My Trip to Camotes Island In Cebu Philippines 2017

Let’s go to Camotes Island.

Philippines has many untouched white and fine sand beaches which is only local knows and to some, even they never knew until someone told them so. Just like me.

Introducing Camotes Island, I called it the mini little Boracay of Cebu. Please don’t get confuse if you do not know about the real boracay. Boracay is located in Caticlan. Most flight goes to Kalibo in Aklan and  flights mostly coming from many different parts of the world going to  Ninoy International airport  in Manila Philippines or  Mactan Cebu.

This article is not about beautiful Boracay. This article is about the Camotes Island. It is within Camotes Sea.

Santiago Bay in Camotes Island

Where is Camotes Island?

The Camotes Sea is a small sea within the Philippine archipelago, situated between the Eastern Visayan and the Central Visayan regions. It is bordered by the islands of Leyte to the north and east, Bohol to the south, and Cebu to the west.

camotes Island Cebu Philippines

Camotes Islands is a group of islands in the Camotes Sea, Philippines. The island is located east of Cebu Island, southwest of Leyte Island, and north of Bohol Island. It is 34 nautical miles from Cebu City and is part of Cebu. Wikipedia

HOW WE GET THERE?

There are two ways to get to Camotes Islands. One is from Cebu City where you could take early morning boats and ferries that leave at 5:30 am from the Quano Pier direct to Camotes Islands. It’s about 3-hour ride. No, we did not take this route.

A friend  who lives in Cebu City guide me in Camotes Island. We had a very local way of travelling. We took a bus (Ceres) that head to Hagnaya at the North Bus Terminal Station in Mandaue Cebu City. It took us almost 2 hours to get to  Danao Town, as the bus keep stopping and pick up passengers along the road side.

Without any plans and just decided on the spot, only later that I know about a short way of getting to Danao Ferry Terminal is to take the Mini Van  which is also located at the North bus Terminal station the same as where you take the bigger bus called “Ceres”.  The Minivan will take about an hour to Danao Town. Really a good choice if you can get one of these Mini Van.

Always ask a bus or a mini van going to Danao and ask them to stop you at the DANAO FERRY TERMINAL FOR CAMOTES ISLAND.

From Danao Ferry Terminal – you need to buy a ferry ticket that normally cost only P180 to 200 pesos  depending on the season. (avoid school holidays ) from April to end of May. Avoid long weekends too.

Ferry boat travel daily to camotes island

Because we went during school holiday and it was a weekend, we somehow manipulate the systematic way how locals or all of us should be doing.  We arrive at the ferry terminal in Danao, with full of crowds just like having the Sinulog kind of crowd in Cebu, a super long queue  at the entrance.  We arrive at about 11:45 Am at that time. There was person who came to us and ask us if we would like to get to the boat at 12 noon. On top of Pesos 200 each, we paid additional of P350. We wanted to get to the Island much earlier and to avoid the long queues as well.  Not a good idea but given to a circumstances, if we did not have to pay extra, we may not be able to get to the island that day. We were just so lucky.  For us working overseas, that 350 pesos extra was so worth it to avoid the queue.

ferry boat to camotes

The Ferry took around 2 hours to get to the island from Danao Town. For me it is a pretty long ride. Lucky enough there is a canteen on the ground floor. We are able to get some snacks and beer.

Santiago Bay

A super intense getaway, we arrive with no plan, no hotel booking. Knowing that we arrive on a  midday, there was one single room left at Santiago Bay. Our tricycle driver  ( please use him when you need a transport. A very nice older man whom I think he is so honest with his work. His number is +63 936- 668 – 4545) he was kind to help us and brought us to Santiago Bay as we had been to a few with no luck in looking for a room to sleep for the night.

Our Room in Santiago bay was decent, clean and it cost us P1800 for 3 people in the room.

As you may see on the images, these are taken from Santiago Bay.

There are may resorts available. Do not be worry, it can be cheaper if you go on NOT a high season.

To name a few hotels there.

My Friends and myself were only there for a day visit. As we arrive the island and have our room, we continually engage our tricycle driver to bring us around.

lake danao

Our driver brought us to many places around the island that can be done in a day or so if you are in a hurry.  But best is to really stay longer and get  to enjoy the water.

Lake Danao, we end up here and I was mesmerize by the beauty of the lake. The water is as far as you can see and it feels so calm.

danao lake

We went to many other sight seeing spots. There were a few caves and beaches. Many of the beaches we went are similar to Santiago beach. Fine sands and white. It is easy to swim and the water is super blue crystal.

I have to say, that a place which is not familiar to you will be so much fun to go with friends. It is indeed to me.
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To wrap it up, here is the video I created.

Where To Go For Best Massage in Johor Bahru Iskandar Malaysia

Looking for best massage in Johor Bahru?

I cannot remember…

a single person who does not like body, face, hand, or foot massage.

I even have a close friend whom she like her breast to be massage. She explains why women breast need to be massage for some reasons.

“Our  breasts are made up of fat, glands, ducts, veins and more. I am honestly saying that massage is important so that  the structures and tissues remain in top form”.

Some women….

believe that therapeutic massage is necessary to push blood, nutrients and toxins through the breasts to increase circulation, elimination, tissue tone and skin tone.

Some of my friends says that they like a total body massage after many  long hours and days of work as  it just releases body tensions and stress.

Another close friend of mine, like her foot to be massage as to  stimulates her muscles, improves circulation, lessens stiffness and tension, and  eliminate the pain.

She also claims that it gives a very good circulation to the veins of our lower body. We call it Varicose veins.

To be honest,

my preference is the breast, back and foot massage. Which I find that not every Spa, or body massage center can really provide you a very good or best  massage.

I have traveled many countries and almost country that I have been into have tried their massage as  part of my curiosity.

Aside from having a good massage, I am also watchful how much it cost. Out of those many places I have tried, I can only recommend a place where I am very much happy about.

Nothing against some of  friends that are doing massage business too.

I am also not getting any commissions for writing an article or introducing some businesses. What I have is just out of sharing.

The quality of work, the cost and most of all the overall service and the cleanliness of the place.

cheap massage in Johor
Place in Gelang Patah Johor Bahru for body massage

There is a particular place I could  recommend if your are coming from Singapore or staying nearby Gelang Patah in Johor Malaysia.

This place is called KAKI KAKI REFLEXOLOGY in Gelang Patah.

 

Kaki Kaki Reflexology Gelang Patah
Kaki Kaki Reflexology Gelang Patah

At the beginning of our stay in Johor, I was going somewhere for a massage. A few different places. Even I travel quiet a distance  from home for a body  massage, hoping I can find that kind of massage I can call “BEST MASSAGE”.  Nothing that really satisfies my hunger of that massage I wanted.

Here are some photos  of the interior. Nothing fancy, just  a decent, clean environment and friend therapist.

Single body and food massage chair.
Single body and food massage chair.
Double or couple room
This is room with double massage foldable chair. Very comfortable.

Something to take note which I like very much is the quietness of the place.

The second floor has individual massage bed. The room for men and women are in total separate area and the area has its own toilet and it is lock at all times.

No 63 massage lady at Kaki Kaki reflexology
she is number 63 if you may ask

Most of the therapist are really well trained. Yes, you maybe surprise they are not a typical Therapist from Thailand.

These Therapist are from China. Male and Female Therapist are very  good.

The way they massage is just amazing, it is why I can call the service as the best massage I have ever tried.

My favourite is number 63 and my husband is number 12.

I have been tried a few therapist here too and all are jus wonderful. They seems to have a same standard and I like it this way that they don’t just do the “ANY HOW”

Without looking, she knew that I have pain  on this part of my body and she have unblock the knot on my legs which cause pain for few days due to to much exercise on my legs.

For the cost wise??? 

How much would you pay for 90 minutes to a super good or best  massage? Well, this plan will not cost you much.. my husband pay below Malaysian Money for 90 minutes times 2 persons is less than Ringgit RM 250.

HERE IS THE FULL ADDRESS:

KAKI KAKI REFLEXOLOGY
NO. 15 JALAN MEDAN NUSA PERINTIS 7.
TAMAN NUSA PERINTIS 2. 81550 GELANG PATAH JOHOR BAHRU MALAYSIA.

Phone: 07-532 1377

 

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Zip-line your way to Scenic Places

“Life is like a zip-line. It’s over before you know it and you don’t remember much because it all went so fast.”Linda Poindexter (Author of Quips and Quotes)

Agas-Agas Bridge in Southern Leyte, Philippines
Zip-line in Agas-Agas Bridge, Southern Leyte, Philippines

Bold people love adventures that test their limits and make them conquer their fears such as the thrilling experience of Zip-lines. There are many various thrilling outdoor activities nowadays but zip-line has become more popular since it is definitely an exciting experience of sheer adrenaline, which you should add to your bucket list, and can be enjoyed by all ages. Zip-line lets you ride through the air while attached to cable lines, in the safety of a harness.

Would you like to scratch the world you have travel?

Hey, you must be wondering of How or When did this exhilarating outdoor activity originally started. It was basically used to transport goods or for people who had to pass through rough terrain and/or mountainous areas for many years.  However, nowadays zip-lines are being used as a fun outdoor activity, especially for adrenaline junkies, and are very much available in many countries.

Why try Zip-line Adventures?

Experience

If you haven’t tried this kind of adventure yet then you haven’t yet lived your life to the fastest…I mean, to the fullest! This experience is fun and exciting. It can only last for a couple of minutes but that could be the longest and most breathtaking couple-o’-minutes of your adulthood, at least. So if you’re looking for something new, go ahead and look for the nearest zip line site to experience it.

Canyon Zip line in Nevada
Canyon Zip-line in Nevada

Enjoy the Scenic View

Riding through the air gives you the perfect chance to glimpse the picturesque and astounding beauty of nature whether you’re zip lining in the city, dessert, or mountainside.

What to wear when doing the Zip?

Don’t just choose your favorite OOTD’s to impress your Instagram followers. In Zip lining, you need to dress for the weather. If you choose to zip in tropical countries, then you might want to wear light material clothing.

On the other hand, for countries with the usual low temperatures, then you might need to wear layers of clothes to stay warm and comfortable.

As for the lower body part, yoga pants, leggings, jeans, or stretchable pants are perfect since you’ll be wearing a snug harness. If you’re a lady, you wouldn’t like it if you choose to wear short short pants because the snug harness can make them ride up.

 

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Zip-line at Zip City Davao, Philippines

As for the footwear, remember that you’ll be taking an Aerial adventure so a closed toe pair of shoes is recommended. The crews might not allow you to take the zip adventure if you show up wearing sandals or flip flops.

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The most important thing is, you dress comfortably and enjoy the moment of zip lining.

 

 

Safety Helmets and Snug Harnesses will be provided to you by the crews. Make sure to double check everything for your safety.

Safety Helmets and Snug Harnesses will be provided to you by the crews. Make sure to double check everything for your safety. Although, honestly Zip line is one of the safest adventure activities we could do.

If you’re ready to soar and see different scenic places, here are some of the most thrilling and most exhilarating Zip-lines in the world.

1.The Monster | Toro Verde Adventure Park, San Juan Puerto Rico

Fly like a Superman in 4,700 ft zip-line      It’s the longest zipline in the world. Not only that, this incredible zipline in Puerto Rico is in an Island that’s known for its waterfalls and lush forests. Definitely, you can enjoy the scenic view of nature while flying. It’s like you’re on an ultimate tour high above the trees, mountains, and rivers. Isn’t that wonderful?

LENGTH: 7,590 ft.

DROP: 1,200 ft.

SPEED: 93.20 mph

Read Reviews HERE.

 

2. Zip Rider | Icy Strait Point, Alaska

zipline with 6 cables side by side

The largest zip-line in the Western Hemisphere. As you go on your way to the Icy Strait Point, travel past the quaint fishing village of Hoonah, where a thriving community of indigenous Tlingit people resides. While through the zip ride, capture a panoramic view of nearby Port Frederick and majestic snow-capped mountains before landing safely on the beach.

LENGTH: 5,495 ft.

DROP: 1,320 ft.

SPEED: 65 mph

 

 

3. Ziptrek’s The Sasquatch | Canada

An eco-exhilarating ride!

The longest in Canada and the USA.

LENGTH: 2 KM

DROP: 600 M

SPEED: 100-120 KMPH

Watch the Official Video of The Sasquatch below.

 

4. Flying Fox | Mokai Gravity Canyon, New Zealand

Soaring above the riverbed with friends.
The Flying Fox can hold one, two and even three people at a time!

LENGTH: 1.1 KM

DROP: 175 M

SPEED: 160 KPH

Experience another exhilarating zip-line while overlooking a river canyon.

Read REVIEWS HERE. 

5. Flight of the Gibbon | Thailand

Southeast Asia’s longest single zip-line with a twist. You have to go through a course of 30 stations to experience the 18 zip-lines, each has different length, depth, and speed.

 

 

TOTAL LENGTH:

800 M

You can check out their website HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

6. Zip 2000 | Sun City, South Africa

ZIP 2000

LENGTH: 2 KM

DROP: 280 M

SPEED: 120-160 KPH

Aside for their amazing and extreme zip-line, Sun City offers a breath-taking view of nature along the way.

You can check their website HERE.

 

7. The Zip Zone | Bukidnon, Philippines

zip lining experience above the Bukidnon rainforest

Asia’s Longest Dual Zipline. Fly like Superman and bolt through lush greenery and breathtaking views only found in the mountains of Dahilayan. Guaranteed safe and fun for every age, Zipzone has become the ultimate adventure destination for both young and young-at-heart.

LENGTH: 840 M

DROP: 100 M

SPEED: 60-80 KPH

Read more: http://www.dahilayanadventurepark.com

Featured Zip-line Destination for Beginners.  

Zip City | Davao City, Philippines

 

LENGTH: 320 M

Glide from above whilst enjoying a scenic view of Mount Apo and Davao Gulf so fear of heights or fear from falling could be set aside for awhile due to the relaxing view on top.  They have complete and safe equipment like a harness, head gears, cable and trolleys that have passed the standard requirement of the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation.  What’s more, the crews assisting the riders are professional and helpful to their customers.

 

 

IDEAS ABOUT TURKISH AIRLINES

Here what you can do if you only have little time in Istanbul..

From 2 weeks adventure in Kilimanjaro we were heading home back to Singapore with Turkish Airlines.

Before I continue with out stop over in Istanbul….

Turkish Airlines, fly from Singapore to any parts of the world. I notice that Turkish Airlines has a very reasonable rates comparing with other big airlines.

The flights from Singapore to Istanbul were very much comfortable.

Before we proceed our trip to Kilimanjaro from Singapore, we head back home to my husband home town in Volarberg Austria.  Just next to the border of Lichtenstein (Switzerland Border)

We were very please with the service on board Turkish Airline, both long and short flights. Hot super delicious meals were serve as well as fine drinks.

What’s more, you can earn miles too with Turkish Airlines.

We had a 12 hour stop over in Istanbul…

before we could proceed our flight to Singapore.  We plan it this way so that I could at least visit the city of Istanbul in Turkey.

We had landed at the airport about 11 am  at Ataturk  International Airlport (Turkish Time ) from Kilimanjaro.

What you do with you hand laggage?

We had our boarding pass already.. However, we decided to inform the airlines that we will be going to the city.



Inside Ataturk International Airlport, you will find a place to change currency as well as to leave your heavy hand luggage (specially when they are on rollers).

It is safe to leave your luggage and other things you do not want to carry around with you when you go for a city day tour trip in Istanbul.

You would pay about 25 Turkish currency which is very much reasonable. They lock your deposits and hand you over the key with a number tag.

From the airport…

We took a train, it was free a ride from the airport to the city. When we arrive at the central station, we had change our train and head down to the strait market, food street, famous bazaar etc. With the city train, you need to buy the train ticket at the small kiosk or machine along the railway which is pretty much organize.

However, you can just walk within the city center.  There are tourist busses (double decker) along the street looking out for customers. Be careful of the people right in-front of the bus tour, they give you a very high price. Best is to buy your ticket at the main station or ask for the driver.

When we arrived, it was lunch time. We were very hungry and we dive in food stall along the street.

Food in Istanbul city center are everywhere. See my video below
Food in Istanbul city center are everywhere. See my video below

After lunch, we walk towards Grand Bazaar- here I lost my $100 bill hidden inside my pocket. Amazing… People can be so good at pick pocketing. In anywhere in the world, with a super busy place, you are in danger of pickpockets.

Grand Bazaar market, you can buy all sorts of stuff, from gold to a antique turkish desigb plate, art, carpet, rugs, linens and a lot of things you can find here.
Grand Bazaar market, you can buy all sorts of stuff, from gold to a antique Turkish design plate, art, carpet, rugs, linens and a lot of things you can find here.

From grand bazaar, we walk down to where you can see the Europe and the Asia side right by the water of Istanbul city.

brigde link to Europe and Asia. What a small world?
Brigde link to Europe and Asia. What a small world? Bhosporus Bridge

You can rent or ride a boat and it was very reasonable and comforble ride. Inside the ferry boat, we were drinking Turkish tea.  You must try Turkish Tea when you are in Turkey.

The ride took about 2 hours, as it cruises along the river under the bridge of Bhosporus.

It was fascinating to see so many of the houses, restuarants and some other boats by the river as we were cruising around.

It’s like a movie… a real movie.. real life.

After the ride, it was dark, it’s time to have some nice turkish food once again.

My video is below for you to see it live…

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