Lake Danao, Summer Outing and Finally Camotes Islands!

THE AMAZING LAKE DANAO
The wonders of God's Creation!

Lake Danao is definitely a must visit when in Camotes Islands and by visit I meant, rent a speedboat, sakanaw or kayak to cruise and have fun while enjoying the wonders of God's amazing creation. The lake is too wide and vast that you will appreciate God's works of wonders all the more. In the middle of the lake, you will see a small island where you can have an amazing set of photographs while enjoying the company of your friends and family and if you are lucky enough like we were, your speedboat/sakanaw drivers might be your best photograhers for the day as evident by our pictures below.


Lake Danao, Camotes Islands
We had the best photographers, our speedboat drivers for that day!

Lake Danao, Camotes Islands

Lake Danao, Camotes Islands
Cath and Jay, thanks for the tshirt, I liked it, thanks as well for arranging the transportation for us and for sponsoring half of our accommodation, it is much appreciated! Cel and Franz, thanks for the banner, I didn't ask you to put my name on it but you did. I'm honored! To everyone, thank you all for your company. Cheers to our next!

Lake Danao, Camotes Islands
To enjoy the amazing scenery, you really need to cruise over to the other side of the lake!

If you have not been to Camotes, I highly recommend the place. Lake Danao is situated in the island of Pacijan, one of the 3 main islands in Camotes, the other 2 being Poro and Ponson islands. To enjoy the grandeur of the lake, you need to cruise over to the other side and below are the lake park fees.

  • Sakanaw - P700/trip for 10 persons; excess 50 per head
  • Speedboat - P500/trip for 10 persons; excess 50 per head
  • Horseback riding- tour (50/person); picture (P20/person)
  • Kayak - for individual or group of 2 (I think P50)
  • Swimming Pool - P100 Adult/P50 Children
  • Restaurant - they have a restaurant there but the food is salty (depends on your taste bud).

SUMMER OUTING/HS GET TOGETHER/MINI-REUNION
Our first ever high school reunion only happened after more than 2 decades since we graduated. My younger brother once told me, when you have your reunion, you will want to have it over and over again. True to what he said, last May 20th, me, my high school batchmates and their partners together with my older sister and younger sister's family embarked on our 5th get together/mini reunion in Camotes Islands, our first ever out of mainland Cebu summer outing. 

PLACES TO STAY 
SANTIAGO BAY GARDEN & RESORT
Camotes is home to some of the best beach destinations in Cebu, Philippines. I have not been to Malapascua yet, but to me, I still love the beaches in Santa Fe, Bantayan IslandThe most famous resort in Camotes is probably Santiago Bay Garden & Resort. We stayed there for one night. The place is nice and has 2 infinity pools but because the area is powered by a generator, air conditioning units may not work well, so feel free to ask for an electric fan if you need to. Like most resorts, they also have restaurants there but if you are on a budget, you can go down to the beach and just beside the resort, you will see several stalls there that offer food, water activities, rooms for rent, motorbikes for rent, etc.
Santiago Bay Garden Resort - Camotes Islands


Santiago Bay Garden Resort - Camotes Islands


Santiago Bay Garden Resort - Camotes Islands

MANGODLONG BEACH
Mangodlong Rock and Mangodlong Paradise are 2 of the resorts that you may want to consider when visiting Camotes Islands. I like the beach there more. You may also want to consider Coco Grove. 
Mangodlong Paradise Resort
This resort's owner is the owner of Jomalia Shipping lines, you can actually book your reservation when you buy your ticket at Majestic Legacy office in Subangdaku, Mandaue City - very near Subangdaku Barangay Hall. You may call them at (032)346-0421 to 23


Mangodlong Paradise Resort
My nieces and nephew chilling out

GETTING THERE 
DANAO CITY VIA CONSUELO CAMOTES
  • Go to Cebu North Bus terminal and ride a jeepney going to Danao City 
  • From Danao City Terminal, walk your way towards Danao Port. The port is very near Jollibee.
  • Buy a ticket at Danao Port (P200 aircon/P180 open air - one way) or to avoid the lines, prior to your departure, you may buy your tickets at Jomalia Shipping/Majestic Legacy office near Subangdaku Barangay Hall in Mandaue City, very near Cebu North Bus Terminal. You may call them at (032)346-0421 to 23
  • When you arrived in Consuelo Port in San Francisco, Camotes, you will be greeted by the motorbike (habal habal)/multicab (mini-jeepney) drivers offering you tour packages. Rates differ depending on your points of interest
You can also go to Camotes via Mactan and Cebu City. Check out Jomalia Shipping Lines or Oceanjet or check out boat schedules below under supplemental readings.

OUR MULTICAB (MINI JEEPNEY) PACKAGE - P1700
Our multicab tour package was P1700. The multicab can accommodate up to 15 persons, I guess. We were only 10 as some didn't make it, so we paid P170 each for the ride. On our way back, since my younger sister and her family brought their car with them, my brother-in-law offered to drove us to the port of Consuelo. The package of P1700 included a tour to Lake Danao, Mangodlong Rock Resort, Timubo Cave, Paraiso Cave and Santiago Bay Garden & Resort.

LAKE DANAO
Lake Danao Camotes Islands
Me and my batchmates or are we all from IV-Blue? #SIPS1990 #Isidorian 


Lake Danao Camotes Islands
The whole group

TIMUBO CAVE
Timubo Cave
This is the bottom of Timubo Cave. The steps downwards are a little challenging, not very advisable to the oldies but if you are oldies who are young at heart, you may do so. (Entrance - P30)

PARAISO CAVE
Paraiso Cave Camotes Islands
This cave is a more developed and advisable for oldies too. The steps downwards are not that as challenging as they are in Timubo Cave. (Entrance - P25 / Swimming - P10)

MANGODLONG ROCK
Mangodlong Rock Resort
Entrance - P100 but if you are staying in Santiago Bay Garden Resort, entrance is FREE

SANTIAGO BAY GARDEN
Santiago Bay Garden & Resort
Santiago Bay Garden & Resort is a sister company of Mangodlong Rock Resort, Lake Danao Park and Green Lagoon.
Phone: (032) 345.8599  /  (032) 344.6899  /  (032) 420.3385 | Mobile: (+63) 917.3292448

OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST
Baywalk - San Francisco, Pacijan Island
Holy Crystal Cave - San Francisco, Pacijan Island
Boho Rock - Poro Island
Bukilat Cave - Poro Island
Busay Falls - Poro Island

How about you, have you been to Camotes? What's your favorite experience?

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