Camotes Island – Santiago Bay Garden & Beach Resort

Santiago Bay Garden & Beach Resort - Camotes Island

Santiago Bay Garden & Resort in Camotes Island

Camotes Island is one of the best beach vacation choices in the Philippines. The island has a beautiful and long stretch of white sand. The water is crystal clear and there are lots of  amazing sea creatures that you can see from the clear water. There are also great locations for cliff jumping and snorkeling.

Santiago Bay and Garden Resort is one of the beach resorts where you can stay at Camotes. Their accommodation and facilities can make your stay at the island more fun and comfortable.

How to go to Camotes Island

At the North Bus Terminal, ride a bus going to Danao. Or alternatively, ride a jeepney going to Danao from Hi-way Mandaue. Just inform the driver to drop you off at Danao seaport. Buy a ticket going to Consuelo. The schedules are below:

JOMALIA SHIPPING CORPORATION
Danao to Consuelo 5:30 AM
8:30 AM
10:00 AM
12:00 Noon
5:30 PM
9:30 PM
Consuelo to Danao 4:00 AM
9:00 AM
12:00 Noon
2:00 PM
4:00 PM

Upon arriving in Consuelo, you’ll see a lot of motorcycles for hire and jeepneys going to Santiago Bay Garden & Resort. The fare is 50 pesos.

Contact Information

You can also contact them and book a reservation through their Facebook fan page. I booked my reservation through their fan page. To secure your reservation, you’ll need to pay 50% of your total bill three days before your date of reservation.

Santiago Bay & Garden Resort Room Rates

CATEGORY RATES NO. OF PAX MAX
Non-Aircon 1000 2 3
Standard Aircon 1500 2 3
Ocien View 1700 2 3
Deluxe 2000 2 3
Deluxe Family 2600 3 4
Bay View 2800 2 3
Villa 2500 3 4
Bungalow 3000 3 4
Villa Family 5000 5 6

Additional payment for extra person in air-conditioned rooms is 300 pesos. The additional payment for non air-conditioned rooms is 200 pesos.

The rooms are nice and decent. They provide free towels, tissues, soap and shampoo

Bungalow Rooms - Santiago Bay Garden & Resort

Bungalow Rooms

Bay View Rooms - Santiago Bay Garden & Resort

Bay View Rooms

The Beach!

The beach at Camotes is really nice and you’ll see a lot of small fish swimming and lots of stunning views. As the saying goes, “a picture paints a thousand words” so enjoy the photos and see how amazing Camotes Island is:

Santiago Beach Resort

The Resort

Early Morning in Santiago Beach

A relaxing view early in the morning

Camotes Beach Resort

The beach at early in the morning

A Mini-Cave - it's really cold inside this cave

A Mini-Cave – it’s really cold inside this cave (It’s really not a cave)

A tent on top of a rock

A tent on top of a rock

Rock Cliff - Santiago Beach Camotes

Rock Cliff

Santiago Beach Terrace

Terrace overlooking the beach

While I was swimming, I was approached by a local there and offered to take me to a more serene location with finer white sand and beautiful rock formations and I was able to enjoy the following views:

Santiago Beach Resort from a boat

View of Santiago Beach Resort from the boat

Rock Formations Camotes Beach

The stunning rock formations

Rock - Camotes Island Beach

Just a beautiful big rock

A closer look at the stunning rock formations

A closer look at the stunning rock formations

Fish - Santiago Beach

The small fish that I see everywhere in the water

School of Small Fish

Do you see that black thing? That’s actually a school of small fish

A sand sifting starfish

Sand Sifting Starfish

Sand Sifting Starfish on Top of Each Other

Sand Sifting Starfish on top of each other – I don’t know why they do this. There are many starfish like this in the beach

White Shell

Just a white shell

They also have two swimming pools that are really useful during the low-tide.

First Swimming Pool Santiago Resort

The first swimming pool with a nice view of the beach

Second Swimming Pool with Jacuzzi

The second swimming pool – with jacuzzi

At night, there are also lots of activities beside the resort. There are fire dancers and live bands.

View of people fire dancing from the restaurant

View of people fire dancing from the restaurant

Live Band at Night - Santiago Bay

People enjoying the live band at night

Santiago Beach Resort at Night

Colorful lights from Santiago Bay & Garden Resort at Night

Food

Santiago Beach Resort has a bay view restaurant that’s open from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM (Last order at 8:00 PM). I really loved their San Bay Glory Fruit Drink. The fruit slices made the juice more refreshing. Below are the food available in the restaurant:

Soup Menu  Healthy Corner  Pork  Chicken  Seafood & Quick Meals  Pizza & Pasta  Filipino Favorites  Sweets  Breakfast  Extra Orders  San Bay Glory Fruit Drink  Hot & Cold Beverages  Fruit Juices

The restaurant also has a nice beach view:

Beach View from Santiago Bay Restaurant

Beach View from the Restaurant

Santiago Bay Beach Resort Activities

Island Tour PHP 1500 / car
Jetski PHP 3500 / hour – 1750 / 30 minutes
Banana Boat Ride PHP 4500 / hour – 2250 / 30 minutes
Kayaks PHP 200 / 2 hours – 100 / hour
Snorkel and Masks PHP 150 / 3 hours
Badminton Free (Just get the rackets from the front office)
Frisbee Free (Just ask the front office)
Skimboard PHP 50
Billards and Darts PHP 100 / hour (Just ask the service staff at the restaurant)

Board games like chess, scrabble and playing cards are available for free at the front office.

Camotes Island Compared with Bantayan Island

The beaches at Camotes Island and Bantayan Island both have white and really find sands. But I’d say that Bantayan beach is better because it’s completely rock and coral-free even if you go to the deeper part of the beach. In Camotes beach, there are lots of rocks and sea plants once you go to the deeper part of the beach. But because of this, you’ll see more lovely sea creatures in Camotes like starfish, shells, crabs and schools of small fish.

Also, the resorts in Camotes are better than the resorts in Bantayan (Sugar Beach Resort and Budyong Beach Resort). Camotes beach resorts are beautifully landscaped and have nicer rooms that are always clean. However, Bantayan still has stunning white sand beaches  so the resorts won’t really matter that much if you’re looking for a great beach vacation.

You’ll really have a great beach experience whether you choose Camotes or Bantayan.

Overall, I’ve enjoyed my stay at Santiago Bay Garden and Resort. They have lots of facilities to entertain their guests and their staff is accommodating. I’ll definitely be back at Camotes Island!

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14 Responses to “Camotes Island – Santiago Bay Garden & Beach Resort”

  1. May ann says:

    Hello i just want to ask if your beach is near in the port of camotes..?
    How many hour from the port to your beach..?

    • Author says:

      Hi May Ann. It’s just a few minutes ride from the port. There are jeepneys and motorcycles that you can ride. And we’re not really connected with the resort. :)

  2. May ann says:

    Okay Ma’am i just want to know because by next week we want to go there.

  3. Charisse says:

    how many were you who went there? and if u may, how much did you all pay? (excluding your airfares if you did travel from afar) thanks pls email me.Thank You so much! :)

    • Author says:

      Hi Charisse. I went there alone and stayed there for one night. I spent 1000 for the room, around 500 – 700 pesos for the food and around 600 pesos for the transportation (ship and jeepney rides). You can save if you go there with a group. I hope that helps!

  4. jessie says:

    hello there!
    planning to go there on march 28-30.
    I want to inquire about the boat that you rented, how much did you pay? and can you do island hopping there? pls reply. salamat.=)

    • Author says:

      Hello Jessie. Yes, you can do island hopping in Camotes. The price of the boat that I’ve rented was 200 pesos / hour but prices are not really fixed and you can just negotiate with the guide.

  5. Lyn Newton says:

    Hi I would like to inquire if you have available room for this coming Dec 14? we are planning to stay in your place for few days, and I wonder if you do catering as well? and how much per head? how many course? and how much the Inasal if we order from you?

    thanks

    lyn

    • Author says:

      Hi Lyn. Sorry but we’re not connected with the resort. You can contact them directly using the contact details provided above. Though I’m not sure if they’re open this December since the island has just been recently ravaged by typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

  6. Peenut says:

    hello, good blog, may I ask, do all of their rooms has a bathroom? even the cheapest one? thanks.

    • Author says:

      Yes, all the rooms have bathrooms. I’ve tried renting the most affordable room (non-aircon) it was clean and basic toiletries are provided. :)

  7. Jon Moor says:

    What rooms are available from March 13than 14th and prices please

    • Author says:

      Hi. We’re not connected with the result. Please contact them through the numbers posted above or through the Facebook fan page.


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