Camotes Island, once upon a time, according to legends, during the Spanish regime, a crowd of farmers were harvesting sweet potatoes when a group of Spaniards came. The island ancestors replied “Camotes” when the foreigners asked the name of the island thinking that they were asked what crop they were harvesting.
From that moment on, this cluster of islands has been called and known as Camotes Islands.
The Camotes Islands consist of three major islands namely, Polo (with two municipalities; Polo and Tudela), Pacijan (with sole municipality; San Francisco), and Ponson (its sole municipality is Pilar), and an islet known as Tulang Diot which is a part of San Francisco.
Tourists who dream of a holiday getaway in a picturesque, serene, and a laid-back experience, Camotes Islands is the best place. This place is the ideal haven for a hammock-lying day, under the shades of the tropical trees facing the glorious fine, white sand beaches like Santiago Bay and Mongodlong beach.
Experience the gleaming waters, and the feel of the sand in an undisturbed refuge. Diving and snorkeling is just within reach.
Lake Danao is another peaceful and relaxing place to be in Pacijan Island. It is a freshwater lake and the largest in the Visayas region measuring 700 hectares. Be delighted with a boat cruise alone or with friends; enjoy a picnic and hiking and feel privileged to witness the purple heron and the Philippine wild duck.
For adventurers who want to discover new excitement, Bukilat Cave in Tudela and Timubo Cave located in Sonog are the perfect sites to be. Magnificent stalagmites and stalactites concealed by its rough exterior exhibits the breath-taking Bukilat Cave.
A natural pool believed to be coming from an underground cold spring will give adventurers wide smiles on their faces. A spectacular underground secret is what Timubo Cave is.
This cave will give the tourists the excitement of making their way down a winding staircase to be delighted with the clear waters from within.
Getting to these beautiful Camotes Island is easy.
From Cebu city where all travelers/tourist touches down, get in a local bus or a multicab going or will pass by Danao to get to Danao Port. The fare is not more than 30 and it usually takes an hour of travel.
In Danao Port, there are public boats going to the Islands. The route is from Danao Port to Consuelo Port in San Francisco, Pacijan Island. Travel time takes 2 to 3 hours from the port, there are multicabs and motorcycles, which the locals call them habal-habal, that offer hotel transfer services. Another route is from Ormoc and Leyte going to Pilar port.
By the end of the day, resorts with cheap rooms will cater the needs of travelers who don’t mind the less luxurious accommodation, one good example is the Bella Vista Mare Resort located along Santiago Bay, Barangay Santiago, San Francisco. A decent fan room has a great view of Santiago Bay.
For those who want the comfort of luxury, beside Bella Vista Mare Resort is the Santiago Bay Garden and Resort, with a restaurant and a swimming pool inside. Diving, snorkeling, beach bumming, Island tour, beach sport or simply roaming around the rich in culture towns of the Camotes Island, this place will bring you bliss and an experience worth remembering.