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Quad SF CAMOTES Treats : Santiago Bay Garden Resort, Mangodlong Rock Resort, Timubo & Paraiso Caves

With the sweltering heat digging my scalp for the 2-hour RoRo ride from Danao-Cebu Port to Consuelo Port – San Francisco, Camotes, cool waters of Santiago Bay simply offered comfy, nippy relief.

Tagged as the “Lost Horizon of the South” owing to its natural charm, Camotes Islands, have been attracting guests and sightseers for its relaxed, laid-back ambience. (And may I add, reasonably priced goodies.)

Three (3) islands make up hilly Camotes, namely : Ponson Island owning the sole municipality of Pilar ; Poro Island which holds Poro & Tudela municipalities (Poro serves as the main port); Pacijan Island sporting the lone municipality of San Francisco, with Tulang Islet off at its northern tip.

San Francisco is home to following favourites :

  • The 2.5-hectare SANTIAGO BAY & GARDEN RESORT is perched on a cliff with lushful flora dropping down to the wide Santiago Bay. Its early morning ebb or low tides are perfect for beach combing, sole/foot theraphy and relaxed bathing. The wide unobstructive scenic view is restful to the eyes.

 

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Room accommodations range from non-aircon at P1000, standard aircon, oceanview, deluxe, deluxe family, bayview, villa, bungalow to family villa at P5000 pesos, depending on the number of guests resting and budget-wise.

Food preferences were variable so we had to experiment and try other refectories by the beach side. Preferred was Pito’s Sutokil.

  • Affiliate MANGODLONG ROCK RESORT’S “polvoron” sand offers likewise, soothing relief to our aching soles, and cool waters to our twinging backs.

Room choices include beach front accom for 4 pax, and beach front family size for 6 pax.

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  • The subterranean appeal of TIMUBO CAVE at Barangay Sunog, extends some 70 meters down to the lowest level, with its cool waters of 5 to 8 feet, waiting to be plunged.

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Timubo Cave is nestled at the foot of Timubo calvary mountain where penitents troop for prayer during Holy Week.   As recounted by our guide/ tricyle driver Ramon Raga, the site derived its name when dried cogon grasses caused fire or “sunog” around the vicinity.

Story has it, that chickens ground-scratching for food led to its discovery-that when pursued by camote planters, an endless hollow ensued.

Timubo Cave is water-source to the nearby residents. Entrance fee is 20 pesos.

 

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  • New charmer PARAISO CAVE is owned by a local but development was completed only mid June 2014, with the assistance of a German national.   It extends about 8 meters down, with cool, clear waters about 5 to 6 feet deep.

It is situated at Barangay Macahilo and legend says, it is so called “makahilo”, when the natives’ wrong process/procedure of cooking cassava tuber, brought dizziness/giddiness to the consumers.   Entrance fee is 25 pesos.

  • The 700-hectare natural expanse of LAKE DANAO PARK offers boat rides, bird/monkey/crocodile niches, palm trees, hiking and picnic grooves. Tagged the biggest natural lake in Cebu, wild ducks abound the place. Entrance fee is 50 pesos.

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Contemplating on your next vacation destination? Try Camotes!

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