Cebu: Camotes Island (a “mis-adventure”)

I have been to Cebu several times already and there is always something new to see in this place. In this 5 days and 4 nights trip, we plan to explore Bantayan Island, Camotes Island, 10,000 Roses, Temple of Leah and Sirao Gardens. This is the third part of a three-part blog series, where I take you to Camotes Island in the northern part of Cebu province. The first part is our tour at Cebu City proper while the second part is the Bantayan Island adventure! Overall, this costed Php 9,585.45 overall including plane ticket, hotel accommodations, bus, ferry, tours, food and souvenirs.

Day 4 – Off to Camotes Island

We started our 4th day very early trying to catch up the 7AM ferry to Sta. Fe port. Unfortunately, we were not able to catch it and the next available ferry will depart at 8:30 AM. So we had our breakfast at a small eatery and I only spent 75 pesos for an egg, pork chop, rice and coffee.

We rode the ferry and took an AC Ceres Bus to Danao Port. We planned to ride the 12 noon ferry to Camotes island. Apparently, it is not available for the day and the next one is the 2:30 PM ferry. So, our plan to tour Camotes immediately upon arriving is ruined. And then there was an incident where the anchor of another ship was blocking our ferry and upon maneuvering, that cargo ship, hit our ferry a little!

That cargo ship sort of ruined our planned adventure.

All in all, we were able to leave Danao Port after 4PM and arrived Consuelo Port in Camotes Island after 6PM, and it was raining! Good thing we immediately found a tricycle that bought us to the Santiago Bay Garden and Resort for 50 pesos each. It was already dark and raining hard when we arrived at the resort, so we were not able to tour around it. We had our dinner and then we rested, since we are also exhausted from our trip.

Day 5 – Back to Cebu City

On our first and last morning at Camotes island, it is still gloomy and showering a little. I had a big breakfast of luncheon meat, corned beef, two eggs, rice and tea.

After which, we went down to the bay. The beach has soft white sand and calm waves. The tide is rising so we went back to the resort. The Santiago Bay Resort is already a tourist spot itself with its very nice landscape, a cool pool and a very nice view of the sea.

View of the resort from the beach.

Stalls to eat from, by the beach.

Instragamable signage.

The bay during high tide.

Nice pool at the resort.

Rooms at the resort.

Around 9AM we went back to Consuelo Port to catch up the ferry direct to Mactan island. The weather is not good and I am afraid ferry trips will be canceled, and we have a flight that night, with my connecting flight the following morning.

Direct ferry from Camotes to Mactan island.

We are riding that small ferry.

Ferry schedule.

The ferry to the Cebu Yatch Club in Mactan island is very nice but I think that is the worst ferry ride of my life. For more than an hour of sailing, the waves are so big that I got dizzy and it was like riding in a roller coaster! I was so happy when we reached the Cebu Yatch club and took off the boat.

Detailed itinerary of our 2017 Cebu Trip.


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