Palawan is the last ecological frontier in the Philippines. We’ve been traveling for the last 12 years and so far El Nido was listed in our top 3 destinations to visit. No wonder why it was listed as one of the World’s top beach destination reviewed online.
Check out this video i created for the recommended tourist spot to visit in El Nido, Palawan. Later on, i will post another blog for the complete itinerary and walkthrough experience.Experience all these as low as Php3,600 all-in per pax. Minimum of 2 required. For booking and reservations, please visit my website www.elnidotours.ph
It’s official summer season already here in the Philippines and the weather get’s crazy yesterday. In Dagupan City, the heat index went up to 52 degrees celsius which is in danger level already. It will be then difficult to walk around the City from 10am to 4pm so make sure to always stay in door as possible. If there is no reason to go outside then just stay at home or go the a private resort in Antipolo that is one of the best and affordable.
So, we decided to have the very first family reunion of the Mabana clan (the side of my wife, Jennifer) and the venue is located just near the popular land mark of Antipolo, the Hinulugang Taktak waterfalls. The resort name is Villa Susana’s Event Place and Resort. They offer half day or full day group private resort accommodation.
Because of another long weekend, we decided to visit another bucket list destination that is difficult to reach but very rewarding once you get there. Let’s get started then 🙂
The Paradise Island of Jomalig is another remote island paradise in the easternmost part of Polilio Group which is very near in Camarines Norte where you can find another paradise called Calaguas Island. It is Pronounced as “hu-ma-lig”, Jomalig is an island municipality of Quezon Province. Another fact is that the locals of the island are called “Jomaligins” and are among the kindest persons in the Philippines. According to my habal habal driver, the population is only about 7,000.
Jomalig Island is surrounded with golden sand and rich turquoise water, where most locals get their livelihood. Their premier beach is situated in Salibungot (Sitio Burungawan) with a long coastline of golden sand uniquely dotted with agoho trees and a sandbar on the other end during low tide.
The beauty of the island, the serenity of the place and its warm people are the charm of this lovely town. Experience Jomalig and fall in love with this golden paradise.
How to Get to Jomalig
Jomalig has an airstrip, so it is possible to charter a plane to go to here. Just like Balesin Island (a private 5 star island resort experience), you can rent a private chartered plane in NAIA.
Going to Jomalig is an adventurer’s treat especially if you go there by boat. There are three possible ways to get there by boats: via Real and Atimonan, Quezon; and Panganiban, Camarines Norte. These are not commercial boats but cargo vessels. Going there by boat is difficult from October to mid-March due to huge waves brought by northeast monsoon or amihan.
This is the most common route since there are regular boats from Real that go to Jomalig. The boats are found in Ungos Port near the school (not in Puerto Real). As of 2018, there are three departures on a good day – 5AM, 7AM and 10AM. These boats ferry cargoes and fish as well. Fare is at P400 per person and usually includes fisherman’s meal, travel time is at least 4 hours.
If you miss the boat to Jomalig, you may opt to catch a boat to its neighboring island of Patnanungan, and then charter a boat to Jomalig from there.
Going to Real via public transport, catch an Infanta or Real bus bound in Legarda, Manila. Raymond Bus Line has round-a-clock schedule for Infanta/Real for at least four hours of bus ride passing to Rizal Province, Siniloan and Famy in Laguna. Bus fare starts at P200.00. Get off at the docking station near the school before the Puerto Real port.
Alternatively, there are vans located near Raymond Bus Terminal, fare is P250 Travel time is three to four hours.
Boats to Jomalig from Atimonan ferry copra, but unlike Real, the ferry services from this point are irregular and not on daily basis. Travel time from Atimonan to Jomalig takes six to seven hours.
From Manila, Atimonan is accessible by land transportation. Buses going to southern towns of Quezon and Bicol pass to Atimonan. Travel time is approximately four hours. Once in the town, take a tricycle to go to the port.
Like Atimonan, boats to Jomalig from Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte have irregular ferry schedules although this is the closest entry point to Jomalig from mainland Luzon. Travel time takes three to four hours.
Catch a bus going to Daet and get off at Talobatib Junction in Labo. From Talobatib Junction, you can ride a bus going to Panganiban, bus fare is less than P50. Travel time from Manila to Talobatib is approximately six to seven hours, and from Talobatib to Panganiban is around an hour to an hour-and-a-half.
Where to Stay in Jomalig
There are no high-end hotels in town, only homestays and lodges. We stayed in Hayahay Beach Resort and Restaurant in Barangay Casuguran which offers rooms for P500 to 600 per night (with shared toilet and bath) It’s a great place as they are infront of another beach called Little Baguio. You will experience a private beach here seriously because there are no other resorts nearby
Camping along the beach is also allowed, but bring your own camping equipments.
Things to do in Jomalig
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, mingle with the people. Jomalig is a paradise, a golden paradise.
Other activities to enjoy your stay in Jomalig are:
Swimming and Beach Hopping (Sitio Burungawan is a must visit place)
See the mangroves in Sitio Landing
Go island hopping
Visit Little Boracay, Little Batanes, Canaway Beach, Golden Sandbar and Bigwangan Lake
Explore the other islands and beaches of Polilio Island Group specially those in the town of Burdeos
Sample Jomalig Island Itinerary Overnight Estimate Budget: Approximately P3499 / person for 3 days and 2 nights. That includes a round trip private van from Manila-Real-Manila, 6 set of meals, boat ride round trip, habal habal tour, FREE keychain and private room accommodation with unli KTV. Send me a message at this number 09178580986 or 09989770817 for booking.
Available tour and joiner’s date: (Php3,699 per pax)
3DAYS 2NIGHTS TOUR SCHEDULES:
MARCH 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24,29-31
APRIL 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28
MAY 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26
MAY 31- JUNE 2
2DAYS 1NIGHT TOUR SCHEDULES: (Php3,150 per pax)
MARCH 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 30-31
APRIL 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28
MAY 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26
JUNE 1- JUNE 2
Exclusive dates available for big group minimum of 15, please contact us ahead of time.
TOUR Inclusions: ✔️Roundtrip Van transfer
(MANILA -Real Port-MANILA ) ✔️Roundtrip Boat transfer (Real Port-Jomalig Island- Real Port) ✔️KUBO Room accommodation (Standard Fan, Pillow, Bedsheets) ✔️Tent accommodation ✔️VAN transpo / Habal Habal to Hayahayy Resort (check in) ✔️Hayahay Resort Entrance Fee ✔️Terminal Fee ✔️Coordinator Fee ✔️LGU FEES
•Registration Fee ✔️ HABAL HABAL ISLAND TOUR
(JOAMLIG ISLAND TOUR destinations:
•PUNO NG WALANG FOREVER
✔️1yr. Old kid is FREE ✔️2-7yrs. Old is discounted ✔️15pax (1 FREE FRIEND) ✔️ FREE JOMALIG version of LAMBANOG (lambanog only , softdrinks or cheazer is not included) ✔️FREE SOUVENIR KEY CHAIN ✔️FRESH SEAFOODS & VEGETABLES ✔️UNLI RICE ✔️UNLI COFFEE ✔️and LOTS of “ FREE ACTIVITIES”
❌NO HIDDEN CHARGES ❌RESORT NOT CROWDED ❌NO CANCELLATIONS OF TOUR
3D2N ALL-IN ITINERARY
Day 0: Departure 9:00-10:00 PM VAN Pick UP Legarda Raymond bus terminal (jolibee)
1:00 AM ETD to Real Quezon Day
1: 4:00 AM ETA Real Quezon, Preparation
6:00 AM ETD to Jomalig Quezon
12:00 NN ETA Jomalig Quezon
12:30 PM ETA HAYAHAY BEACH RESORT (Check in)
1:00 PM LUNCH
2:00 PM Free Time own Leisure (Rest/ Swimming /Explore/ Picture taking )
6:00 PM Dinner 8:00 PM Socials / Stargazing / Videoke
12:00 MN Lights Off
DAY 2: 5:00 AM Wakeup Call/ watch sunrise
7:00 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Start of Island Tour
1:00 PM LUNCH
1:30 PM SWIMMING/ REST
2:30 PM CONTINUATION OF TOUR
5:30 PM END of TOUR
6:00 PM Dinner/ Boodle fight
8:00 PM Socials / Stargazing / VIDEOKE/ Bonfire with Free Jomalig Lambanog
12:00 MN Lights Off
DAY 3: 5:00 AM Wakeup Call
6:00AM Breakfast/ Swimming/Picture taking in RESORT
8:00 AM Pack UP
10:00 AM Early Lunch
10:30 AM ETAJomalig Port to Ungos Port.
3:00 PM ETA UNGOS PORT
3:30. PM SIDETRIP: WINDMILL TANAY RIZAL
4:00 PM ETD Going to MANILA
7:00 PM ETA Manila
2D1N ALL-IN ITINERARY
Day 0: Departure
10:00 PM START of VAN Pick UP
1:00 AM ETD to Real Quezon
4:00 AM ETA Real Quezon, Preparation
6:00 AM ETD to Jomalig Quezon
10:00 AM ETA Jomalig Quezon
10:30 AM ETA HAYAHAY BEACH RESORT (Check in)
11:00 AM LUNCH
12:00 PM Free Time own Leisure (Rest/ Explore/ Picture taking )
1:30. P.M START OF HABAL HABAL ISLAND TOUR
5:00 P.M END OF HABAL HABAL ISLAND TOUR
6:00 PM Dinner/ Booddle fight
8:00 PM Socials/Walwalan / Stargazing/Bonfire/ UNLI Videoke
11:00 PM PANGINGILAW
12:00 MN Lights Off
5:00 AM Wakeup Call/ watch sunrise/ SWIMMING
6:30 AM Breakfast
7:00 AM Picture with horse or Horseback ridding
8:00 -9:00 AM Pack UP/Early Lunch/ Group Picture
10:30 AM ETA Jomalig Port to Ungos Port.
3:00 PM ETA UNGOS PORT
3:30 PM SIDETRIP: WIND MILL TANAY RIZAL
4:00 PM ETD Going to MANILA
7:00 PM ETA Manila
For booking and other inquries please contact the following number: 09178580986 (globe), 09989770817 (smart), 02-616-5677 (landline) or visit our website www.jomaligisland.com
Kultura Splash Wave Pool Resort Review – The only wave pool resort in Northern Luzon, is it really worth it? Well, let see and let us know what can you say in this video:
Overall based on my findings, the cost amounting Php280 for adult during weekends is very reasonable. Its not that cheap nor affordable, its just average. I recommend you to try this one specially if you are in Northern Luzon. The splash wave was really cool and most specially the water slides that are similar to Splash island in Laguna and Aqua Planet in Clark. So instead of going to the said places, why not just head here and enjoy?
Did you know that Armenia is the only FREE visa on arrival country we can visit us Filipinos in the European continent? Yes that is true! did you also know that its the only country that you can experience snow and do skiing without any difficult visa to get comparing to South Korea, Japan and China. How is that possible? well give you a quick guide on how we did it as part of our Middle East Europe tour coming from Manila.
See our flight and 1st day tour from Dubai straight to Yerevan, Armenia.
Here are our travel itinerary:
1. Book a cheap flight from Manila to Dubai round trip (since there is no flight directly to Armenia, you need to connwct through Dubai or Mozcow first). We got a great deal from www.cebupacificair.com for only Php2,750 each roundtrip. Isn’t amazing? yes, we got it last year during the New Year sale and the flight was last November 4 to November 14. I will attached here our flight itinerary for all your reference:
2. Acquire a Tourist Visa before traveling to Dubai, UAE. You can easily get one through any accredited travel and tour operator in Dubai, Airlines or any friends living there. In our case, we just contacted my classmate in UP and he assisted me to get one. It only took us about 2 days to get the e-visa that should be printed before checking in the airport. It will also be shown and stamp in Dubai immigration. The cost of Visa is around 250 aed or about Php5,500.
3. Book quality but cheap accomodation in Dubai. We got a 4-star hotel for only Php2,200 per night called Safron Boutique Hotel. You can book it online through booking.com. We also tried 1-star hotel like Emirates Hotel and Garden Inn for only Php1,200 to Php1,500. If you compare the difference better go through the 4-star accomodation to enjoy your vacation.
4. Get a good deal flight from Dubai to Armenia through flydubai.com. I checked their website and the cheapest European connection is only Php7,000 roundtrip going to Bulgaria and Netherlands. For Armenia, we got each roundtrip ticket for Php15,000, a bit costly comparing to the other connections. Subscribe to their website and monitor the promotion for Armenia.
5. Pay Visa on arrival in Armenian immigration. The cost of the visa is only 3,000 drum or about Php400 estimate and you can stay there up to 2 months depending kn your itinerary. For us, we mentioned that will only stay for 5 days but they gave us 20 days so it might be their minimum duration i think.
6. Get a local and friendly tour guide with accomodation. Before going to Armenia, i did my research and contacted a local tourist guide so they can pick us in the airport. We got a good deal for only $250 good for 4 days that include the travel and tour, airport pickup and drop-off, welcome drinks and other freebies.
Check out my different blog post for our complete itinerary during our 4 to 5 days visit in Yerevan, Armenia.
El Nido is one of my dream destination when i was young. I only heard about this magnificent island through television, post card and online. I’ve been to Palawan twice, the first one was way back 2008 with friends and we just visited the capital city of Puerto Princessa plus the under ground river however we didn’t get a chance to visit El Nido that time due to time constrains. Last 2016, we visited back again Palawan and we went to another dream destination, Coron. It was a nice place and i thought my Palawan adventure will end there.
Just this year 2018, for the 3rd time, I visited Palawan again now together with my parents and sister who just arrived from United States. I make sure that El Nido will be part of our itinerary what ever it cost just to get there. So i rented a car from Puerto Princessa and drove our way there to El Nido for almost 5 hours. I was not dissapointed after all as i saw one of the hidden paradise on earth to tell you all honestly. I’ve been to many popular beach travel destination here in the Philippines like Siargao, Boracay, Camiguin, Caramon, Baler, Hundred Islands, Samal Island in Davao and so much more but only El Nido is the best if we compare it with regards to destination, activities, lagoon and lakes. Well, i’ve posted one best white island destination called Calaguas Island that can be found in Camarines Norte, Bicol region.
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Cheap El Nido, Palawan Tour as low as Php2,000 each
Yap, for only Php2,000, you will experience this cheap El Nido, Palawan tour. It includes the round trip boat boat rental, lunch, travel tax, entrance and tourist fees.
We’ve been travelling for more than 12 years now here in the Philippines and abroad. One of the best destination we go is near coastal and beaches to unwind. We are amazed in Boracay, Puerto Gallera, Coron, El Nido, Samal Island in Davao, Camiguin, Caramoan, Baler, Siargao and so much more. They are all fantastic however there is one destination that beats them all and that is Calaguas Island in Camarines Norte.
Camarines Norte is now turning into a prime tourist destination because it offers a lot to local and foreign tourist, whether they want to relax on the beach or ride the waves. One of the must visited places of the region is Calaguas Island and its easy to get there by land or by plane. Due to its demanding popularity, it is experiencing increase in visitors and growth in business. It is a best place to visit because of its relaxing environment, white-sand beach, relative seclusion, cerulean waters and great overlooking views.
Calaguas Island – The best virgin island in the Philippines
There is no commercial establishment in Calaguas Island making it a virgin island to visit. You will not see any hotels, restaurant, bar, entertainment and commercial buildings. What you will only see is pure white beach island and nothing else. There are few locals in the area that assist tourist upon arrival and they will assist your tent for you stay there overnight.
Best white beach in the Philippines, Calaguas Island
Cheapest Calaguas Island tour for only Php1,999 all in from Vinzon, Camarines Norte
Did you know that you can experience this island for only Php1,999 that includes the following: Round trip boat ride, 3 set of meals (lunch, dinner and breakfast), island hopping, photographer during your stay, tent accommodation and island tour.
Food Serve in Calaguas Island Tour
Island Hopping and Snorkling in Calaguas Island Tour