Embracing REMOTENESS and SOLITUDE. Jomalig is one of the smallest and farthest island municipalities of Quezon Province. Its far away location can be frightening. Enduring 4 hours of land travel and 5 hours on a boat is a bit much to bear. But for me, its appeal was its remoteness. This island is remote in a deeper sense- an alluring one. A place where I found peace.

And in its remoteness I found solitude. An opportunity to speak to my soul and listen to my heart. I went to this island to think and reflect as I’m going through something. And as the sun sets, I found a quiet place to listen to myself. In solitude, I found answers.

Getting to know Jomalig Island

Jomalig is a small island off the coast of the Pacific ocean. It is considered as one of the smallest towns of Quezon Province. Its land area is 5,665 hectares with a long coastline of golden sand, coconut alienated land, grassland, forests, and swamps. It’s a 5th class municipality and the least populated municipality in the province.

How to get to Jomalig Island

Organized Travel: I have chosen a less expensive and less stressful way to travel. I joined a group of travelers organized by Music And Adventure PH. The best thing about this is everything is pre-arranged. It gave me a certain level of comfort knowing that there’s already a transportation service arranged for a destination as remote as Jomalig. At the same time, it saved me money as joining a travel group would mean splitting the transportation cost to all the joiners.

10PM- Assembly at Shell EDSA Buendia
11PM – Departure from manila
4AM- We arrived at Real Port, Quezon
7AM- Ferry Boat departed from Real Port
12NN- We arrived at Jomalig

Organizer: Music And Adventure PH | Kevin Quezada
Contact Number: 0916 513 4877
Package Cost: 2800 per person

DIY From Manila: Raymond Bus in Legarda, Sampaloc Manila offers daily trips to Real, Quezon. There are 2 night trips to Real Quezon – 11:30 PM and 1 AM. The fare is Php220 for a 4-hour ride. Raymond’s contact number is (02) 733 9380

From Real, Quezon: Take a tricycle to Port of Real Quezon. Get yourself listed to the manifest for the first boat to depart. The earliest trip is 6:30 AM for a 5-hour trip. Boat fare is Php400 inclusive of one meal.

Where to Stay in Jomalig

We stayed at L&J Beach Resort. This is a beach-front resort in Salibungot beach in Jomalig Island that offers nipa huts for Php500 per night. Please don’t expect for a grand resort as there are only homestays and lodges available but can give you enough comfort during your stay. Each room can accommodate four persons. But if you want a cheaper option you can rent a tent from the resort for just Php150.

L&J Beach Resort
Contact number: 0918-656-5477

Here are other resorts to consider:

SPIR Beach Resort
Contact number: 09078285161

Tejada’s Place
Contact number: 0939-9027532

Banana Beach Resort
Contact number: 09100527501

Ella Beach Resort
Contact number: 09999938058

Island Exploration: The Habal Habal Tour

As soon as we reached the island, I wanted to just throw myself into a hammock and rest because of the exhausting travel. But not so long after we’ve taken our lunch, our guide Reagan came to our lodge reminding us of the scheduled island tour. With no time to rest at all, we hopped on a habal habal (motorbike for rent) and explored other attractions the island has to offer. I may be dead tired, but I did not regret it!

What makes it fun to visit this island is it’s packed with attractions appealing for an adventurous person like me. The island tour is a must-do activity! There are more awesome spots on the island aside from their golden beach at Sitio Salibungot. Here they are:

1. Kanaway Beach

 

The first destination is the farthest of all the spots. It was a 30 minutes ride taking a curvy, narrow paved road in the first half and then a bumpy, rough road in a fertile farmland after. This beach is a hidden paradise that lies at the edge of the island that’s facing the Pacific Ocean. It’s a long stretch of golden sand beach at Barangay Apad, the Kanaway Beach.

With 400 meters of vast golden sands with naturally contoured ripple formations, this beach is a piece of heaven. There are rock formations scattered all around that protects the beach from the strong waves of the Pacific Ocean. According to our guide, there’s a nearby island that we can reach just by walking during low tide.

This beach is also known for its turtle-like rock formation. I waited for 10 minutes just to be able to get a souvenir pic of this unique structure with no photo bomber.

2. Little Boracay of Jomalig

There’s a special spot in Jomalig known for its powdery white sand that’s totally in contrast to the golden sand at Sitio Salibungot. This is their version of the famous Boracay. This Little Boracay is being maintained by Pamana Resort. The beach offers a serene and beautiful place for those who want to have a little rest after the long travel to the island.

The beach is surrounded by several coconut trees and hammocks tied to tree palms. This is a perfect spot to just chill and have a good time. There are vendors that sell cold drinks and snacks for a more relaxing experience. This is where we stayed for a bit longer taking a lot of pictures as the place is picture perfect!

3. Little Batanes

The Lingayen Cove holds a charm that they called it their little version of Batanes. It’s an amazing place of limestone cliffs and rolling hills with a relaxing sound of the waves pummelling the huge rocks.

This is where you will see captivating landscapes and get to enjoy fresh air from a natural unspoiled environment. The water looks so inviting that you would simply want to dive in. Mesmerized by the view, I sat on the grassy hill and enjoyed the beauty of the green and blue scenery.

4. Golden Sand

This is where you will see a sandbar that’s shining in gold. This is a small version of the Kanaway beach. I walked around and enjoyed the landscapes and rock formations surrounding the area.

5. Punong Walang Forever

This is our last stop. The intriguing name caused me to raise an eyebrow. This is a famous lone tree standing in the middle of the grass field. They added a little drama to it calling the tree “Punong Walang forever!” It was a beautiful tree that made me feel lonely for a moment. But the tree taught me to be strong and not to play a victim. Even if you’re single and alone, you don’t make yourself look pitiful. You stand tall just like this strong independent tree!

6. Balagbag Falls

We also went to see this amazing waterfalls in the mainland of Real Quezon. From the Port of Real, we traveled for 20 minutes to get to Balagbag Falls. Our transportation was prearranged by Music And Adventure PH.

More than its beautiful sceneries, what I appreciate about the island is its promise of a local experience. The people’s way of life gave me a glimpse of its rich culture and simple grace. It’s the low-key living that’s far from the complexities of the city life. Theirs is a proof that simplicity of living can bring as much contentment and happiness as money and possessions. Truly, life is good on the island.

Sample Itinerary:

DAY 0:
10PM- Assembly @ SEA OIL, PTUAZON, CUBAO
11PM – DEPARTURE FROM MANILA

DAY 1:
4AM – ETA @REAL PORT
5AM – ETD TO JOMALIG
7AM – FERRY BREAKFAST
9AM – ETA @JOMALIG
10AM – GETTING READY
11AM – LUNCH @ RESORT
12NN – START OF ISLAND TOUR!
* Island tour via habal habal.
1. Punong walang forever
2. Brown beach rock formation
3. Lingayin cove hindden Paradise little batanes
4. Little boracay
5. Canaway unli sand bar rock turtle
6. Boot sand bar
5PM – END OF TOUR
6PM – DINNER AND FREE TIME

DAY 2:
6AM – BREAKFAST AND PACK UP
10AM – BACK TO JOMALIG PORT
11AM – LAST TRIP BACK TO REAL PORT
1PM – FERRY LUNCH
3PM – ETA @REAL PORT
330PM – TRIP TO BALAGBAG FALLS
5PM – BACK TO MANILA
9PM – ETA IN MANILA

OTHER INFO:
1. You may bring your tent WITHOUT additional pitching fee.
2. Mobile Network is available in the island but intermittent.
3. Electricity in Jomalig is only available between 1PM to 5AM.
4. Comfort Room is available in the Campsite or Resort.

Enjoy weekend chasers! 🙂