Carnaza Island - Another Summer Beach Destination in Cebu
Carnaza Island in Daanbantayan, Cebu has been on my bucket list of beaches in Cebu I would want to visit and explore. I am not really a beach person, but hanging out by the beach is (as they say) a bliss. Life is just happier when on the beach, isn't it? For me, beach is not just about the sun, sand and the sea - its the feeling of in a state of "hakuna matata," it means no worries. This made me want to explore every beaches within and nearby Cebu province.
I first learned about this island from Whacky Adventures, where he featured/narrated his experience in this island enroute for Masbate for his backpacking in Bicol Region. After that, I Immediately gathered some information about the island and scheduled my trip. However, I also found out that the waters from Daanbantayan which is the jump off point going to Carnaza island is really rowdy especially during afternoon. Until a friend of mine who has been to the island a couple of times invited me to celebrate fiesta in the island. My excitement grew bigger and bigger as the day coming near.
We rendezvoused at Cebu North Bus Terminal as early as 4:00 in the morning. We were expecting huge passengers in the terminal since it was Holy Week. We rode Maya-Kawit bound bus and alighted at Tapilon port where the outrigger boats going to Carnaza are stationed. We already contacted a boatman who will fetch us at the port, however due to time constraints, we have to ride a different boat so that we can maximize our time in the island. It was actually a special trip together with some locals also attending the fiesta.
After we met our host in Carnaza, we hurriedly explored the island by foot. We visited different beautiful beach sites as well as the lone beach resort owned by the Osmena's. Atop of the mountain is a runway where it gives you an aerial view of the neighboring islands. For adrenaline junkies, there is also a cave where you can explore and perhaps take a dip in the swimming pool inside the cave.
Carnaza Island Guide
- From north bus terminal, ride Maya-Kawit bound buses and dropped off at Tapilon Port. Travel time is approximately 3-4 hours.
- There are outrigger boats in Tapilon port bound for Carnaza Island.
- There is no resort in the island. You can camp out in your favorite beach site or ask some locals if they can host you for the night. Locals are really accommodating and friendly.
- For your beach supplies, I suggest to buy it from the mainland. I did not see any market in the island what they have there are just convenience store for basic goods.