Sunday, 22 May 2016

DIY Itinerary to Jomalig Island - A Backpacker's Guide


While I rejoice that summer somehow is about to end (honestly didn't like this uber hot weather), I would like to introduce another beach getaway outside Manila. No need to hop on the plane. This is all about a 4 hour - bus and a 6 - hour boat ride. If I have no commitment to go to Puerto Princesa, Palawan next week, I would probably see myself going on a solo trip to Jomalig island just before the rainy season starts.

The island of Jomalig is located in the province of Quezon, Philippines. It is part of West Pacific ocean en route to Polilio island and very near to the famous luxury resort for celebrities and members only, the Balesin. My five - star standard for an ideal beach is always composed of fine white sand like the ones in Boracay, San Vicente Palawan and a few islands in Caramoan. However after reading much about a Jomalig DIY tour and searching for an affordable Jomalig tour package, a remote island with a signature golden sand and breathtaking emerald - green water has pushed me to redefine my definition now of what makes a perfect island adventure.




Places to visit in the island of Jomalig

Salibungot Beach 
This is the creme - of - the - crop beach you should never miss when you are in Jomalig. Like what I mentioned previously, the sand's color here is golden brown that reminds me of the desert and a  rice stalk ready to harvest. The water is perfectly blue but be reminded that this isn't the beach for kids and to those who can barely keep up with the strong current. The waves are usually high so I won't be surprised that one day Jomalig will be a favorite  surfing spot like Siargao, Baler and La Union. There are no cottages or beach resorts near the beach of Salibungot. You will need to change your clothes or find solace under the tall shades of Agonoy or Pine trees.




Kanaway Beach
If you can't take the strong water in Salibungot beach, this one is definitely for you and me too since I am not a professional swimmer or avid surfer. Kanaway Islands are perfect for mild swimming and snorkeling. It's quite farther, about and hour or so to get there. If you came in a large group, you can hire a boat for Php2k good for 15 persons. If you came as a couple, a habal - habal ride for Php700 is the best mode of transportation to get there.

There are two Kanaways islands: one big and one small. You can swim and snorkel in Kanaway Laki (big one) and do the same in Kanaway Liit (small one) with an addition of seeing a majestic sandbar.




Pulo Islands
I know you guys are still wondering if there are fine white sands in Jomalig. Big yes, you'll see it in the two islands of Pulo. These are beaches that are up to this time untouched, unexplored and unexploited. Same - same as they say but the views are as breathtaking like the other islands with golden coasts.

Jomalig directions (how to get there)
There are so many ways actually. You can take via Atimonan, Rizal or Real Quezon  Rizal or Panganiban, Camarines Norte. For complete details of how to reach Jomalig via Real, you can click here Lakwatsero's Travel Guide to Jomalig Island



Recommended 3D2N JOMALIG ISLAND TRAVEL ITINERARY FOR 2 PAX 

DAY 1:
1am outside raymond bus line in legarda manila, at the side of the station you will see some vans parked and waiting for passengers going to real quezon, tell the driver to drop you off at the real port near market and old petron gas station
ETD:2AM
ETA:5:45AM AT THE PORT
from there ride a boat going to jomalig island
ETD:around 9-11AM
ETA: around 3-5pm at jomalig island
from the port of jomalig it is a 10minutes motorcyle ride on the place where you wanna stay or set up a camp in front of the beach
REST AFTER A LONG DAY

DAY 2:
ETD: from your location going to another side of town for island hoping 8am
ETA: 8:20am side of the beach
ISLAND HOPING: starts 8:45am
FIRST LOCATION: KANAWAY ISLAND
2ND LOCATION: 3 PULO ISLANDS
you can take lunch by buying from local firsherman who are roaming in the area(VERY CHEAP) then the boat men we'll cook the food and take lunch 12:30pm
3RD LOCATION SALIBUNGOT BEACH
ETA GOING BACK TO THE AREA OF ORIGIN: 4:OOpm
much better to talk to locals very friendly
ETD: from beach going back to your homestay or tent 5:30pm
ETA: 6pm
REST AFTER THAT

DAY 3: going back to real
ETD: from jomalig to real 11am
ETA: to real quezon 5pm
from where you wher drop off by your van you can wait thete for a bus and van going back to manila
ETD: 5:30pm
ETA: 9:00pm in manila




JOMALIG ISLAND EXPENSES

VAN 440 back and fort
BUS 400 back and fort
BOAT RIDE 700 back and fort
HOME STAY OR TRANSIENT 500 3d/2n
BOAT RENT FOR ISLAND HOPING 1000 food not included
FOR TENT USERS 175 environmental fee


FOOD 500

TOTAL 3140 per person for homestay
TOTAL 2815 per person for tent users

JOMALIG ACCOMMODATION AND TOUR CONTACT
09276845439 & 09399034275 Jojo is the name of our contact sa boat, accomodation and he help us on our trip sa pag libot sa island through his men

Would like to thank Justin James for the photos and for sharing his sample DIY itinerary for 3 days and 2 nights for 2 pax. He also made a travel video of his Jomalig Trip, you may click here to view it.


Click HERE to view the video
To learn more Jomalig travel blog reviews please see below:

Note: This is only a preview of a sample DIY itinerary and budget to Jomalig island. Please make sure you have conducted a thorough research for your own trip. We wish you a happy trip to Jomalig soon :)

2 comments:

  1. Thank you so much! We have contacted Kuya Jojo and we are looking into bus and van rides there for our upcoming trip. Cheers!

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    1. Yay! Have a safe trip and happy to help girl :) xoxo

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