I had the opportunity to visit Camotes on a weekend and I’m sharing to you here our spur-of-the-moment, unplanned itinerary. We stayed at Coco Grove Resort, so will be reviewing that here too.
View of Camotes island upon getting off the ferry.
Itinerary and Budget Breakdown for a Camotes Weekend Getaway
5:30 AM – Danao, Cebu port
9:00 AM – ferry ride from Danao port to Camotes (Economy Ticket: Php 180.00)
11:00 – 11:30 AM – arrive in Camotes, motorcycle to Coco Grove Resort (fare: Php 50.00 per person on one motorcycle, so if you are solo then pay Php 100.00. Feel free to haggle)
11:30 AM – check in to Coco Grove. (Room: Php 1,900.00 for 1 night, room is good for 3 people. Comes with free breakfast)
11:30 – 1:00 PM – Lunch (Meals cost around Php 120 – 250 inside resorts)
1:00 – 3:00 PM – we took a nap since we did not have enough sleep the previous night
3:00 – 5:00 PM – Timubo Cave (Hiring a motorcycle with driver for a half day tour is Php 250 + cost of 2 liters gas ; cave entrance fee – Php 20.00)
5:00 – 6:00 PM – Baywalk (There are barbecue stalls there where you can eat. One can have a filling meal for less than Php 100.00)
7:00 PM – dinner (again, meals in resorts cost around Php 120 – 250)
Approximate per person expenses for the day: around Php 1,600.00
7:00 – 8: 00 AM – Breakfast (complementary, free)
8:00 – 8:30 AM – Mangodlong Rock Resort (free, walkable and no entrance fee for Coco Grove guests)
8:30 – 9:30 AM – Danao Lake Park (we did another half-day tour rate here, which is again Php 250.00 + cost of 2 liters gasoline + entrance fee – Php 15.00 )
9:30 – 11:30 AM – Santiago Bay (no entrance fee, but we had lunch here for typical restaurant costs of Php 120 – 250.00)
11:30 – 12:00 PM – checked out from Coco Grove
1:00 PM – Camotes port (motorcycle ride from resort to there is Php 50.00)
6:00 – 8:00 PM – Depart Camotes to Cebu (Ferry economy ticket – Php 180.00) Why it took us this long to leave the island? Read the full story on my Camote Day 02 post at the link above.
Approximate expenses for this day: Php 700.00
Total expenses for the weekend = around Php 2,300.00
NOTE: These are approximates only since costs can go down or up depending on your meal and water expenses, tour decisions and haggling skills. I hope this breakdown is still helpful to you, however.
Camotes Motorcycle Hire + Driver Contact Numbers
(functional at the time of this writing)
Ervin – 0936-7918-906
Kuya Kuning – 0907-0901-524
So, how about Coco Grove Resort?
Coco Grove Nature Resort Review
The room we got was good for 3 people. It had one queen-sized bed and one single bed. It was supposed to cost Php 3,000 but we got it for 35% off in Agoda. It had an ensuite toilet, but the shower was room temperature despite having a heater. The airconditioning worked okay.
Furnishings were minimal. If we had to pay the full price, I would say the room is not worth it. We did have a simple free breakfast.
Coco Grove is not connected to a beach. Guests have to walk to the neighboring Mangodlong Rock Resort to access the beach, which is powdery white and beautiful despite that it was small. No need to pay Mangodlong Rock’s entrance fee so long as you mention that you are from Coco Grove. Paradise Resort is also just a few steps away.
Coco Grove does have a sizeable pool where you can effectively beat the heat. It is kept clean daily and even has a fountain. No slides. Whole pool’s depth is 5 feet. There was sort of secondary pool attached to the main one, but did not have an opportunity to try that out.
The resort’s restaurant menu served the same stuff as other places in Camotes. They have a few dishes of seafood, pasta and pizza. The complementary breakfast we had was very basic. We availed of the corned beef meal with coffee.
The resort’s staff were helpful but generally slow. The staff in other places we went to were also slow, so this might be a common thing rather than an exception. Island life and all that.
This is their website.
Please let me know in the comments below if you have any questions ^_^