Travel Guide to Jomalig Island, Quezon

by - Saturday, April 23, 2016



UPDATING THIS WITH OTHER TIPS FOR I RECEIVE LOADS OF INQUIRIES :)


This guide is based on what we have experienced on our trip. Last April 01, 2016, I called my friend, Jhem, who just got back from overseas work, I told them that my plan on weekend was cancelled and I am free to go wherever two days and one night may take us. I suggested going to Jomalig Island, but since its 6hrs boat ride we hesitate at first and consider Cagbalete. But I've been dying to visit Jomalig Island way back 2014. I adjusted the itinerary I saw from my research and told them it is possible to go to the island.


Friday night we start our adventure going to Jomalig Island.







How to go there?

1st - Land Travel
Go to Legarda and look for Raymonds Bus Terminal. This is in front of Arellano University. Bus leaves every hour. Ride a bus bound to Infanta Quezon and get off at Real Port Quezon. Make sure to inform the conductor that you are going to Jomalig Island so they can drop you to the exact port. There are a lot of ports there. Fare is 198 for aircon bus.


2nd - Boat Ride
From Real port, ride a passenger boat going to Jomalig. The earliest boat leaves at 10am. Yes. That's the earliest. But for us, since we are already full, I think about 50 passengers already? We leave by 9am. Fare is 350,inclusive of meal.



Where to Stay at Jomalig?

Bring your own tent is the best option. You can pitch in anywhere you want. There are also some locals who offer homestay. I don't have much idea about it, though.

The mother that we’ve met told us that they offer a nipa hut good for 10 for only 500. Not really sure much about it. But you can always contact her, details below.

TENT IS THE BEST OPTION. Where to pitch in your tent? Believe me you will never run out of it. During our stay there are only 8 groups, so we have the beach all by ourselves. Just please, leave no trace policy. Smile emoticon




Is There An Entrance Fee?

I don’t know if its called entrance fee but they will ask 170 pesos. Ate Malou of municipality treasures is the one in charge for this. But they will come to you on your place.



Where to Eat?

You can bring whatever food you may want. Basta yung Hindi madaling masira. You can also cook there if you are already been doing camping before. But be mindful of the fire. You can also have the locals cook it for you. Of course you'll have to pay for it. You can also order from them: meat, seafood’s, frozen goods, for as long as there are available, asked them first.



Restroom?

No restroom at the beach but many locals are offering this. You’ll have to pay again, of course. But I really don't know how much. They are very hospitable naman so you can politely ask them.



Electricity?

No electricity from 1am to 5pm. Even on the beachfront there are no source of electricity. Make sure to charge your gadgets beforehand and don’t forget to bring your flashlights, extra batteries, and power banks.



Contact Person?

We really don't have any contacts from the place neither to the boat. When we got on the island, my friend wants to eat fish and since this trip is spontaneous (I just asked them to join me last Friday) all we have is canned goods and chips. We met this very kind mother, Ate Denden, who helped us with everything. Food to charging our phones to using their restroom. She told us that a neighbor will be selling a pork meat and if we want we can buy 1kilo for the three of us and she will cook it for us. 

These are the menu she cooked for us during our whole stay:

Dinner – Sinigang na baboy
Breakfast – Longganisa and egg
Lunch – Inihaw na baboy

All this meal with rice plus the use of restroom and charging our gadgets cost us one thousand only that we divide with ourselves. Not bad, eh?

Here's her number 09489936005.



Can We Rent Our Own Boat?

Yes, you may! A lot has been asking me about this, since the earliest boat that leaves real quezon is 10am and it is 6 hours sea travel, clearly, it is time consuming. But I asked Ate Denden and she told me that yes, you may. Just contact her directly for the details for she will be the one coordinating with the boat man.



Overnight Jomalig Island Itinerary

(this is just based on what we've experienced and may still vary depending on delays et al)

11:00 PM ETD at Raymonds Terminal at Legarda to Real Quezon, ride a bus bound to Infanta, Quezon | Fare is 198 for aircon bus


3:30 AM ETA at real, quezon (travel time will depend on how fast the bus is or if there is traffic, make sure to inform the driver/kundoktor that you will be sailing to Jomalig Island, there are loads of port there, but you can ride a tryk if you got off at the wrong one and asked them to drop you at the designated port going to Jomalig)

9:00 AM ETD from real, quezon going to Jomalig Island (yes, 9am. honestly, the first trip is 10am. but since we are about 50 passengers that time they leave early, if you will be going in a big group you can make a reservation so that the boat will wait for you, but make sure to be there on time because there will be some "walk-in" who wanted to go there as much as you want to and are also conscious of their time and boat travel time may vary depending on the waves of the sea and how fast the boat is) | fare is 350 each inclusive of food, don't expect much, it’s a fisherman's meal, but still delicious, on our way they serve pinakbet and plenty of rice! | They also charge us 20 each? I really don't know what was that for

3:00 PM ETA at Jomalig island | 170 entrance(?), someone will approach you when you have to pay for it. There is no exact place. I think they will just roam over the long stretch island and will ask you to pay for it. Official receipt will be provided. Ate Malou of Municipality treasure are in charge of it.

3:30 PM onwards - pitching of tent. Rest. Enjoy the beach. Walk and discover the long stretch of the island. Play and swim with the kids local and wait for the beautiful sunset. Watch the stars at night et al.


**I think itinerary will vary on whichever you prefer. But the earliest boat that leaves from Jomalig Island going back to Real port is 10am. Late is 2 pm. so base on that you may adjust your time and preferred breakfast or whatever activity you feel like doing the next day.





Breakdown of Expenses

Bus from Legarda to Real Quezon 198 pesos
Boat from Real to Jomalig 350 pesos (inclusive of food)
Other fees 20 pesos
Island fee 170 pesos each
Food(dinner,breakfast,lunch)/Restroom use 1000 divided by 334 ea
Boat from Jomalig to Real 350 (inclusive of food)
Bus from Quezon to Manila 178 pesos (ordinary bus)
TOTAL 1600 pesos

TIPS

- The first boat that leaves the port going to Jomalig is 10 AM as of April 2016. I really don't have much idea if it changed. We left by 9 AM because the boat is already full.
- Given the numbers that goes to Jomalig these days I suggest reserving one. You may contact Ate Denden for the reservation. Number posted above.
- You may rent a whole boat if you are too many. Ate Denden can help you arrange one.
- The first boat that leaves Jomalig going back to Real is 10 AM and the last trip is 2 PM. Adjust your itinerary based on the schedule. I suggest taking the earliest time. 2 PM may take up to night trip and you wouldn't want to be in the big waves at night, unless if you are like me, that is so used to big waves while riding a boat. No worries.
- Is the boat safe? big? Both yes. But I can't guarantee the whole safety of each of our trip for it differs everytime. Just be mindful that it is a 6 hours boat ride so you should schedule your trip properly. Be sure its a good weather.
- There are some changes on pitching of tent on the island. I called Ate Denden few months back and she told me that it is still allowed but on certain parts only.
- There are now resorts in the island that offers cottages as accommodation. No idea much about it.
- Other activities? Well aside from swimming we did not do anything there but to just chill and enjoy the view and have a good catchup with our friend Jhem who happens to just got home from work abroad. There are however activities such island hopping and all but we did not do that since we are already contented and just want to chill the whole time. I heard that you may tour the whole island using habal-habal for 600 php for a day per pax.
- Bring your own food. Especially water. 
- We buy additional food to Ate Denden, that is because there are available that time, you may ask first, we only pay 1000 php for the 3 meals for the 3 of us plus the use of their bathroom for our wholestay.




If you have more concerns that are not posted here on this blog feel free to message me directly on facebook, I am more than willing to help you out. But if your concerns are already posted here I will refer you back to this link. Please let's make a reading a habit.

Ellie



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79 comments

  1. Very helpful guide. Please always keep in touch, I would love to hear from you!

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    1. Hi, where did you pitch your tent in salibungot beach ba? if so, is there any cr there? Thanks

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  2. Hello, do you have number of DenDen? Thank you

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    1. Hi! sorry, I haven't noticed that I wasn't able to include her number. Anyway, here's her number 09489936005

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    2. THanks Ellie, appreciate you doing this. :)

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  3. Beautiful photos! I've never been there, but it looks amazing.

    xo Azu

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  4. Great guide Ellie. It looks beautiful there!

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  5. Lovely post dear! Have a great weekend! xx

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  6. Can you recommend this place for a solo traveller? tnx

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    1. yep, I would! In fact this is supposedly a solo trip but since my friend just got home from overseas work and wanted to experience my diy trips so I asked them to join me. Just of course, stay just near the locals esp when pinching your tent. :)

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    1. sobra pa po! if you are coming from Manila :)

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  8. may mga bahay din poh b sa island.? na incase of emergency, during the day even the nyt? salamat

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  9. Ganda naman pwede ba dyan solo traveller lang pwede makicharge ng p/bank sa lokal.salamat po

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  10. Ganda namn po sana marating ko jomalig island.pd ba dyan solo

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  11. tanong lang po madame, good na po ba ang budget na less than 5k? lets say 4.5k may sarili naman kaming food and tent. salamat sa tugon

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    1. hi po. magkano po ba talaga? hehe but if you will follow my budget kasya po siya.

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  12. tanong lang madame, ok na po ba ang budget na less than 5k? lets say 4.5k for 2pax?, may sarili naman kaming tent and food na dala. salamat sa tugon

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  13. tanong lang po ok na po ba ang budget 3.5 for 2pax, may sarili kaming food. thank you!

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  14. Hello po. Ask ko lang since dumating po kayo sa real quezon ng 3am. Nag wait po ba kau dun ng mga 6hours for the boat since 9am kau umalis? San po kau nag stay doon? Thanks po

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    1. yep nagantay lang din po kami dun sa port. safe naman po.

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    2. ah ok po thank you! and meron po ba kau link na ma-susuggest or contact number ng Raymond's bus terminal para lang po makita namin yung mga schedule ng byahe nila pa Real? may nakita po kasi ako online na contact number kaso hindi na po ata gumagana. thank you po! :)

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  15. Hi po ask ko lang po since hindi pa po masyadong kilala yung place marami na po bang activities na pde ng gawin dyan like other beaches na napupuntahan?

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  16. May nagpaparent po ba ng tent sa island?

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  17. Hi, may I know kung anong oras po kayo umalis ng Jomalig pabalik ng Ungos port? Thanks! :)

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    1. mga 2pm na po. kaso madami po nagpaantay sa gitna ng dagat kaya halos 4 na ata or 5pm kami start na bumiyahe pabalik ng port.

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  18. Hi,
    May globe signal po ba sa island? kung may sasakyan na dala, may alam kaya kayo na safe pag parkingan?
    TIA

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    1. yep po merong signal. not sure lang po kung san ay safe na parking. siguro po you may call their port office dun and ask about it. :) or pwede din po ask niyo si ate denden if may alam po siya. :)

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  19. Pahabol po na tanong, wala bang jellyfish sa area? thank you uli :D

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  20. Hi , I just want to ask, pagkababa mo ng boat sa jomalig , do I need to ride tricycle or anything pa ba sa place na pwede magpitch ng tent ? Or dun na yun ? Thank you , we'll go there kasi tomorrow

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  21. ^ hrs po yung boat ride from port to jomalig?

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    1. 6hrs po. pero magdedepend pa din sa alon :)

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  22. Araw araw po ba ang byahe ng bangka sa Jomalig. O may mga piling araw lang. Ex: MWF

    Thank you

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    1. as far as I remember everyday naman po. you can contact ate denden. para mas maassist po kayo sa mga questions niyo po regarding sa boat. :)

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  23. hi do you know ung schedule ng boat kasi from 6:00 am manila abot ba sa trip to real to jomalig? thanks

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    1. abot naman po siguro, not really sure. pero you can contact ate denden po. para mas maassist po kayo sa mga questions niyo po regarding sa boat. :)

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  24. Hi what time next after 10 am na boat?

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  25. Hi what time next after 10 am na boat?

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  26. What time ung next na boat ride after 10am? Thank you

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  27. Hi po tanong ko lang kung mas okay po na na magcommute papunta kaysa may dalang sariling sasakyan? Thanks po.

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  28. Hi tanong ko lang po kung mas okay po ba na magcommute nalang papunta or may dalang sasakyan? thanks po

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  29. Hello ate Ellie! Thanks for the info! Just want to ask if safe naman yung bangka sakyan?

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  30. Hello ate Ellie! Thanks for the info! Just want to ask if safe naman yung bangka sakyan?

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    1. yes po safe. they are very much familiar with it since they travel from and to everyday :)

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  31. May number po ba kayo nung nag ooffer ng nipa hut?

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  32. May number po ba kayo nung nag ooffer ng nipa hut?

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  33. May contact number po ba kayo nung nag ooffer ng nipa hut?

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  34. May number po ba kayo nung nag ooffer ng nipa hut?

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    1. you can contact ate Denden for that, number posted above. :)

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  35. Hi ate Ellie tanong ko lang po kung ilang days kayo nag stay dun? Marami din po bang mabibilan dun? May mga drinks po ganon?

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  36. Hi ate Ellie! Tatanong ko lang kung ilang days po kayo nag-stay dun? Marami po bang mabibilan dun? Like drinks?

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    1. overnight lang kami. meron naman daw palengke dun. may mga tindahan din. but I suggest you bring foods na lang din just to be sure. :)

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  37. Hi po. I want to ask some help, gusto po sana namin mag Jomalig Island, 3D2N 15person kami. Hows that possible po?

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    1. you may contact ate denden directly for that, I believe she can help you with that. number posted above. :)

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  38. 15person po kmi then gusto sna namin ng 3D2N pano po yun if wala kaming tent? Pwede po ba pa-reserve for next weekend

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  39. Hello po. Tanong ko lang po kung ilang oras po yung naging byahe niyo from manila to jomalig island? Thanks. :)

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  40. Hello po. Tanong ko lang po kung ilang oras po yung naging byahe niyo from manila to jomalig island? Thanks. :)

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  41. Hi po kumusta po yung wave? And may lifevest po ba? #waterproblem 🌊😬

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  42. Hi po. Ask lang po kung may sariling car at hindi magcocommute may mapapagparkingan po ba dun sa port? Thanks. 😊

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  43. Hi po. Ask lang po kung may sariling car at hindi magcocommute may mapapagparkingan po ba dun sa port? Thanks. 😊

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    1. Hi guys, we are looking for new freinds na pwede makasama sa Jomalig this April 08-09,join us po... text me at 09167020281

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    2. Hi natuloy kayo sa jomalig

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  44. Hi po. Ask lang po kung may sariling car at hindi magcocommute may mapapagparkingan po ba dun sa port? Thanks. 😊

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  45. Ang ganda naman ng travel mo. i hope makarating ako dyan. mas malapit lang kesa mag-fly-fly pa.

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  46. Hi I'm planning to go there this Sunday... ask ko lang kung may life vest ba sa boat. Ferry ba siya parang sa galera? May phobia kasi ako sa dagat eh... thanks... :(

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    1. yes po meron. I don't know exactly, I've been to galera only once and the boat going to Jomalig is a bit smaller. But its safe so no worries, just check the weather first and you're good to go :) Enjoy and have fun in Jomalig!

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  47. Hi! Ask ko lang if yung P170.00 na island fee ba is just good for one day? Or until you plan to go home na? Thanks in advance!

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    1. I think its for the whole stay. But just to be sure you can contact Ate Denden :)

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  48. Nice post madam. Ask ko lang po if allowed po ba mag bonfire dun or mag create ng fire for cooking? Ok lang din po ba na hnd na kumuha ng accommodation sa any resort dun? as in mag pitch lang talga ng tent ang balak namin. Thanks!

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    1. As far as I know bonfire is not allowed. But you can bring alternatives cooking set naman po. And yes, pwede daw po as per my last conversation with Ate Denden pero on specific area na lang po.

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    2. Thanks madam for answering my query. TC!

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  49. Does Jomalig Island crowded during summer break? And do you have any travel guide for Coron tour? Thanks!

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Thanks for the wonderful message!