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Exploring Tudela and Busay Falls, Camotes Islands Feb 21, 2017

Exploring Tudela and Busay Falls, Camotes Islands

GPS waypoint: 10°38'40.22"N 124°27'50.65"E
Location: Tudela (municipality), Camotes Islands, Cebu (province), Philippines
Fees: P10 entrance fee, P200 picnic table

Exploring Tudela
The sun was finally up after a few days of drizzling - time to saddle up again and explore other parts of Camotes Islands. I've already visited the nearby barangays so I decided to go further out to Tudela - the last municipality within the Camotes mainland.

Getting There
The road leading to Tudela from San Francisco is mostly paved - about 90%. The 10% is currently being paved. In a few months, I could imagine the concrete road to fully extend the distance. Halfway to Tudela is the municipality of Poro. I've been to Poro a few times, but it was a good coffee break before I resume my ride. The ride was entirely a scenic coastal spectacle - the water to my right and the mountain to my left.

Exploring Tudela and Busay Falls, Camotes Islands
enjoying the dip at Busay Falls

Pink Bike
I was using a pink ladies' bike complete with a front basket and a broad cushiony saddle. It wasn't designed to take the kind of riding I usually do, so I'm gentle with it. It's a typical Japanese surplus bike - used and already disposed of in Japan, but still golden in this third world country. It suited me just as fine. The basket was handy for my backpack - better there than on my back. It would still be more reliable than brand new local bikes at the same price level. I'm just grateful to have a bike to use - otherwise it's an expensive motorcycle ride!

Tudela Poblacion
Finally, I reached Tudela. With it's coastal frontage, clean water and sleepy town demeanor, it seemed perfect for a weekend hideaway. I roamed a bit, talking to locals who seemed curious about this new face in town - who is Tagalog! I found them helpful and friendly.

Pension Houses
Curious what kind of lodging they have here, I asked around. Given the right setting (fronting the sea or high enough for a view), adequate amenities (wifi) and right price, I don't mind moving here when my month is up in San Francisco. Of the 4 lodging places available, none made the grade. Maratas had a spectacular view but at P5k/month with no wifi, it was a deal breaker. Jean (Martinez) was cheap at P1,500/month but no beach, no view and no wifi. Oh well, my digs in San Fran ain't that bad anyway.

Busay Falls
It was while leaving Tudela when I saw a sign to Busay Falls. Having biked 12 kms under the heat, it was too tempting. From the paved road, it was still a hike along single foot tracks crossing 2 streams until I reached it. It was a refreshing dip to say the least. The falls is small and manicured to smoothen the otherwise limestone sharpness. The pool has been worked-on for a flat bottom. It resembled more a swimming pool than a waterfall plunge pool.

Ending Thoughts
I could have ventured further to McArthur for Bukilat Cave, then to Villahermosa for snorkeling in their coral reef, then to Puertobello, Rizal, San Jose, Adela, Esperanza, Mercedes and back to San Fran, practically circumnavigating the west Camotes Island. It was such a great distance for a demure lady's bike. Besides, I already had my fill for the day. I'll be here awhile - no need to rush things.

--- TheLoneRider

Next stop: Bukilat Cave

it was a scorching day for a bike ride finally reaching Tudela and taking this shot by its port stopping over for banana que and chatting with the locals - they told me where the pension houses are and where to buy tuba going up the Maratas resort to check out their rates. Spectacular view but no wifi and monthly rate was 5k, no a/c, no tv. It was a deal breaker, but met Sherilyn...guapa gid! leaving Tudela, I saw this sign on the road. Yey! the plunge pool resembled more a swimming pool cottages are for rent at P200 soaking it in ham shot drying my feet before the ride getting coffee in a carinderia and met the helpful manangs...one of them said, I cant join the picture, Im married!


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

Waterfalls/Spring Blogs by TheLoneRider

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