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Taking a Dip at Capasanan Spring, Camotes Islands Feb 28, 2017

Taking a Dip at Capasanan Spring, Camotes Islands

GPS waypoint: 10°41'13.99"N 124°27'04.36"E
Location: San Jose (barangay), Poro (municipality), Camotes Islands, Cebu (province), Philippines
Fee: free

Road Trip
Coming from Bukilat Cave, I continued by bicycle ride going north into the marine sanctuary of Villahermosa, the port of Puertobello and finally to San Jose - a barrio said to have a few natural spring water sources.

Ms. Joy of Poro Tourism
Showing up in town, a fresh new face, speaking Tagalog (historically, Cebuanos don't like Tagalogs...for good reason) and asking around for fresh spring water source in an obscure barrio like San Jose could very well generate suspicion. If I did the same thing in the Kalinga region of the Mountain Province where its history is marred by violence due to incursion into their water source by unwelcomed developers, I may not come out alive. To dissipate any potential tension, I had to namedrop Ms. Joy, Poro's tourism officer. She was the one who told me about San Jose's spring water source. Joy is well-known and well-respected. Not only did it dissipate any suspicion, it opened doors. People were suddenly forthcoming about their springs, even giving me directions.

Taking a Dip at Capasanan Spring, Camotes Islands
a refreshing dip after a long bike ride

Capasanan Spring
Capasanan Spring wasn't too hard to find, being just off the town proper and along a well paved road. It's a pool about the size of a hotel room in an open field, about waist deep. The water is crystal clear, refreshing and perhaps even safe to drink. I would have, given my penchant for spring water, but I got mixed advice. Some locals say it's safe to drink but some said it 'used' to be safe for drinking.

Water Buffaloes
Just downstream from the actual spring was a deep stream where carabaos (water buffaloes) were leisurely immersed in their afternoon indulgence. They came out with a shiny black coat. I haven't seen carabaos with such sheen.

The Little Girl
I was all by myself until a little girl got curious and watched me from a distance. I offered her some hopia I was munching. She got a few and got comfortable. By the end of it, she was leaning hard on me to get herself inside my selfie shots!

Ending Thoughts
I love this spring. It's clean, pristine and it's free! It's untouched by tourists and you can have it all for yourself.

--- TheLoneRider

Next stop: Hagnaon Spring

first and the last sign of Capasanan Spring lucky carabaos...luckily, they were downstream from me the spring was in the middle of a rice field finally coming to the spring water was crystal clear I had the spring all to myself meeting Jing-Jing...he got friendlier when I mentioned Ms. Joy the little girl got comfortable with me...she joined me on all my selfies she even had a cutsie pose on my selfie she's there too behind my bicycle!


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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