Surfing Polillio and Jomalig


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September 28th 2013
Published: September 28th 2013
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Inside section of Mabini
It's been my 12th trip out to Polillio Island. I usually vist Barangays Mabini and Carlagan. My main purpose of travelling to these places is to search for new surfing destinations. On my last two visits to the Islands, I made the effort to go the extra distance and visit Jomalig Island. All I can say, it is a must see for anyone that likes pradise.

Now not all of you have the same purpose as me for exploring remote parts of different countries. If you do, you will love Carlagan and Mabini. Carlagan has a serious left hand reef break that reels down for about 100 mtrs and Mabini Has a righthander with two sections. The outside section has a solid powerful tube that breaks over shallow reef, while the inside section has a fun down the line wall that beaks for about 50 mtrs. There is nothing there except for waves. So it is only suitable for experienced surfers that want to surf only. Also, the only access is by boat.

As for Jomalig, anybody that likes to get away and off the tourist track, will love it. There is 5 klms of golden sand beach, with two Barangays (villages) on it. You can find spots olong the beach with safe swimming and no one in sight. 150 mtrs offshore, you can see rolling waves breaking. Along the stretch of beach, there are surfing spots for all levels of surfers. Beyond the breaking waves, you can sea fisherman in their small banker boats chasing the fish that you can also see jumping out of the water. As the boats come in to shore, you can approach the fisherman and get different kinds of fish for as little as 70 Pesos a kilo. Then for a small fee, you can ask someone in the Barangay to cook for you. The locals are extremely friendly and will invite you to stay. It is 100% safe and you can even set up a tent if you like to sleep on the beach. There is power at night and small sari stores open for you to buy simple needs.

You wont find any hotels, nightclubs, people trying to sell you souvenirs on the beach, or any pulic toilets. This place is a paradise for people that want to get away from everything.


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Island Express
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6-7 ft Carlagan
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Serious waves
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Perfection
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Surfing Jomalig
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Sunset from the boat
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Nice waves
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Safe swimming
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Breakfast was perfect
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The kids loved watching the surfing for their 1st time
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Just behind the beach is a hidden creek


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