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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Camotes Escapade

Camotes is a group of four small islands (Pacijan, Poro, Ponson, and Tulang) located at the northeastern part of Cebu...

Last Summer 2007, my friends and I spent the whole weekend at Mangodlong Rock Resort, one of Camotes’ breathtaking beaches. Getting there wasn’t so difficult ‘coz we already booked a motorized Bangka. Together with us are students from Velez (in which one of them happened to be a classmate from high school) and people from different other companies. The boat was actually a big one, that is, bigger than the usual “lantsa” that is commonly used by ports. It took us about 2 hours to travel, but it was sooo worth it!

We immediately ate when we arrived (we haven’t had breakfast since we departed from Danao, Cebu at 7am). Mangodlong didn’t really have a big shoreline but the beach was great! Powder-like sand! I was actually planning on jumping directly into the water but my friends would still want to tour the island so we relaxed for a while as we waited for the transportation. They’re not actually the swimmer-by-day type ‘coz they’re afraid their skin would get dark ;-)

Finally, about an hour later, the jeep arrived. First stop was the neighboring beach, San Francisco Bay. This resort has the biggest shoreline. Problem is, when it’s low tide, you’d only be able to enjoy the sand.

And then we went to Lake Danao. The lake was breathtaking! So serene and peaceful! It was said that there’s a crocodile farm nearby which kinda spooked us a bit. LOL!

After the lake, we proceeded to Bukilat Cave at the town of Tudela. The cave wasn’t really that big, however, it was my first time to enter such so it was really a big deal for me, hehehe! It was really dark inside except for the natural light source at the center.

Lastly, we went to another resort in Poro town. They said that it was where they shoot the film of Vhong Navarro, forgot what it’s called though.

It was nearing 5pm when we headed back at the resort and when we arrived, our breath was captured by the mesmerizing beauty of the sunset! Such stunning blend of red, orange, yellow and black. It was perfect!

When the sun has finally set, my friends had also finally given up resisting the temptation of the beach. The water was really refreshing owing to the fact that the half day tour of the island had literally dumped our faces with sand and dust =)

The following day, we said goodbye to the island. Yep, whether we liked it or not, back to work, back to reality! Here are more pics of the resort. Enjoy!





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38 Comments:

Timothy said...

i had fun in camotes! ;-)

swcom said...

I was there in Camotes too!!! ...such a nice place for a summer getaway!
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visitor said...

hey me too! the place is breathtaking!! it's like mini Boracay =)

ka+3y said...

ey, i'v bin there too & also was able to tour the whole island in just 1 day

Grace said...

wow! breathetaking... I wish to visit there someday.

S-H-Y said...

WOW very nice view and place :P.

mark said...

hmmm... ka nice dri..

aheheheh~!

laagan kaayu ka hap!

The Leaves of Tarkong said...

i love the sun and sand, which is why I envy beach trips so much! i havent been in the visayas and even mindanao regions yet. :(

Edison said...

Wow!

I Hope I could also visit there someday..

eden said...

hello, thanks for visiting my site. I am from Camotes Island in the town of Tudela. Looking at your beautiful pictures makes me miss more our beautiful island.

mark said...

visiting here,,, ahehehh!

veronica said...

@mark: heheheh! laagan jud ;)
@eden: it's good to know i've made one "taga-camotes" proud! ;)
@leave of tarong: you should visit visayas :) mura lang pamasahe lol :)

burn078 said...

I've never been there... Hay, kanus a pa kaha.. huh! How I wish!

http://buhatsatambay.com/

tripzibit said...

Nice snapshots. I wish i could go there. By the way i already add your link as Veronica on my BlogRoll. Thanx for dropping by :)

moonzkie said...

wow.. cool sites.. I wanna go there too.. LOL..

goryo4u said...

great pictures!

how i wish i can include visit to these wonderful places. kung pwede lang sana.

cheers!

Dhemz said...

totally breathtaking....great place to unwind....wish to go there someday...basin maka daug ko sa lotto...nyahahhaha!

Ruby said...

wanna go here someday too! the sunset is indeed perfect! :)

Goryo Dimagiba said...

I hope, visiting some places like that won't remain as a dream for Goryo, I hope it will come to reality...

veronica said...

yeah!!!! good for your Goryo! ;)

marifen said...

Lovely photos! Nothing compares to the sandy beaches of the Phils. Would definitely recommend to everyone around the globe.

rmsnotaryservice said...

I enjoyed your blog on the beaches. Good job I will visit this beach when I return to the philippines next year.

Juliet said...

nice beach :-)

Anne said...

gurl, i love the spots here. Dalha ko diha one day gurl ha? Laag ta hehehe... oi gurl oks na ni imu la-out nice na ang header..kaw na naghimo ani gurl? Unsa may imu gika busyhan gurl nus-a paman ta ani ma-president...

Zvonko said...

very nice place, very beautiful photos .... thank you showed us to Veronica

patola said...

wow.. nice view... i wish i could go there too..

IrfanOnView said...

Wow, it's beautiful Philippines and Exotic, like the owner of the site...,If in my country, Indonesia, as Tanah Lot, Bali. When do I get to Camotes?

ghieGANDA said...

ang ganda.. hehhe.. sana makapunta din ako dito sometime soon. =)

budiawanhutasoit said...

wow..nice pics you have here Vero..
i wish i could visit these place..please pray for me..:-)
i notice one of the four small island : Tulang.
in Indonesia languange, tulang meaning is : bone.
just wonder whether we have same meaning in your languange (Tagalog ?).

Goryo Dimagiba said...

visited this place again.. this time i noticed the beauty of the place and of the blog owner as well.. hehehe

veronica said...

@budiawanhutasoit: i'm not sure what tulang means in our language :) but i think it's under our cebuano dialect (and not tagalog) since camotes is part of cebu :)

Ana said...

WOW very nice view and place

manik_reigun said...

whoa, great shots! sana makapunta ako dyan!

Toothfairynotes said...

it looks so beautiful there! wow!

*loves*

Anonymous said...

hi..the resort above the rocks is called "BOHO ROCK resort".the first time i was there was in 1994...P2 to ang entrance...boyen of toledo

veronica said...

@anonymous: thanks for the info! :) wow, PhP2.00 for an entrance fee! nindota kaha nu kung naa pa na karon nga presyo heheheh! :D

cagayan de oro resorts said...

The first time I set foot on the island, it was love at first sight right away. I was really amazed on how beautiful the island is, a perfect example of an island paradise.

Tita Beng said...

The place is so inviting! I hope we wont miss this Camotes Island when we fly to Cebu next month.

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