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The Most Affordable Way to Travel to Camotes Island in Cebu, Philippines

Updated on October 30, 2017
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Zett is a student living in the humble island of Cebu within the colorful archipelago of Philippines. He is currently pursuing his dreams.

The Philippines has been gifted with a lot of alluring tourist destinations which are seemingly untouched by the society. Thousands of beautiful sceneries that each of these islands gives would surely capture anyone's heart.

Camotes Island, located in the northern part of Cebu, surely is a destination to pin on your list. With tons of tourists attractions and resorts offering services worth trying for, Camotes certainly leads you to a relaxing and grandeur vacation.

However, no matter enticing as it sounds to be, if you're short on cash at the moment, anyone would abandon the thought of a nice vacation on a good island. Fortunately, this guide will teach you on how you could travel to Camotes using the least amount of money as possible.

Before the Travel

What To Do Before The Travel
What To Do Before The Travel | Source

Before you could actually travel to Camotes Island, all experienced travelers would advise you a few things beforehand. These bits of advice will ensure that your travel is smooth and free from any kinds of hassles troubles:

1. Plan your trip at least three weeks beforehand.

2. Save the necessary money. Divide the said amount into four: transportation expenses, food expenses, accommodation expenses, and pocket money.

3. Orient yourself of the place.

4. Make a checklist of your necessary belongings.

Now that you've read a few of the travel tips, you are ready to head out to your destination.

Traveling to Camotes Island

Signage Showing A Tourist Attraction in Camotes
Signage Showing A Tourist Attraction in Camotes | Source

Note: In this guide, your starting point is assumed within urban places or within the capital city of the island of Cebu which is Cebu City.

1. Ride a jeepney to SM Cebu.

Approximate Cost: (Depends on how far you are from SM Cebu)

  • Regular Price: Php 7-10 (around 0.14-0.19 USD)
  • Discounted Price (Student, Senior Citizen, Person with Disability (PWD), etc.): Php 6-8 (0.12-1.15 USD)

Duration of Travel: 15-50 minutes (Depending on your location)

Going to SM Cebu City will be the first step to take in our travel to Camotes Island. Since the necessary vehicle that is required for the next step will be readily available near SM Cebu, particularly a road over Sun Gold, it is highly suggested that you ride any of the jeepneys with the following codes:

  • 01I
  • 01K
  • 03Q
  • 04L

For more information about the jeepney routes and code with a route going to SM City Cebu, you can visit:

Now, if you are still having a lot of confusion on what jeepney to ride towards SM Cebu, you can consult Google Maps. There's a convenient function in the app that tells you what jeepney to ride starting from your current location.

SM City Cebu
SM City Cebu | Source

If you do not want the jeepney you are riding to be too crowded or simply wanted to avoid heavy traffics, I suggest you take the vehicle during non-rush hours. In my case, I and my friends rode the jeepney around 9:00 p.m. Philippine Time and were actually quite comfortable due mainly to us being the only customers.

2. Ride another jeepney to Danao.

Approximate Cost: Php 35 (around 0.68 USD)

Duration of Travel: 1.5 - 2 hours

Upon arriving at SM Cebu, across the mall entrance, and across Sun Gold, you can find several jeepneys park at the side of the street. You'll ride these jeepneys in order to get to Danao.

Again, to avoid overcrowding of seats and hot and humid atmosphere, the best time to ride these jeepneys is at night. Moreover, riding jeepneys at this time would also mean fewer chances for traffic.

3. Ride a ship (Express or RORO) to Camotes Island.

Approximate Cost: See Table

Duration of Travel: 2 hours

On The Way to Camotes Island Riding an Economy RORO
On The Way to Camotes Island Riding an Economy RORO | Source

Arriving at the port, which is located beside the famous fast-food restaurant Jollibee, you will need to buy yourselves some ticket at the ticketing post near the entrance. You'll also need to pay Php 5 as an entrance fee to the port.

List of Fares for Ferry

Fare (in Php)
Fare (in USD)
Economy (EXPRESS)
Php 200
3.87 USD
Aircon (EXPRESS)
Php 220
4.26 USD
Economy (RORO)
Php 180
3.49 USD
Aircon (RORO)
Php 200
3.87 USD
Courtesy of Escape Manila; Php to USD Rate as of October 2017

Schedule of Ferry From Danao, Cebu to Camotes via Jomalia Shipping Corporation

5:30 AM
Mon-Sun (RORO)
7:00 AM
8:30 AM
Mon-Sun (RORO)
12:00 NN
2:30 PM
Mon-Sun (RORO)
5:30 PM
Mon-Sun (RORO)
9:00 PM
Every Fri/Sat/Sun (EXPRESS)
Courtesy of Escape Manila

If ever you arrive at night, way past the last departure, you can either stay at and inns or hotel near the place. But if you want to save money, you can freely sleep within the port.

As a friendly advice, to make sure that the buying of the tickets run smoothly (i.e. avoiding long waiting lines), make sure to buy the tickets at least an hour before the scheduled departure. In addition, to avail discounts, if ever you want one, you'll need to present a valid I.D. to the post so make sure you bring those as well.

Finally, you arrived at Camotes Island!

After the long journey, you finally have stepped on your desired destination!

Still, this is just the start of your adventure. You might want to look at all the famous tourist spots on the island including the famous Buhol Rock and Bukilat Cave.

A Gorgeous View of the Camotes Waters in Mangodlong Rock Beach Resort
A Gorgeous View of the Camotes Waters in Mangodlong Rock Beach Resort | Source

You can roam the island mainly on a bus, if available, or with hired vehicles (e.g. motorcycle or jeepney), which charges you at least a thousand peso a day. If you want the most affordable way to roam the island, I would suggest asking the locals to rent their vehicles or asking your relatives or close friends to introduce you to a resident on the island who can both act as your driver and guide.

Anyways, have fun with your vacation!

© 2017 Zett Noir Cromwell


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