Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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Budget Travel How To: Carnaza Island From Cebu City with Itinerary and Tourist Spots Recommendations

Situated in the northern tip of Cebu, Carnaza Island is another "Visayan Gem" less traveled. This turtle-shaped island deserves our attention especially this Summer. If you read blog articles about it and recommending you to stay at Eco-Park, then you should read this article further as Carnaza Island is not just about the said park. During the long weekend, I was able to visit and experience the amazing Carnaza island together with Cebu Bloggers Society Friends. I gained friends from the Local and explored the "Buhis buhay" tourist spots in the island.

Carnaza Island, Northern Cebu's Unsung Paradise
Carnaza Island, Northern Cebu's Unsung Paradise

Carnaza Island, Northern Cebu's Unsung Paradise
CBS Bloggers Mark Monta, Lloyd Chua and Etienne Chantal. Laid Back vacation!

Carnaza Island, Northern Cebu's Unsung Paradise
Here's the complete vacationers!


For me, here are the best Tourist Spots every travelers should see and visit during their stay at Carnaza Island. 

Special note, some photos were taken by Huawei P9 and Oppo F3 but not edited so that viewers cannot set a high expectation during their stay. But trust me when I said that these spots are amazingly instagrammable. Enjoy Carnaza guys!


1. Liog-Liog Beach

Liog-Liog Beach, Carnaza Island, Cebu
Liog-Liog Beach, Carnaza Island, Cebu

Liog-Liog Beach, Carnaza Island, Cebu
FaceCebu Blogger, Mark Monta at Liog-Liog Beach, Carnaza Island, Cebu

Liog-Liog Beach, Carnaza Island, Cebu
Liog-Liog Beach, Carnaza Island, Cebu

Liog-Liog Beach, Carnaza Island, Cebu
Mark Harolds, IG User at Liog-Liog Beach, Carnaza Island, Cebu

Liog-Liog Beach, Carnaza Island, Cebu
Liog-Liog Beach, Carnaza Island, Cebu

Liog-Liog Beach, Carnaza Island, Cebu
Lloyd Chua of LloydandBehold at Liog-Liog Beach, Carnaza Island, Cebu

Liog-Liog Beach, Carnaza Island, Cebu
Etienne Chantal Codina at Liog-Liog Beach, Carnaza Island, Cebu

2. Donna's Cave - When we visit there, it has no name per the locals so we started  calling it Donna's Cove. Donna is the beautiful little girl who accompanied us to this amazing view which is part of Liog-Liog Beach.



Here's a quick video of buhis-buhay climb at Liog-Liog Islet


Donna's Cave, Carnaza Island, Cebu
Donna's Cave, Carnaza Island, Cebu


3. Angel's Pool (Mini-Lagoon) - Just like Donna's Cave, we call this Angel's Mini-Lagoon from our local guide, Angel.



Angel's Pool Mini Lagoon, Liog-Liog, Carnaza Island
Angel's Mini Lagoon, Liog-Liog, Carnaza Island


4. Liog-Liog Rock Formation

Liog-Liog Rock Formation, Carnaza Island, Cebu
Panorama View : Liog-Liog Rock Formation, Carnaza Island, Cebu


5. Ka-Ilina Beach

Ka-Ilina Beach
This place deserves a selfie!

Ka-Ilina Beach
With my partner, Timex Chronograph. 
6. Skull Cove/Beach

Skull Cove, Carnaza island, Cebu
Skull Cove, Carnaza island, Cebu

Skull Cove, Carnaza island, Cebu
Panorama View: Skull Cove, Carnaza island, Cebu

Skull Cove, Carnaza island, Cebu
Cave: Skull Cove, Carnaza island, Cebu

Skull Cove, Carnaza island, Cebu
Skull Cove, Carnaza island, Cebu

Skull Cove, Carnaza island, Cebu
Shy pose!

Skull Cove, Carnaza island, Cebu
Jump Shot!

Skull Cove, Carnaza island, Cebu
Chill!

Skull Cove, Carnaza island, Cebu
Ready!

7. La Manok Islet

La Manok Islet
Bloggers Summah feels!



La Manok Islet
Hottie Etienne and Mark!

La Manok Islet
My usual Pose! Sorry!

La Manok Islet
Side view!
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8. Dakit-Dakit Islet


Dakit-Dakit Islet
Dakit-Dakit Islet

Dakit-Dakit Islet
My Friend Dian in her pa-andar pose! LOL

Dakit-Dakit Islet
Flex it beach!

Dakit-Dakit Islet
Ready!

Dakit-Dakit Islet
Splash!



ITINERARY (From Cebu City) For 3 Days and 2 Nights Stay at Carnaza Island



April 07 (Saturday)

05:30 AM : Take the first trip of Ceres Bus to Maya ( Fare: PHP 219) If you come from any part of Cebu, take a cab or jeep going to North Bus Terminal of Mandaue City.

10:00 AM : Arrival in Tapilon Port

10:30 AM : Boat to Carnaza Island ( Fare: PHP 200 )

2:00 PM :  Late Lunch (Contact Councilor Gigi Camino to get a cheap yet affordable Carenderia in the Island. Budget: PHP 100-150)

3:00 -5:00 PM : Tent set-up at Ka-Ilina Beach ( Space Payment : PHP 100/head)

5:00 -6:00 PM : Siesta time and Beaching.

First Day Expenses: PHP 619.00

Dakit-Dakit Islet, Carnaza Island, Cebu
Dakit-Dakit Islet, Carnaza Island, Cebu

April 08 (Sunday)

7:00 - 8:00 AM : Breakfast ( Go to Psalms Restaurant for a fast yet affordable breakfast. PHP 100.00)

10:00 - 12 Noon : Carnaza Island Tour ( Motorcycles are available everywhere with a fare of PHP 300, you can tour three different spots in the island which includes Liog-Liog Beach, Skull Cove and Ka-Ilina. But if you're staying at Ka-Ilina, then you can just pay PHP 250 for a motor ride. )

12:30 PM: Lunch at Psalms Restaurant (PHP 150)

1:30 PM - 5:00 PM Island hopping ( Book a boat for a group of 6 (PHP 1, 700) and Hop to La Manok islet and Dakit-Dakit. This means PHP 285 each person)

Second Day Expenses : PHP 785.00


Carnaza Island, cebu
Barrio!


April 09 (Monday)

6:30 - 7:30 AM : Breakfast ( Go to Psalms Restaurant for a fast yet affordable breakfast. PHP 100.00)

08:00 AM  : Book a Boat for your group (6-7 people) to Tapilon Port ( Fare should be PHP 2000 which means 285-300 each person)

11:30 AM : Arrival in Tapilon Port

11:45 AM - 12 Noon : Take a Tricycle to Daan Bantayan Bus Terminal (Fare: 12.00)

12:15 PM : Lunch Time ( Go to Sto. Nino Carenderia. PHP 50-100)

1:00 PM : Bus to Cebu City ( Fare: PHP 219.00)

Third Day Expenses: PHP 681.00

TOTAL EXPENSES:   PHP 2,085.00


TIPS, RECOMMENDATIONS & CONTACT NUMBER


CONTACT : For your needs such as where to stay, food, drinks, hot water, boat for island hopping and others, please contact our new found friend, Councilor Rego "Gigi" Camino at 0918-547-5143.

TIPS:

  1. On your first day, take the first trip from North Bus Terminal To Maya (6:00 AM is the best and ideal time to travel)
  2. If you travel alone, wait for more passengers at Tapilon Port for a cheaper fare. Also, while waiting, you can grab a lunch at any Carenderia in the area.
  3. Ask for a big plastic bag from the Boat operator so that you can secure your personal belongings or bags inside it.
  4. While taking the boat to Carnaza island, better choose the rare part (near the driver/operator) so that you will not/less wet your things or yourself. 
  5. Upon Arrival, look for Councilor Gigi and asked to arrange a place at Ka-Ilina Beach. Note, it will just cost you PHP 100 per person for three days and two nights stay at beach front. 
  6. For Breakfast and Lunch, you can go to Psalms Restaurant (across a non-Catholic Church and near Ka-Ilina Beach). Their menu is cheap and they can cook fast. 
  7. For Dinner, contact Councilor Gigi and asked to arrange a dinner with his sister-in-law who has a mini-carenderia.
  8. There is a solar electricity in the island so it is best for travelers to bring Power Bank and Flash lights during the stay. But in the morning, you can go to Psalms Restaurant to charge your electronics gadgets while eating. In addition, the owner who is a pastor is very friendly that you can take a shower in just PHP 25.00 and use their bathroom for free.
  9. During your Motor Island Tour, do not include ka-Ilina in your itinerary and choose only Skull Cove and Liog-Liog Beach for just PHP 250. But if you have a partner, you will just pay PHP 125 each in one trip of motor ride.
  10. During Motor Island tour, spend more time at Liog-Liog Beach as it has all the instagrammable spots that Carnaza Island can offer.
  11. During your visit at Skull Cove, you can take a dip with friends there after visiting the famous Cave with skulls and other scary stuff.
  12. During Island Hopping, look for Councilor Gigi or look for locals boaters who can give at least PHP 1,700 fare for La Manok and Dakit-Dakit Islets.
  13. During your quick visit at La Manok, don't forget to take a swim and take a lot of shots. The islet is beautiful.
  14. During your quick visit at Dakit-Dakit Islet, make sure to watch your steps because there is a number of "Walo-Walo" or Sea snakes which are dangerous. But the place is not scary. In fact, it is good for Pre-nup photoshoots.
  15. For Sunset shots, you can stay at Ka-Ilina and grab your cameras.
  16. Do not travel alone, better with partner or the more the merrier. And this means, cheaper expenses.
  17. Lastly, do not book a tent at Eco-Park, not worth it. Most people who stayed at Eco-Park have expressed their "WOWs" at Ka-Ilina Beach. So, you know what to do.
  18. For Data Connection, Smart and Sun are intermittent but during midnight and early morning, 4G is available at Ka-Ilina Beach.
  19. Enjoy Carnaza Island!


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