After a week long stress in the office or in school, we all deserve a perfect getaway weekend. Ever imagined of getting away from the hassle and bustle of the city life? Ever dreamt of relaxing and taking a nap while listening to the sound of the waves? or ever thought about laying in the sand, margarita in one hand, trashy novel in the other? If you wish to do all these lazy activities, the sun-kissed Camotes island is the perfect spot for you.
Camotes is famous for its unspoiled natural beauty, rich culture and heritage, hospitality, and smiling faces, Camotes is regarded by many as the island of enchantment. Camotes island is a two hour boat ride from Cebu City. After arriving at the port of Poro in the island, you can hire motorcycles (called habal-habal) and multi-cabs or you can request the resort van to pick you up. Defined by its spectacular white sand beaches, Camotes island is spiced with the beauty of nature. You can sink your toes into the soft warm sand, lie back and relax under the blue skies and start to savour the special way of life that only Camotes island has to offer you. There are a number of resorts in camotes that gives excellent accomodation at a reasonable price. You can enjoy, chill and relax in their uncrowded resorts. The beauty and tranquility of Camotes island will surely guarantee a great weekend.
Aside from lounging on the natural sands for warm sunshine, or unwind beneath an umbrella as cool breeze caress you, you can also explore the caves of Camotes island which were used as shelters from the Japanese during WWII. It is also rumored that until today, people are still searching for hidden treasures in these caves which were kept during WWII.
If you’re looking for more adventure, you can also visit Camotes’ Mangodlong rock resort and experience a breathtaking cliff diving session with your friends. With jumps varying between 30 and 50 feet and numerous shadows lurking beneath the water’s surface, Mangodlong’s cliffs are both treacherous and ironically very beautiful.
Lake Danao is also another spot that you can visit. This guitar-shape lake, is known to be the largest in Visayas and Mindanao.The total size of the lake is 680 hectares. They have developed a lake park where you can go on picnic, fishing and boating. A paddle boat is available for you to go around the lake. You can also use the boat in going across a small island at the center of the lake.
After a long day, you can simply pop a bottle of wine, have a magical afternoon, and celebrate sunset in Camotes island. For those who are looking for a little romance, you will also enjoy a quiet moonlight dinner, followed by a cocktail, sipped in a tropical setting while watching the vast stretches of the ocean, or listening to the soothing sound of gentle waves lapping at the shore.
Your experience in this island will surely leave you breathless and you cant help but agree to the cliche that ‘There’s no place like Camotes!’