I have been to Santiago Bay Resort in Camotes Island twice. This happened in two separate team building activities in 2007 and 2008. There was only a year’s difference between the two instances but I saw a number of developments being done. This was the resort’s aim to accommodate more guests and to enjoy what Camotes can offer.
I remember my colleagues who searched online for more information about Camotes Santiago Bay Resort and when they forwarded pictures of the place to us, I was captivated by the long stretch of sand. When we reached the island, the water was still high but we had a view that overlooked the sea which was great.
view from the resort, room
Even if the water was up, we strolled around this Camotes island resort and found that there’s more to it than sand. Rocks are abound and there are passages to check out what you can see on the island.
The second time I was there, we saw some sea jellies on the water. I was close enough to take a good picture of it without getting stung. My other friend said that when they visited Camotes, the water was also clear but they didn’t see these creatures so I guess like the weather, it’s seasonal.
There are other activities you can do in Camotes island such as go caving at Bukilat Cave in Tudela or visit Lake Danao in the San Francisco town. On our end, we just stayed in the island resort because we wanted to get some rest and relaxation since we came from our shifts at work.
Camotes Santiago Bay Resort During Low Tide
You can experience the beauty of Santiago Bay in Camotes Island when it’s low tide as you can really see the very long stretch of white sand present which was what I anticipated for.
Those rock formations on the side of the cliff come alive during low tide and you can see another face of this island. We took a lot of pictures because of the wonderful and unique backdrop then.
I also saw some Youtube videos about skimboarding and I was still learning the sport at this time. This is one of the perfect places for skimming as the sand is powdery white and when you fall, it doesn’t really hurt. You can skim in the puddles of water formed because of the low tide. I was a beginner back then (and still up to now).
Edwin aka “fetus” of lakbaydiva.com
Santiago Bay Garden & Resort also has another resort in Camotes called Mangodlong Resort which is owned by the same people; but I’ll be writing a separate entry for that.
Camotes is located northeast of Cebu City. Click on this link on how to get to Camotes from Cebu: Going to Camotes
For more information, you can check out their website at: http://www.camotesresorts.com.ph/santiago.htm
More photos here: soloflightEd goes to Camotes Island