Are you having a stressful day at work or in the office? Maybe you’ve been studying too much at school? Are you feeling a little bit homesick? It’s time to give yourself a break from all the hectic stuff you’ve been doing to survive the day.
Why not got out of the city for a while? I’m pretty sure you’d rather inhale fresh breeze from nature than polluted city air. A day or two at the beach is certainly enough to unwind.
Whether it’s summer or not, you deserve a vacation for all the hard work and effort you’ve been putting at work or in school. It’s time you reward yourself. Pack your things, prepare your swimming attire, and let me help you plan a weekend getaway.
Beach persons will surely admire any beach they’ll stumble on, and even if you’re not a beach person, you’ll learn to love the Camotes Island. If you haven’t heard about this wonderful place, here’s a quick overview of the island.
Camotes Island: Why Is It Named After the Root Crop?
Filipinos know “Camote” as a root crop that’s native to the Philippines.
I love eating this root crop, especially when it’s boiled, and then I use the white sugar as a sweetener. Sometimes, this root crop is used in making desserts. I prefer it because it’s healthier than the usual potatoes.
What you may not know is that this island has a very interesting story on how it was named “Camotes Island.”
According to island ancestors who were harvesting the crop, they thought that the Spaniards were asking about their harvests, but the Spaniards were asking for the name of their place. So, they answered “Camote,” and that’s how the island got its name.
Camotes Island: Is It Considered a Beach or a Farm?
Now, the question is: “Is it really a beach or a farm?”
Since ancestors were harvesting the root crop that time, it’s somehow a farm. However, it’s more recognized as a beach. It’s a relaxing paradise in Cebu that consists of four towns, mainly San Francisco, Pilar, Tudela, and Poro. The island of Camotes is between the beautiful islands of Leyte and Cebu.
If you’re up for cave adventures, then you’ll surely enjoy a number of such places in this island. Moreover, you get to enjoy its rich history and charming people.
You’ll appreciate the way of living in Camotes Island, which is very simple. The livelihood consists of farming. There are various species of plants such as mangroves and coconut trees.
Do you find Camotes Island interesting now? Great! Then it’s time to know how you can get there.
Camotes Island: Easiest Ways on How to Get There
The Camotes Island is one of the must-explore islands around the Philippines but how can you get there?
Are you living in Manila? Maybe you’ll be coming somewhere north? Or are you from anywhere around the Mindanao area? Wherever you are, you’ll definitely need to ride a plane or a boat to Cebu because there are no direct flights to Consuelo Port, Camotes Island.
Is it starting to sound a little bit complicated? There’s no need to worry because, from Cebu City, you’ll then find easy ways on how to get there. If you’re searching for “5 ways on how to get to Camotes Island from Cebu”, here are five ways to help you out along your journey.
1. Taking the Mactan Route Going to Camotes Island
Coming from Cebu City, the first option is the Mactan route to Camotes Island. This option is recognized as the fastest way to get to the island, taking just one hour and 15 minutes. It’s also the same traveling time if you’re going back to Mactan.
On your way from Mactan to Camotes Island, you have to keep in mind that one o’clock in the afternoon is the last trip daily. If you’re on your way back to Mactan, the last trip is at three o’clock in the afternoon.
2. Get There Via Cebu Port Pier 1 to Camotes Island
If you only have plans to visit Camotes Island, no more and no less, you can also ride this ferry to get you there at no time. The good thing about this route is that it has daily trips from Pier 1, Cebu Port in a 2-hour travel duration.
Coming from Cebu City, you just need to take a bus from Subangdaku, Mandaue City to Pier 1. You need to take note that the trips are only between 6 o’clock in the morning and 3 o’clock in the afternoon while the return trip is at 8 o’clock in the morning and 5 o’clock noon.
3. Taking the Cebu Port Pier 2 Route to Camotes Island
Aside from the Pier 1 route, you can certainly take the Cebu Port Pier 2 as an alternative route to go to Camotes Island. What you need to know about this route is that it has only one trip every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at around 9 o’clock in the evening. The return trip is scheduled on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 1 o’clock in the morning.
This is the least option you may take because it only uses one service from Port to Poro and it will usually take you four hours before you can reach the Camotes Island. If you want a bit of challenge as you explore the islands, riding a boat at night is a great experience to look forward to.
4. Travel Adventurously via Ouano Route to Camotes Island
If you want to spice up your adventure when you visit Camotes Island, you should consider taking this route. You’ll ride a motorized boat from Ouano, Mandaue City to Poro Port. This route is for strong swimmers more than other tourists.
To get to Ouano Port, you’ll need to ride a taxi as there’s no public transport that’s traveling directly from Cebu City to Ouano.
5. Get to Camotes Island by Taking the Danao Route
If you’re looking for an alternative way and a more adventurous one, you can take the second option. It’s known to be the longest way, but if you’re up for exploration, you should definitely try this route.
Coming from Cebu City, you need to commute or drive your way to Danao wherein the costs of the fare ranges from one thousand pesos to four thousand pesos. This is best for group adventures.
Now from Danao, you need to ride the boat going to Camotes Island and the price of the boat ticket is approximately 200 pesos, depending if the boat is air-conditioned or not.
Furthermore, if you’re about to take the Danao route, you have to remember the schedule of the trips. The last trip from Danao to Camotes Island is at 5:30 in the afternoon and the last trip of coming back from Camotes Island is at 5 o’clock in the afternoon.
These are the suggested routes for those who are really dying to see the wonders of Camotes Island. All the effort is worth it because when you see the beauty of the Island, you’ll definitely want to stay for as long as you can.
It’s about time you explore something beyond your comfort zone and as you go outside your zone, make sure you include the Camotes Island in your bucket list.
I’ve been there, and I always look forward to going back, if time permits.
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