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Island hopping is one of the exciting activities to do in the province of Quezon. You can find here a lot of beautiful destinations that ar...

Jomalig Island | A Beautiful Place in Quezon

Island hopping is one of the exciting activities to do in the province of Quezon. You can find here a lot of beautiful destinations that are perfect for budget-travellers or backpackers.

One of the best island to explore in Quezon province is Jomalig Island. It's located in the north eastern most part of the province which measures 5,665 hectares (14,000 acres). The island is near to the famous Polillio group.

Jomalig Island features golden sand, pristine water, pine trees and accommodating locals known as "Jomaligins." It's a unique paradise where you could enjoy with your family, friends, officemates and loved one. The island is  really a perfect place to escape from the busy life in the metro.  

Real is the jump off point to the island. From Manila, it will take 4 hours via public or private vehicle to reach the island. Take another 6 hours boat de from Ungos Port, Real to Jomalig Island.

There's an existing community in the island. Locals here are very accommodating and friendly. There are small stores that are selling different kind of goodies. They have rice, can goods, softdrinks, purified water, etc. There are also random fishermen selling fresh seafoods along the beach. 

Most of the travelers, they bring their own tent. They pitch their tent near the shore. Salibungot Beach and Kanaway Beach are the two popular beaches in Jomalig. For those who are not into camping, there are resorts in the island that offer room accommodation at a budget-friendly price. Rate starts at Php 500.

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

Budget/ Expenses

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


Day 0

21:30 Meet up at Legarda / Raymond bus terminal
22:00 ETD to  Real

Day 1

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
19:00 Dinner
20:00 – Socials

Day 2

07:00 Wakeup call
08:00 Breakfast
09:00 – 11:00 Photo Ops
11:00 Prepare Lunch
12:00 Lunch
13:00- 17:00 Free time/ Explore Island /Sand Bar. River Crosiing
17:00 Prepare Dinner
18:00 Chasing Sunset
19:00 Dinner
20:00 – Socials

Day 3

06:00 Wakeup call prepare breakfast
07:00 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

Tips / Reminders. 

1. Don't expect to much on the on the boat 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.
8. Don't leave trash anywhere. Please maintain natural beauty of the beach. 

Special thanks to Froilan of Byahe ni Bogs for the wonderful photos.