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Exploring Tulang Diot (Little Island) Apr 2, 2017

Exploring Tulang Diot (Little Island)

GPS waypoint: 10°42'52.22"N 124°19'31.63"E
Location: Tulang Diot (Sitio), San Francisco (municipality), Camotes Islands, Cebu (province), Philippines
Fees: P10 boat fare, no entrance fee, P150 picnic table (optional)

Tudela Invite
I've always been curious about Tulang Diot but never made any concrete plan to visit until I got an invite from my 2 Tudela friends, Alyssha and Charlotte. The invite extended to the rest of the Kayla Me crew, but it didn't take off. With just a few days left before my departure from Camotes, I made a plan to visit myself and explore the island on an overnight stay. I made a last-minute invite to my Tudela friends if they wish to join me. They caught up later.

Getting There
I rode my bike to Tulang Daku (drop-off from the mainland) and asked the boatman where I can park my bike for an overnight stay. He offered his house - nice! Locals are friendly and accommodating here. The P10 boat ride was only 10 mins and I was dropped on the island. I didn't have to make arrangement for the return as there are many boats plying the route.

Beach Life
There is a semi-circular fine white sand beach on the southern tip of the island. This is where the tourists stay. On the northern tip of the island is a lighthouse which is hikeable. The lighthouse should offer a nice view but I didn't get there. The island is roughly 1.5 kms long at its longest. There isn't much else on the island although the locals say there is a cave (but not really offered to tourists). Essentially, you go to Tulang Diot for the beach and not much else.

Boat Tour
Alyssha and Charlotte finally arrived with Krystle, a colleague. We took a boat tour. First stop was a snorkeling site just a little distance away from the main town. The site was essentially a sea shrub area - nothing in the way of a coral reef. The boat went further north but the water got choppy and we had to turn back. According to the boatman, there are 2 more snorkeling spots.

Exploring Tulang Diot (Little Island)
beach fun with Charlotte, Alyssha and Krystle

Food Time
We got hungry and laid out our picnic spread for some eats - camotes, lechon, shawarma and snacks. It was a nice chill until it rained. It was ok, we were already wet. But soon after, we got cold. That ended the party.

Heading Back
With their boat waiting for them and my sleeping hammock already wet from the rain, I bailed and joined them on the return boat to Tulang Daku - no more overnight stay. At the mainland, we all got about our own ways - they on their motorbikes and me on my bicycle. They were nice enough to bring my extra luggage with them and dropped them off my place. This lightened my load and allowed me pedal fast enough to reach my place before it got dark.

Ending Thoughts
Tulang Diot is a nice getaway from Camotes mainland - boat ride is only P10 and it's not too far off. Except for the P150 table fee (it was really just a small table), there is nothing touristy about the place. The locals are not yet corrupted by cras tourism - they don't see you as walking ATMs. Sari-sari store coffee is just P10. If you're already in Camotes Islands, it's a worhtwhile side trip. To me, the no-karaoke feature is a homerun!

--- TheLoneRider

pictures courtesy of Alyssha, Charlotte and Krystle



Tulang Diot Tips

Google Map Camotes Islands, Cebu, Philippines

tourist attractions in Camotes Island tourist attractions
  • Lake Danao Park in Camotes Island Lake Danao Park - inland twin lakes in San Francisco
  • Santiago Bay Beach in Camotes Island Santiago Bay Beach - stretch of fine white sand with a cluster of beach resorts
  • Buho Rock in Camotes Island Buho Rock - dive boards perched from a high rock outcropping, Poro
  • Tulang Diot in Camotes Island Tulang Diot - white sand beach on a tiny island just 10 minutes by boat from the main Camotes Island
  • Busay Falls in Camotes Island Busay Falls - groomed plunge pool, dirt trail walk with 2 stream crossings, Tudela
  • Capasanan Spring in Camotes Island Capasanan Spring - crystal clear open spring water source in San Jose, Poro. Free
  • Hagnaon Spring in Camotes Island Hagnaon Spring - clean drinking water coming out of the rocks, dipping pool you might share with carabaos in San Jose, Poro. Free
caves in Camotes Island caves
  • Timubo Cave in Camotes Island Timubo Cave - groomed trail inside cave with lights, swimming inside, limited penetration
  • Bukilat Cave in Camotes Island Bukilat Cave - cathedral-like caverns, top lighting from cave openings, high tide swimming
  • Holy Crystal Cave in Camotes Island Holy Crystal Cave - cave formation glitters, human bones, limited penetration
  • Paraiso Cave in Camotes Island Paraiso Cave
places in Camotes Island important spots
  • San Francisco San Francisco - town center, wet market, municipal hall, eateries, live music, bar, Baywalk
  • Poro Poro - town center of Poro Municipality, port to Cebu City and Danao
  • Tudela Tudela - town center of Tudela Municipality
  • Pilar Pilar - town center of Pilar in the island of Ponson Island
  • Consuelo Wharf Consuelo Wharf - port for Danao ships
  • Poro Port Poro Port - port for Danao and Cebu City ships
hotels in Camotes Island resort hotel

Camotes Island FYI / Tips

Camotes Island Cost Index

(US$1 = Php 49.82 as of Jan 15, 2017)

Cebu City to Camotes Island

Camotes Islands to Cebu City

  1. Poro - Cebu City (fastest and most direct) - go to Poro and take the 8am or 5pm Ocean Jet to Pier One in Cebu City, P380/pax/aircon, 2 hours
  2. Consuelo - Danao - Cebu City - go to Consuelo (San Francisco) and take the Jomalia Shipping boat to Danao, P220/pax, a/c, 2 hours, daily trip - 5:30am, 7:00am (special trip), 8:30am, 12:00 noon (express), 2:30pm, 5:30pm and 9:00pm (express, Fri/Sat/Sun only). From Danao, take the Ceres Bus to Cebu City

Cebu City to Dumaguete, Negros Oriental by Boat

Danao to Camotes Island

Camotes Island to Danao

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Camotes Islands Blogs by TheLoneRider

  1. Daghang Salamat (Many Thanks) Camotes Islands, Goodbye Apr 6, 2017
  2. A Culture of Noise Apr 5, 2017
  3. Exploring Tulang Diot (Little Island) Apr 2, 2017
  4. In Search of the Hidden Beach Apr 1, 2017
  5. Pizza-Making Party in Camotes Islands Mar 25, 2017
  6. Zesto and Exploited Child Labor Mar 20, 2017
  7. The Bayot (Gay) Construction Worker Mar 20, 2017
  8. Yoga Calisthenics in Camotes Islands Mar 3, 2017
  9. Bathing with the Carabaos at Hagnaon Spring, Camotes Islands Feb 28, 2017
  10. Taking a Dip at Capasanan Spring, Camotes Islands Feb 28, 2017
  11. Exploring Bukilat Cave, Camotes Islands Feb 28, 2017
  12. Exploring Tudela and Busay Falls, Camotes Islands Feb 21, 2017
  13. Settling Down in Camotes Islands Feb 19, 2017
  14. Clam Chowder Pizza from Scratch on a Rice Cooker Feb 15, 2017
  15. Exploring Timubo Cave of Camotes Islands Feb 9, 2017
  16. Exploring Holy Crystal Cave of Camotes Islands Feb 9, 2017
  17. Exploring Camotes Islands of Cebu Jan 13-14, 2017
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