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In Search of the Hidden Beach Apr 1, 2017

In Search of the Hidden Beach

GPS waypoint: hmmm....nah, I'll keep this one to myself :)
Location: Camotes Islands, Cebu (province), Philippines

When I zoomed-in on my Maps.Me app, I saw this circular beach about 50 feet across with a narrow 8-ft sea entrance through the limestone rocks. There were no roads to it and even the narrow trail marks stopped far from it. It looked isolated and hidden from everyone. Google Maps didn't even show it. It was too easy to miss-off from the map since it was so tiny. Time to do some exploring on my bicycle to see if it exists!

Mactang Beach
It was a long bike ride under the heat of the sun. What's fun are the interesting spots I accidentally passed along. One was Mactang Beach. Nothing special really about the beach per se, but according to some folks in Poro, they unearthed historical artifacts suggesting that the actual battle of Mactan between Magellan and Lapu-Lapu took place here - not in Mactan, Cebu City! There is increased interest on this that I even met someone who came to do an ocular inspection. However, at the site, all I saw was a sign saying historical artifacts and human skeletons were unearthed there - no mention whatsoever about the Mactan Battle. I was a little disappointed.

Cagcagan Water Spring
I came upon a road sign, "Cagcagan Water Spring". As a big fan of natural springs, of course I followed the sign until I came upon a deep hole in the ground with a concrete flight of steps going down through some rocks until I saw the spring source. The place was narrow and claustrophobic - not ideal for swimming or bathing. A big pipe that was stuck into the source gives off water you could fill a container with. I took a big gulp. Surprisingly, the water was tepid. It wasn't even cold.

Flying Fish Resort
This one was not on my map though. It was also hidden and a bit of a ride further out of the main road, but when I came upon it, it was a proper resort with a generous beach view from the leisure chairs and rooms. The front is a coral reef for snorkeling activity.

The Ride
The bike ride offered a few more surprises as long as I was willing to veer off the main road and explore interesting possibilities. After leaving the main road into the dirt trail, I thought the trail ended, but apparently, it went on...through small and obscure residential areas. At some point, the trail was too narrow and muddy with sharp protruding coral rocks - I had to carry my bike. I was thinking, this really is, a hidden beach!

Hidden Beach Revealed
Finally, I came upon the beach. It does exist! I thought I would be alone, but there were many kids playing around. Apparently, the beach is their playground. There were also a few grown-ups whom I approached to alay their curiosity. More grown-ups showed up curious what I was doing there. I just told them I was 'suroy-suroy' - just exploring places on my bike. They were friendly and pointed me to another trail where I could exit. I was just thinking, this place would be an excellent personal property for a beach where you have your own private cove. Of course it needs a lot of work - road access, manicuring the landscape, a cottage, etc. But I think it's best to leave it as it is where kids can freely play at will.

Hidden Beach at Maps.Me
screen capture of the hidden beach from Maps.Me
In Search of the Hidden Beach
panoramic shot of the circular hidden beach...with lotsa kids playing around

Ending Thoughts
Having made so many stops before I reached the beach, I was exhausted already. This is what I like about exploring something you just saw from a map - you don't know what else you stumble upon. In this case, the adventure was as much the destination as it was the journey.

--- TheLoneRider

Reader Comments:

Marie RomanMarie Roman
(Apr 2, 2017) Ur there at last. How was it?

"How was it?" -- Nandinii
(Apr 2, 2017) raw with great potential

David LloydDavid Australia
(Apr 2, 2017) Wow looks amazing you still on Comotes Islands

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
  • via Poro - from Pier One in Cebu City, take the Ocean Jet for Poro, 2 hours, daily trip - 6am and 3pm (0936.823.8762 |0956.270.6610 | 0999.889.9999).
  • 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

  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

  • George and Peter Lines - Mon/Thur/Sat/Sun 10pm, (035)225.4337, 0922.557.1023
  • Oceanjet - via Tagbilaran, daily 6am,, 0918.898.2188
  • Cokaliong - Mon/Tue/Wed/Thur/Fri/Sat 7pm, Sun 12pm, 6 hours, (035)225.3599
Danao to Camotes Island
  • via Consuelo - at the Danao 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).
  • 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

  • via Consuelo - 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).
  • via Poro - take the Super Shuttle Ferry in Poro (Camotes) for the Danao Port, P?/pax, 3 hours, daily trip - 5:00am and 1:00pm (0936.823.8762 |0956.270.6610 | 0999.889.9999).
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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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