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Camotes offers interesting options within your schedule and budget. The islands’ varied natural, historical and cultural attractions are within easy access and worth visiting. It is also very convenient. All are well within short distances from each other. For P3,000 (inclusive of an English-speaking guide and a day’s use of our van), you can visit the interesting places mentioned below.

All 700 hectares of fresh water, it is the biggest and the only natural lake in Cebu. Home to the purple heron and the Philippine wild duck, the lake is a government-designated bird sanctuary. You can take a boat and picnic at the lake’s islet, or fish for tilapia and have it grilled at Green Lake Park or Lake Danao Park afterwards, which was developed by present municipal mayor, Hon. Al Arquillano.

LAKE DANAO, SAN FRANCISCO

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Bukilat cave in the town of Tudela is one of the more explored caves in the town. There is a pool of water illuminated by natural skylights where guests can take a dip. The cave is an hour from the resorts.

BUKILAT CAVE, TUDELA

The Church of Poro, the oldest in Camotes Islands, is dedicated to the Sto. Niño. The town was founded in 1701 and the parish was established in 1849. The church’s original belfry was destroyed and a new one was built in the 60s.

PORO CHURCH, PORO

Buho Rock in Poro town is a local government-run destination with cottages for day picnics. It is less than an hour from the resorts.

BUHO ROCK, PORO

Residents in San Francisco town also weave bamboo into fish traps (bobo), baskets (bakat) and amakan, a sturdy panel of woven bamboo slats in fancy geometric designs used for walls and ceilings. Backyard factories are all within a short drive from the resorts.

SOLI-SOLI AND BAMBOO WEAVING, SAN FANCISCO

There are two major festivals in the islands.


Tagbo Festival and Soli-soli Festival happen during the first quarter of the year. Tagbo Festival in January celebrates the founding of Poro town through a street dancing parade that reenacts the reconciliation of two warring tribes.


Soli-soli Festival in March pays tribute to the soli-soli, a lake grass that grows on the sides of Lake Danao in San Francisco town. A street dancing with a choreography that imitates the movement, harvesting, and weaving of soli-soli is displayed in dazzling colors and intricate steps.

FESTIVALS IN THE ISLANDS