8 TOP CAMOTES ISLANDS TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
Camotes Islands is one of the gems of Cebu Province. The beaches of the island are nice, but they also take pride of their natural caves which are frequented by the guests.
Listed below are the top points of interests found in Camotes Islands.
1. SANTIAGO BAY
Santiago Bay has a nice long stretch of white beach. A popular destination not only for the tourists but even for the locals. If you don’t want to get a hotel/resort when visiting the place, you can simply bring your tents and camp on the shoreline. I have seen several adventurers spent a night in their tents at the beach. Several Resorts in this beach offers good food that is budget friendly.
2. PARAISO CAVE
The cave is located within a resort of the same name. This attraction is relatively small and easy to visit. The cave has concrete stairs. A small natural with clear water awaits any exciting guest. I just don’t recommend for guests to patronise this offer ( also with other caves). People dipping inside the pool may urinate while swimming and it will ultimately compromise the cleanliness of the cave.
A small cafe can be found at the gate of the resort which offers simple food for the guests.
Entrance Fee: Php 25 | plus 10 if you will swim inside the cave
3. TIMOBO CAVE
Timobo Cave could be the largest among the caves in Camotes. Just like any other caves in Camotes, Timobo also has concrete stairs and is well lit. A nice natural pool is found inside.
Outside the caves are some vendors selling some local delicacies.
Entrance Fee: Php 15
4. BUKILAT CAVE
One of the most interesting caves of the 8 natural caves in Camotes Islands. A signage from the premises states that the cave was named after it’s founder, Bukilat. During the World War II, the cave was used by the locals for shelter. Bukilat Cave is in McArthur, Tudela, Poro Island, Camotes, Cebu.
Entrance Fees: Php 20
5. MANGODLONG BEACH RESORT
One of the places which I wanted to stay on my next visit is the Mangodlong Beach. Several Resorts are found within the area, however, you can just come in for a fee and enjoy the beach. A nice restaurant can be found at the beachfront.
Resort Entrance – PHP 40
6. LAKE DANAO
Lake Danao occupies around 650 hectares and considered as the largest lake in Central Visayas. Interesting Several water sports activities like kayaking boating, PhPetc are available at the place. A resort is found at the place should you wish to stay for a day or more.
Entrance fee: Php 15
7. BUHO ROCK RESORT
The Buho Rock Resort is another interesting tourist attraction in Camotes Island. You need to take the concrete stairs to reach to water. Adventurous buddies can do cliff diving at Buho Rock resort.
Entrance Fee -PhP 20
8. BUSAY FALLS
After exploring the caves in Camotes Islands, you may want to try the Busay Falls in Camotes.
HOW TO GET TO CAMOTES ISLANDS
For foreigners, the Mactan International Airport in Cebu City is the most practical point of entry. From Mactan Airport, simply take a taxi and proceed to the Cebu North Bus Terminal, Cebu City.
From Cebu City, your route must be Cebu City to Port of Danao, then Danao Port to Camotes Island
CEBU TO PORT DANAO
You can take a taxi from Cebu City to Danao Port, but it will cost you much.
From Cebu North Bus Terminal take the Ceres bus that that will pass by or that goes to Danao port. Just ask some personal at the terminal which bus to take.
DANAO TO CAMOTES ISLAND
Various boats are plying either to Consuelo, San Francisco, Poro or Kawit. There are boat transport services such as the Shuttle Super Ferry, Jomalia Shipping Lines and some pumpboats (Ave Maria, Santo Nino de Cebu)
Fares for the boat ranges from 150 pesos to 300 pesos (one-way ticket price)
Depending on what part of Camotes islands you are heading, I just listed below several boat schedules and contact details for your guide.
JOMALIA SHIPPING LINES (DANAO, CEBU going to CONSUELO, CAMOTES)
05:30 AM CEBU – 07:30 AM CAMOTES
08:30 AM CEBU – 10:30 AM CAMOTES
12:00 PM CEBU – 02:00 PM CAMOTES (EXPRESS)
02:30 PM CEBU – 04:30 PM CAMOTES
05:30 PM CEBU – 07:30 PM CAMOTES
09:00 PM CEBU – 11:00 PM CAMOTES (EXPRESS FRI/SAT/SUN)
CONSUELO, CAMOTES going to DANAO, CEBU
04:30 AM CAMOTES – 05:30 AM CEBU (EXPRESS SAT/SUN/MON)
05:30 AM CAMOTES – 07:30 AM CEBU
08:30 AM CAMOTES – 10:30 AM CEBU
01:30 PM CAMOTES – 03:30 PM CEBU
03:00 PM CAMOTES – 04:30 PM CEBU (EXPRESS)
05:30 PM CAMOTES – 07:30 PM CEBU
Telephone Numbers: +63 (32) 318-1549
Fare: Php180(non-aircon) -200(aircon)
OCEAN JET (FAST CRAFT)
PIER 1, CEBU CITY going to PORO, CAMOTES
06:00 AM CEBU – 07:30 AM CAMOTES
03:00 PM CEBU – 04:30 PM CAMOTES
PORO, CAMOTES going to PIER 1, CEBU CITY
08:00 AM CAMOTES – 09:30 AM CEBU
05:00 PM CAMOTES – 06:30 PM CEBU
JOMALIA SHIPPING CORPORATION
S.O. Albano St., Subangdaku, Mandaue City
Telephone Number (032) 346 0421 to 23
Danao City Outlet:
Danao Port Area, Cebu
Contact numbers 0926 1346930 (Globe) and 09284066617 (Smart)
Consuelo Office (Camotes)
Jomalia Pvt., Port, Consuelo, San Francisco, Camotes
Contact Numbers (032) 318 1549/ 0939 6021738 (Smart)
Fare: Php500 (as of May 2017 they have a promo ticket of PHP 380)