After risking life and limb in Bohol, my friends and I headed off to Cebu. Our friend Angela treated us to a trip to Camotes. She was on her regular two-week vacation from Kabul and she was dying to be united with water. Bambi, Chris, and Angela traveled a day ahead of me to explore the island. A friend of mine, Inting, was very kind to accompany them. Of course, they sent me MMS pictures of them enjoying the island.
I was quite excited to join them. Daniel and I arrived in San Francisco Camotes the next day, all excited about diving and just spending time with friends.
We didn't have much time in Camotes (just two full days), so we only did two amazing dives at Tulang Diyot. The sky was blue and the water was clear that day. We were accompanied by two dive masters -- Daniel (he's based in Cebu) and John (who was based in the island as a peace corps volunteer, but sadly, he already left the island to go back to the US).
It was the first time I dived without a wetsuit and I liked it! The dive was awesome. I would love to go back to Camotes and dive there again.
How to go to Camotes from Cebu:
E.B. Aznar Shipping leaves Pier 2 (Cebu City) at 12noon and 9pm daily for Poro, Camotes. From Poro, the boat leaves for Cebu at 11am and 12noon daily.
Or you can take a boat from Danao City, about an hour from Cebu City. The boat leaves Danao at 6am and 11am daily for Poro, Camotes. From Poro, the boat leaves for Cebu daily at 5am and 11am. Travel time is approximately two hours.
Where to Stay:
There are many resorts in Camotes. We stayed in Payag Beach House and Resort. It is clean and affordable and has a beautiful view of the beach. You can order food from the locals or nearby restaurants at really affordable prices.
Where to go, What to do:Payag Beach House and ResortSantiago, San Francisco, CamotesCebu Office: +63 32 2331158Mobile: +632 922 7125542Price range: P500-P1,000
- Go diving in Mangodlong Rock
- Go sunbathing
- Eat the freshest seafood
- Visit the charming town of Pilar
- Take lots of pictures!
- Take a dip at Timubo Cave
This is my personal favorite -- the visit to Timubo Cave. Never miss it! The water is clean and clear and I would really want to go there again!
For diving trips to Camotes Island, contact
+63 916 3414724