Hello, Camotes!

April 12, 2014

Woke up at 4:30am to prep up for a short summer getaway with friends. (Yes. I am skipping my Saturday clean-a-thon this weekend)

This way to...
This way to…

6:30 am: Arrived at the Danao Port.

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View of the Fish port from Danao’s seaport

The jeepney stopped at Danao Terminal. I didn’t know which port to go to; so, I asked the trisikad driver to get me to the port where most Camotes vacationers leave from. He dropped me off at Danao’s Seaport.

My phone beeped…it was Jaysee. I wasn’t alone in the confusion. He asked where I was and told me that he was already at Danao’s Fishport. Danao’s fishport is a 2-floor building and is less than kilometer away from the port I was at.

Tree by the Port
Tree by the Port

I walked to the fish port and asked a friendly looking man with a child in his arms sitting underneath the shade of a tree by the sea just to make sure I am indeed in the right port area.
Thanks to the friendly locals, I found out that only fishing vessels leave and dock the beautiful 2-floor Fishport.  Boats leaving for Camotes leave from the seaport just adjacent to the former.

View of the Fish Port
View of the Fish Port

After a few text messages and walks…I spotted Jaysee and we trod the coastal road sidewalks/footpaths to get back to the seaport.

An hour or so later, Cindy and Jong arrived.  We hurriedly ran towards the small ship by the harbor with Cindy waving our tickets in the air.

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Selfie shot from Cindy and Jong’s Go Pro Selfie stick! love it! 🙂

We reached Consuelo Harbor at around 10:30 in the morning. Despite the drizzle on our way to Camotes, we stepped foot Consuelo with sunshine on our faces.

payag beach resort11:10am Kuya Alfred, a local guide and operator of our van service took us to Payag Beach House Resort in Santiago, San Francisco, Camotes.

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Payag Beach House and Resort Contact Info
Payag Beach House Rates
Payag Beach House Rates
Lobby and Dining Area
Lobby and Dining Area
A pretty flower at the Beach House's entrance
A pretty flower at the Beach House’s entrance
Beachfront -- a view from the lobby and dining area
Beachfront — a view from the lobby and dining area
Pretty Paper Lanterns at Payag Beach Resort's lobby and dining area
Pretty Paper Lanterns at Payag Beach Resort’s lobby and dining area
Beach House Front
Beach House Front
A view of Santiago White Beach
A view of Santiago White Beach
ze beach
ze beach

1:00pm onwards…

First Stop: Mangodlong Rock Resort San Francisco, Camotes

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Mangodlong Paradise Resort Entrance
Amusing Huge Waves
Amusing Huge Waves
Waves
Waves

I think lot of people would like to surf here.

Staircase by the rocks
Staircase by the rocks

 

Mangodlong Beach
Mangodlong Beach

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Second Stop: Lake Danao Park Pacijan/Pajican Island, Camotes

 

Lake Danao Park
Lake Danao Park
Lake Danao Park Dock
Lake Danao Park Dock

It was drizzling when we got there so the view looks a li’l (teenie-weenie) creepy, but it looks amazing when the sun is up and bright.

Meet handsome Buboy! :) (not sure If I spelled that right)
Meet handsome Buboy! 🙂 (not sure If I spelled that right)

There were horses there too. Where’s Khal Drogo?? LOL

Lake Danao Park's pool
Lake Danao Park’s pool
Swimming Rates
Swimming Rates
Jog path circling Lake Danao
Jog path circling Lake Danao

Third Stop: Timubo Cave Sonog, San Francisco, Camotes

Timubo Cave Entrance
Timubo Cave Entrance
The Cave's Spring
Underground Swimming
Grotto of Mama Mary inside the cave
Grotto of Mama Mary inside the cave

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Fourth Stop: Boho/Buho Rock Resort San Francisco, Camotes Is.

Buho Rock Resort Entrance
Buho Rock Resort Entrance
10-15-feet-cliff Diving anyone? ;D
10-15-feet-cliff Diving anyone? ;D
No, thanks. xD
No, thanks. xD

If they had life jackets available, I swear I would’ve jumped.

Way back up the entrance
Way back up the entrance
40-Ft Cliff
40-Ft Cliff

 

Fifth Stop: Baywalk San Francisco, Camotes Is.

It was raining and we were really hungry. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take photos at Baywalk.  We ate dinner at the barbecue stalls and went a little market-shopping in the stores nearby.

8:30pm: Back at the Payag Resort

We decided to drink a few shots of Mojito and stroll along Santiago White Beach.

and Ska music flowed ...
and Ska music flowed…
ahhh that good reggae beat that makes you want to dance... :)
ahhh that good reggae beat that makes you want to dance… 🙂
Dancin' the night away...
Dancin’ the night away…

April 13, 2014

Despite sleeping late that evening, my body-alarm-clock automatically flicked my eyes open at 3:30 am just like it always does every working day.

I twisted and turned in my bed for quite a while. 
 I felt like I had invisible glue wiped across my lids the entire time; my eyes were stuck open and just wouldn’t close. I gave up; I couldn’t force myself to sleep any longer.

4:00am: I pulled myself out of bed, prepped up and went out to jog instead. Hashtag HealthyLiving 😀

Low tide
Low tide
Beautiful Stretch of White Sand... Great place to jog
Beautiful Stretch of White Sand… Great place to jog
The sun is almost up...
The sun is almost up…
Waves kissing the shore <3
Waves kissing the shore ❤

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Beach

 

After a few cups of coffee, chit-chats and some other to-dos…we decided to eat breakfast

9:00am

Waiting for our breakfast :)
Waiting for our breakfast 🙂

We then spent the entire day at the beach.

Swimming time!
Swimming time!

 

At around 2:00pm, we slowly said goodbye to Payag Beach House.

Bye-bye, payag beach; till next time!
Bye-bye, payag beach; till next time!

3:00pm: Bye, Camotes! Thanks for the great weekend!

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Unforgiving waves... A not so good weather on our way home
Unforgiving waves… A not so good weather on our way home

Budget Breakdown:

BoatTickets: P360 (back and forth)
Terminal Fee: P10 (P5.00 at Consuelo Port, P5.00 at Danao Port)
Payag Beach Resort: P400 (Standard non-airconditioned rooms cost 800)
Entrance Fees: a max estimate of P150-P200 (Mangodlong Paradise Resort, Boho Rock Resort, Tumibo Cave, Lake Danao Park)
Food: Around P300 (Then again, this would  depend on your appetite)
Van Service plus tour: a max estimate of P350 (P166.00 for a group of 10 tour, plus P50.00 From Consuelo to Payag vice versa, etc…)

Total: P1620.00

Video by Cindy! 😀

 

The Camotes Islands are a group of islands in the Camotes Sea, Philippines. The island group is located east of Cebu Island, southwest of Leyte Island, and north of Bohol Island.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camotes_Islands

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Hearty says:

    Hi 🙂
    My friends and I are going to Camotes next week.
    I only have 3 questions:
    1.How much and where have you rented the van service?
    2. Where did you eat breakfast on the 2nd day?is that the one near santiago bay resort? The unlimited one?
    3.Did you have to reserve the rooms?

    Thank you♡

    1. Monica says:

      Hi Hearty,

      1. We paid P1500.00 for a tour that covered Mangodlong Rock Resort, Lake Danao Park, Timubo Cave, Buho Rock Resort and Baywalk. There were 9 of us so, we paid around P170.00 each. If you want to include Bukilat Cave, I think the rate would be around P2500.00. In addition to the tour fee, we also paid P50.00 for every drop off to and from the resort.
      You can contact Kuya Alfred at 0910 879 5577 for more clarification. 🙂

      2. On the second day, we ate at Pito’s Sutukil. It wasn’t unlimited but the food’s good and affordable.

      3. Yup, we did (or at least my friend did…hehe). We initially paid around half the total price of the rooms we reserved. It’s better to have a reservation especially during peak seasons (like summer). 🙂

      Thanks for dropping by. Have fun in Camotes.
      Hope this helps. 🙂

  2. Leyte is next on my list! That cliff jump picture makes me crave a good jump.

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