When most people think of living on an island, they think of tropical weather, beautiful scenery, and relaxation. However, Beyond just the scenery, it is the people who make an island a beautiful place as the friendly locals would say, “welcome”. For those of you backpackers who seek an exotic paradise, there can be nowhere on Earth that compares with the islands of Camotes. With stunning sunsets, colorful reefs, tranquil lagoons and beaches fringed with coconut palm trees, Camotes Island spells magic and fun.
Camotes Island the postcard-perfect virgin island with its white sand, crystal clear waters, and lovely views of nature is certainly a paradise you would ever dream of. Camotes Island is located east of Cebu, and north of Bohol Island a 1-2 hour boat/ferry ride from the port of Danao city, Cebu.
One popular story says that centuries ago when the Spaniards first arrived, they encountered some native islanders farming whom they asked about the island’s name. The natives thought they were asking them what they were putting in their baskets. They replied, “Camote” (sweet potato). Thereafter the island was called the ”Camotes Islands.”
The island has a lot to offer from about 20 tourist resorts and summer beach houses catering to both domestic and international visitors. The island has numerous caves to visit too. Farming and fishing is their number one source of livelihood– Camote (sweetpotato) is also abundant aside from rice and corn.
I’ve seen a lot of hermit crabs early morning at the sea shores.
I also experienced Kayaking at Lake Danao
The sun was slowly going down field of vision. The breathtaking kindled light of the sun got dull and it looked like a huge loop of orange and yellow. The scene looked mesmerizing. The pleasant light-wind, the sweet smell of salty water mixed in sand and the sound of waves crashing against each other completed the setting scene of a perfect beyond compare sunset making my day complete and worth living.