Jomalig Island is 75 miles (139 km) away from Southeast Polillo island in the Philippines. It is an agricultural land and is used for cultivation. The population of this island is 7,500 in total. It is very much visited by tourists from all over the world throughout the year, and it has an epic history. This article is going to be Jomalig Island Travel Guide for 2019.
Jomalig Island Travel Guide for 2019
When you visit the Jomalig, you must know the things to do here, and you must know the DIY budget guide for 2019 which will show you where to stay, where to eat, how to travel etc.
People of this island are dependent upon coconut, rice, root crops, and fish. It is one of the smallest and the most distant of all the islands of Quezon Province.
The area is occupied by coconut trees, forest, grassland, and swamps. The area is total for 14,000 acres. The people here are originated from various ethnical groups which are indistinguishable from Eastern Samar, Sorsogon, Bohol, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, and Camarines Norte.
History of Jomalig Island
The history of the island is actually a love story as the legend says. Although people still don’t know how the island got its name, but some ancestors narrate the story as; once a Datu lived here and had a pretty daughter.
And a young man from nearby island wanted to marry her, but datu didn’t agree. Datu gave him a challenge that he must roam the whole island in one day and capture three fish from every pond of the island; he must complete the task, and then he could marry her. The man accepted the challenge.
He completed the challenge and asked datu’s daughter to kiss him, as they kissed people around shouted, ‘humalik’ which means they kissed and the island was named as Humalik. Old people claimed that when American conquered the Philippines they changed the island’s name to Jomalig.
How to get to Jomalig Island
There are many mediums to get to Jomalig Island;
- By Air: The island has an airstrip where you can get a helicopter or a chartered plane. By air, you can reach the island in 1 hour.
- By Sea or Land: there are three ways to get to the island via boat. You can either take a passenger boat from Real, Antimonan or rent a boat in Panganiban from Camarines Norte and also from Real, Quezon.
- Via Real, Quezon: from here you can travel by land, this is best if you want to avoid the motion sickness of the water. From here you can take a bus or a van. The fare is between 200 to 400 Pesos. It takes 3 to 4 hours to get to the island; the duration also depends on traffic conditions.
As you reach Real, you can hire a rickshaw and ask the driver to drop you to Ungos Port.
- Boat: traveling from boat can cost up to 200 to 400 Pesos. The P400 will offer you a seafood meal cooked by the crew and the P200 will not offer any food. This boat leaves every day at 7 am. You can get to the island by boat in 4 to 5 hours; this duration also depends upon the condition of the weather.
- Via Antimonan: from here you can take a bus from Manila. The bus terminals are in Cubao, Pasay, and Buendia. You can get to the island within 4 hours. These buses leave at any time of the day, so, you need to ask around for routes and schedules.
- Via Panganiban: from here you can take the bus from Manila to Daet and arrive at Talobatib Junction in Labo. Traveling time is between 5 to 6 hours. Now you will need to take another bus from Junction to Panganiban; you can reach there in half n hour. As you arrive at Panganiban, you have to ask around for the boat’s schedule.
- Means of transport on Jomalig Island: on the island, you can roam around on tricycle on habal habal. Habal Habal is a motorbike which can accommodate more than three people. However, in most areas of the island, the habal habal is illegal or restricted to enter.
What to do in Jomalig Island
There are plenty of things to do in Jomalig island; there are more than one beaches on the island where you can;
- Beach hopping
You can also visit the following beaches;
- Salibungot Beach: it is located in Sitio Burungawan. It is said to be the most beautiful beach. It has a vast shoreline.
- Manlanat Islet: it is very famous for rock climbing, hiking and bird watching. You can also witness many snakes nest.
- Kanaway Island: it is very near to Manlanat. It is very famous for natural rock formation and bonsai trees. You can also explore two famous caves on the beach.
These beaches are great to watch the most mesmerizing sunset and sunrise.
Where to stay in Jomalig Island
There are plenty of places to stay on the island. The hotels are not very fancy but the staff is very friendly, and the stay is very comfortable. Following is a list of hotels;
- Apple Beach Resort: it is located in Sitio Muros.
- Banana Beach Resort: it is located in Sitio Salibungot.
- Elle Beach Resort: it is located in Sitio Bigwangan.
- Humalik Beach Resort: it is located in Barangay Casuguran.
Following are some useful tips for your next Jomalig Island Travel Guide in 2019:
- There is no schedule of the buses and vans or boats, so you have to ask around a lot. Moreover, ask as people as you can.
- If you are suffering from seasickness, keep mint gums or anti-nausea tablets with you. Also, keep some plastic bags with you at all times if you want to puke in the boat.
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