ABOUT CAMOTES ISLAND
We felt the warm weather already, April na, Summer na!!! Well, before the flock of tourists kick in, my friends and I decided to visit Camotes Island to enjoy the serenity of the Island.
Camotes Island is located east of Cebu. The Island is also known as the Lost Horizon of the South. Hmm, I stayed in Cebu for 4 years but never had a chance to visit the place.
As the saying goes, It’s better to see something even just once than to hear about it a hundred times.
THINGS TO DO
Day 1. Santiago Bay
Upon arrival at Puertobello from Ormoc, we headed straight to our hotel, Santiago bay.
The resort is known for its overlooking view of Santiago white Beach.
Santiago Beach during low tide. You can see the very long stretch of powdery white sand of the Santiago Bay.
They have two operating Infinity pools. One is at the middle part and the other one is at the upper part of the hotel.
Day 2. The following day, the adventure began. We toured around San Francisco (Pacijan Island) where most of the tourists spots are located.
We had a quick snapshot at Baywalk.
Buho Rock is famous for its coral rock formation. And of course the 10 ft and 20 ft high cliff jumping.
We didn’t try the cliff jumping cause yeah we feel so old already. Haha! But we had a quick dip at the area and it is also a good spot for snorkling!
“Third wheel be like”
You can request a local to guide you if you need one. Of course with extra fee.
The cave is well lighted inside all the way to the swimming area.
Tulang Diot Island
We decided to skip the other spots to enjoy our snorkeling session. We also had a very rare ocho-ocho sea snake encounter. Ha ha ha. Scary but still great experience.
The best of all the best for me in this adventure. It’s actually my first time seeing a heart shaped Island. Tulang Diot Island.
Hindi lang pala saging ang may puso. 😉
And our last stop – Mangudlong Cave Also a famous Rock Resort in town.
Back to the hotel with this view. Yeyy High tide na!
High tide at Santiago Bay is around 12pm to 4PM.
We had to walk from our resort to the shoreline to grab a cup of coffee first before taking a dip.
We had our dinner at Not-So-Expensive SuTuKil restaurants nearby.
As far as i remember, I ordered a grilled 20 inches long deep sea fish at Nena’s Grill & Drinks for only 150 pesos.
Here’s our short Camotes Island video:
And that’s it for our Camotes adventure.
Overall, we had fun, especially the rare snake encounter. Ha ha ha.
And I am still amazed by Tulang Diot Island. An Island with a heart.
If given a chance, I still wanna go back and explore the other spots we missed.
TIPS FOR YOUR CAMOTES ISLAND TRIP
-I highly recommend Santiago Bay. It is very convenient to stay at Santiago Bay Resort.
They have a very very very good massage service and the Not-So-Expensive SuTuKil restaurants nearby. This is a plus for me talaga.
In our case, we booked for 3 days and 2 nights for only 3,300 Pesos.
-You may contact Santiago Bay
0939 748 8997
-Our tour package was 3,700 Pesos including the pickup and drop off at Puertobello Port.
You may contact Rj Paul
0939 748 8997
HOW TO GET THERE
They have 1 big pumpboat (Junmar) going to Camotes daily at 12NN.
“Tacloban City to Camotes Island”
08:00 – 10:30AM – Tacloban To Ormoc
01:00 – 2:00PM – Pilar (DISKARGA MGA KARGA)
02:30 – 3:30PM – Tudela Port, Puertobello (Jump off)
03:30 – 4:30PM – Santiago Bay Resort
“Camotes Island to Tacloban City”
They also have 1 big pumpboat (Junmar) going to Ormoc daily at 12NN.
10:00 – 11:00 Santiago Bay resort to Tudela Port, Puertobello
01:00 – 01:30PM – Tudela Port to Kawit (Pickup pasahero)
01:30 – 2:30PM – Kawit to Pilar (Pickup pasahero & Karga mga pangabuhi)
02:30 – 3:30PM – Pilar to Ormoc City
05:00- 7:30PM – Ormoc to Tacloban City
THINGS TO DO (recap)
Stayed at Santiago bay and enjoy the facilities.
Tulang Diot Island
Santiago Bay Resort