The first time I mentioned Camotes Island to my friends, they immediately asked jokingly, “Marami ba’ng kamote d’un?” (English: Are there lots of ‘kamote’ there?) Kamote is a Filipino term for sweet potato. I laughed it off thinking there must be no way the name is related to the vegetable. I was surprised to find out that the group of islands is in fact named after the Filipino staple food. But I’ll just skip history on this one and leave the research up to you as to how it happened.
Camotes Island (a.k.a Camotes Islands) is a group of four islands located east of the mainland Cebu province (note that it is still part of Cebu). With its evidently untouched beauty, it is dubbed as “The Lost Horizon in the South”. The fine white sand beaches, diving sites, majestic lake and caves make for an unforgettable experience in the island. Apart from the natural beauty, the island people are also very welcoming and live a pristine lifestyle making them one of the sincere-est people.
How To Get to Camotes Island
Camotes Island is accessible from mainland Cebu by land and sea. Cebu is (probably) the (only) choice touchdown of tourists going to Camotes Islands.
To get to Camotes Island, FIRST you have to travel approximately 1.5 hours from Cebu City proper to Danao Port in Danao City, either by bus, van, or PUJ. PUJs and non-airconditioned buses fare is more or less Php30. Air-conditioned bus costs around Php50. If ever in doubt of transportation, it is best to head to Cebu North Bus Terminal. The terminal is located at SM City Cebu North Reclamation Area. All buses from there goes to Danao City. One can also hire a taxi going to Danao City but expect fare to be quite expensive especially if traveling solo.
From Danao Port, ride the Ro-Ro vessel by Jomalia Shipping to Consuelo Port in Camotes Island. There may be other shipping lines going to Consuelo Port but Jomalia Shipping is mostly the way to go. Travel time by boat is 2 hours.
Boat Ticket Price:
|REGULAR (Adult) :||180.00||200.00|
|SENIOR CITIZEN :||145.00||160.00|
Prices may change without prior notice.
Boat Trip Schedule:
|Danao Port – Consuelo Port||Consuelo Port – Danao Port|
|5:30 AM||5:30 AM|
|8:30 AM||8:30 AM|
|11:30 AM||1:30 PM|
|2:30 PM||2:30 PM|
|5:30 PM||5:30 PM|
Schedule may change without prior notice.
Where To Stay in Camotes Island
Camotes Island is home to many stunning beach resorts with reasonable accommodation prices. One of them is (and we recommend) Santiago Bay Garden Resort. The resort is a greenery haven overlooking the wide, signature white sand of Santiago beach, with a location that is just near the island’s main attractions. The resort has rooms you can choose from budget-friendly to luxury. A Standard Non-Aircon room (good for 2 persons) is priced at Php1,000 per night and is the cheapest room.
Some handy information/tips:
- The area of Santiago Bay only have Globe coverage. If you’re a Smart Comm. subscriber, better prepare a Globe sim if you need to keep in touch with anyone.
- You can tour the island’s main attractions for one whole day. It is best to start early in the morning to make it possible.
- The favored mode of transportation (public) in Camotes Island is a motorcycle (habal-habal) so you’re most likely go on a tour in it. The advantage is that it is cheap, fast and more adventurous! For 2 persons, you can hire it for Php500 for a whole day tour.