Camotes Island: The Lost Horizon in the South

Camotes Island: The Lost Horizon in the South

Known for its unspoiled and unique beauty.

Beaches with glistening waters and relaxed shores, are excellent places to swim and sunbathe undisturbed. And once you sink your toes into the fine white sand here, it’s easy to see why.

A haven and paradise with unlimited possibilities, each person with different tastes will surely enjoy one of Central Visayas’ lovely gems. Plan your vacation and get ready for days filled with fun and adventure toda!


The Camotes Islands are made up of the islands of Pacjian, Ponson, Poro and Tulang.

The island group is located east of Cebu Island, southwest of Leyte Island, and north of Bohol Island. It is 34 nautical miles (63 km; 39 mi) from Cebu City and is part of the province of Cebu.


Legend has it that Spaniards who arrived here came upon some natives farming. When asked what the island’s name was, the natives replied “camotes” (sweet potatoes), thinking they were being asked what they were harvesting. This is just one of the charming things about the Camotes Islands.


Camotes Islands comprises three major islands and one minor islet, divided between four municipalities. On Poro Island are the municipalities of Poro and Tudela. Pacijan Island’s sole municipality is San Francisco. Ponson Island’s sole municipality is Pilar. Tulang Island is an islet and part of San Francisco. The main islands of Pacijan and Poro are connected by a 1.5-kilometre-long (0.93-mile) causeway. Ponson lies about four kilometres (2.5 mi) northeast of Poro, across the Kawit Strait. Tulang is located a short distance north of Pacijan.


The Camotes are low-lying with several hills, some used for telecommunications relay stations. The highest point is Altavista, 388 metres (1,273 ft) above sea level, on Poro. Pacijan has a large lake, Lake Danao, one of the cleanest fresh-water lakes in the country.


Tropical monsoon climate (Köppen climate classification category “Am”), with rainfall more or less evenly distributed throughout the year – Coronas climate type IV.


Total population according to the 2010 census is 92,278. Population has grown 20.3% since 1990, equivalent to an annual growth rate of 0.93%.


Visayan languages are chiefly spoken on the islands, followed by English and Filipino; schoolchildren are taught all three.
Porohanon or Camotes Visayan is spoken in the town of Poro only. The language has a high degree of mutual intelligibility with other, related Visayan tongues spoken in the rest of the Camotes Islands and throughout the province of Cebu, parts of the Visayas, and in Northern Mindanao.


Lake Danao

Lake Danao is shaped like the number 8. It is the largest lake in Cebu and in the Visayas region. This freshwater lake is located in the northern part of Pacijan Island and has an area of 680 hectares body of water. It’s rather secluded location earned it the title, “Lovers’ Lake” as the peaceful and romantic ambiance cannot be dismissed. It is likewise great for family bonding. It offers an 18 km eco-trail, biking and hiking pathways that surround the entire perimeter of the lake. Others may want to go ‘hook and line’ fishing while at the lake. The lake is abundant with flora and fauna which makes it an ideal venue for bird watching.

Borromeo Beach

The beach is a vast stretch of sugar-white sand, located in Bakhaw, Esperanza in the town of San Francisco in Cebu. It’s wonderfully not crowded and visitors can generally enjoy the quiet and tranquil ambiance. Visitors can take pleasure at the lush landscape with all the natural fauna and flora. Snorkeling will get you close to the rich marine life underneath the emerald green blue waters. Designed to accommodate families and friends, Borromeo Beach rents out individual rooms or the entire house complete with all facilities that will make your stay comfortable and enjoyable.

Bukilat Cave

This is Tudela’s pride and one of the main attractions of Camotes Island – an underground cave. The underground beauty is unmatched. Beneath its rough exterior lie imposing stalagmites and stalactites, as well as an icy-cold pool believed to originate from an underground spring. This entire cave system is illuminated by natural skylights.

Timubo Cave

Another stunning subterranean secret is the challenging Timubo Cave in Sonog, where you need to make your way down a winding staircase to reach the clear waters within. This is a great site for the adventurous souls. It has very cool, clear and clean water inside. Ideal for taking a dip.

Mangodlong Beach

is a white-sand beach located in the fisherman’s village at Mangodlong, Himensulan in the town of San Francisco in Camotes Island.

Buho Rock

This is perfect for the adventure seekers who wants more adrenaline rush. This is a cliff diving spot in Camotes Island which is located in the town of Poro.

Tagbo Festival

celebrates the founding of the town of Poro, through a re-enactment of the reconciliation of two warring tribes.

Soli-Soli Festival

is a creative tribute to the soli-soli plant – a source of livelihood for the locals. This festival also serves as a thanksgiving to the town’s patron saint.



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