Travel Guide: Camotes Islands

“Camote”, replied the island ancestors when asked by the Spaniards about the name of the place. The natives were harvesting sweet potatoes (camote) then and thought that the Spaniards were asking what they were digging. That was how the group of islands got its name according to local folklore.

Camotes is a group of islands composed of four towns of Cebu (Poro, Tudela, Pilar and San Francisco), geographically located east of the province mainland, in between the islands of Cebu and Leyte in central Philippines, two hours away by boat from Danao, north of Cebu City.

It is a small piece of paradise… of beautiful white sand beaches, great underwater treasures, amazing caves and lake, rich culture and history and lovely people.

Go beyond the usual Cebu. Discover, explore, experience and fall in love with the charm of Camotes Islands.

Going There

Cebu City is where tourists usually touch down before going to Camotes Islands . From Cebu City, catch a multicab or bus going or passing in Danao. Travel time usually takes an hour. Fare is less than P30.

In Danao Port, ride a public boat to Camotes. Boats from here usually go to Port of Consuelo, in the town of San Francisco, Pacijan Island. The boat ride is approximately two (2) for P180.00. In the port, there are multicabs and motorbikes (habal-habal) that offer hotel transfer for P50.00 per passenger.

By Air

Going to Cebu City from any point the country is easy. Being a prime Visayan city, it serves as a hub of most airlines and shipping companies. There are direct flights to Cebu from Manila, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga, Puerto Princesa, Legaspi, General Santos, Surigao, Siargao, Clark, Dipolog, Ozamis, Butuan, Dipolog, Roxas, Caticlan, Dumaguete, Bacolod and Iloilo via Philippine Airlines, AirphilExpressCebu Pacific Air and Zest Air.

Cebu City is also accessible from major Asian cities with direct flights from Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Incheon, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Taipei and Qatar.

Via Land/Water

Cebu is accessible via ferry ride from different ports of call in the country. Numerous shipping lines link the two cities to the others, these include SuperFerry, Negros Navigation, Cokaliong Shipping, Montenegro, SuperCat and OceanJet, among others.

By land from Mainland Luzon, Cebu can be reached by bus from Manila through Batangas via RORO passing Masbate or by traversing the Eastern Philippine Highway passing to Bicol, RORO to Samar and Leyte before crossing via RORO again to Cebu City.

Alternate Route

The town of Pilar in Ponson Island is geographically nearer to Ormoc City, Leyte, only an hour by boat. There are public boats serving the route. There are also public boats that connect Pilar to the other islands and towns of Camotes.

Timabu Cave

Where to Stay

Bella Vista Mare Resort (formerly Beach View Resort) offers cheap room with a great view of Santiago Bay. We stayed in a decent fan room for as low as P850 per room overnight. It is along Santiago Bay in Barangay Santiago, San Francisco, where most tourists stay. Contact Number: +63905-3508883, they prefer to be contacted from 07:00AM to 08:00AM and 06:00PM to 08:00PM.

Beside Bella Vista Resort is a popular hotel resort in town, Santiago Bay Garden and Resort. It has a restaurant and a swimming pool. Other accommodations in town include: Masamayor Beach Resort and Payag Beach Resort in Santiago; Mangongodlong Rock Resort in Mangongodlong; and Harbor View in downtown San Francisco.


  • Diving/snorkeling: There is only one dive operator in Camotes Islands
    Ocean Deep Dive
    Mangongodlong, San Francisco, Camotes, Cebu
    Email: tim[at]oceandeep[dot]biz
    Mobile: +639084579355
  • Beach bumming in Santiago Bay, Mangongodlong and other white sand beaches in the islands of Pacijan, Tulang, Poro and Ponson
  • Island tour: Lake Danao, Timabu Cave, Baywalk, Buho Rock, Bukilat Cave in Tudela, St. Joseph Parish, Kalbaryo, Alta Vista, Guadalupe Cave and Busay Waterfalls
  • Beach sports: volleyball, frisbee
Santiago Bay


  • Going to Consuelo, Camotes from Danao: Jomalia Ferry 830AM, RJR Pumpboat (11AM) from Danao
  • Going out of Consuelo, Camotes to Danao: Jomalia Ferry 5AM, RJR Pumpoboat (2PM) to Danao
  • When to go: Summer and dry season
  • No electricity everyday from 6PM-7PM
  • Mobile signal is weak in some areas of Pacijan Island, especially in Santiago and southern barangays of San Francisco
  • No ATM or bank in the island
  • Non-aircon room rate good for two is as low as P850.00/room/night in Bellavista, Aircon room rate for two is at P1200.00/room/night
  • Consuelo Port to hotel transfer is P50.00 one way
  • Half day motorcycle tour rate is P500.00 for the following spot: Lake Danao Park, Timabu Cave, Baywalk, Buho Rock and Bukilat Cave
  • Motorbike Driver Contact: Kuya Elmer’s cellphone number: +639067100831

Lakwatsero Experiences

Camotes undewater

83 Comments on “Travel Guide: Camotes Islands

  1. My service is tailored to fit the need of my guests. To be honest 500 is the semi island tour good for 2, but it does not include pick up and drop off. If you want whole camotes tour packages including drop off and pick up without having to worry about entrance fees please call and text me. We have affordable rates for multicab and motorbike, as well as motorbikes for rent for as low as 4 hassle free. Let me know. Give me a ring. 09499381098 and 09774633300. Brian here :)

  2. if your looking for a cheap tour guide and friendly driver please contact his new number globe 09358580453 or smart 09087663223.his name is Wilbes Cabatana.For 500php good for two person you can visit our top tourist attractions.

    Thank you

  3. if your looking for a cheap tour guide and friendly driver please contact his new number globe 09358580453 or smart 09087663223 .his name is Wilbes Cabatana.For 500php good for two person you can visit our top tourist attractions.

    Thank you

  4. Hi guys christmas vacation is just around the bend. Book your reservations now :) i am brian, a Hospitality Student majoring in hotel and tourism with certificates in tourguiding, a member of camotes association of student tour guides, certified by the local government of San Francisco, who have been tourguiding guests from suroy2x sugbo of Gov. Gwen. I have excellent customer service skills and an ex call center supervisor for 8 years. My service is cheap and very reasonable. I value customers needs and i always put them on top of my priority. :) for any reservations and inquiries visit my facebook page at travel camotes or send me a message at 09499381098 and 09774633300. God bless! Book now.

  5. Hi this is wilbes cabatana your local tour guide and a driver here in camotes island..please feel free to contact me with my new mobile # smart 0908766322,globe 09358580453 for you inquiries for a island tour and accommodations .thank you!

  6. Antone interested in visiting camotes over the weekend? Pm me for inland tour bookings. My number is 09499381098. Brian at your service here :) or you may visit my fabook page travel camotes :) give me a ring or visit my page so you will know how to get to camotes and boat schedules :) God bless everyone :)

  7. Hi everyone. If you wanted to visit camotes please feel free to contact me. I am a tour guide living on the island and would be much willing to help you with your questions and your needs on how to get here. I am a tourism student and is a part time tour guide of camotes. My number is 09420617494. Thank you! :)

    • Great i have alot of customer from cebu going there i will tell them about you . we have business people rent from us and then go traveling

      • i am not sure, but there should be somthing going on . have your checked on google. other wise take a farri to cebu and then bus to Dano and boat to camotas.

        rember on that island. you can only take habal habal. and it cost alot. each time you pay 100 or 150 .better have your scooter or motorbike with you so you can go different places

    • Hi this is brian your local tour guide in camotes. I am no longer using my sun number so please feel free to contact me at 09499381098.thank you

  8. Hi. How much is the budget for one person going in Camotes Island including the tour? Thanks. :)

  9. Mg ask lng ko knang naay signal sa tm dnha sa sta cruz camotes?

  10. Hi, we will be in camotes on Tuesday to Thursday, planning to rent a motorcycle, when we arrived there. How much is your motorcycle rental per day?Thanks

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