The Secret – Philippines

One of the challenges with the Philippines is trying to decide what to do and where to go.  It’s not yet a very popular destination for travelers, so not much is known about the best spots.  This can be both good and bad.  The Good; You can still find hidden gems and enjoy them with a few close friends.  The Bad;  Trying to find the hidden gems.

That being said, I found one.

Santiago Bay Resort Philippines, Camotes - Backpackers Union

The Island is called Camotes and it’s two hours by boat from Cebu which has a major  airport making it easy to get to.

Santiago Bay Resort Philippines, Camotes - Backpackers Union

I traveled there with a friend named Jay-Lee from California who now lives in Manila.  The day we met in Cebu we still didn’t know where we were going to travel.  In the airport she talked to a backpacker who recommended Camotes and a beach called Santiago Bay Beach.  No one knew anything about it but we decided, screw it, why not?

View from Santiago Bay Resort Philippines, Camotes

Camotes, Philippines - Sunken Ship

We’re glad we did!

For $18 each we stayed in a resort on the beach with two pools, bars, a secret abandoned cove, jet skis, mopeds, trampolines on the ocean… the works.  For two days we lived the high life for pocket change on a beautiful Island.

Jay-Lee’s also a babe, so that helps.

The Cave:

Santiago Bay Resort Philippines, Camotes - The Cave

Santiago Bay Resort Philippines, Camotes - The Cave

Santiago Bay Resort Philippines, Camotes - The Cave

Check it out!

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