Danao City - Gateway to Camotes Islands

Danao City, Cebu, Philippines


Danao City is one of the cities in Cebu Province located in the northern part next to the town of Compostela and before the municipality of Carmen. Danao City is synonymous to Durano City. The mayors there are all Duranos from one generation to another.

Elsalvador Beach Resort - Danao City







Danao City is well known for its gun & cement industries and "tinap-anan" (smoked fish). It is the gateway to Camotes Islands. If you want to relax before going to Camotes, this is the nearest city to book an accommodation.
Danao City Hall


The ferry to and from Camotes at Danao Port
There are some shopping centers in the city center but unlike Cebu City, malls in Danao City are smaller. Check out Gaisano Mall and Prince Warehouse or if you want, visit their public market instead.

THINGS TO DO & PLACES TO STAY IN DANAO CITY

1. Visit Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Church - located in the city center, just a walking distance from the seaport of Danao.

2. Visit Danasan Eco Adventure Park - located in the mountainous barangay of Danao. This is a perfect place for those who love adventures. 

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3. Visit the beach resorts in Danao - remember Danao does not have a very nice beach but you can still find a relaxing place with a "nature feel" at Elsalvador Beach Resort (my favorite place to stay so far in Danao). My sisters and their family also frequented there and one of them have gotten a discount for us (thank you sis!) when we went there last November 6th for our brother's birthday celebration (thanks bro for the food!). There are several other resorts in Danao City such as Danao Coco Palms Resort, Intosan Resort, etc. 

Pool near the entrance  - Elsalvador Beach Resort Danao City

4. Visit President Diosdado Macapagal Park and Boardwalk just a walking distance from Danao Port (your port of origin going to Camotes). When we were younger, our parents brought us there and it was not yet developed and we call it seawall. 
While waiting for your trip to Camotes, you can relax there. Before this was developed, we frequented there and this used be just a seawall.  

5. During the Holy Week, if you are looking for another Way of the Cross location other than Good Shepherd in Banawa, Danao has 2 alternative sites such as the one in Durano Foundation - Way of The Cross (flat surface) and the other one is in Tuburan Sur called Kalbaryo (hill).

Danao Kalbaryo, Tuburan Sur, Danao City

6. Eat "tinap-anan" (smoked fish) - must try if you are a foreigner visiting the Philippines. "Tinap-anans" are best paired with "puso" (hanging rice) and are sold along the road before reaching the city center and Danao Public Market.


"Tinap-anan" (smoked fish) - best paired with "puso" (hanging rice)

HOW TO GO TO DANAO CITY PROPER
This guide is on how to go to Danao City Proper. If you want to go to other places mentioned above, you may start at Danao City proper.
  1. Go to Cebu North Bus Terminal or if you are near Mandaue City, go to National Highway fronting San Miguel Brewery or go to SM City Cebu and walk your way towards the crossing near Sun Gold
  2. Ride a bus/van bound for Carmen, Catmon, Sogod, Borbon or any north-bound bus/van. If you are going there from National Highway in Mandaue City, fronting San Miguel Brewery, ride a jeepney with route #27. If you are going there from Sun Gold near the crossing in SM City Cebu, ride a jeepney with route #27.
  3. Disembark at Jollibee Danao City near Danao Boardwalk if you are riding a bus/van. If you are riding a jeepney, disembark at the PUV Terminal in Danao City then you can start to explore the place from there. If you want to go to Jollibee or the Boardwalk, just walk your way towards them, they are just a walking distance from the terminal.

  • You can also take this route, go to either SM City Cebu or White Gold fronting Queen City and if you are coming from SM City Cebu, go to the van terminal outside and ride a van bound for Danao City, if you are from White Gold, go to the jeepney terminal outside and ride a jeepney bound for Danao City #27 then disembark at Jollibee Danao City if you are taking a bus or van. If you are taking a jeepney, disembark at the PUV terminal and walk your way towards Jollibee or the Boardwalk.

  • If you want, you can take this route: Ride a taxi, Grab or Uber and disembark in front of SM City Consolacion. From there, ride a jeepney heading to Danao City (route#27) then disembark at the PUV Terminal and walk your way towards Jollibee.
  • If you go there on a private vehicle, use the Consolacion/North-bound route.  


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PLACES TO STAY IN CAMOTES ISLANDS
Santiago Bay Garden & Resort
Coco Grove Nature Resort
Flying Fish Resort
Mangodlong Paradise Resort
Mangodlong Rock Beach Resort

My Little Island Hotel



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