CAMOTES ISLANDS TRAVEL GUIDE |TOURIST ATTRACTIONS, TOUR PACKAGES, RESORTS
Finally, I am bringing you my Camotes Islands Travel Guide. I recently visited the place along with my fellow travel blogger, Claire Algarme of First Time Travels; Maricar Dabao a tour guide/ tour operator of Viaje Negrense; Mr. E, an event organiser based in Bacolod City.
We stayed at Camotes Islands for three days and 2 nights. I will be posting a separate article on my DIY Itinerary for the benefit of others who would want to visit the place.
I included below some specific information about hotels and tour operators. This blog is not in any way connected with these entities. Please direct your queries directly to them.
ABOUT CAMOTES ISLANDS
Known as the Lost Horizon of the South, Camotes Island is located east of the Cebu Island, Southwest of Leyte and North of Bohol Island. Camotes Islands is composed of three major islands namely, Poro,Pacijan and Ponson Island.
CAMOTES ISLAND TOURIST ATTRACTIONS | THINGS TO DO
Must Read: Top Camotes Islands Tourist Attractions
Has a relatively long stretch of white beach. It is very popular among tourists and locals because the beach has no entrance fee.
CAMOTES ISLANDS’ CAVES
Don’t be scared nor discouraged with the word cave. Caves in Camotes Islands are basically easy to visit. These caves usually have concrete stairs and well lit.
I visited the following caves on my recent visit: Paraiso, Timobo and Bukilat. I made short descriptions of these caves on my List of Tourist Attractions in Camotes Island .
Paraiso Cave – PHP 25 | plus 10 if you will swim inside the cave
Timobo Cave – PHP 15
Bukilat Cave – PHP 20
MANGODLONG BEACH RESORT
Mangodlong Beach Resort is quite small but interesting at the same time. As of this writing, some developments are still ongoing at the place.
Resort Entrance – PHP 40
Lake Danao covers around 650 hectares making it the largest lake in Central Visayas. Several water activities can be enjoyed when visiting this places such as Kayaking, boating and much more.
Entrance fee- PHP 15
BUHO ROCK RESORT
The Buho Rock Resort is another interesting place to visit when in Camotes Island. You need to take several concrete stairs to reach to water wherein you can do cliff diving.
Entrance Fee -PHP 20
If you want another experience apart from caving and water activities, you can also try the Busay Falls in Camotes.
LIST OF RESORTS AND HOTELS IN CAMOTES ISLAND
MANGODLONG PARADISE BEACH RESORT
Address: Mangodlong, Heminsulan, San Francisco, Camotes, Cebu
Cebu Booking Office: Majestic Legacy Home Development Corporation
Kimwa Compound, S.O Albaño Street Subangdaku, Mandaue City 6014, Cebu, Philippines
Telephone Numbers : 032-328-0500 | 346-0421 | 032-345-8599 |0939-921-6835
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Standard Room – PhP 3,000, good for two (2) with breakfast
Deluxe Room – PhP 3,360, good for two (2) with breakfast
Beachfront Room – PhP 3,600, good for two (2) with breakfast
Cabana B – PhP 3,840, good for two (2) with breakfast
Cabana A – PHP 4,200, good for three (3) with breakfast
Two-Bedroom Cabana – PHP 6,600, good for four (4) with breakfast
Two-Bedroom Suite – PhP 7,200, good for four (4) with breakfast
Paradise Suite – PhP 7,200, good for two (2) with breakfast
PARAISO CAVE AND BEACH RESORT
Address: Consuelo, Camotes Island, San Francisco, Cebu, Philippines
Facebook Page: @Paraiso.Cave
Telephone Numbers: 09778561822 (Globe) 09488999347 (Smart)
“Butong” House with kitchen, aircon bedroom, living room (fully furnished)
P 2,900.- per night (good for 2 pax) / Extra bed: P 500.- per night
“Ginit” Room (Aircon, TV)
P 1,200.- per night (good for 2 pax) / Extra bed: P 500.- per night
Telephone Number: 09999971723
FB Page : @cocogrovenatureresort
(Non-Aircon) – PHP 1,500 nett per night good for two (no breakfast; with free wifi access; TV with local channel only; private bathroom)
Coco Grove (Aircon) – PhP 2,100 nett per night good for two with breakfast for 2 only. (with free wifi access, TV with local channel only; private bathroom)
MANGODLONG ROCK RESORT CAMOTES
Address: Camotes, Cebu City
Contact Number: 0915 349 1132
BEACH FRONT ROOM – PHP 2,200.00 nett good for three (3) persons with cable TV (no breakfast, no wifi)
BEACHFRONT FAMILY – PHP 4,000 nett good for five (5) persons with cable TV (no breakfast, no wifi)
Address: Santiago, Camotes Islands, Cebu, Philippines
Phone: (63 32) 2331158
Mobile No(s).: 092 27125542
CAMOTES FLYING FISH RESORT
Address: Brgy. Cagcagan, PoroCamotes Island, CebuPhilippine
Telephone Number: +63908-8765427 (Philippines)
BANO BEACH RESORT
Address: Mangodlong Himensulan San Francisco Camotes, Cebu Philippines
Telephone Numbers:+63 9398348125| + 63 999 4682981
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MY LITTLE ISLAND HOTEL
Address: Esperanza, Poro, Camotes, Cebu
Contact Numbers: (+6332) 2676539 | 09494387120
Email: email@example.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
Cebu Office: Maribago, Mactan Island Cebu
Contact No. (+6332) 4958317
Standard Room – Php 1,800.00
De Luxe – Php 2,100.00
Junior Suite – Php 2,800.00
Executive Suite – Php 3,600.00
Penthouse Suite – Php 6,300.00
Extra Person – Php 360.00
AIZAWA BEACH RESORT
Address: Barangay Santiago, San Francisco, Cebu, Camotes Island, 6050
Telephone Number: 0975 536 8840
Address: Santiago San Franciso Camotes
Telephone Number: 0926 682 4975
SANTIAGO BAY GARDEN AND RESORT
Address: San Francisco, Cebu
Telephone Number: (032) 345 8599
Standard Aircon: P1500 (good for two)
Oceanview Room: P1700 (good for two)
Oceanview Family Room: P2800 (good for four)
Standard Non-Aircon – PHP 1,000 nett good for two (2)
Standard Aircon – PHP 1,500 nett good for two (2)
Oceanview – PHP 1,700 nett good for two (2)
Oceanview Family – PHP 2,800 nett good for four (4)
Beachview – PHP 2,600 nett good for two (2)
Bayview Family – PHP 2,600 nett good for three (3)
Villa Standard – PHP 2,500 nett good for three (3)
Villa Family – PHP 5,000 nett good for five (5)
Bungalow – PHP 3,000 nett good for three (3)
*Extra person: Php 200/person (for non-aircon); PhP 300/person (for aircon). Maximum 1 extra person allowed per room.
ALADIN WHITE BEACH RESORT
Address: Esperanza, San Francisco Camotes Island,
Telephone: 0999 997 0701
MASAMAYOR’S BEACH HOUSE AND RESORT
Address: Brgy Santiago, San Francisco, 6050 Cebu
Phone: (032) 316 5295
Fb Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/bvmarecamotes
SANCHES ISLAND RESORTS – CAMOTES
Nonok, Union, San Francisco, Camotes Island, Cebu City
Facebook Page: @sanchezislandresort
Call 0922 966 8729
Cebuano is the dialect spoken in the island. However, almost all can speak Filipino and can understand English.
There is an ATM machine at the center of Poro as well as Palawan for you to receive and send money to other places.
TOUR PACKAGES | GETTING AROUND THE ISLAND
Camotes Islands can be explored easily using local transportation such as Habal habal, Tricycle or Jeepney. The moment you arrive at Consuelo Port, you will see immediately several vehicles on standby waiting for any guests that will hire them.
The drivers offer packages at very affordable rates.
Habal Habal – can be rented as a self-drive or with a driver. Rent for the scooter (habal-habal) is PHP 500/day exclusive of gas. A scooter can carry 2 guests.
If you are a group of 3 to 5, you can opt to rent a tricycle. Rates vary according to the places you wanted to visit. The driver can also recommend places to visit.
For bigger groups, you can rent a jeepney with the following tour packages:
PHP 1,500.00 -( Places to visit: Santiago Beach, resortMangoResort, Amazing Cave and Paraiso Cave)
PHP 2,000.00- ( Places to visit: Santiago Beach, resortMangoResort, Amazing Cave, Paraiso Cave, Lake Danao, Timubo Cave, Tulang Diot Island)
PHP 3,000 -Places to visit: Santiago Beach, resortMangoResort, Amazing Cave, Paraiso Cave, Lake Danao, Timubo Cave, Tulang Diot Island, Buho Rock, Busay Falls and Bukelat Cave)
Some drivers we meet in Camotes Island:
Junry Bancale – 094-4616-0449 (Habal-Habal Driver)
Frecz – 0912-8945-371 (Tricycle Driver)
Peter Arquillano Jr – 0915-1473-964 (Jeepney Driver)
HOW TO GET TO CAMOTES ISLANDS
There are several ports around Camotes Islands:
Poro is the main port, where the ferry from Cebu City arrives.
Consuelo, for the service to/from Danao
Pilar, for Ormoc and Leyte
Your route: Cebu 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, however, it may cost you much.
Ceres bus and other buses are available at the Cebu North Bus Terminal. From the terminal take the bus that that will pass by or that goes to Danao port.
DANAO TO CAMOTES ISLAND
At Danao Port are several boats going either to Consuelo, San Francisco, Poro or Kawit. There are boat transport services namely; Shuttle Super Ferry, Jomalia Shipping Lines and some pump boats (Ave Maria, Santo Nino de Cebu)
Boat fares ranges from 150 pesos to 300 pesos (one-way ticket price)
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
Telephone Numbers: +63 (32) 255-7560
Fare: Php500 (as of May 2017 they have a promo ticket of PHP 380)
SUPER SHUTTLE FERRY
The Super Shuttle Ferry goes once a day from Danao to Consuelo and once to Poro. There is also one boat a day going back from Consuelo to Danao and one from Poro to Danao.
Danao to Consuelo – 6:30 am
Danao to Poro – 1:00 pm
Consuelo to Danao – 10:00 am
Poro to Danao – 5:00 pm
Rates are almost the same for both shipping lines.
Upon arrival on Camotes Island, plenty of motorcycle drivers (habal-habal drivers) will be waiting for you. Rates for motorcycle transportation are at a standard fixed rate to every destination. Hence, it may be difficult to bargain.
Lastly, transportation costs on going around the island might cost more than standard rates compared to going around the city.
Shipping Lines Schedule may change without prior notice. So you can check on the shipping lines office below:
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)