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:
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|Danao to Consuelo||5:30 AM|
|Consuelo to Danao||4:00 AM|
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.
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
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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
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:
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:
They also have two swimming pools that are really useful during the low-tide.
At night, there are also lots of activities beside the resort. There are fire dancers and live bands.
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:
The restaurant also has a nice beach view:
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)|
|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!