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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
pictures courtesy of Alyssha, Charlotte and Krystle
Tulang Diot Tips
- island boat tours arranged from Tulang Daku (mainland) is P700, but that same boat tour if arranged from the boatmen of Tulang Diot is only P300!
- the boat tour is essentially a trip around the island with a snorkeling drop...nothing really in the way of an island boat tour - no cave drop-offs, no "another beach" swim, and the snorkeling isn't really that great
- there is no electricity - only generators
- you can buy water from the sari-sari store, but drinking water there still comes from the mainland - cheaper if you bring your water
- there is no lodging, but you can camp out on the beach - bring your tent, no camping fee
- no karaoke, so people already saturated by loud and blaring karaoke from the mainland can take refuge here
- boat ride is only P10/pax one-way
- no meals served on the island (so bring your food) but junk food snacks and coffee can be ordered at the local sari-sari store
Camotes Islands, Cebu, Philippines
Camotes Island FYI / Tips
- Camotes Islands is a group of islands composed of 4 municipalities:
- San Francisco - this is the biggest municipality covering the West major island. Its town center is the busiest with the market, eating places, live music and the Baywalk. The beach resort clusters, however, are concentrated in Santiago Bay, Mangodlong and Esperanza
- Poro - Poro is on the other big island to the East. It has its own port and the town center is likewise busy
- the busy area where most of the social gatherings take place, eating places, is located at the Baywalk area of San Francisco, 30 mins by motorcycle from the Consuelo Port. Travellers usually stay in their resort outside the Baywalk
- the resorts in Camotes Island are scattered around the island. There are none around the Baywalk area of San Francisco
- perhaps the only downside to Camotes Island is the inescapable deafening sound of karaoke - it is played very loud and it's everywhere. In Baywalk, there are 3 karaoke bars beside each other going full blast all at the same time
Camotes Island Cost Index(US$1 = Php 49.82 as of Jan 15, 2017)
- PHP 100 habal-habal ride from Consuelo Port to San Francisco
- PHP 55 Pale Pilsen beer
- PHP 10/pax regular fare for habal-habal within San Francisco
- PHP 500/tour habal-habal rate for island tour up to 2 pax
- PHP 800/tour tricycle rate for island tour up to 4 pax
Cebu City to Camotes Island
- via Consuelo - from Cebu City, take the northbound bus passing through Danao and get off at the Danao Port. At the Port, take a Jomalia Shipping boat for Consuelo (San Francisco, Camotes), 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).
Camotes Islands to Cebu City
- 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
- 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
- George and Peter Lines - Mon/Thur/Sat/Sun 10pm, (035)225.4337, 0922.557.1023
- Oceanjet - via Tagbilaran, daily 6am, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0918.898.2188
- Cokaliong - Mon/Tue/Wed/Thur/Fri/Sat 7pm, Sun 12pm, 6 hours, (035)225.3599
Danao to Camotes Island
- via Poro - at the Danao Port, take the Super Shuttle Ferry for Poro (Camotes), P?/pax, 3 hours, daily trip - 9:00am and 5:00pm (0936.823.8762 |0956.270.6610 | 0999.889.9999).
Camotes Island to Danao
Camotes Islands Blogs by TheLoneRider
- Daghang Salamat (Many Thanks) Camotes Islands, Goodbye Apr 6, 2017
- A Culture of Noise Apr 5, 2017
- Exploring Tulang Diot (Little Island) Apr 2, 2017
- In Search of the Hidden Beach Apr 1, 2017
- Pizza-Making Party in Camotes Islands Mar 25, 2017
- Zesto and Exploited Child Labor Mar 20, 2017
- The Bayot (Gay) Construction Worker Mar 20, 2017
- Yoga Calisthenics in Camotes Islands Mar 3, 2017
- Bathing with the Carabaos at Hagnaon Spring, Camotes Islands Feb 28, 2017
- Taking a Dip at Capasanan Spring, Camotes Islands Feb 28, 2017
- Exploring Bukilat Cave, Camotes Islands Feb 28, 2017
- Exploring Tudela and Busay Falls, Camotes Islands Feb 21, 2017
- Settling Down in Camotes Islands Feb 19, 2017
- Clam Chowder Pizza from Scratch on a Rice Cooker Feb 15, 2017
- Exploring Timubo Cave of Camotes Islands Feb 9, 2017
- Exploring Holy Crystal Cave of Camotes Islands Feb 9, 2017
- Exploring Camotes Islands of Cebu Jan 13-14, 2017
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