Camotes is an island located east of Cebu. This island has many beaches. Perfect for summer getaway.
How To Get There
If you have your own vehicle, you can go straight to Danao.
Or you can go to Cebu North Bus Terminal and look for a bus or vhire going to Danao.
Another alternative is to catch a jeepney going to Danao.
You drop off at Danao-Camotes Ferry Terminal. That’s around 25km from Cebu North Terminal.
From there, you can ride a ferry to Camotes.
- Buy your ferry ticket a few days ahead in Cebu North Terminal. This will save you time lining up in Danao-Camotes Ferry Terminal and avoid rush and delays.
- Book your room ahead of time. A month ahead or a couple of weeks ahead would be good.
We stayed in Masamayor’s Beach House & Resort. The room per night is 2,800 pesos. That room is good for 4 people but contains only 2 beds. Just add 300 pesos per one extra bed.
The room is air-conditioned, with cable TV, and with toilet room. This is what our room looks like: (forgive the mess)
Contact details as of this writing:
- Telephone number: 316-5295
- Mobile number: 0917-6318818 / 0920-6724725
There are other room accomodation a few walks from our location.
To name a few:
- Aizawa Beach Resort and Restaurant
- Swiss Lagoon Restaurant and Resort
- La Pascuala
I don’t have their contact numbers, though.
Another alternative is to bring your own tent:
The Beauty of Low Tide
The beach that greeted us is beautiful. It was low tide at that time but the beauty is worth taking a look. Click to enlarge.
Let’s roam around the island and see what’s in it for us.
Mangodlong Rock Resort
The view from the entrance is not that convincing.
The entrance fee is around 20 pesos per person.
At the reception area lies the fee for different water rides. Here’s the list: (this is the price as of this writing)
- Jetski Rental
- 3,500 pesos for 1 hour
- 1,750 pesos for 30 minutes
- 1,000 pesos for 15 minutes
- Banana Boat
- 4,500 for 1 hour
- 2.250 for 30 minutes
- 1,500 for 15 minutes
- Buzz Bomb
- same rate with Banana Boat
Have a peek of what’s inside this resort! (click to enlarge)
Lake Danao Park
Before we travel here in Camotes, I look its map ahead. And I notice a body of water on the northern part of the island.
This is Lake Danao.
Kayaking is the main activity here.
The rate is 50 pesos per person.
You can kayak alone or as a group. Life vest is also provided.
So basically you can roam around the whole lake measuring an estimated 100 acres.
For those who haven’t tried kayaking, this is a good place to start.
We were also first-timers in kayaking when we visited here. The Lake Danao staffs assured they will rescue us in case our kayak capsized.
This is also a good activity for teamwork because your group will determine which place to go, thus the coordination/synchronization of your paddling.
Here’s a few photos. (I have taken a video but wasn’t able to post it here.)
So this is our first time going inside a cave. And the phrase “first time” always accompany ignorance and curiosity.
Before going in, there is an entrance fee of 15 to 20 pesos. You will write your name on the paper before going in.
Maybe this is part of the registration. Or maybe a waiver.
Anyway, going inside the cave, the ground level isn’t horizontal as I expect it to be. It is actually going further down.
Just be careful. Watch where your head goes.
You are surrounded by these walls and stone structures that you begin to feel suffocated or dizzy, and wanting to seek for fresh air.
Nah, that was just your imagination. There is really nothing wrong with you going down. Your imagination just play tricks on you.
But for those having claustrophobia, I recommend not to pursue. (Well unless you take it as a challenge.)
There is a portion of the cave where the opening is small. And you have to bend down to get through.
After that, it’s swimming time.
The cave is illuminated, so it’s not as dark as you think it is.
The water level varies. Label shows it’s 6 feet when on high tide and 5 feet when on low tide. It’s not that deep.
You can feel the coldness of the water when you dip.This water is like coming from the fridge.
The ground is not that flat (of course this is a cave). Some of us wear slipper in case you stumble upon a sharp rock.
During our visit, there are around less than 20 visitors. But one thing I notice is the silence.
Unlike beaches, the average decibel rate here is lower. Why is it silent here? Maybe they are ashame their voices might echo loud? Or maybe because of the coldness of the water? Or maybe because some diwata is present in the cave 😉
This cave isn’t sitting side by side with Timubo Cave. This is a separate cave.
You still have to ride a few kilometers to reach this.
This cave is located in Tudela, Camotes.
Do you know the Visayan song “Usahay“? (lyrics: ‘Usahay, magadamgo ako…’)
It is said that this was originally composed here in Tudela. Although this has been brought to court as to who is really the composer. You can read more from here.
Unlike Timubo Cave, you don’t have to go that deep to reach the main attraction of the cave.
What makes this different from Timubo Cave are the various rock formations that looks like a monument or something.
Your mind will play as you stare at those rock formations, making you imagine and relate its form into something else.
Let’s have a look.
It’s low tide by the time we visit. Water level should have been higher, fitting for swimming.
Buho Rock is an elevated place. After you went in from the entrance gate, you can see this scenery.
We took the above picture from this spot:
We want to roam around the place, and so we went down through a slope path.
Once down, you have to pass through this bridge while taking pictures along the way.
What we find further ahead is diving spot. Lot’s of Koreans and locals by the time we visit.
Before it gets dark, we went to the market to buy food.
- You can save expenses by buying from the market and have it cook from the resort where you stay.
Their market is clean and organize.
We bought a 1 kg squid worth 180 pesos plus some spices.
We let the resort attendant cook it. And with that amount of money, we where able to have a good dinner. We didn’t even consume all of the squid, so we heat it again and ate it on breakfast the next day.
Camotes Island is a great place for vacation. There are other place we haven’t visited, but I hope you get the idea on how beautiful this island is.
If you have a picture of a place in Camotes I haven’t visited, you can share it to me, and I will paste your photo here with credits on your name.
So book now and visit Camotes! 🙂