Discover the beauty of the Camotes Islands
Many call it Camotes Island, when in fact the Camotes is made up of a number of islands, with the two main islands of Pacijan and Poro being the most popular. If you’re a regular traveller, you’ll know that it is expensive to stay on a tropical paradise, not so with Camotes. Surprisingly it is affordable to stay in a beautiful island like this; sometimes you just need to know where to find hidden gems. Away from the crowds and mainstream tourism, Camotes is only a couple of hours away from Cebu City. Enjoy a piece of seclusion and delight in one of the world’s most undiscovered paradises, home to some of the Philippines best beaches.
Best time to visit is March/April when the weather is fine and the waters become crystal clear. For some further reading check out my blog on the Camotes Islands.
Video guide to the Resorts in the Camotes Islands
Camotes Resorts and accommodation
Video spotlight: Mangodlong Resort. Read more here
Don’t expect 5 star amenities at the resorts in Camotes, mother nature has provided all that you could ever need or want. The islands only has a dozen or so resorts on the island providing affordable yet simple accommodation. The most luxurious resort in Camotes is the 3 star Mangodlong Paradise Beach Resort. Most of the resorts have their own restaurants, as outside the hotels there isn’t a lot of choice (the only place that has a few restaurants on the beach is at Santiago Bay). Keshe Resort and Borromeo are located on the beautiful Bahkaw Beach. Below is a list of some Camotes resorts complete with prices and contact details and info
Camotes Island Attractions
If your dream holiday is about lying in a hammock surrounded by gorgeous white sand beaches, this could be the place for you! One of the best beaches to see is Santiago Bay with its stunning beauty. Beautiful Bakhaw Beach located near Esperanza on Pacijan Island is one of the islands’ lesser known beaches. Lake Danao is a fresh water lake and the largest in the Visayas there you can enjoy its peaceful surroundings. There are 2 small caves to discover, Timubo Cave on Pacijan Island (the island where most of the resorts are located) and Bukilat Cave (10 P entry) on Poro Island. Timubo Cave (15P entry) has a small cavern filled with water that can be swum in. For those who like a bit of trekking, Panganuron Falls (Poro Island) is a 1.6 km hike (around 30 minutes) on a not too good marked trail. Buho Rock is a small spot on a cliff that has cottages and (although rocky) a nice place for a swim or snorkel. It’s not very large and tends to dry up in summer. Tulang Island has a small sandy white beach 5 minutes boat ride from Pacijan Island, you can catch a boat across for 10 p each way. The Camotes is a great place to hire a motorbike and go exploring the islands.
Soli-Soli Festival in San Francisco (3rd weekend in March) named after a plant which is abundant around Lake Danao (used in handicrafts) The street dancing revolves around the Soli- Soli.
Places to eat
The resorts have their own restaurants as outside the resorts there isn’t much options. If you’re staying at Santiago Bay there are couple small restaurant on the beach which serves cheap seafood and other dishes.
How to get from Cebu to Camotes
From Cebu City Golden Star Fast Ferries is no longer running, from Mandaue (banca) at 5.30 am from Ouano Pier (3 hours) and Super Shuttle Ferries ( tel 32 232 3150/231 0639/345 5581) from Danao (a town about 1 hours drive hours north of Cebu City)
Consuelo (Camotes) departs from Danao at 6.30 am (daily) approx 2 hours
Poro (Camotes) departs from Danao at 1.00pm (daily) approx 2 hours
Again the name Camotes came from a misunderstanding with the Spanish and the local natives. The Spanish asked what was the name of the islands but the natives thought they were asking what they were digging for (sweet potatoes – Camotes) so they replied Camotes!