Bask on the sand in Santiago Bay
Most of the Camotes’ beach resorts are clustered around Pacijan Island’s Santiago Bay. The bay is a 15-minute ride by tricycle from Consuelo Wharf, the main point of entry for roll-on, roll-off (RORO) ferries from the mainland. Make the beautiful white-sand cove your base for exploring Pacijan and Poro.
Dive by the reefs near Tulang Diot Island
A five-minute boat ride from the northern coast of Pacijan takes you to the 40-hectare, bone-shaped island of Tulang Diot. White sand hugs its southern end, while coral walls offshore make for a vibrant snorkeling and scuba diving site.
Zipline across Cebu’s largest lake
Occupying the northern half of Pacijan is Lake Danao, a shallow freshwater basin. Stretching over an area of 680ha, the lake is Cebu’s largest — visitors can cruise over by paddleboat or zoom across on a 475m zipline installed just last year.
Cool off in a cave pool
The Camotes Islands are full of limestone caves filled with spring water — ideal spots for escaping the summer heat. Timubo Cave on Pacijan, with its underground pool, is the most popular, while Bukilat Cave on Poro is the largest — the well-lit cavern is on the receiving end of waves from the nearby coastline.
Go cliff jumping at Buho Rock
A large, boat-shaped limestone rock near Poro Port, connected by a cement bridge to a cliffside resort, serves as a diving platform for thrill-seekers. The six- to 12-meter drop into the azure waters of the Camotes Sea isn’t for the faint-hearted!
This article first appeared in the July 2019 issue of Smile magazine.