Important Camotes Info
Check The Ferry Schedules They Change Often
Avoid Weekend Crowds
Rent A Motorbike
Comotes is a relaxing weekend getaway from the tourist crowds. There are plenty of beautiful beaches and things to see & do. A great spot to rent a bike and explore all day!
Comotes is pretty quiet at night. Other than hanging out on the beach for a few drinks there wasn’t much in the way of nightlife going on when I was there in Dec of 2016. If relaxing is what you are looking for, this place is perfect!
How To Get To Camotes Island
From Cebu: From Dumaguete: By Car/Motorbike:
Take a bus from the North Bus Terminal bound for Danao and Take the Ferry To Camotes. Or Take the longer ferry directly from the Port in Cebu.
Take a Ferry/Bus or Fly to cebu and follow the directions from Cebu
Take the national highway North from Cebu City. When you reach Danao take the ferry to Camotes.
Drive time 2 hrs + Ferry Time 2 hrs
Where To Stay At Camotes Island
You have plenty of hotels to choose from in Santiago. Hotels start about P850 for a fan room, P1250 for a air-con room. Free Wi-Fi is generally included. Check out several places before you make your choice.
|Ask around Dreadhouse, on Santiago beach for homestay options||P500-1100|
|Swisslagoon, Santiago Beach, San Francisco||+63 926 68 24975||P2000 incl Breakfast|
|Masamayor’s Beach House and Resort, Brgy Santiago, San Francisco,||+63 324 146 015||P1200|
|Bella Vista Mare, Brgy Santiago, San Francisco||+63 917 792 5583||P950-2200|
My Kawasan Falls Experience
I got to Kawasan Falls quite late during my visit in March of 2017. It was starting to get fairly dark by the time I arrived at the falls. There are actually 3 levels of falls here but due to my time constraints I only checked out the lower falls. There were a TON of people walking back as I was walking in, so that told me that it is an extremely busy spot during the day so if I was planning this as my main activity for the day I would try to get there as early as possible to avoid the crowds. Luckily being so late worked in my favor and there were only about 10 or 12 people still in the water when I got there.
I took a few pictures/videos and a quick dip in the water.
There was a little bit of a current but not enough to be dangerous, well unless you are a weak swimmer (many locals here are). You can rent a life jacket for $1 if you want to (Again with those fees!). But if you are a confident swimmer just jump in. The water is a bit cold by Filipino standards, but being a Canadian it was the temperature of a warm lake in Canada so I jumped right in 🙂
Overall Kawasan is a worthwhile destination if you are planning to head to Moalboal, Osmena Peak or Oslob for the Whale sharks.