I had been in Camotes 3 times and I may say I had the best and worst experience in the island. My first visit to Camotes was last June 2010. I was with my housemates and Jireh’s mom and sis. The experience was great except for the place where we stayed. That was the only place which had vacant rooms (no wonder). All others resort were fully booked.
One of the best places were the Timobo Cave, Santiago and Mongodlong Resorts and the Lake Danao.
My second visit to Camotes was last September 2011, that was one of the MAT Engineer’s monthly activity and a celebration as well for my day. ^___^ This was the best of the best. I can’t say anything on this trip, but simply amazing. The place that we stayed was great. I forgot the name of the resort but it was private one and I don’t think they still accommodate customers this time. We also went to Timobo cave, Mongodlong and Santiago bay. Yes, these are really a must visit place when you go to Camotes.
Last May 2012 was my third visit to Camotes. Hmmm. I wonder if I can still go next year. I just realized that I had been on this place every year. Lolz! But if I ever go back to this place again, definitely it will not be on summer (April-May). As this was the worst experience I ever had. I won’t go on the details as its better not to remember what had happened. But still let’s look at the brighter side the OE team had spent time together with the managers and Tl’s. And we had FUN.
And, yes, though I had a not so good experience in Camotes I will still go back to this place. It is a great place to relax and unwind. A great place to escape from all the pressures and stress in the city. Just choose the best place to stay and time to visit. ^_____^
By the way, thanks for my friend Lala for reminding me to make a post for this one.
FACTS: One popular story says that centuries ago when the Spaniards first arrived, they encountered some native islanders farming whom they asked about the island’s name. The natives thought they were asking them what they were putting in their baskets. They replied, “Camote.” Thereafter the islands were called the “Camotes Islands.”
The Camotes Islands are a group of islands that form part of the province of Cebu, in the Philippines. The island group is located east of Cebu Island, southwest of Leyte Island, and north of Bohol Island.
The Camotes is composed of the following four islands and their municipalities:
- Municipality of Poro
- Municipality of Tudela
- Municipality of San Francisco (also known as Pacijan)
- Municipality of Pilar (also known as Ponson)
From Cebu, the best way to get to the island is via Danao City which is 27 kilometers due north of Cebu. There you can take a roro (roll-in roll-off) boat. The fare is 200 Php with a 2-hour travel.