What To Do In Camotes Island – Travel Guide

Island days, island ways, caves, sand, and sunny rays! 

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The sea, sand, sun and me.

Who does not love an island getaway to escape the hustle and bustle of the city? I don’t don’t think there’s any of us here. Have you heard about Camotes island? I suggest you include it on your list.

CAMOTES ISLAND – “The Lost Horizon of the South”

“Camotes” means sweet potatoes in Filipino language. The island was named after that because that was the main crop that farmers grow there. This is just one of the 7,107 islands Philippines has, and one of the most beautiful. It is also called “the lost horizon of the South”. As to why, I don’t know. 🙂

Camotes Islands comprises three major islands. They are Poro, Pacijan and Ponlon. The main islands of Pacijan and Poro are connected by a 1.5-kilometre-long causeway.

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How to get there?

Camotes is located in the eastern coast of the mainland Cebu. It is two hours away by boat from Danao Port.

From Cebu North Bus terminal, ride a bus going to Carmen or you can catch a multicab or a jeepney with Danao route. It is easy to find them, Danao cabs are numbered 27 on their body. The fare is 35 pesos. If you prefer an airconditioned transportation, you can catch a V-hire from the SM terminal. The fare is 50 pesos. Tell the driver to drop you off at Danao Port.

When you reach Danao Port, you can buy a ticket for 180 pesos and 5 pesos for the terminal fee. Be there an hour before your desired boarding time if you don’t have a ticket yet because the line could be very long especially during peak season (March-May and November-January). The ride is approximately two hours, and you will arrive at Consuelo Port. Upon arrival, there are motorcycles and jeepneys for hire that offers hotel transfer for 50 pesos each. You can also rent a motorcyle for 500 pesos for a half day tour. You can choose to either drive it yourself or let the driver be your tour guide. (Some hotels offer motorbike for rent, too. Some also offer tour packages.)

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Where to stay:

There are plenty of hotels around and some locals also open their houses for backpackers. If you prefer, you can bring your own tent. Bear in mind that these hotels are no 5 star.

Here are some of the famous places to stay in the island:

  • Santiago Bay Garden Resort
  • Mangodlong Rock Resort
  • Mangodlong Paradise Beach Resort
  • Keshe Beach Resort
  • Sunset Vista Resort
  • Bellavista Mare Resort 

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What to do in the island?

We personally suggest to tour the island with a motorcycle. The famous spots are accessible and easy to find. Don’t hesitate to ask the locals if you think you’re lost. 🙂

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Here are some of the places you should visit in the island:

1.Baywalk Plaza

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It is just a few meters away from Consuelo Port and is situated in San Fransisco town. It’s a small plaza or park, perfect for picnic or you could just take a leisure walk around. The market is also near.

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2. Buho Rock Resort

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Don’t miss cliff jumping in Buho Rock. I attest you’ll regret not jumping. 😀

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3. Timubo Cave

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Next stop, is the famous Timubo Cave. You can opt to take a dip in the cold water inside the cave which is believed to heal illness.

4. Chasing the Sunset at Mangodlong Rock Resort

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The island has a nice view of the sunset if you knew the right place to witness it. For us, Mangodlong Rock Resort was that perfect spot.

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5. Lake Danao – Water Activities

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If you’re into water activities, you should not miss Lake Danao Park. Try their kayaking, waterballoon, and etc. They also have horseback riding.

6. Kanlingiw Garden and Pool

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Have your snack at Kanlingiw Garden just beside Lake Danao Park. They have this mini-zoo, too.

7. Paraiso Cave

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Another cave, you want? Drop by Paraiso Cave, too.

8. Santiago Bay

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Feel the fine, white sand on your feet and the salt on the air at the beach. Santiago Bay is a public beach which means it’s for everyone.

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Look at this wide beach.

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Perfect for people who are afraid of the deep water. And just want to get tanned.

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There are several restaurants by the beach, too. Just in case you get hungry after a long day. They serve Filipino dishes and seafoods.

 

There are still a lot of places we need to discover in the island. And hopefully, in our next visit we’ll get to explore them. 🙂 

Here’s the list of our expenses (Hubby and I shared budget but I’m writing an individual expenses for you) :

Day 1

  • Fare (Mandaue-Danao Port) – Php 30
  • Boat ticket (Danao-Camotes) – Php 180
  • Terminal fee – Php 5
  • Motorcycle fee (Php 600/2) – Php 300
  • Buho Rock Resort Entrance Fee – Php 20
  • Timubo Cave Entance Fee – Php 25
  • Lake Danao – Php 15
  • Kayaking Fee – Php 50
  • Paraiso Cave – Php 35
  • Mangudlong Rock Resort – Php 20

Day 2

  • Boat Ticket (Camotes-Danao) – Php 180
  • Terminal fee – Php 5
  • Pedicab to Danao Terminal – Php 15
  • Jeepney Fare (Danao to Mandaue) – Php 30

Other expenses:

  • Tent Rental – Php 350* (Our friends slept here.)
  • Aircon Room at Bella Vista Mare Resort – Php 1450*

* This is where we slept.

** Food expenses are not included here because we have different preferences. Rest assured, food in Camotes Island are of reasonable prices.

 

We hope you find this travel guide useful. 🙂

‘Til our next wander!

Xoxo, Ace and Demi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Author: Ace&Demi

Hi! We are Ace and Demi, your wandering couple in town. We love the outdoors, we love the mountains, the beach and the world. We both are frustrated quipters, but we're okay with that. We hope you are, too. :) We got married last June 16,2016 and vowed to be adventurers and see the world together. Join our adventures and misadventures as we discover the world and take that road to forever!!! Best regards!

8 thoughts on “What To Do In Camotes Island – Travel Guide”

    1. Really? Knowing that you’ve been to places far from Cebu, it’s hard to believe you haven’t visited Camotes. Heheh. (not that I don’t believe you, I’m just surprised. I hope you don’t get me wrong there.)

      I’m happy that you find this guide helpful. Thank you!

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