Showing posts with label Jomalig Island. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jomalig Island. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Jomalig Island. An Off-the-Beaten Track Adventure

October 02, 2018 0
Four brave souls taking adventure in Jomalig island

As a travel blogger for eight years now, I am always on a quest for a new adventure, and thirsty for a unique outdoor grind.

It's always in my bucket list to try something new and explore new places and learn from the experience. It pumps my desire to write more and tell stories to the world how wonderful life is.

Lingayen cove in Jomalig

Wanderlust drives my travel passion to search and explore more destinations. Something that feeds my curiosity about the environment, about the world, about life.

Traveling offers a whole new experience of discovering what's on the other side of life. That's why I always considered it as an excellent breather from a monotonous existence. Never a luxury.

While admittedly, I am a country girl by heart who loves a scenic view of the countryside and the poetic atmosphere of the lakes and the valleys, beaches, nonetheless, fascinate me.

The soothing scenery of the seaside calms my tired spirit. And the breeze rolling from the ocean relaxes my weary mind. It's still the most awesome place to chill and get rid of the kinks of everyday life in the city.

At the Golden sand beach in Jomalig

I've seen beautiful beaches, probably more than anyone else in my circle. And had spent my growing up years in a place nestled between beaches and mountains.

I was born and raised in the province of Surigao del sur, in a small seaside town where I would regularly wake up at the terrific view of the Pacific Ocean. And where waves crashing in the seashore like thunders during monsoon season.

Pamana beach 

So, I'm no longer stranger to a beach atmosphere.Harsh waves, irresistible aquamarine sea waters, rugged coastline, sun-kissed powdery sand. And  all those beach frills everyone is dreaming about. I've full of it in my childhood years.

However, it did not stop me from dreaming to explore other islands in the country. I feel there are more I need to experience when it comes to an island adventure. Because beaches are always awesome, no matter how many times I've come to see one.

It always offers new excitement and memories to keep. New adventure, new experiences, new discovery to unveil. The more I discovered new things, the more learning I got, the better life is.

It is through these reasons that I joined  colleagues on a risky trip to Jomalig island, one of the remotest of all islands in the Philippines.

Pamana beach 
Lingayen cove

Isolated. Less traveled and still unspoiled , with pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, picture-perfect long stretches of coastline, Jomalig is a great destination for beach adventure junkie.

It's a stunning island wonder that offers a sense of calmness and serenity. It's location in the middle of the rough seas provides abundance of ocean view and endless sea delights.

Its relaxed countryside scenery dotted by rugged terrain, verdant tropical trees and agricultural land provide travelers with an exciting experience of exploring hinterland and beaches.

Golden sand beach

Located off the coast of the Quezon province, in the southern most part of Polillo group of islands, it is home to incredible seaside scenery with sparkling turquoise waters.

And because it is directly facing the open sea where horizon meets, it offers the most spectacular sunset viewing one could ever experience. Indeed, Jomalig is a perfect place to get lost in paradise.

Its sun-kissed white sand, washed off by a powdery sand that ranges from shimmering gold to creamy white, offers fun and thrills of adventure. A perfect island to enjoy one's privacy and stride back in time.

Kanaway beach

It is isolated and rarely visited by tourists so no one interrupts with your beach moment, a great place indeed to slow down and lay in the sand whole day.

It's a perfect place to get tanned, at the same time to collect thoughts and create memories. With its tranquil atmosphere, balmy surroundings and a post-card seaside view, Jomalig island is a perfect sanctuary for a tired soul. A breather from the sordid life in the city.

While other popular beaches in the Philippines have been deluged by tourists whole year round and already on the borderline of redundancy, Jomalig preserves its immaculate existence.
Pamana beach

Tranquil, peaceful, breezy, where smoothness of the afternoon perfectly blends with the essence of the sun going down at twilight, it's a spectacular place to relax and enjoy a peaceful island living, and loosen up.

It's where time stood still. And life finds its balance again. The tropical environment and the countryside scenery will make you believe once more that the world is at peace.

Tejada resort where we stayed
Pamana beach 

Jomalig is an ultimate, off-the-beaten track fodder to adventure junkies. While its coastline is hugged by rugged landscape, and its beaches boost clear waters and stunning view of the Ocean, its vast terrain is thoroughly agricultural, with most of its land is utilized for farming and melon plantation. Its hinterlands are smothered with verdant trees and greenery.

Perfect island to relax and experience life at its calmest.

The best way to explore this island is through a habal-habal (a Filipino term for a motorcycle ride) to see its entire landscape and experience the essence of rural living. And this was the option we've chosen when we visited Jomalig island last week.

Golden sand beach in Jomalig

Taking time off from work, and to make good of our previous plan to take a beach trip, Mikko, Rapid, Angge and I decided to embark into an ultimate beach adventure despite the forecast of a terrible weather.

It was in fact, very fine when we got there. Atmosphere was balmy and humid and we explored the island under the sweltering heat of the sun.

We left Manila on the early morning of September 29 via Raymund bus, going to Real in the Quezon province.

In contrast to other travel testimonies online, we'd a shorter trip, reaching Real, Quezon only within four hours. Upon alighting from the bus, we immediately hired a tricycle going to Ungos port and bought a ticket at the port terminal.

At 8:00 in the morning we're on board MV Jessa but the sea voyage did not start until 9:30 AM.
Aboard MV Jessa

The boat appeared to be like a fishing vessel than a passenger's boat, taking travelers into a long sea voyage. Despite its expanded wooden rudders and roof deck, it still looked like a vulnerable commercial boat. 

It  seems can't endure a harsh waves in an open, rough sea. Luckily for us, it was a perfect weather when we left the port so the voyage was smooth and stable, albeit occasional big waves rocking the side of the boat, and we almost drenched in the splashing.

However, little inconvenience crept in when we were told that we won't be directly going to Jomalig. Because it was off-season, beach travelers were rare so direct boat trips from Ungos port to the island were not regular.

Four hours later we found ourselves transferred to another boat in the middle of the sea! In great contrast to our expectation that we would be docking in at the Patnanungan port, the transfer was facilitated afloat the mighty sea. Haha!😂

Scary boat transfer in the
 middle of the sea

A bit creepy. There was no ladder to support us, we just jumped off from one boat to another. Scary! However, we got through with it and switched boat without any entanglements. Although rocking nerves made me ponder on my fate in the island.

It wasn't for the faintest of the heart though since the view of the sea seemed threatening.

We undergone another ordeal of facing the rough waves. Though not terribly harsh, it did toss the boat from time to time, enough to give us a little scare.

But we like adventure so we just enjoyed the commotion of the waves against the boat. An hour later, we reached Jomalig port. Thank God!

Welcome to Jomalig!

Days before our trip, we already made an arrangement with Tejada beach resort to book us a room and arrange our boat ride.

Jomalig port

When we disembarked, the resort's caretaker, Juvy Tejada, was already there to assist us. She also secured four motorcycles to bring us to the resort.

It was a long trip. 

We passed at a vast coconut field that seemed leading us to nowhere and a line of rural houses. It was a good breather though since the crisp afternoon wind of the countryside made us feel at ease.

We had a good sleep that night. Dinner was great and the calm surrounding helped us dose to sleep early. Our proper tour kicked off on the following day at 5:00 in the morning.

Start of the Tour - Sept. 30, 2018

At the break of dawn, we're up for the day. We were fetched by the four habal-habal drivers at the resort and dropped by at Juvy's house near the port to take our breakfast.

Then off to our beach adventure at 6:00 in the morning!

Warm sunrise greeted us as we began our journey along the island's rural areas, passing several barangays. The habal-habal drivers also served as our tour guide for this off-the-beaten track adventure.

Inland tour with habal-habal (motorcycle)

The soft glow of the morning sun penetrated throughout the vast field as we traversed the scenic countryside.

It was a cool Sunday morning, beautiful weather spread throughout the serene field. The smoothness of the September morning draped around, ushering an exciting adventure.

We were told that our first destination is Kanaway beach.

1. Kanaway Beach

Our first stop was at this beach. Surrounded with tropical trees, a long coastline and rock formations, Kanaway beach has a wide beach front and a beige sand to make the most of the moments.


Rock formations can be reached by foot during low tide but we did not set a foot there, it looked a bit far from the seaside. We just stayed at the beach front.

Kanaway beach in the morning

As the morning sun slowly rising East, our thirst for adventure was heating up. So we had our moments, exploring this natural treasure all by ourselves, relishing the coolness of the Sunday morning.

Day break at Kanaway beach 


Day break at the beach is always terrific when shared with friends. Entrance fee: Php30.00

2. Pamana beach

The second leg of our tour was at this pristine beach called Pamana. Also known as the little boracay in Jomalig, it offers a stunning creamy white sand and emerald water. 

Its beautiful seaside, unruffled atmosphere and captivating aquamarine water are enough to enthrall visitors. In fact, I was so much in awe when I saw it myself! What an extraordinary gift of nature!

Pamana beach
Little Boracay in Jomalig

Though I've been to many splendid beaches in the Philippines, including Boracay, Camiguin and Pearl Farm, I've never seen such incredible treasure as Pamana beach. Surreal! It's a dreamy place to quest one's thirst for an exotic beach getaway.

Sugary sand, tropical environment, seductive sea water, secluded and quiet spot, nothing beats the allure of Pamana beach.

Sugary sand of Pamana beach


This is a must-visit place! And should be in every beach lover's bucket list. The sparkling clear water and its smooth aquamarine color will really leave you in complete amazement. Entrance fee: Php30.00

3. Lingayen Cove

After staying for less than an hour at Pamana beach, the motorcycle drivers brought us to another breathtaking spot, the Lingayen Cove.

The locals also called it the little Batanes because its landscape is hugged by a rugged cliff overlooking the magnificent view of the ocean, with crashing waves below.

This area left me totally stunned! Breathtaking is an understatement.

clear blue waters at Lingayen cove

Sprawling. Awesome.  Jaw-dropping. Like I was at top of the world where things around me just appeared like a dream. It was completely spectacular.

Gazing at the vast ocean, with waves crashing at the rock formations below, felt like I was totally lost in wonder. 

Life indeed offers treasures we never dreamed we would find in a lifetime. And Lingayen Cove exactly painted that kind of dream into reality. 

Lingayen cove in Jomalig

Water changes from emerald to turquoise at the caress of the bright sun, rushing to kiss the seashore. Such a delightful moment hearing all those bellowing waves, freely rolling from the open sea.

We were advised though to never plunge into the water because of the harsh waves, unless we're professional surfers. So we just pictures and proceeded to our last destination.

4. Golden beach and its sand bar

It was incredibly hot when we arrived at the Golden sand beach. It was almost 11:00 in mid-morning and the sun started to becoming harsh and seemed burning our flesh, but it did not stop us from enjoying the place.

Sweltering heat of the sun at Golden sand beach

Everything was just so vast and endless. So we decided to pass at the knee-deep water, where river and sea water met, to reach the sand bar and to be at the other side of the beach, frolicking around its long stretch of coast line.

By the time we reached the other side of the beach, it was already low tide, but still a good moment to swim. What made this area very interesting is the presence of the rugged sand that turns golden brown when sun is at its brightest. The texture of the sand has rough granules and dazzled at the hot glow of the sun.



So much have been said about this golden sand beach, and it did live to the hype of being spectacular. It didn't disappoint us.

As the hour edging toward 11:00 in the morning with the spiky glow of the sun penetrating the seaside, the sand turned into deeper gold. It served as a perfect backdrop to our pictures.

Scorching heat of the sun at Golden sand beach

The bright sun made the environment wonderful though, the crisp view of the sea and the golden sand made our photos looked terrific haha!

It was in this area that we stayed for an hour. We did soak for a while, enjoyed the water, had so much fun and took as many pictures as we could.

5. Punong Walang Forever!

I had a good laugh when I first heard the name of this tree. I mean what the hell! Why of all monikers this tree earned that not so glamorous term.

It has been a humiliating taunt to people who seem could not find "the one". What's in God's treasure that made this tree a "hugot thing?".


Walang Forever is a taunting term used in the Philippines to tease people who have seemed waited endlessly for that someone to cross their path, but to no avail. 😭

It is also used to taunt people who broke up with their loved ones. That yeah, nothing lasts forever, including feelings.  So this moniker of this tree sounded like a joke.


But we did visit this tree. haha! And at the behest of the tricycle drivers, we slipped a coin at its bark.

To make some wish come true and to dispute the name of the tree, that yeah, we can find "forever" if we believe in it. Didn't know if we looked stupid haha!

I asked the drivers why on earth the tree earned that name. According to them, it's because it stood alone in the middle of the fields and its branches seemed reaching out for a companion. 

It survived with the passing of time and harsh storms. It also changes as season rolls over. Its leaves fall during rainy season and has bright red blooms during summer. 

It left me thinking silently. So why this tree has been called unfairly with "Walang Forever", when it extracted some beauty in itself alone that lasts a lifetime?

Rapid emoting at Punong Walang Forever 😁

End of Tour at 12:00 noon

Anyway, fifteen minutes later, after slipping some coins at the bark of the tree (for some wish haha), we left the area and traveled back to the house of Juvy for our lunch.

We had a satisfying lunch! A fresh catch from the sea has been cooked into a sweet-sour recipe. Delectable and satisfying. We had a terrific lunch.

Lunch time, fresh catch from the sea

After this meal we returned to the resort and spent the rest of the afternoon at Tejada's sprawling ground, enjoying the afternoon breeze and the calmness of the environment.

We waited for the sunset at the beach side before spending dinner together.

Sunset in Jomalig

Our Accommodation

We stayed at Tejada Beach Resort during this trip and it was a perfect decision. Such a beautiful place to loosen up.

It has choices of accommodations. There was a kubo for folks who want to experience a countryside life.

The room we rented on the upper floor

There was a modern bungalow for a more luxurious stay, and there was a two-storey dorm for groups. We stayed at the two-storey dorm (picture above) with a veranda facing the beach front.

We rented a single room with two king-sized beds. It has two choices: fan and air-conditioned. We chose the fan accommodation since it wasn't hot outside.

What I love about this place is its sprawling ground with a line of pine trees. It also has a wide beach front that is so perfect for sunset viewing and bonfire.

Guests can also pitch a tent at night time but they should bring their own as the resort has no available tent for rent.

Sumptuous meals at Tejada[/caption]


I would recommend this place for everyone who wants to visit Jomalig island. The caretaker, Juvy Tejada, was so generous, attentive and kind enough to take care of our needs during our stay.

She really took care of us, cooked our food based on our preferences and catered all our whims. She also made an arrangement for our boat ride back to Ungos port.

We're going home. Thanks for the memories!

Such a sweet weekend getaway for the four of us. And some great memories to treasure. Jomalig island offers what other popular beaches in the country don't have, seclusion and tranquility.

It might be a far-away land to explore over the weekend but its untouched, captivating scenery pays off all the risks, challenges and inconveniences, including a long sea voyage, that one may encounter while going to this remote place. It's all worth the exhaustion folks.

How to get there?

If you are coming from Metro Manila, take a bus ride via Raymund bus from Legarda, Sampaloc, Manila. The route should be Infanta, Quezon.

Travel time is four to five hours, depends on the volume of traffic along Rizal and Laguna. You must tell the bus driver to drop you off in Real, Quezon where tricycles going to Ungos port wait.

At Raymund bus terminal

From Real, ride a tricycle going to Ungos, port. Travel time is only 15 minutes. Proceed to the Ungos port  passenger terminal and secure a ticket for Jomalig.

It's also highly recommended to contact someone from the resort, where you'll be staying, ahead of your visit so that they can arrange a boat ride from Patnanungan in case no direct trip for Jomalig.

In our case, the caretaker of Tejada beach resort was the one who facilitated our boat transfer from Patnanungan to Jomalig.

In the absence of this arrangement. The fare of connecting a boat ride could be very expensive. Juvy also arranged our motorcycle ride going to and from the Tejada beach resort, including our inland tour. 

You may reach out to her via her mobile phone: 09282960103

Important reminders:

1. Jomalig is only run by power generator so expect a limited supply of electricity. It's only available between 12:30 noon to 4:30 in the morning. 

2. Bring your own powerbank. Boat trip timetable is strictly observed. Be on time. Contact someone from the resort of your choice ahead of your visit. 

3. Inquire for a boat ride and its schedules from Ungos port. During off-season (July to Feb) boat trip to Jomalig from Ungos port is very rare. 

4. Schedule is every other day so expect a boat transfer arrangement. The route is always Patnanungon island.

                   Tejada beach ground as seen from the veranda of the room where we stayed

It's okay to bring food and drinks, resorts in the island have no restrictions over bringing food. Jomalig is a remote island and there's no restaurant or food junction available.

The resort serves freshly cooked meals to their guests at Php100.00 per head per meal. It's worthy since serving is very generous, it feels as though you're just dining at the comfort of your own home.

HERE'S OUR ACTUAL ITINERARY FOR THIS TRIP

DAY 1 - SEPT.29, 2018 SATURDAY

3:30 AM - Departed Manila via Raymund bus
7:30 AM - Arrived at Real, Quezon
9:30 AM - Left Ungos Port via MV Jessa (with free lunch)
1:30 PM - Boat transfer from Patnanungan sea to Jomalig
2:30 PM - Time of arrival in Jomalig
The rest of the afternoon was free. Dinner was at 7:00 in the evening. There was no restaurant in Jomalig, so we made an arrangement with Juvy to cook our meal. What made this setup truly amazing is that she let us decide what kind of food we want. Per head is Php100.00 per meal. And it was all worthy since she offered a generous serving of food. In the morning there was a free coffee.

DAY 2 - SEPT.30, 2018 SUNDAY

4:30 AM - Wake up time
5:00 AM - Breakfast at Juvy's house
5:30 AM - Start of our inland tour through a habal ride
6:00 AM - Kanaway beach
6:45 AM - Pamana beach also known as Little Boracay
8:00 AM - Lingayen Cove also known as Little Batanes
9:00 AM - Golden Sand beach
11:00 AM - Punong Walang Forever
11:30 AM - Back to Juvy's house for lunch
12:00 Noon - Lunch time
12:30 PM - Back to the resort
The rest of the afternoon was free.

DAY 3 - Oct.1, 2018, MONDAY

5:30 AM - Wake up time ( I went alone to the beach and had a morning dip, except for Angge, the two boys were still in deep sleep 😂)
7:00 AM - Breakfast
9:00 AM - Departed Jomalig for Patnanungan port
10:00 AM - Embarked to another boat ride for Ungos Port
2:30 PM - Arrival at Ungos Port
3:30 PM - Left Manila via Van
7:00 PM - Arrival time in Manila

Breakdown of Expenses in Php per head:
1.Bus from Manila to Real, Quezon 168.00
2.Tricycle from Real to Ungos port 10.00
3.Boat for Patnanungan 400.00
4.Boat - Patnanungan to Jomalig 50.00
5.Room per head for 2 nights 600.00
6.Meals (100 each for 5 meals) 500.00
7. Habal ride upon arrival 50.00
8.Habal Inland Tour 600.00
9.Kanaway beach entrance fee 30.00
10.Pamana beach entrance fee 30.00
11.Lingayen Cove entrance fee 50.00
12.Boat - Jomalig to Patnanungan 250.00
13.Boat - Patnanungan to Ungos 350.00
14.Van ride from Real to Manila 220.00
15. Environmental and Tourism fee upon arrival in Jomalig 170.00

We overshoot our budget due to the unexpected boat ride rerouting. Timing is the key to cut the cost. Boat ride directly going to Jomalig is only Php450.00 that is if passenger count reaches 15.

Take note that boat bound to either Patnanungan or Jomalig leaves at 9:30 in the morning at Ungos port so be on time. And since boat exposes you to sea water, secure your bag and valuables with plastic cover. Bring something to cover you during the voyage to avoid getting wet. Waves can be harsh at times.

Check our Jomalig Island vlog in our Youtube Channel





Monday, October 1, 2018

Jomalig Island DIY Travel Guide 2018

October 01, 2018 0
At the Pamana beach

Like most courageous adventurers, I always prefer a DIY (do-it-yourself) trip rather than availing a travel package whenever I'm taking a leisure travel.

It's more liberating, more fun, and more fulfilling. There's a lot of discovery to unearth and a lot of things to learn while mapping plan for the trip.

Aboard MV Jessa from Real, Quezon to Jomalig  

DIY trip allows myself to delve better into the essence of adventure and self-discovery. So many lessons to learn while exploring the places on my own.

And to the far-flung islands when no travel agencies are available to cater the adventure, being a DIY traveler helps a lot.

So here's what every traveler needs to learn when planning a visit to one of the most secluded islands in the Philippines, but one of the most beautiful, Jomalig, on a DIY trip.

Welcome to Jomalig island!

Where beach adventure is off-the-beaten track and where the natural  treasure  of the seaside is timeless.

Jomalig port

Until recently, Jomalig remains unknown to most travelers, even to Filipinos. Its remote location near Polilio group  of islands  keeps it hidden from the public eye.

It is not an everyone's typical island destination. Its  position in the middle of the rough seas gives traveling a real hell of a challenge.
Golden sand beach
Isolated, unexplored and not yet fully developed, it's not for the faintest of the heart. Travelers need to endure the threat of bellowing waves aboard a fishing boat for five hours to reach the island.

This is not to scare adventurers but just a friendly reminder that traveling to Jomalig is a serious business that requires a serious preparation.

And a courageous heart.

Boat transfer for Jomalig 
You also need to be resourceful. Because the island doesn't seem to have travel packages from  reputable travel agencies. Preparation is always do-it-yourself.

There are sources online, but mostly  not focusing on details - where to stay and what to do once in the island offer fewer information.

The scarcity of information online about traveling to Jomalig island is understandable somehow.
Golden sand beach 

This remote island off the coast of the Quezon province is rarely visited by tourists and not yet fully developed, so details about this place is so sparse.

Only those who love the essence of adventure and the thrill of exploring exotic beaches find it interesting.

So this article is for DIY trippers. I want to be as detailed as possible to provide a clearer picture about the island, how to go there, what to do once there and the budget.

About Jomalig

Jomalig is correctly pronounced as "Huma-lig" by the locals, and located southeast of Polillo group of islands. It is considered one of the smallest municipalities of the Quezon province, and the farthest.
Lingayen cove, Jomalig
 

It takes 5 hours by boat, usually fishing vessel types, to reach the island from the Ungos port in Real, Quezon. With scary waves crashing the boat in-between.

It is mostly agricultural land dotted across its 21.87 square miles area, inhabited by more than 7,000 population. It has five barangays with Talisoy being the poblacion. 
Little Boracay in Jomalig
with Rapid and Mikko

Due to the distance, Jomalig is considered one of the riskiest islands in the Philippines to visit. Travelers will have to endure the ordeal of facing the rough sea.

Waves during bad weather are harsh. And even during sunny day, the open sea can still be threatening, spewing big waves that rock the boat unsteadily.

However, despite the danger it poses, Jomalig remains one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines that should be in everyone's travel bucket list, especially those who love beaches and the natural calmness of sea.
Golden sand beach 
Jomalig offers a picture-perfect experience what it feels like living in a remote island with nothing in-between but forest-clad mountains and deep blue ocean.

It's super relaxing with the real essence of calmness and serenity that the island life brings.

Jomalig is so terrific! Endless treasure of wonders will greet travelers everyday. As if the world stands still.

Lingayen cove

It also resonates romance.

Jomalig has a beautiful legend of love. Its name itself is a variation of a Filipino term "Humalik", which means "has kissed".

Folk story has it that during early times, there was a beautiful girl lived in the island who was kissed by a courageous suitor despite the warning of her father.
Pamana beach 

When the people saw the scene, they chanted "Humalik!", which then evolved to "Jomalig" as centuries rolled. 

So visiting this island is like exploring  the romantic scenery of nature the natural calmness of the countryside.

Best Time to Visit Jomalig

Due to rough travel by the sea and the rasping waves that may scare the hell out of you, the best time to explore Jomalig is during sunny weather. Summer time is a perfect moment to plan a trip to this stunning island.
Boat ride going to Jomalig 

However, it's not always the case. We visited the island last Sept.29 to October 1, where typhoons frequently rock the country. 

Days before our trip, there was a forecast of a terrible weather, and some of our companions (we were supposed to be eight in the group) already back-out. 

But we are four brave souls whose appetite for island adventure is stronger than everyone's fear for the looming typhoon. We pushed through with our plans despite everyone's warning not to proceed.

Timing is the key.

When we reached Ungos port, the weather was very fine and the sun was at its brightest. Anxieties  ultimately gone. 😄

Upper deck of the boat

So the best time to visit Jomalig never depends on season (Philippines has only two seasons - dry and wet), it depends on the environmental atmosphere.

Just plan your trip ahead. And be vigilant with the weather. Try to have a contact with someone from the island, caretaker of the resort where you would be staying, to get an update of the weather in the island. 

You need to have an arrangement ahead of the trip with the resort in Jomalig to reserve an accommodation for you.

And yes, the best time to visit Jomalig is during sunny weather to make the most of the experience. Opt also for an inland tour with the habal-habal (motorcycle) arrangement to explore the entire island.

You are not only visiting beaches, but also be acquainted with the rural, agricultural life of the place.
At the Golden sand beach
  

How To Get There?

Go to Raymund bus terminal in Legarda street, Sampaloc, Manila, and look for a trip going to Infanta, Quezon province.
At Raymund bus terminal 

This route passes at Real. When buying a bus ticket, tell the cashier that your destination is only in Real.

Tell the driver or the conductor also to drop you off in Real where tricycles bound for Ungos port wait.

Raymund bus has a trip every hour for Infanta but don't rely too much with this setup. During our travel, the only available trip was at 3:30 in the morning and it was a regular bus!

In case you detest the idea of riding a regular bus (non-aircon) for a long trip, and there's no available trip for its air-conditioned bus, you may opt for a van instead, it is just around the bus terminal, but a little expensive, and you might wait longer before it will depart Manila.

Travel time from Manila to Real takes around four hours during early morning. It will follow the route via Rizal and Laguna provinces.

Alight in Real, Quezon and hire a tricycle bound for Ungos port. Travel time is around 10 to 15 minutes.

Then proceed to secure a boat ticket for Jomalig at the Port Passenger Terminal.

During off-season, however, boat trips to Jomalig are very rare. The route usually is for Patnanungan Port, a neighboring island where boats going to Jomalig await in the middle of the sea. This transfer is quite scary.

It is highly recommended to have a contact person from a resort in Jomalig ahead of your trip so that they can arrange a boat transfer from Patnanungan to Jomalig.

Aboard the fishing vessel 

Boat travel from Ungos port to Jomalig takes 5 hours. In case of a connecting ride, Patnanungan is roughly four hours from the Ungos port, while Jomalig and Patnanungan has a distance between 45 minutes.

It's a little tiring to undergo this kind of arrangement, but if you are an adventure junkie and always on the look for a new discovery in traveling, this setup is an exciting experience.

Prepare for any inconveniences during the transfer. During our trip, we did not dock in at the Patnangungan port, the transfer was facilitated in the middle of the sea! We just jumped off from one boat to another with the full view of an open sea.

Where to Stay in Jomalig?

Jomalig is an isolated island. It is not yet fully developed as a tourist spot. Unlike Boracay, Palawan and Siargao, Jomalig offers no luxurious villas and suites.

Accommodations only range from kubo huts to simple dormitory bungalows or pitching a tent.  It's just a simple island life, very rural in its purest form, without any frills of a Bali-style getaway.

Dorm style accommodation
at Tejada beach

However, despite this typical countryside living, the island has a number of resorts offering room accommodations that's already conducive for sleeping and resting.

During our trip, we stayed at Tejada beach resort after Ms. Malou, a former Tourism Officer in the island I contacted, recommended it.

Spacious ground of Tejada resort 

It's a modest place but with a spectacular well-maintained ground and a wide beach front. We stayed in a room with two king-sized beds on the upper level of a dormitory style house.

It's a comfortable room for sleeping, it has a veranda that faces the beachfront and pine trees. Guests can choose between a fan room and an air-conditioned room. In our case, we just chose a fan room since the weather was not really hot.

Tejada's beach resort, just contact Juvy Tejada at 09282960103.

How About the Food?

Jomalig has no restaurants, no bakery shops, no supermarket. The only way to have meals is through an arrangement with the resort's staff to cook food for you.

Lunch after the tour


At Tejada, the caretaker, Juvy, dished us with home-cooked meals and fresh catch from the sea in generous servings.

With only Php100.00 per head, per meal, we'd a satisfying set of dinner, lunch and breakfast. Meals were cooked based on our own taste preferences.
Out door dinner time

You can bring your own food, resorts in the island have no restrictions over bringing food, but the long travel is too exhausting to have additional baggage.

The  Island Tour Adventure

Never miss exploring the beauty of Jomalig during your visit. And this can be best experienced via a habal-habal arrangement for only Php600.00 per head.

Inland tour in Jomalig via habal-habal

This is automatically arrange by the caretaker of the resort. They have contacts with motorcycle drivers.

What's good about this setup is that you will see the entire landscape of the island compared to the island hopping option.

During the tour, drivers will bring you to the hinterland, the vast field, the valleys, passing through rugged terrain, down to the dots of agricultural land and verdant trees.

Lingayen cove

The tour will also allow you to see the rural life of the locals as motorcycle passes through barangays, lines of houses, schools and recreational centers. Along the seaside rises the long coastline with almost no breakwaters.

Awesome adventure!

Job fills your pocket 
but adventure fills your soul 

The tour lasts only a half day and it is best to kick off the adventure at day break. Seaside of Jomalig is so gorgeous at sunrise, you will be treated to a spectacular view of the beach turning golden as the sun rises.

The Island Tour Itinerary

Motorcycle drivers will bring you to five beach destinations, each spot takes more than 30 minutes to travel.

The following spots are the usual destinations of the inland motorcycle tour. These are the must-visit places in Jomalig with a corresponding entrance fee.

Kanaway Beach

Morning grind at Kanaway
Kanaway beach at low tide


The troop 😄

It is a long stretch of beige sand that turns gold in the morning during sunrise. It has a sundune to enjoy and rock formations to climb during low tide.
Kanaway beach at day break 

Its seaside forms a curve of a crescent moon and guests can jog around the long coastline to enjoy the wide beach front. Entrance fee: Php30.00 

Pamana White Beach

Splendid Pamana beach 

Also known as the little Boracay of Jomalig Pamana beach resembles the creamy white sand of Boracay. Its clear  waters change from emerald to turquoise on a sunny day.
Pamana beach 

This Boracay version in Jomalig is so breathtaking you wouldn't want to end the adventure. You just want to lay in the sand whole day and enjoy its crystal clear water and powdery sand.

This is my favorite beach in Jomalig, very pristine water that glimmers under the dazzling sun. Super calm and quiet. Entrance fee: 30.00

Lingayen Cove

This is a hidden paradise in the right sense of the word. Imposing bluffs lapped by rushing waves, with irresistible clear blue waters rolling endlessly to the seaside.

It is situated right in the open sea so waves are quite harsh, best spot for adventurers who like surfing and want to ride in the big waves.

Located almost in the hinterland camouflaged by abundant tropical trees, Lingayen Cove is one destination in Jomalig that will pop your eyes in awe.

Lingayen cove
An uphill climb
Top of the bluffs 

Its rugged cliff and stunning emerald and turquoise waters earned this place a moniker of being the little Batanes in Jomalig.

The sounds of the waves crashing against the rocks provide a soothing relief to tired soul. Breathtaking!

Over the cliff, you'll see the vastness of the island, the breathtaking view of the ocean, the rushing of the waves. And the best that Jomalig can offer. Spectacular sight to behold!

Lingayen cove

It was high tide during our visit and we're advised by the habal-habal drivers never to go swimming unless we're professional surfers.

So we just took pictures and proceeded to the Golden sand beach. Entrance fee at Lingayen cove: Php50.00

Golden sand beach

This beach has been famous to Jomalig visitors as the area where sand turns golden brown at day time during sunny weather.
Golden sand beach at low tide

Apart from its golden sand, this area also has a sand bar that divides the sea and the river. Water is equally clear. 

Golden sand beach at noon

It was low tide when we arrived at this area. And the abundant, rough sand made our walk a little tiring as our feet buried deeply in every step.

Us four. Warm weather 

A perfect area to pick seashells or take a dip on the warm water. Or you may frolic around the long coastline.

The water here is simply stunning! Clear, aquamarine and no harsh waves. And just like Kanaway beach, Golden sand beach has a long stretch of coastline and wider beach front. A great place for fun activities. Entrance fee: Php30.00

Punong Walang Forever

The last leg of our tour at this bizarre tree.

As funny as it may sound, this tree is called Punong Walang Forever because it stood alone in the middle of the vast field. As though this lovely thing could never have a partner all through out its existence.

A tree without forever 
Rapid emoting at Punong Walang Forever 😁

But it survived and withstood the harsh test of time. It made its existence in the middle of the terrain awesome though. A bit mysterious and poetic.

When you look at it, this tree is not really lonely. It looks so lovely, standing alone in the sprawling field. Its feature makes more intriguing to adventurers.


Just be careful when visiting this area because it has so many wild grass and hay. Visitors are also expose to the grueling sun since the field is somehow deforested so prepare something to protect you from the scorching heat of the sun.

End of the tour: 12:00 noon 

After staying for 10 minutes taking pictures below the tree, we were back  at Juvy's house to take our lunch. She prepared us a sumptuous meal! A fresh catch cooked in a sweet and sour recipe.

Sumptuous lunch after the tour

Above destinations are the must-visit areas in Jomalig. However, the island has still numerous spots worthy to be explored. Just make another arrangement with the habal-habal driver to bring you there.

Expenses in Philippine peso

Here's the actual expenses of our trip:

1. Bus from Manila to Real - 168.00
2. Tricycle from Real to Ungos - 10.00
3. Boat ride to Patnanungan - 400.00
4. Boat transfer to Jomalig - 50.00
5.Habal-habal ride to the resort - 50.00
6. Tourism and envi fees - 170.00
7. Meal (5 meals/100 per head) - 500.00
8. Room (per head for 2 nights) - 600.00
9. Habal-habal tour - 600.00
10. Entrance in 4 beaches - 140.00
11. Boat back to Patnanungan - 250.00
12. Boat ride to Ungos port - 350.00
13. Tricycle from Ungos to Real - 10.00
14. Van going to Manila - 220.00


Safer budget actually is Php3,000.00 if you're on a boat directly traveling from the Ungos port to Jomalig and vice versa, but we overshoot our budget during this trip due to additional cost of our boat transfer.

Take note that the boat ride from Ungos port to Patnanungan and vice versa has already a free fresh meal. I love the food!As though cooked by a real chef.

The actual rate from Ungos port to Jomalig is only Php450.00 with free lunch. However, during off season, boats will take a direct route to Jomalig if travelers are 15.

During peak season (March to June), a number of travelers flock to the island, so boat schedule from the Ungos port direct to Jomalig leaves every hour starting from 7:00 in the morning until 12:00 noon.

At off-peak, you need to hurry and be on time at Ungos port to catch the 9:00 AM travel to Patnanungan.

For a safer schedule, and not to miss the trip, have a constant communication with someone from the Jomalig resort to keep you updated.
Jomalig at sunset 

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Actual itinerary of ourtrip

DAY 1, Saturday
2:30 AM - arrival at Raymund bus terminal
3:30 AM - departed Manila for Real
7:30 AM - arrived in Real, Quezon
7:30 AM - tricycle ride to Ungos port
7:45 AM - Ungos port
9:30 AM - Departed Ungos port
1:30 PM - boat transfer from Patnanungan to Jomalig. The boat that fetched us was a pre-arranged trip by Tejada beach resort.
1:35 PM - departed for Jomalig
2:20 PM - arrival time at Jomalig port
2:25 PM - motorcycle ride to Tejada beach resort.
2:35 PM - reached Tejada beach resort. Then we'd our siesta. Supposed we would only take a nap. We're very much exhausted due to our long hours of travel from Manila, but the nap extended to long sleep that I woke up at dinner time. Haha!
7:00 PM - outdoor dinner at Tejada.
8:00 PM - bed time

DAY 2, Sunday. Actual tour
4:30 AM - up for the day. Prepared stuff for the adventure.
5:00 AM - travel to Juvy's house for our breakfast. Motorcycle drivers were already waiting downstairs.
5:15 AM - breakfast
5:45 AM - kicked off of our inland tour
6:20 AM - Kanaway beach
6:45 AM - Pamana beach
7:30 AM - Lingayen Cove
10:30 AM - Golden sand beach
11:40 AM - Punong walang forever
12:00 Noon - back to Juvy's house for our lunch.
1:00 PM - Back to Tejada's beach resort. Siesta again.
5:30 PM - sunset viewing by the beach
7:00 PM - dinner time

DAY 3, Monday
5:00 AM - I woke up early to take a morning dip at the beach while the boys were still in deep sleep
7:30 AM - breakfast time.
9:00 AM - left Jomalig in a fishing boat to Patnanungan for another transfer.
9:50 AM - arrived Patnanungan port. Bought a ticket then walked back to the port.
10:15 AM - left Patnanungan for Ungos
2:30 PM - docked in at Ungos port
2:35 PM - departed for Real.
3:30 PM - departed Real on a van
7:00 PM - arrival in EDSA

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Some Important Reminders:

1. You'll encounter rough waves during sea travel to Jomalig so secure your bags with a dry cover. Put your electronic gadgets in plastic pouches. Have something to keep you dry while on the boat just in case you will take your place at the exposed deck.
2. Jomalig is only run by power generator. Electricity is only available between 1:00 PM to 4:30 AM. Bring powerbanks and extras.
3. The island has no restaurants, supermarkets, drugstores or even convenience stores, bring everything you need for a long trip like medicines if you're under medications, snacks, toiletries.
4. If you've food allergies or very choosy what to eat, tell the staff of the resort ahead of time.
5. Bring sunblock. Sari-sari stores in the island don't have one.
6. Bring bottled water during tour to the beaches. The distance between destination is so long you'll be smothered with thirst along the way.
7. We didn't find any souvenir's shop in the island, perhaps because it was off-peak, if you want to buy any memento, ask the caretaker of the resort if there's any store selling souvenir items.
8. At Tejada's beach, the sprawling ground provides a good venue for fun activities, you may bring some equipment for this purpose.
9. During off-season, boat traveling to Jomalig is very rare, be at the Ungos port as early as 8:00 in the morning to catch one.
10. Jomalig island has a stunning scenery of nature with golden sand, ivory beaches and clear blue waters, don't miss every detail in your camera. Sunset is just so lovely to watch at the beach side.
11. Bring extra cash, Jomalig has no atm, nor banks. They only have smart padala.


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