Isn’t it obvious how I fell in love with this island that I went back in just less than 6 months? Our first visit was a big challenge but it left us curious to explore more so we decided to be back. As mentioned on my first post, it wasn’t the perfect time that time. Since is almost the end of summer in the Philippines, we didn’t miss the chance of the calmer months. The 6 hour both ride became 5 and we don’t have to take connecting boat rides this time.
I don’t usually do itineraries whenever I go somewhere. For me planning everything removes the essence of adventure. I usually just set the date to leave and come back and leave everything in between open. But since I am being ask to have one every time by my travel buddy, here’s what I came up with.
5:00 AM – Van from Legarda in Sampaloc Manila to Real Quezon
9:00 AM – Arrival in Real (Buy additional food and drinking water)
10:00 AM – Estimated Departure from Real
4:00 PM – Estimated Arrival in Jomalig
Camping in Salibungot Beach
10:00 AM – Motobike ride to Kanaway
Camping in Kanaway Islet.
Open to whatever we decide
Back to Manila
We’ll sounds like a good plan right? But since the island is still at very early stage of becoming a holiday/adventure destination schedule of boats going in and out of the island is not definite. We have to cut our planned stay short since there is no boat going back to Real Quezon on the day we planned to leave. Being stranded actually sounds like a good idea to me. But being a corporate slave, I need to be back to work still.
I will always love this beach. It was the first part of the island that we set foot and almost kissed after dealing with the most gigantic waves we ever encountered in our entire life on our first visit. I can still remember clearly in my mind how beautiful it is at that moment. Now that it’s the calm season, it was even more beautiful. The water is so clear now that we can see what’s underneath. Of course, its unique golden sands never lose its charm.
Kanaway Islet (Pulong Maliit)
This is probably the spot in Jomalig that I don’t want to miss out. I went crazy the last time we were here with its beauty that I even forgot to put on some sunscreen. This time, we decided to camp overnight and not just do a day tour. The idea of camping in a very small island, about just a size of a movie theater, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean excites me. How many times in your life you’ll get a chance to do that?! Thankfully we were the only one who decided to camp or else it will going to be so crowded. We enjoyed the night under the stars eating 3 huge grilled fish that we bought fresh form locals for only 60Php.
Since our planned stay was cut short, we didn’t get the chance to explore other areas more. We’ll another reason to comeback right? According to our boatman who I had conversations with on our way back, there is a nearby island as beautiful as Balesin. I haven’t been to Balesin and I’m not even sure if I’ll get a chance to visit it since it’s only exclusive for members. Being compared to Balesin it suddenly excites me. I can’t wait now till next summer. Maybe Jomali-bor day? Who knows!