When in Cebu: Go Cheap in Camotes Islands

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When you’re looking for a short break from the busy city of Cebu, there lies a group of islands of Camotes situated at the eastern part of the the province.  Known as the “lost horizon of the south”, Camotes Island is one of the undiscovered jewels in Visayas.

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DCIM126GOPRONamed as one of the best island destination in the Indian Ocean-Asia region, Cebu prides itself as a ground for international tourism and with its laid-back lifestyle and humble vibe, Camotes Islands give you an evolving summer experience.

Camotes Islands can be likened to Siquijor in Negros and Bantayan Island in Cebu.  With its transparent crystal waters and impeccable powdery sand, tourists will be allured with its scenic and panoramic views.  Although its sand is not pure white but with a tinge of gray; its texture is what keeps the beach unique.  Its sand is one of the finest I’ve set foot on and its cleanliness is what the sightseers regard for. What sets it apart from the other beaches in Cebu is that it has maintained its natural and modest energy with a great involvement from the locals.  Without pretense, it is definitely a place for luxurious relaxation.

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How to get there:

total of 4 hours travel time from Cebu City Proper

  • 1 hour from Cebu to Danao
  • 2 hours and 30 mins from Danao to Consuelo
  • 30 mins to resort

From Cebu city to Danao Port

  1. Private vehicle – overnight parking fee (300); roro fee (1200)
  2. Ceres Bus (Northbound)
  3. Taxi – one way fee (500-1000) : for cheaper rates 09254685809 (Zaldong Tisoy)

Danao Port to Consuelo Port (San Fran.)

Jomalia Shipping Corporation

  • Regular Adult – 180 (economy) / 200 (aircon)
  • Student, PWD, PNP, BFP – 150 / 170
  • Senior Citizen – 145 / 160
  • Child 3-10 yrs old – 90 / 100

Schedule

Danao to Consuelo : 09284066617 / 09261346930

  • 5:30am / 8:30am / 11:00 am / 2:00pm / 5:30pm / 9:00pm (Fri, Sat, Sun only)

Consuelo to Danao : 09176315951 / 09396021738

  • 4:00am (Sat, Sun, Mon only) / 5:30am / 9:00am / 1:00pm / 3:00pm / 5:00pm

Where to stay:

  1. Santiago Bay Garden and Resort
    San Francisco, Camotes
    (032) 345-8599 / (+63) 917-3292448
  2. Mangodlong Paradise Beach Resort
    Mangodlong, Heminsulan, San Francisco, Camotes
    (+63) 32 583 9450
  3. Mangodlong Rock Resort
    San Francisco, Camotes
    (+63) 32 345 8599 / (+63) 32 344 6899

Activities:

  1. Beach bumming in San Fran.
  2. Diving or Snorkeling with Ocean Deep : (+63) 72 700 0493 / (+63) 921 268 7722
  3. Cliff Diving at Poro
  4. Island Tour : halfday (500 pesos)
  • Lake Danao
  • Busay Waterfalls
  • Timabu Cave
  • Guadalupe Cave
  • Baywalk
  • Buho Rock
  • St. Joseph Parish
  • Kalbaryo
  • Alta Vista


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Travel tips:

  1. There is no cellular signal for Smart and Sun subscribers.  Please secure Globe sim if you wish to keep in touch.
  2. If you are staying at Santiago Bay Garden and Resort, you can eat at the carinderias in the beach area for cheaper food.
  3. You can also buy souvenirs at the beach.
  4. If you want to explore the island by yourself, you can rent a motorbike for as low as 300 pesos per day.
  5. Try to haggle at a lower rate for your transportations.  Motorbikes, tricycles and minivans are available depending on the number of people.
  6. There is no ATM or bank in the island.  Bring enough cash.

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Breakdown of Expenses for 2 pax

  • Taxi 700
  • Lunch 115
  • Boat Ticket 400
  • Bottled Water 30
  • Trike 200
  • Deluxe Room (Santiago Bay) 2000
  • Dinner by the beach  450
  • Breakfast at resort 280
  • Trike 100
  • Boat Ticket 400
  • Taxi 500

Total: 5175 (2587.50 per pax)

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37 thoughts on “When in Cebu: Go Cheap in Camotes Islands

      1. Hi maam weng, i am brian, a student tour guide of camotes. I am currently taking hospitality management With units of tourism and i have tourguiding experience recognized by our local municipality. UI would like to ask your permission if i can post my numbers for those visitors who would like to travel to camotes. I have cheap rates offering motorbike, multicab and aircon apv for camotes tour 🙂 my numbers are 09499381098 smart, 09420617494 sun, and 09774633300 globe. I have cheap tour packages including pick up and drop off and whole island tour good for a whole day activity. 🙂 to all of those planning to come to camotes during holidays please give me a ring and il get back to you asap 🙂 thank you maam weng 🙂

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    1. Hi. I would just like to ask if where can I ask any info about the half day island hopping. Thank You very much. btw you have such a wonderful post.

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  1. Wow! Nice shot and nice blogs. These tips helped me decide where to stay in Camotes. I would like to ask, where did you negotiate that half day tour which only costs you 500? And is it 500 for the both of you or per person? Thank you and God bless! 😉

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  2. Hi! Good day 🙂

    THe P700.00 taxi fare was that from Danao to Airport?
    and how does your island hoping works with the natives?

    thank you.

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  3. hi Ms weng,

    any idea for a cheap place to stay in camotes?we will be having our company outing (40 persons max) po..or any affordable house for rent you know in the area..thanks a lot your response will be a big help..

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  4. Hi po ask ko lang if pano kayo nagbook sa Santiago Bay Beach Resort. I have been trying to contact them but wala parin akong makuhang response .Thank you in advance.

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  5. Looking for an affordable tour package in camotes island?feel free to contact this following number Wilbes- (SMART)0908766 3223 or(GLOBE)0935858 0453 or Windy globe 09260361468,smart 09476002169.Enjoy!

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