Being home to more than 1,700 islands, the Philippines is teeming with pristine beaches that seem like a postcard came to life. Of these, Camotes Islands is one of the most interesting and budget-friendly destinations to visit.

Camotes Island features stunning white-sand beaches that make a great paradise perfect not just for island-lovers but also for adventure-seekers. So if you want to know more about this place (we know you do), read this complete Camotes Island 2021 travel guide. 

*Cover photo credits to Santiago Bay Garden and Resort

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About Camotes Island

a traveler on the beach of camotes island

Photo by Deedee Geli on Unsplash

Camotes is a small group of islands located in the northernmost part of Cebu. It is composed of three islands namely Poro, Pasijan and Ponson; and four towns including San Francisco, Poro, Tudela, and Pilar. 

The island features some of the best white sand beaches in the country and jaw-dropping caves that will take your adventure to the next level.

Camotes Island Location

Camotes is located in the northern-most part of Cebu and is accessible by ferry. This small group of islands is composed of Poro, Pasijan and Ponson.

How to Get There

There are several ways to get to Camotes Island.

From Cebu City

  • Go to Pier 1 and take the Oceanjet Ferry going to Poro Port. It will be a two-hour boat ride on board a fast craft.
  • Go to Pier 2 and ride an Aznar boat bound for Poro Port runs for four hours in a slow boat but compared to the first option, the fare here is cheaper. The travel time will take about 4 hours.

From Danao City 

  • Go to Danao Port, buy a ticket headed to Consuelo Port. You can either bring a car and leave it at the port or take it on the ferry; or ride a bus like Jomalia Shipping Lines that boards that ferry. Travel time takes two hours. 

From Mandaue City

  • There is no direct public transportation going to Ouano Wharf so you need to take a cab. Once you’re at Ouano Wharf, ride a boat going to Consuelo Port. but take note, this option is not for the fainthearted because you will be onboard a motorized boat that will take you to the island.

Places to Visit in Camotes Island

While this island has the most beautiful Camotes Beach, it’s not all beaches though! There are so many places to visit in Camotes Island that are suitable for laidback and adventure travelers.

1. Lake Danao

lake danao camotes island

Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

Dubbed as the “Lover’s Lake,” the guitar-shaped Lake Danao will truly take your breath away. It boasts of deep blue waters and a serene ambiance as you hear the birds chirping along with the breeze of the air. There you can rent a boat to explore the lake, go kayaking, and horseback riding.

2. Santiago Beach

Santiago Bay in Camotes is a popular Camotes Beach for its long and wide stretch of beach that features white sand shore and pristine waters. What’s great about Santiago Bay Camotes Island is that it is open to the public so there’s no entrance fee.

3. Mangodlong Rock Resort and Cave

Mangodlong Rock Resort may be small but it gives travelers a memorable experience. This place features a sandbar linking to the beach, amazing rock formations, and a cave. 

4. Buho Rock Resort

Aside from Santiago Bay Camotes and Lake Danao, Buho Rock Resort is another must-visit in the island. It is a ship-shaped coral rock formation meant to make your jaw drop. It is located in a public beach resort, giving you a magnificent view. If you’re craving adrenaline, you might also want to try cliff diving in the area.

5. Busay Falls

Busay Falls is a small but stunning waterfall that has a cold and clear natural pool. To get there, you must hike for 10 minutes. Since it’s a small waterfall, it allows you to have more privacy and a quiet swim.

Top Camotes Island Resorts

santiago beach resort camotes island

Photo credits to Santiago Bay Garden and Resort

Here are some of the best Camotes Beach Resort that won’t let you break the bank while enjoying the comfort and great views.

Sunset Vista SeaFront Guest House
San Francisco, Camotes
Starts at PHP 2,000

Santiago Bay Garden and Resort
San Francisco, Camotes Islands, Cebu
Starts at PHP 1,700

Camotes Flying Fish Resort
Poro, Camotes
Starts at PHP 1,500 

Mangodlong Rock Resort
San Francisco, Camotes
Starts at PHP 1,700 

Coco Grove Nature Resort and Spa
San Francisco, Camotes
Starts at PHP 1,500 

Frequently Asked Questions About Camotes Island

Q: How do I get to Camotes island?
A: There are several ways to reach Camotes in Cebu but the fastest way to get there is via Jomalia Shipping fast craft from Mactan, Cebu which takes about 2 hours.

Q: What can you do in Camotes island?
A: There are plenty of things to do in Camotes Island. These are:

  1. Swimming
  2. Caving
  3. Cliff diving
  4. Boating
  5. Kayaking 

Q: Is Camotes open for tourists?
A: The province of Cebu is placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions until August 15, 2021. It is only open for domestic travelers.

Q: Where to go in Camotes Island?
A: Looking for the most awesome place to visit in Camotes? Check this list:

  1. Lake Danao
  2. Santiago Bay Camotes
  3. Mangodlong Paradise Resort and Cave
  4. Buho Rock Resort
  5. Busay Falls

Q: What is the best resort in Camotes Island?
A: Here’s a list of the  best resort in Camotes Island:

  1. Sunset Vista SeaFront Guest House
  2. Santiago Bay Garden and Resort
  3. Camotes Flying Fish Resort
  4. Mangodlong Rock Resort
  5. Coco Grove Nature Resort and Spa
  6. Aizawa Beach Resort
  7. Camotes Island Ocean Heaven Resort
  8. Camotes Eden Resort
  9. Esperanza Camotes Island

Q: How many towns are on Camotes island?
A: There are a total of four towns in Camotes. These are San Francisco, Poro, Tudela, and Pilar.

Q: Why is it called Camotes Island?
A: Camotes Island got its name from the word “camote” which means sweet potato. When the Spanish first arrived in Cebu, they asked the locals what was the name of the island and the locals thought they wanted to know what they were planting. They said camotes. This is how the island got its name and became the Spanish word for sweet potato.

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