Camotes Island, Cebu Philippines

One of the famous islands in Cebu is located across Danao City, Cebu. This is a famous destination of most tourists because of its natural white and sugary sand with delicious foods served by the beach. In addition, the beach is not so crowded compared to other beaches in Cebu.

How to get there?

  1. If you’re from Cebu City, you can go via Danao Port, Cebu Port (Pier 1), Cebu Port (Pier 2), and Ouano Wharf in Mandaue City.
  2. It usually takes up to 2 hours by bus from the North Bus terminal port going to Danao port. If you travel by a private car, it will be faster to be there, and you can park it at Danao port for PhP300 a day. If you take it on the ferry, it will cost you approximately PhP1,200 one way. On the other hand, you can hire a van if you are in a large group, and the cost for one way to Danao port is PhP2,000. For the budget conscious, public transport is the best option. Expect to be at sea for up to three hours, depending on sea conditions. Fare ranges from PhP200 to 350 per person, depending on the service you us and your island destination.




In my case,  I went there in December 2014 with some friends and at that time we only visited few places since the weather was not really good. Despite that, we managed to enjoy our 2 nights and 3 days stay near Santiago White Beach. Thanks to my bff Mary Ann Talisic for letting us stay in her boardinghouse. 


These are my friends when we arrived at Camotes seaport. Mary Ann was the one who took this picture. Thanks again mer muahhhh!


Good thing she is working there as a teacher so she is really familiar with the place and we just hired a driver for us during the tour (he became our tour guide too, thanks to him but I forgot his name T_T).

When you arrive there, here are the suggested places to pay a visit to:

Santiago Bay
The Church of Poro
Timubo Cave
Holy Crystal Cave
Lake Danao
Buho Rock
Bakhaw beach

This is Santiago beach. It has white, fine, and sugary sand.


You don’t need to worry when you’re starving because there a lot of native restaurants (carenderia) with their affordable and delicious meals.



This is Buho Rock. It is an abandoned resort located in the municipality of Poro, about 30 minutes ride by motorcycle or tricylce from Santiago beach. It is currently under the care of the local government. This is a public resort that only costs as low as Php20 for adult and Php 10 for children. It opens at 8am and closes at 5pm everyday.


This the cliff where you can enjoy sightseeing, breathing fresh air, diving if you’re a professional diver and a good swimmer!


Of course, capturing good memories would be fantastic in this beautiful place!


This is Lake Danao Park. Lake Danao Park is developed and maintained by the Local Government of San Francisco (formerly known as Suangan and Pacijan). This park is a home of the fresh tilapia, endemic trees and distinctive ducks.


This is their bridge going to the very near and small islet. (That’s my friend Sue who loves projecting in front of the camera.)



You need to wear their life vest before getting into the boat for safety purposes (especially to those who don’t know how to swim like me T_T.)


Then, we started rowing. The lake is deep and a bit scary (for me). It looks like it has a live crocodile under the deep green lagoon.


We safely arrived here.



Another tourist spot in Camotes is Timubo Cave. It is an underground cave featuring gigantic stalactites and stalagmites with an end destination of a crystal clear water pool. When I went there, I suddenly bumped into someone, a former student of mine from ACLC College-Mandaue campus.


Next stop was at Mangodlong, one can experience the wonderful sunset of Camotes. The warm color of the sun and the reflection of the beach make it very spectacular during the afternoon at this resort. If you are planning to visit Camotes, Mangodlong is one of your best options. However, we didn’t stay their longer. We just dropped by then went to our next destination.


Finally, our last destination during the entire day out tour was Baywalk. We went there to buy some fresh meat for our dinner.


We were burned out and like dead when we arrived home. We didn’t go out anymore and just cooked for our own dinner ( I volunteered to cook a strange dish but they ate it. Probably, they were just so tired and hungry and their stomach couldn’t feel the odd taste LOL).

Thanks for dropping by guys! Please feel free to give comments. Have a nice day!