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)
6:30 am: Arrived at the Danao Port.
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.
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.
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.
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.
11:10am Kuya Alfred, a local guide and operator of our van service took us to Payag Beach House Resort in Santiago, San Francisco, Camotes.
First Stop: Mangodlong Rock Resort San Francisco, Camotes
I think lot of people would like to surf here.
Second Stop: Lake Danao Park Pacijan/Pajican Island, Camotes
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.
There were horses there too. Where’s Khal Drogo?? LOL
Third Stop: Timubo Cave Sonog, San Francisco, Camotes
Fourth Stop: Boho/Buho Rock Resort San Francisco, Camotes Is.
If they had life jackets available, I swear I would’ve jumped.
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.
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 😀
After a few cups of coffee, chit-chats and some other to-dos…we decided to eat breakfast
We then spent the entire day at the beach.
At around 2:00pm, we slowly said goodbye to Payag Beach House.
3:00pm: Bye, Camotes! Thanks for the great weekend!
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…)
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.