Thursday, August 30, 2012

First Camotes Island Experience

Few days ago, I posted Where Was I Last Weekend? So here is a detailed post about the overnight stay. ^___^

I left Naga beyond 7AM and met Adam at Bulacao then we rode a bus and dropped in Cebu South Bus Terminal, walked a bit to E-Mall and looked for the 01K route going to the North Bus Terminal.  We arrived few minutes before 9AM.

We took the Ceres Bus going to Danao City and left the terminal few minutes after 9AM. We arrived in Danao City at before 10:30AM. Tsk, I had a miscalculation of the time because the ferry boat for 10:00AM already left. Well, I thought there was never a 10-AM schedule. I tried to call Jomalia shipping few days before the trip but no one answered. Though 12 NN was our target in the first place but earlier would be much better. Anyway, here is the schedule of Jomalia Shipping:

Danao to Consuelo Port
5:30 AM
8:30 AM
10:00 AM
12 NN
5:30 PM
9:30 PM
Consuelo to Danao
4 AM
5:30 AM
9 AM
12 NN
2 PM
4 PM 
Jomalia Shipping
Our tickets
Well, we had our chance to eat our packed lunch.  I brought a plastic ware full of rice with liempo. Bringing your own food and water on a trip is really a great saving. Then the ferry boat arrived and we found our seat.

OMG! It's Bb Gandanghari
Our packed lunch was too much for us so we also ate it during snack time. I wasn't able to take pictures of the food because we were so hungry.  Buying food inside the ferry is expensive.

Killing the boredom
Few minutes after 2PM, we arrived at the port of Consuelo.
Welcome to Consuelo!

There were lots of Habal-habal drivers waiting for tourists to bring you to your destination or place to stay. We paid P50 per head going to Santiago Bay Garden and Resorts.

The rooms of Santiago Bay Garden and Resort
I went to the reception area and paid our balance for the reservation of our room. We just left our things in our room, fixed ourselves and went back to the Habal-habal driver for the tour. Yeah, no rest for few minutes. Tsk!

We paid P120 for the two liters of gasoline for the motorcycle plus P500 for the tour. Take note: on your trip, try to negotiate clearly with the driver and may be you can pay lesser than what we paid for. Because during my research, P120 for the two liters of gasoline was never mentioned. Well, my bad! Lesson learned! 

Lake Danao Park
We went to Lake Danao Park with an entrance fee of  P15.00. I will blog about this separately.

Timubo Cave
Next was Timubo Cave with an entrance fee of P15.00, also to blog this separately.

At the end of the day, we went to Baywalk for our dinner and we only spent P87.00 for the both of us. we just bought pork barbecue which is worth P5.00 per stick, hanging rice and softdrink. Hey, the pork barbecue is very delicious. Haven't took a pic because we were hungry then. We also bought a box of pizza for midnight snack, in case I was hungry worth P109.

After dinner, we went back to the place we stayed then the rain poured down and we were all wet. When we arrived at Santiago Bay Garden and Resort, we went straight to our room. Hmm, there was no night swimming happened that night. Tsk. We took a bath and after that we decided to sleep early for tomorrow and to had enough rest. Unfortunately, I could not sleep. I was so envious with Adam because he was snoring already while I had trouble sleeping. T_T

We woke up the next morning before 6AM. While Adam was kicking and alive because he had enough sleep, I was like going back to the bed to get back my sleep. But I had no choice so I never had enough sleep then my senses were active again. My eyes were tired but my mind was active.

drinking coffee

Eating my breakfast but he ate the eggs because I'm allergic to it.

took a swim to their infinity pool, at the back it was high tide
At 9:30AM, we prepared ourselves for Mangodlong Rock Resort. The entrance is free since we stayed at their sister hotel resort, Santiago Bay Garden. I will blog about this separately. We paid P140 from Santiago Bay to Mangodlong and vice versa since it has a different rate.

Mangodlong Rock Resort
at 11AM, it's low tide at Santiago Bay
We went back to the resort at 11AM and took our lunch at the restaurant of Santiago Bay and Garden resort.

Lunch worth P500 all in all.
12 NN was our check out time but we checked out at 12:30PM because we packed our things.  Good thing, there we no guests arrived so we had 30 minutes to pack our things. At 12:30 PM, we left the resort and proceeded to the port for the 2 PM ferry boat schedule going back to Danao. Remember the P500 tour? We asked him to make it P400 and let the P100 be our fare to the port from the resort.

So here's the breakdown of our expenses, combination of two people.

P100 --  viand for lunch (liempo)
P30 -- fare from Bulacao to SBT
P20 -- fare from E-Mall to NBT
P15 --  bottled water
P30 -- Nova chips
P80 -- bus to Danao
P30 -- Fish tinola for lunch
P1 -- piso mineral water
P360 -- ticket
P10 -- port fee
P100 -- Habal-habal ride from Consuelo to Santiago Bay
P20 -- bottled water
P30 -- Lake Danao entrance fee
P30 -- Timubo Cave entrance fee
P120 -- 2 liters of gasoline for motorbike
P500 -- for the reservation fee
P500 -- balance for the reservation fee of the room
P87 -- dinner at Baywalk
P109 -- pizza
P400 -- for the tour
P100 -- Habal-habal ride from Santiago Bay to Consuelo Port
P35 -- bottled water
P100 -- breakfast
P35 -- bottled water
P30 -- C2 drink
P30 -- bottled water
P500 -- lunch at Santiago Bay Garden and Resort
P140 -- Habal-habal ride from Santiago Bay to Mangodlong and V.V
P360 -- ticket back to Danao (we did not had the chance to pay for the port worth P10 or P5 each)
P70 -- fare from Danao to SM
P45 -- rice and drinks at SM
P28 -- SM to Bulacao
P26 -- Bulacao to Naga

A total of P4071.00 for two persons.

Actually, you can bring P2,000 as a budget per person especially when you are just living near Cebu City. I already expected that it will exceed more than P2K because I live in Naga. Also, bringing your own food will cost you less. The breakdown expenses above is just a guide but you can omit some unnecessary expenses. Also, if you have your own vehicle for traveling like a car or motorbike, then you have no problem paying for the fare.

Definitely I will go back to Camotes Island. How about you?


  1. Such a nice place indeed.. Each time babe and I decided to unwind We always go to Camotes like almost every weekend.. good thing we live in Danao.. I encourage you to try staying at Mangodlong Paradise beach resort.. I find it more relaxing not too many people and good ambiance.. :)

    1. Wow every weekend! That is really cool. How I wish we could go there on weekends. Hmmm Mangodlong Paradise Beach Resort, I've found it while searching but yeah it depends on the budget. Heheheh! :D

    2. If its a very busy week so visit there on the weekend.. Budget wise is worth it.. :) you should try..

    3. yep. hope to try it next time. :D thanks for the suggestion :D



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