The Search for Camotes Islands, Cebu: A Great Escape to Remember
According to J.R.R. Tolkien of The Fellowship of the Ring "not all those who wander are lost" and I definitely agree with him. Theresa, Leah, Marie, Ces and I wandered and wandered and wandered but we were not lost during our "search for Camotes Islands." Fact is, we arrived at the island "safe and sound." And guess what? I only brought a piece of bond paper with me (plus cash of course) with instructions on how to go to Camotes and, viola, we found the place! (I will have a separate blog entry for our Cebu City escapade.)The Escapade
|At Bakhaw Beach at Camotes Island. In this photo: Yours Truly, Theresa, Leah, Ces and Marie. Photo taken by our driver and tour guide. Don't you find our jeepney cool?|
Like I always say, I find it more exciting when travelling if the place is totally unknown to me. When I say "totally unknown," I mean that I've never actually set my foot at this particular place and I've only research the place on the internet - specifically on travel blogs. Travel blogs are very useful and reliable when researching places you've never visited yet. This is exactly what we did and it didn't fail us.
|This way to Camotes Islands...|
|At Danao Port.|
At the Danao Port and the Great Ferry Ride
I haven't tried riding a ferry yet so our ferry ride going to Camotes Islands was my first. We took the "air-conditioned room" for a minimal fee of Php200.00. Non-aircon fare is Php180.00. Big thanks to Jomalia Shipping Corporation for offering us a fun and safe ride.
|At Camotes Island Port. Ferry fare from Danao to Camotes Islands as of this writing is Php200 for air-conditioned room. Non-aircon is Php180.00.|
|My first ferry ride was awesome!|
At the Island
Travel time from Danao Port to Camotes Islands was approximately two hours. We left the port past ten in the morning and we arrived around twelve in the afternoon. At the port, we were fetched by Manong Danny, our tour guide and driver. I will be posting his number soon so you can contact him should you want to include Camotes Island in your future "to visit islands." He's a great tour guide and he knows the major tourist spots at the Island. He dropped us off at Mangodlong Rock Resort, Lake Danao, Bakhaw Beach, Timubo Cave, Santiago White Beach Resort and San Francisco Baywalk to name a few.
|Swimming inside Timubo Cave. It's so refreshing.|
|On our way out of the cave.|
|At the entrance of Timubo Cave.|
|At Baywalk. Photo taken after our awesome lunch!|
|View of Bakhaw Beach from afar.|
|On our way to Bakhaw Beach after swimming at Timubo Cave.|
|At Bakhaw Beach.|
|Swim! Swim! Swim!|
|At Lake Danao. Entrace fee is Php13.00 and "Exit fee" is Php10.00. I din't know that they have "exit fee." Hehe.|
|Lake Danao as background.|
|At Santiago White Beach.|
|At the entrance of Mangodlong Rock Resort.|
|That's Yours Truly and Marie.|
|Selfie mode again. Photo taken at Mangodlong Rock Resort.|
More blog update and photos to follow.