Summer is not over until I say so! Or, if that’s not enough, let’s call on the Summer in August band!
By the way, this post might be a little bit late but ho ho ho, it’s on production now and that means I’m trying to lift the lazy bug out of my way. To make things a little bit more fun let’s start this welcome-me-back post with a Carnaza-Higatangan-Sambauan Island Adventure that I took along with my friends, who were bitten by the travel bug. The three islands might not sound too familiar to anyone because they’re virgin island around Visayas, Philippines.
To start of this series, let’s start with our first destination–Carnaza Island Cebu.
Carnaza island is located at the northernmost part of Cebu, Philippines. It is accessible through Tapilon Port. This needs to be emphasized because Carnaza Island is not that famous that the bus that we rode on took us to Maya Port. Maya Port is for travelling to Malapascua Island. While, Tapilon is for Carnaza. It just needs emphasize. I promise you.
Tapilon Port is located at the tip of main land Cebu, to get there we went to North Bus Terminal located at Mandaue City. From there we took a 2 AM bus and sleep through the 5-hour travel going to north Cebu. The hours of travel will definitely depends on the traffic density. The fare is around 160 PHP (~3.64 USD) as of this writing.
The bus that we hopped on thought that we were going to Malapascua and dropped us at Maya Port and we have to find our way to go to Tapilon port. Some boat at Maya offered us around 3,000PHP (~70USD) rent for them to take us to Carnaza. According to our “research” there’s a scheduled boat ride to Carnaza which would only cost us around 100PHP (~2.30USD) each. To lighten up our early morning puzzlement and give in to our grumbling stomach (we reached Maya port at around 7AM) we searched for a place to eat breakfast.
Sometimes, you go through something because there’s that grandeur out of this moment phenomenon that’s coming your way. As for us, we found it at the place where we took our breakfast. It’s an eatery. It’s the residence of a family and the father was the one who helped us sort our way to Carnaza Island. He gave us the needed information as to what to do there and where to stay. The rain poured some more that time that we were trapped in their eatery/home as we watched three kids goof around. We decided to let our two companion go to the nearby market to grab some rice, meat and fish. We really are trying to save on the money that we currently have.
After almost two hours of waiting, we finally boarded on a rented jeepney to Tapilon port. When we got there, they informed us that the boat to Carnaza would arrive at around 11 AM and would be delivering some stuffs to the market and would load it up again before going back to Carnaza. We decided that it would be a good idea to just hire a private a boat that would take us to Carnaza rather than waiting for the boat for another hour or so. We waited in an internet cafe/restaurant kind of place and jut let the time slipped by playing cards.
At around 11 AM, we were informed that the boat is ready. We head back to the port with our stuffs and boarded up a really small boat. Well, the boat can’t seem to load up nine
big “adults” and we’re a little bit scared because the weather is not that good and it would be a two-hour boat ride. At the last minute, we just decided to hop on the regular boat to Carnaza for safety purposes. The boatman of the hired boat also told us that his boat is not really big enough for us all. 🙂
Since it’s already 11AM, we decided to board the regular boat going to Carnaza. We really really thought that the boarding of goods and passengers to the boat would just take maybe a good 30 minutes or an hour– we’ve never been so wrong.
While waiting for it to start its journey, we busied ourselves preparing the fish, playing cards, drinking a bottle of Emperador Light and sleeping. Yep, we got to the point that we were really thinking that maybe we were just too early at boarding the boat. But then, on the lighter side, we really don’t have any concrete plans of a to-do if we stayed at the port.
After four hours of waiting, the engine finally sounded. We happily stopped playing cards and readied ourselves for the journey! Yey. We left Tapilon port at around 3 in the afternoon. The wind is lightly blowing and the boat is swaying a little bit that it gives off that feeling of being on a hammock. I fell asleep along the journey and woke up an hour after.
After another hour, we finally arrived at Carnaza island. The boat can’t really go near the beach, so we have to board the smaller boat to go near the beach. We were instructed to go to the Barangay Hall to record our stay in the island. We asked some locals on where the hall is situated and they happily pointed it out.
Here’s a list of what to do first upon arriving at Carnaza:
- Go to the Barangay Hall of Carnaza and look for the Barangay Captain.
- The Barangay Secretary would then ask SOP questions like:
- Your name.
- Length of stay.
- Place to stay.
As for us, courtesy of the father from the eatery, we were told to find a certain Ms. Hazel because she have a place for us to stay. If we can’t find a place to stay, we would then use our camping gears. Yes, we’ve brought our camping gears in case we can’t find a place to stay in Carnaza.
Luckily for us, the house of Ms. Hazel is free to be rented. The rent cost 1500 PHP (~35 USD) for the whole night and we also shelled out around 300 PHP (~8USD) for the electricity. The place has two bedroom, two functioning toilet, two kitchen and two dining area. Yes, the place is huge and I was really amazed by the price. Carnaza island has no connection of electricity from the city; they use a certain type of generator that needs fuel. The 300 PHP (~8USD) is for the fuel that we used that lasted until the early morning the next day.
With the help of the owner and her helper, we prepared our dinner and had a hearty dinner. We were glad that we meet the family from the eatery and glad that this place do exist for travelers like us.
During the night, we strolled along the beach line and were amazed by the night sky. It was filled with shining stars, no city lights can fade them away. It was truly a wonderful night. After the walk and some beach insects who wouldn’t let us stay at the shoreline, we finally called it a night. We dozed off without the need for some fan since the place is cool enough.
Getting to Carnaza is a really big adventure for us. We learned a lot of lessons along the way and here’s some of them if you want to get there.
TIPS ON GOING TO CARNAZA:
- Go to Tapilon Port.
- The regular Carnaza boat arrives at 11 AM and leaves at around 2:30 PM or 3:00 PM, depending on the loading time.
- Fare is 100 PHP (~2.30USD).
- Travel time is around 2 Hours.
- Don’t forget to go the Barangay Hall.
- If you need a place to stay you can contact Ms.Hazel Recla Beloria with cellphone #: 0929-718-9927.
This is just Day 1 of our adventure. I’ll be posting Day 2 and Day 3 soon. Good night!
Here’s Joseph smiling for this great adventure!