Salomaqui Island is a small fishing village in the region of Kay Duke.
The village is located about 62 feet above sea level with a gradual sandy slope to the shoreline. The village has four families with a total of ten adults and ten children.
The villagers own two large commercial fishing boats and five motorized Bangkas (twenty-foot fishing boats fitted with double outriggers one on each side). The commercial fishing boats are anchored in open water and transport to and from the shore is by a small rowboat.
The Bangkas were pulled ashore and further pulled halfway up the beach. These boats were painted a bright yellow, along with the larger boats, for easy sightings on the open water.
During the monsoon season, the Bangkas were stored upside down to keep the rain from filling the hull with water, they were anchored to the beach with spikes driven into the sand and ropes tighten across them so that they wouldn’t blow away.
The large boats are usually anchored in the deeper water. If a storm with high winds is forecast the boats are sailed to the docks at Angas a few miles north. This is usually done during the southwest monsoon season or Habagat which brings heavy rain, high winds, and typhoons.
The northeast monsoon season or Amihan is dryer and cooler. This is the time when the fishermen take their boats to the water. This is a favourable time for fishing and less dangerous from high winds.
The four families that make up the village are: