Nestled in the southeast portion of Polillo Islands in Quezon is the tiny isle of Jomalig (pronounced as “humalig”). The name is said to be derived from a legendary love story that inhabitants love to share with visitors. It was a story of a Datu who refused to give the hand of his beautiful daughter to a suitor from a nearby island unless he would roam the entire island in a day then shoot three fishes from each pond. The poor man failed because of fatigue but asked the princess to kiss him as a reward. As she kissed him, people were shouting “humalik” (they kissed). The term stuck and became its local name which was eventually changed to Jomalig Island during the American invasion.
The Golden Sands
One of the distinct characteristics of the island is a coastline with golden sands. It is surrounded by turquoise water which is abundant with mineral resources, the main source of livelihood of locals. You can choose from among the many private resorts, Homestays, and lodgings that offer accommodation. The most popular is the Salibungot in Sitio Burungawan where the beach of golden sand displays a sand bar and Agoho trees during low tide.
Things To Do In Jomalig Island
There is a myriad of activities you can do while visiting Jomalig Island like swimming, snorkeling, camping/picnicking, island hopping, watching the amazing sunset, stargazing, or just simply marveling its beauty and tranquility.
Other activities you should do:
- Rent a private boat to go island and beach hopping. The rate depends upon the size of the boat, which is between P1200-P4000.
- Tour the island by hiring habal-habal. Be sure to visit the Little Boracay, Little Batanes, Bingwangan Lake, Sadung River, and Golden SandBar. The cost is around P450-P600.
- See the mangroves in Sitio Landing.
- Look for the “Puno Ng Walang Forever” which is a lone tree in the midst of a green field.
How to Reach Jomalig Island
Traveling to this place takes a bit of sacrifice, which involves land and boat trip. However, all your efforts will be compensated with the breathtaking raw and pristine beauty of this faraway paradise destination.
It has an airstrip, so a chartered plane can be one mode of transport for those who can afford to do so.
At most, you will be spending 4-5 hours of land travel from Manila to Real, Quezon via Raymond Bus or van. Bus fare is from P168 (ordinary) to around P200 (AC). A van trip would cost you P220.
Upon reaching Real, ride a tricycle to take you to Ungos Port. The fare is P10.00. You need to pay P10 for the terminal fee and get a ticket for P400 for the boat ride (inclusive of a light meal). If you are traveling with a group of friends or families, you can rent a private boat for around P23,000-P26,000. The boat ride takes 6 hours. The first trip is at 5:00 am, Second Trip is at 7:00 am, and the last Trip is at 10:00 pm.
Helpful Tips for Visiting Tourists
- Book your accommodation beforehand, especially during peak season.
- Waterproof your bag and put your valuable stuff like money, phones, or power bank in plastic pouches.
- Bring your own meal and snack during the long boat ride.
- Electricity is on from 6:00 pm to 1:00 am only.
- Wear a life jacket because the water can be rough at some point, especially during “ber” months to January.
- Smart and Globe are available, but there are areas where the network signal is poor.
- Bring skin protection,
- Maintain cleanliness.
- Respect the culture and norms of life of locals.
Jomalig Island is definitely a charming escape destination, a rare and golden treasure of nature at its best!