Camotes Islands Travel Guide

The Camotes group of islands is part of the Cebu province, and it is famous for its hidden treasures. Among the four main municipalities, San Francisco on Pacijan Island is the best known, mostly because many of the more developed resorts are found there. For the determinedly adventurous, however, you may want to check out the roads less travelled via Poro, Tudela and Pilar municipalities.

Poro Port in Camotes Island - Camotes Islands Travel Guide
Poro Port in Camotes Island – Camotes Islands Travel Guide

It is not easy to get to Camotes Islands, however, unless you already happen to be in Cebu, or better yet, Danao port. If you are coming from Manila or anywhere else not in Cebu, you will have to drive, ride a ferry, or fly to Cebu City. Even then, you face a couple hours more of travel by boat and land vehicle to get to any of the resorts in Poro, Pacijan, Tulanf Diot, or Ponson Islands. However, being so out of the way also means it is better preserved than its more accessible contemporaries are. That said, the travel to any of the Camotes islands is an adventure in itself.


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But how do you get there?

There are quite a few ways to get to the Camotes Islands if you are already in Cebu City. You can go via Danao Port, Cebu Port (Pier 1), Cebu Port (Pier 2), and Ouano Wharf in Mandaue City.

Beach Resort in Camotes Island
Beach Resort in Camotes Island

Via Danao Port

The most common way to catch a boat ride to the Camotes Island is via Danao Port, which is probably because you have more options of what service to use and where you end up.

Danao to Camotes Island Ferry Schedule
Departure Origin Port Destination (Camotes) Vessel
05:00AM Danao Port Poro Port Super Shuttle Ferry
05:30AM Danao Port Poro Port Pumpboat
05:30AM Danao Port Consuelo Port Jomalia Shipping
09:30AM Danao Port Puertobello Safran and Poro MBCA Junmar 3
11:30AM Danao Port Consuelo Port Jomalia Shipping
12:30PM Danao Port Nonok, Sunog, and Cawit MBCA Junmar 2
01:00PM Danao Port Poro Port Super Shuttle Ferry
02:30PM Danao Port Consuelo Port Jomalia Shipping
03:30PM Danao Port Puertobello Safran and Poro MBCA Junmar 3
05:30PM Danao Port Consuelo Port Jomalia Shipping

Source: http://www.freedomwall.net/travel/camotes-island-travel-guide/

Bukilat Cave Entrance
Bukilat Cave Entrance

It  takes up to two hours by bus (Ceres bus from the Reclamation Area North Bus terminal por #27 jeepney via Danao from the White Gold Club House) to travel from Cebu City to Danao Port, depending on the traffic. Your travel time may be shorter if you take a private car, and you can park it at Danao port for PhP300 a day. If you take it on the ferry, it will cost you approximately PhP1,200 one way. On the other hand, you can hire a van if you are a large group, and the cost for one way to Danao port is PhP2,000. For the budget conscious, public transport is the best option. Expect to be at sea for up to three hours, depending on sea conditions. Fare ranges from PhP200 to 350 per person, depending on the service you us and your island destination.

Via Cebu Port (Pier 1)

If you are aiming to get to Poro Island and nowhere else, you could try Ocean Jet, which can get you there in two hours. They have daily trips from the Oceanjet Ferry Terminal located at Cebu Port, Pier 1. To get there from Cebu City, you can ride a bus from the Professional Regulations Commission at HVG Arcade, Subangdaku in Mandaue City. It will take about 40 minutes depending on traffic. Ocean Jet has two trips daily to Poro Island, at 6 AM and 3 PM. The return trip is 8 AM and 5 PM. Fare costs PhP380 per person.

Via Cebu Port (Pier 2)

You can also get to Poro on an Aznar boat, which is the only service that goes there via Pier 2. However, there is only one trip from Cebu to Poro on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9 PM, and the return trip is on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 1 AM. The trip takes four hours and the fare is about PhP280 per person. If you’re not keen on being at sea at full dark, this may not be a good option for you.

Via Ouano Wharf

For the truly adventurous (and strong swimmers), you can opt to travel via motorized boat from Ouano Wharf in Mandaue City to Consuelo Port (Pacijan Island) at 10:30 am or to Poro Port at 11 AM. Take a taxi to Ouano Wharf as there is no direct public transport. If you are a visitor, you could get lost. Note, however, that the motorized boats are tiny, and may not be safe in rough seas.

Via Mactan Wharf

This port currently offers the fastest way to reach Camotes Terminal. Mactan Wharf is located in Pusok Lapu-Lapu City near Cebu Yact Club and Island Central Mall. Travel time is 1 hour and 15 minutes. The Jomalia Shipping Lines fastcraft departs at 9am and 1pm daily.

  • Rates: P400 on weekdays and P500 on weekends
  • Contact numbers: (032) 346-0421 to 23
  • Jomalia Mactan Ticketing Office: 09951071720
  • To avail the government mandated discounts, please present your valid ID upon purchase of tickets.

Getting around

You can rent a scooter for ?300 a day or get a driver with a multicab.

Lake Danao in Camotes Island
Lake Danao in Camotes Island

Hotels and Resorts in Camotes Islands

Once you get to Camotes islands, you can take your pick of the many budget resorts to stay in. Some of the more popular ones include:

Mangodlong Rock Resort
Address: San Francisco, Camotes Island, Cebu
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Mangodlong Paradise Resort
Address: Mangodlong, Heminsulan, San Francisco, Camotes, Cebu City, Cebu
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Santiago Bay Garden and Resort
Address: Santiago, Cupang, San Francisco Camotes Islands, Cebu
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Coco Grove Nature Resort and Spa
Address: Mangodlong Approach Rd, San Francisco, Camotes, Cebu
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Camotes Flying Fish Resort
Brgy. Cagcagan, Poro, Camotes Islands, Cebu, Philippines
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Swisslagoon Restaurant and Hotel
Santiago, San Francisco, Camotes Islands, Cebu
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My Little Island Hotel
Esperanza, Poro, Camotes Islands, Cebu
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Aladin White Beach Resort
Esperanza, San Francisco, Camotes Island, Cebu
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Also Read: List of Beach Resorts in Camotes Island, Cebu

While you’re there, make sure you visit the places of interest, which include:

  • Santiago Bay
  • Mangodlong Rock Resort
  • The Church of Poro
  • Timubo Cave
  • Holy Crystal Cave
  • Lake Danao Park
  • Buho Rock Resort
  • Bakhaw beach
The Church of Poro
The Church of Poro

Camotes Island Travel Tips

  • Public transportation within the island is via habal-habal, or modified motorcycle. Trips typically cost PhP50 and up, depending on the distance. You can also commission the driver to be your guide for a negotiated half-day rate to visit tourist spots, usually PhP500.
  • Bring cash, as there are no ATMs or banks on the islands. However, you can pay with credit card if you stay at the pricier resorts. Book ahead for convenience.
  • Be ready to disconnect, as the cellular service is poor to nil, except in Santiago Bay. Be ready with prepaid SIMs from all networks and take a shot anyway!

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