Travel Guide to Jomalig Island, Quezon
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,
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.
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.
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.
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
Food(dinner,breakfast,lunch)/Restroom use 1000 divided by
Boat from Jomalig to Real 350 (inclusive of food)
Bus from Quezon to Manila 178 pesos (ordinary bus)
TOTAL 1600 pesos