November 10, 2017

3D Summer School

“”Fantastic trip to Camotes island””

Hello everyone,

This is Ahmed Alshehary, the new intern in 3D Academy. See my introduction here:

(http://3d-universal.com/en/blogs/2017/10/experience-of-a-3-times-3d-student-from-yemen-lets-hear-it.html)

 

After spending a long time thinking about plans for the weekend, we decided to go to Camotes island as we heard that Camotes island is one of the paradises in Cebu, Philippines.

Camotes Islands is a group of islands in the Camotes Sea, Philippines. The island group is located east of Cebu Island, southwest of Leyte Island, and north of Bohol Island.

We waked up early in the morning to go from 3D to north bus terminal. It’s only a taxi ride of around 15 to 20 minutes.

The bus ride from the city to Danao was about an hour.  Every 30 minutes, there is a bus (or more like a van) departing from the North Bus Terminal to Danao.

When we arrived at Danao, we ride a boat at 200 pesos (~USD 4) per ticket. It’s a boat with air conditioned. If you don’t mind taking a non-aircon boat, it will only cost you 180 pesos (~USD 3.6) per ticket.

Once we arrive at the beach, there are a lot of taxis and motorbikes (habal-habal) that offer hotel transfer for 50.00 pesos (~USD 1) per passenger.

We went to Santiago Bay Garden Resort. It’s a perfect place as it is one of the most popular and biggest resorts you can find on the island.

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Santiago Bay Garden Resort

The resort has comfortable rooms featuring nice swimming pool and very nice beach beside the resort. Simply beautiful.

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You can do anything on this wide beach under the dazzling blue ocean. Lots of water activities are also available. Besides, you can also enjoy the beach by just strolling, swimming, sunbathing and other relaxing activities. All these activities do not require extra expenses.

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Our first destination on the island is cliff diving. There is a cliff where you can jump into the water from varies height. It’s a good experience. But for me I only managed to jump from the lowest point as the highest one is too scary for me.

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Our second destination was to the Paraiso Cave. The entrance fee is P25 (~USD 0.50). If you would like to swim inside the cave, just add an additional fee of P10 (~USD 0.20).

In order to reach the bottom of the cave, you must take a few steps down. It’s safe inside because there are lights. The stairs are also cemented.

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Next, we went to the Lake Danao park and we had our lunch there.

There were a lot of things to do at Lake Danao Park. There are so many exciting things you can do there, such as: horseback riding, speedboating, pedal boating, paddle boating, water cycling, water balloon, etc.

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Then we went to Mangodlong rock resort. The beach is so beautiful that we stayed there until 6 pm. Then we went back to Santiago Bay Garden Resort for a rest and dinner!

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On the next day we checked out from the resort and we went to another cave named Timubo Cave. It was the second cave we visited.

We weave our way through the cave in the dim glow of generator-lit lamps. Then we hit a small opening that will only fit for one person at a time. Inside that is a paradise! The water is so clear that you can see the bottom through the water. I want to swim there forever! Really we stayed there long time swimming inside the water in the cave.

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Shrine in Timubo Cave

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Later we went to the sea port and we waited for the boat to go back to Cebu city.

It was a very fantastic trip to Camotes island. I strongly recommend this place to anyone who would like to visit Cebu!

 

 

Thank you for reading

 

See you in my next blog.

 

 

 

 

 

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