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5 Best Caves in Camotes Island 2024 (Latest Entrance Fees, How to Get There, Where to Stay)

One of the best things to do in Camotes Island is to go cave-hopping. CEBU INSIDER has chosen the 5 Best Caves in Camotes Island based on our experience.
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Heading to Camotes Island soon? One of the best things to do in Camotes Island is to go cave-hopping and enjoy natural spring water cave pools. CEBU INSIDER has chosen the 5 Best Caves in Camotes Island based on our experience.

Camotes Island is best known for its unspoiled white sand beaches and jaw-dropping sunsets, making it a favorite quick island getaway among people from the metro. But one of the features that make Camotes Island so unique is its number of natural caves, most of them have a springwater pool.

Currently, a total of 8 caves in Camotes Island are open to the public. If we include underwater caves, the total of Camotes caves would be dozens, which is why Camotes Island has also quickly become popular among freedivers and scuba divers from around the world.

If you are planning to visit soon, I highly recommend spending at least 3 days and 2 nights in Camotes Island to explore the best of the island. A day trip to Camotes is also possible, but you really have to plan your trip well in order to maximize your time. Be sure to take a fastcraft to Camotes Island! If you need help ironing kinks out on your itinerary, feel free to drop your questions in the comments.

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Best Time to Visit Camotes Island

The best months to visit Camotes Island in Cebu are from March to May when the weather is generally dry and hot. November to February is a fairly good time to visit but expect rains on some days.

The wettest months in Camotes Island are from June to July. Expect cancellations of ferry trips to and from Camotes Island during these months due to bad weather. August to October supposedly is still the rainy season, but El Niño is expected to last until January 2024. That means hot, dry weather will persist until then.

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How to Get to Camotes Island

To get to Camotes Island, take a Ceres Liner bus at Cebu North Bus Terminal (see map) bound for Camotes Island. Get off at Poro Port in Camotes or Santiago Bay Beach whichever is closer to your hotel. The total travel time is approximately 3 hours, while the total cost is around 520 PHP (~9.5 USD) one way. Check out the latest Liloan to Camotes Ferry Schedule!

If you want to take the fastest ferry from Liloan to Camotes, just take any northbound bus at Cebu North Bus Terminal. Tell the driver or conductor you drop you at Pier88 in Liloan. The ferry will arrive at Poro Port. This will cut your total travel time to 2 hours. Get your Oceanjet ticket from Liloan to Camotes online!

Alternatively, you can take any northbound bus at Cebu North Bus Terminal and get off at Danao Port. Walk a few meters to the port and then take a ferry to Consuelo Port in Camotes. Check out the latest Danao to Camotes Ferry Schedule!

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Where to Stay in Camotes Island

You can find different types of accommodation in Camotes Island, depending on your taste and budget. Here are some resorts and hotels in Camotes Island that we highly recommend:

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What to Bring to Camotes Island

There are a few things you should not forget to bring on your trip to Camotes Island. Here are some of them:

  • Dry bag
  • Snorkeling set
  • Fins for freediving
  • Beach towel
  • Water bottle
  • Hiking shoes/sandals
  • Waterproof phone case

5 Camotes Island Caves to Visit in 2023

Almost a dozen caves can be found throughout Camotes Island. Here are the best ones you should consider including in your itinerary:

1. Paraiso Cave

Located inside a resort premise, Paraiso Cave is the most developed of all caves in Camotes Island. It has concrete rails and steps going down to the underground cave pool as well as sitting areas built into the rocks.

Having a swimming hole that is up to 5 feet deep, Paraiso Cave is one of the most ideal Camotes caves for swimming. Although not wide enough, the cold crystal clear blue water will be enough to inspire you to take a dip.

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Paraiso Cave welcomes visitors with its cold blue water pool
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The entrance to Paraiso Cave
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The way going to the cave pool of Paraiso Cave in Camotes Island, Cebu

Paraiso Cave Entrance Fee

  • 100 PHP (~2 USD)

Paraiso Cave Opening Hours

  • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday to Sunday

2. Timubo Cave

Of all Camotes Island caves, Timubo Cave is the least popular. And that is what makes it good if you are looking for tourist spots in Camotes Island away from tourists if that makes sense.

I still remember the first time I went here, there was no electricity. So all I had was my flashlight and the willpower to go inside the cave alone and take a quick dip.

Timubo Cave is located away from the top tourist spots in Camotes Island. But you can make a quick run to the cave after visiting Tulang Diot Island.

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The crystal clear cave pool of Timubo Cave
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The entryway to Timubo Cave
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The way going down to the cave pool of Timubo Cave

Timubo Cave Entrance Fee

  • 60 PHP (~1 USD)

Timubo Cave Opening Hours

  • 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM, Monday to Sunday

3. Amazing Island Cave

Found inside the resort of the same name, Amazing Island Cave is definitely a must-visit. It has a spacious cave pool deep enough for you to swim around.

Amazing Island Cave is located near Paraiso Cave, so you can pretty much visit the two Camotes attractions one after the other. This one’s interesting because there are several tight holes you can squeeze yourself in to take a dip into the water.

Although the swimming hole is spacious, the stalactites hang low, so  you need to be careful when crawling on all fours not to bump your head into the rock.

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The swimming hole inside Amazing Island Cave in Camotes Island, Cebu
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Tourists enjoy the water inside Amazing Island Cave in Camotes Island, Cebu
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The entrance to Amazing Island Cave in Camotes Island, Cebu

Amazing Island Cave Entrance Fee

  • 100 PHP (~2 USD) inclusive of life vest

Amazing Island Cave Opening Hours

  • 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM, Monday to Sunday

4. Heaven Cave

About 2 kilometers away north of Paraiso Cave and Amazing Island Cave is Heaven Cave, one of the most overlooked caves in Camotes Island alongside Timubo Cave. This cave is best visited when the tide is high so you can enjoy its cave pool.

I have seen improvements inside the cave ever since I went there the first time in 2015. There are railings and good lighting inside the cave. The steep steps can be slippery, so do not forget your aqua shoes or trekking sandals.

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The swimming hole inside Heaven Cave in Camotes Island, Cebu
The way going down Heaven Cave in Camotes Island, Cebu
The way going down Heaven Cave in Camotes Island, Cebu
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The entrance to Heaven Cave in Camotes Island, Cebu

Heaven Cave Entrance Fee

  • 75 PHP (~1.5 USD) for adults
  • 60 PHP (~1 USD) for children

Heaven Cave Opening Hours

  • 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday to Friday

5. Bukilat Cave

If there’s one cave in Camotes Island you need to visit, it’s Bukilat Cave. Of all caves in Camotes Island, this one is the largest and has enough sunlight piercing through a huge hole. Bukilat Cave is the only one on this list located in Poro Island.

Despite that, it’s worth visiting for a dramatic photo opportunity. Aside from taking dramatic photos, the presence of a hole and the sunlight inside the cave helps ensure no foul odor persists. Cave pools tend to get smelly because of how enclosed they are, but this one is different.

The swimming area inside the cave is the most spacious of all. However, it is only ankle-deep, so visitors can just take a dip.

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The view inside Bukilat Cave in Camotes Island, Cebu
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The view inside Bukilat Cave in Camotes Island, Cebu
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The entrance of Bukilat Cave in Camotes Island, Cebu

Bukilat Cave Entrance Fee

  • 50 PHP (~1 USD)

Bukilat Cave Opening Hours

  • 7:30 AM – 4:30 AM, Monday to Friday

Your Complete Camotes Island Travel Guide

That’s a wrap for our list of the 5 Best Caves in Camotes Island. Indeed, cave hopping is one of the best things to do in Camotes Island. Apart from caves, Camotes Island is also home to beautiful white sand beaches and dive spots.

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Mario Manlupig
Mario Manlupig

Mario is the Founder of CEBU INSIDER. In March 2018, he left his full-time job at the Philippines' biggest TV network and became a digital nomad, traveling all over the country until the pandemic happened. He now calls Cebu City his home.

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