Majestic Camotes Island: A Hideaway Haven

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Traveling is indeed fun but what can make it amazing is the copious and evocative resources of a specific place enough to provide an ineradicable experience. Way back our time from Spaniards, the name of the island was derived from one of it’s local products which is the “Camote” and was called “Camotes Island” since then. The island group is composed of four towns namely Poro, Tudela, Pilar, and San Francisco.

It’s geographically located east of Cebu Island. It’s conceivably a haven for some locals and tourists due to its natural god-given spots as well as a number of hotels and resorts in Camotes ranging from budget to luxe. Be sure to book your stay online using travel websites like Traveloka for convenience and comfort. 

Traveling to Camotes Island

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Transportation going to Camotes Island is very accessible either via bus, minibus or what the locals call as a “V-Hire”. You can catch a ride on a Ceres Liner or minibuses going to Danao port. There are air-conditioned buses which will definitely make you comfortable with your ride and current fare is only 50.00Php. It is highly recommended that you ride buses instead since you can just ask the the bus conductor to get you off at Danao-Camotes port. It’s going to take approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes from North Bus Terminal going to Danao City and is very much accessible since transportation going to danao is always available almost every hour.

From Danao Port, there is a Ro-Ro vessel going to Consuelo Port in Camotes Island. Travel time by boat is approximately two hours. Boat ticket from Danao port to Camotes Island is 180Php per person for a non-airconditioned and 200Php per person for an airconditioned trip. There’s also some private parking lots if you wish to leave your vehicles at Danao port. Danao port to Consuelo port (Camotes) boat schedule is 5:30am, 8:30am, 11am, 2pm and 5:30pm.

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Accommodations

There are plenty of resorts and private places that offers accommodations in the Island but setting your budget and planning your stay would definitely be a great idea. There are houses/rooms for rent, hotels and inns from cheapest to expensive rates.

Here are some of the popular and most visited beach resorts and places in the island

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Mangodlong Rock Beach Resort
Santiago Bay Garden and Resort
Lake Danao Park
Bano Beach Resort
Bakhaw Beach
Flying Fish Resort
Palanas Beach Resort
Payag Beach House Resort
Santiago Public Beach
Sunset Bay Beach
Greenlake Park Resort[/one_half][one_half_last]

Harbor View Family Resort
Keshe Beach Resort
My Little Island Hotel
Masamayor’s Beach House & Resort
Sunset Vista Resort
Tulang Diot Island
Bellavistamare Beach Resort
Borromeo Beach Resort
Buho Rock Resort
Vall Hall Resort
White View Beach House Resort[/one_half_last]

What to do in the island

Cliff Jumping at Buho Rock

This is intensely petrifying but an absolute satisfying and one of a kind experience. This will ultimately increase your adrenaline rush and would want to make a worth of your while by just jumping off the cliff. You might want to include this in your to-do list as overcoming your fear would pay off your efforts if you’ll take this breath-taking satisfaction.

Lake Danao Adventure

If you want to get intimate with nature, the Lake Danao Park is a good place to visit. Popularly known as Lover’s Lake, the park is the perfect venue to experience solitude and tranquility. Whether a romantic date with a lover or a picnic with family and friends, Lake Danao Park is a must-visit place when you’re in the island.

Caving

There are many underground caves in Camotes Island that you will surely enjoy such as Bukilat Cave, Timubo Cave and Guadalupe Cave which offers a fresh-water underground lake. The perfect place to unleash the spelunker in you.

There’s also a waterfall in Tudela. Although there are other waterfalls in the island, the Busay Falls is the most visited one.

If you are a sports enthusiast or just an adventurous individual, there is also diving and snorkeling opportunities at some of the resorts. You may check Flying Fish Resort and Ocean Deep details below.

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Camotes Flying Fish Resort
Mobile Numbers: +63 908 876 5427
Email: camotesflyingfishresort@yahoo.com
Website: www.camotesflyingfishresort.com

Ocean Deep
Phone: +63 72 700 0493
Mobile: +63 908 457 9355
Email: twaukshun@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.oceandeep.biz

Beach Bumming

If thrill-seeking is not for you, the beaches of Camotes Island is at par with other lush beaches of Cebu. I haven’t been to Boracay but seeing the picturesque beach of Bakhaw convinced me to visit Boracay some other time. Bakhaw Beach Resort is a public secluded, non-commercialized white sand open resort. It is located in Barangay Esperanza in San Francisco, Camotes.

Other beaches worth visiting nearby are Borromeo and Keshe.

Where to Eat

Although most of the resorts offer sumptuous foods, there is one spot in San Francisco that’s worth visiting, Pito’s SUTUKIL. This small eatery is located just beside the Santiago Bay Resort. An island visit would be incomplete if you wont get to experience their best-selling SUTUKIL (Sugba-Tula-Kilaw). Other sumptuous meals are also served.

Travel Tips

  • To maximize your time, check for tour guides and operator ahead of your travel.
  • Book accommodations in advance especially during peak season.
  • There are already ATMs available but still best to have cash on hand.
  • CamoteTap and Camote Crinkle are good pasalubong, make sure to buy some.

Camotes Island is packed with sparkling sandy beaches, mysterious falls and enchanting caves. Aside from being one of the top tourist destination in Cebu, experiencing the sights and sounds with the locals are one thing to consider also as the island is historically rich.

If you are planning to spend a memorable vacation with your loved ones or friends, Camotes Island is the place to be.

Come, visit Camotes Island

  • Indrani

    These islands have always tempted me, never stayed in one. The various stay options suiting different budgets is really helpful. I am craving to visit the island after reading the mention of sparkling sandy beaches, mysterious falls and enchanting caves!!! Hopefully I can.

    • Hi Indrani, have Philippines on your bucket list this year and visit Camotes. Trust me, it will be worth the while

  • Yogo Cream

    Ooh… Camotes Island gave me reason to return to Cebu. I certainly would want to go to Lake Danao with my partner. Plus, I would like to see the Bakhaw Beach Resort. Anyway, how high is the cliff diving in Buho Rock?

    • It’s kinda high Yogo Cream but it’s certainly manageable if you’re guts is strong enough 😀

  • Marge Gavan

    I noticed that you wouldn’t be able to see the picture on this post unless you hover over it? Is this how it really is or is it just on my browser? Anyway, I caught a glimpse of some photos here and I definitely love the caves. If I ever get to Camotes Island, I am definitely going to go caving. Is the water freezing in there by the way?

    • It’s no so freezing but its cold and crystal clear 🙂

  • Mommy QueenElizabeth

    My clan on the mother side is from Cebu. My grandma is from Danao and i’ve never been there yet while my mom was born in Bukidnon which i wanted to visit too. Ive beeb reading a lot of nice travel blogs about Camotes Island and it really makes me want to visit it someday. The beach was really stunning! Lovely indeed!

    • The public beaches in the island is a must visit 🙂

  • I’ve never heard of this place before! Looks beautiful buttt I had trouble looking at the photos. They only show up when I put my mouse over it. Other than that I would love to visit this place one day!

  • Swayam

    Ah, I wish I could go to Camotes Island. Is there a google map or something that can guide my way, the photographs did not load when I opened your site, soam not sure that you put maps in this post. I have been to underground caves, they are also called ‘grotto’ isn’t it?

  • I’ve heard of these islands several times already. But I have not visited it yet. I’m not the type who would be thrilled to explore caves. Beaches are more my thing. 🙂

  • Danica Gilbuena

    If not for our exit in Tacloban, I would’ve included this in our Cebu Trip tomorrow! Unfortunately, we only have North Cebu in our itinerary but definitely, this will be included on my next (or the next after next) visit in Cebu. Will bookmark this! 🙂

    • You should spend a day or two in the island. Though it’s a bit short but you will get to experience a lot in 2 days

  • Camotes island is indeed a majestic place. It offers a lot of beautiful spots for us to see. I am just hesitant to visit this place because it is near the place where the Ormoc Ferry incident happened. Also,a Korean diver was found dead here.

    • You should conquer that fear. Tragedy happens whether we like it or not

  • Jessica Foster

    The caving and cliff jumping sound awesome! I have seen a few guides on Camotes Island but I really like to read about the things there are to do outdoors. What was your favorite? Very concise and helpful guide!

    • Hi Jessica, for me, spending the day at Bakhaw Beach. That place is just enticing

  • Those are just amazing photos and I’m so glad I found this post! Really it seems like it’s an hideaway heaven, and I’ve never heard of this place before! I really like to read about those kind of gems tho!