Jomalig Island: A Travel Guide to A Paradise of Golden Sand

This travel guide covers Jomalig Island, the easternmost island in the province of Quezon, the PhilippinesJomalig (pronounced as humalig) offers breath taking views and pristine, golden sand beaches with turquoise waters. It is also a place where you can eat deliciously fresh seafood.

I went here on May 18-20, 2012 with Melo of during the island’s lone municipality founding celebration.

On May 18-19, 2013 I went here with my old office mates.

Aerial view of Jomalig Island

Aerial view of Jomalig Island showing Barangay Apad (Photography by Rodelo Tena)


The lone municipality on the island consists of five barangays and with a population of 6,111 based on 2007 census.

  • Bukal
  • Casuguran
  • Gango
  • Talisoy
  • Apad


The island municipality is surrounded by turquoise water that is rich in marine life, where most locals get their livelihood. Recently, tourists started to notice Salibungot Beach and its long coastline of golden sand that is surrounded with Agoho trees.

Salibungot Beach

Salibungot Beach in Jomalig Island

Get in

From Manila, ride an Infanta-bound Raymond bus at their Legarda terminal that usually leaves every hour. Get off at the docking station in Real near the school. Travel time is four to five hours. Alternatively, you  can have a more private journey (albeit more uncomfortable?) if you ride a van located near Raymond bus terminal that costs P180 P220. Travel time is three to four hours.

From the docking station, ride a boat going straight to Jomalig Island. They usually leave Real before noon (10 a.m. – 12) for a five to six hours boat ride. Fare ranges from P200 to P350, depending on the type of boat. Note that these are not commercial boats but cargo vessels, you may have to share the boat with .

It is possible to go to Jomalig Island by air as it has an airport (ICAO: RPLJ) but as of this writing, there has no scheduled service on commercial airlines. However, you may avail the charter services of Mr Gabulla for 7000 per pax, minimum of 2 pax. You may contact call him at +63-9178542626.

Salibungot Beach, Jomalig Island

Salibungot Beach, Jomalig Island

Get around

There are no bus nor jeepney in the island but you can get around by riding a multicab, tricycle, or a habal-habal.

Kanaway Island

Kanaway Island


The locals are called “Jomaligins.”


Mangrove area in Jomalig Island

Mangrove area in Jomalig Island


Being there is a great escape from chaotic city living. Sit on the sand, see the sunset, enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the place, kill time, and mingle with the local people. Jomalig is a paradise, a golden unspoiled paradise. Other activities to enjoy your stay in Jomalig are:

  • Beach hopping
  • Bird watching
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Island hopping
  • Picnic
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
Sadong River

Sadong River


  • Crabs
  • Lobsters
  • Surahan


Drink Jomalig Island’s version of lambanóg.


Like all other pristine islands in the Philippines, there are no hotels to be found and the only place where tourists can stay is to rent a room from the locals. One of the first to rent their rooms is the Tejada Family, related to the Tejada that’s currently a town councilor. Located at Sitio Landing, they have rooms with private toilet and bath for P500 per night they also have rooms with common toilet and bath for P300 per night. Situated near the beach, Tejada’s place has a great sunset view.

If you want to spend the night at the beach, bring your gears as camping is allowed for free.


Tejada Family +63-9399027532

Ms Malou +63-9299573655

Mr Elmer Garuguez +63-9154911362
Acting Municipal Tourism Officer


Get out

Ready to go to your next destination? Boat from Jomalig straight to Real leaves anytime between 10 a.m. to 12 noon every day (or at least that’s the plan). If in case there’s no boat going straight to Real, you may ride a boat to Patnanungan where you can transfer to the one going to Real.

RTW Photo Carnival

I love going back to Jomalig, it’s one of my favorite beach place and it appears in a photo carnival hosted by The Nomadic Family.

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