barangay Talisay

Lolita Beach Resort
09108623231 / 09151374545
Sitio Boton, Barangay Gango

Purakay Beach Resort
09108316888 / 09162800158
Sitio Salibungot, Barangay Talisay

SPIR Beach Resort
09078285161
Sitio Salibungot, Barangay Talisay

Tapado Beach Resort
09216759983
Barangay Bukal

Tato Farm & Beach Resort
09174537360
Sitio Bigwangan, Barangay Talisay

Tejada Beach Resort
09399027532
Sitio Bigwangan, Barangay Talisay

Villa Corazon
09195263502 / 09563913586
Sitio Salibungot, Barangay Talisay

WHERE TO EAT IN JOMALIG

There is no restaurant in Jomalig. You can ask the transient owner to cook food for you with additional cost.

3D2N JOMALIG ISLAND ITINERARY

Day 1 – Going to and Arrival in 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

Day 2 – Jomalig Inland Tour (Habal-Habal)

Itinerary:

6am – wakeup time
7am – break fast
8am – prepare things to bring for inland tour
9am – start of Inland tour via habal-habal
12pm – Lunch
1pm – Continuation of inland tour
5pm – End of tour (should be back at Salibungot Beach at this time)
7pm – Dinner

On this day, we hired a habal-habal to travel the beautiful beaches of Jomalig and witness how the locals live. The habal habal tours are the best ways for tourists to immerse themselves in the ways of the locals.

1st Stop – Punong Walang Forever

jomalig travel guide budget expenses 2018-Punong Walang Forever

This is a fascinating site, in English translation, it’s a tree of no forever.  This is a large green area that has almost nothing other than this beautiful tree in the middle.  As soon as people see the area, after hearing the name, they instantly understand where the name came from.  After all, the tree looks very lonely in the middle of the field, as if they just broke up with their significant “tree”.

Entrance Fee: None

2nd Stop – Kanaway Beach

jomalig travel guide budget expenses 2018-Kanaway Beach

This beach has crystal clear water that hits the sand, and while that is enough to bring people there every day, most people visit to see the unique rock formations.  Everyone can walk along the beach and take the time to climb up on some of the rocks to see views of Manlanat and Pulo Islets.

Entrance Fee: Php 30

3rd Stop – Lingayen Cove aka “Little Batanes”

jomalig travel guide budget expenses 2018-Lingayen Cove

The presence of cliffs, the strong wind, the waves crashing against the rocks, the cove and the stretch of white sand beach makes Lingayen Cove comparable to Batanes.

Entrance Fee: Php 50

4th Stop – Alog White Sand Beach aka “Little Boracay”

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Once you arrived at Little Boracay you will never want to leave.  The white sand leads down to blue water that looks very inviting. Visitors usually ask their habal habal tour guide to keep this as the last destination for their tour, so that they can simply be dropped off and have the rest of the day to relax and go swimming.

Entrance Fee: Php 30
Food: Lunch Php 150

5th Stop – Golden Sand Beach

jomalig travel guide budget expenses 2018-Golden Sand Beach

Most of Jomalig Island’s beaches are blessed with golden sand. Then, what’s the catch? The Golden Sand boasts its entire sand and rock formations and a river connecting to the sea.

Entrance Fee: Php 30

6th Stop – Salibungot Beach

jomalig travel guide budget expenses 2018-Salibungot Beach

Salibungot Beach is considered the main beach of this island.  This beach can be found near the port and the long stretch of sand seems to go on for miles.  Everyone that ventures to this beach will want to have their picture taken underneath the We Love Jomalig sign.  One of the best times to visit this beach is at night as the sun is setting in the sky, so visitors may want to go back after their tour.

Entrance Fee: Php 100, but since this was our accommodation we already paid the entrance fee on day 1.

Day 3 – BACK TO MANILA

Itinerary:

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

OTHER TOURISTS SPOTS TO VISIT IN JOMALIG

Fish Sanctuary

jomalig island fish sanctuary

Buton Sandbar

jomalig island buton sandbar

3D2N JOMALIG ISLAND BUDGET BREAKDOWN

Day 1

Transportation: Php 578

  • Bus – Php 168
  • Tricycle – Php 10
  • Boat – Php 400 inclusive of lunch

Accommodation: Php 250

  • 1000/4 pax = 250/pax good for 2 nights

Food: Php 50

  • Breakfast – Php 50
  • Lunch – inclusive in boat fee
  • Dinner – own/canned goods

Other Fees: Php 280

  • Terminal Fee – Php 10
  • LGU Fee – Php 170
  • Entrance Fee to Salibungot Beach – Php 100

Sub-Total: Php 1,158

Day 2

Habal-Habal Tour: Php 600

Entrance Fees: Php 140

  • Punong Walang Forever: Free
  • Kanaway Beach – Php 30
  • Lingayen Cove – Php 50
  • Alog White Sand Beach – Php 30
  • Golden Sand – Php 30
  • Salibungot Beach – Already paid on Day 1

Food: Php 150

Sub-Total: Php 890

Day 3

Food: Php 150

Transportation: Php 630

  • Boat – Php 400 inclusive of lunch
  • Tricycle – Php 10
  • Van – Php 220

Sub-Total: Php 780

OVERALL EXPENSES

  • Day 1 – Php 1,158
  • Day 2 – Php 890
  • Day 3 – Php 780

GRAND TOTAL – Php 2,828

OTHER TIPS BEFORE YOU VISIT JOMALIG

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 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 BONAMINE

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 a waterproof bag and tent, just in case it rains to protect your gadgets.

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. Also, don’t foget to bring powerbanks (in full charge) to charge your phone when electricity is not available.

8. BRING YOUR OWN WATER BOTTLE

Bring your own reusable water bottle, so there’s no need to buy bottled drinking water over and over again. You may order a container of drinking water on a nearby store and then refill your own bottle.

9. BRING INSECT REPELLENT LOTION

10. 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 at least 4 days.

Note: This post was originally published in March 2017 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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31 comments

Alloiza Recto March 6, 2017 - 2:19 pm

Just talking about going to Jomalig with my cousins few minutes before it popped out in my inbox. hihi galing mo talaga! ♥

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Rizanoia March 6, 2017 - 9:40 pm

Hi Alloiza! Thank you sa pagsubscribe sa email list ng blog ko. It means a lot! ❤️

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Czar November 16, 2017 - 2:13 pm

Hi! Planning to go there this weekend but I cant get valid confirmation of bus schedules going to real. Do they really have hourly trip bound for real port? because I have read some blog saying they only have 2 trips.. hope you can help me out. Thanks in advance! :*

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Nikaia March 8, 2017 - 9:31 pm

What day did you go to Jomalig? Parang walang tao masyado. Haha. Anyways thanks for the guide! It’s really helpful and I’m taking notes. I will visit Jomalig after I finish my Project 81. *crossed fingers*
Nikaia | http://www.wheresnika.com

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Rizanoia March 9, 2017 - 12:03 am

Hi Nika! We went there last February Saturday to Monday kami nagstay and yes hindi masyadong matao kahit weekend pa. Matagal din kasi ang byahe kaya hindi sya tipong madaling puntahan ng tao. Maraming lugar din ang pwedeng puntahan dun super worth it ang byahe. Go girl! Will wait it on your blog. ????

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jamaicaricafort May 17, 2018 - 6:36 pm

Hi magkano poh ang budget maam?

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Rizanoia May 18, 2018 - 11:57 pm

It is posted above po, 3000. 🙂

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Anonymous April 28, 2017 - 2:07 am

Going to Jomalig on the 25th to 28th of May. Yohooo! Thanks for the wonderful and detailed itinerary! Excited to explore Jomalig!!! ☺☺♥♥

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Rizanoia April 28, 2017 - 11:18 pm

You’re welcome enjoy! ?

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Jengonzales May 4, 2017 - 12:33 am

Hi!Riza. Came across your blog and i would like to thank you for those details re jomalig, however,I’ve been to polilio island. I am a doctor & we’ll be there on may 19-21 for a medical mission and school supplies outreach. God bless.

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Rizanoia May 4, 2017 - 6:47 am

Hi Doc Gonzales! Thank you for dropping by on my blog. I am a nurse and hopefully I could join your medical mission soon. God bless din po!

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JONtotheworld June 6, 2017 - 3:51 pm

I love your photos. Ang ganda!

Also traveled to Jomalig about 3 weeks ago and I also fell in love with the place. Beautiful beaches and rock formations. Plus very warm and accommodating locals.

I’ll definitely comeback! 🙂

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djkit June 13, 2017 - 3:11 pm

I wanted to go back, jomalig is the place to be.. pang apat kona to kung sakali..

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Anonymous June 21, 2017 - 3:56 pm

HI..may time ba yung boat from real port to jomalig? thanks in advance 🙂

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Rizanoia June 30, 2017 - 11:37 am

The earliest is 6am. 🙂

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Ytel June 30, 2017 - 11:29 am

Hi, planning to go in Jomalig next next week but im a bit scared of the 4-6 hours boat ride going to the island. Safe ba cia? and okay lng ba kung hndi group ang pagpunta nio duon?

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Rizanoia June 30, 2017 - 11:36 am

Malaki yung boat so madami kang makakasabay sa bangka. It is safe naman ok naman sya for solo but much better na may kasama ka kasi konti pang tao dun mas masaya mas marami. 😉

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Pia Gentica October 25, 2017 - 5:46 am

planning to go kaso 2 lang kami ok lang rin ba this November

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Rizanoia October 26, 2017 - 11:51 am

Keri naman. 🙂

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Anonymous December 20, 2018 - 8:07 am

is it safe to bring kids?

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Rizanoia December 20, 2018 - 8:13 am

May toddler and baby kaming kasabayan sa bangka nun. Ok naman though I won’t recommend sa di sanay sa matagal na byahe. Ang lakas ng alon pag sa middle na.

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Anonymous January 2, 2019 - 11:39 pm

I was planning to go there, pero wala akong makitang pictures ng mga rooms na tutulugan. Maganda ba rooms ng resort sa Jomalig? Kahit medyo may kamahalan? Aling resorts ba sa Jomalig ang pinaka maganda para mag stay saming mag couple? Ang dami ko kasing nakikitang resorts e.

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Rizanoia January 2, 2019 - 11:44 pm

Hello, most of the accommodations is typical na kubo lang with a fan. Nothing extravagant probinsya feels.

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Jemarie Catchillar January 7, 2019 - 1:28 pm

Hello, ask ko lang po kung pagdating doon may mabibili ng foods or mas maganda bang magdala ng foods na iluluto?
Mas okay po ba magpareserve ng room or pwede walk in lang? Thank you 🙂

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Rizanoia January 7, 2019 - 1:30 pm

Better to bring your own food then paluto na lang kayo if ever magkulang stocks nyo. Pareserve na rin kayo room much better para maguide kayo ng owner going there and about the weather. 🙂

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ana April 4, 2019 - 11:15 am

hi ask ko lang kung magkano rent sa habal habal & kung alam mo din kung magkano ticket sa boat for kids 4 & 8 yrs old..thank you so much..

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Rizanoia April 18, 2019 - 10:39 pm

Hi Ana. The answers for your questions are already in this article. 🙂

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Anonymous May 6, 2019 - 4:29 pm

Ok ba pumunta ng mid-June?

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Rizanoia June 19, 2019 - 1:37 pm

Ok pa naman though expect rainy weather pa rin since start na ng pag-ulan sa month na to.

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MJ May 6, 2019 - 4:33 pm

Ok ba pumunta ng mid-June? Thanks!

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Rizanoia May 20, 2019 - 11:41 am

Tag-ulan na po ang June. The travel time can take upto 6 hours dahil malakas ang alon. If you are adventurous pwede naman, but if mahina loob mo I won’t recommend going there during rainy season.

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