Located a couple hours boat ride from the main island of Cebu, Camotes Islands is home to are known as the “Lost Horizon in the South” for their unspoiled beauty. Once you sink your toes into the fine white sand here, it’s easy to see why. Named after the “sweet potatoes” grown here, it’s certainly a charming place.

We based ourselves at Santiago Bay. A peaceful village with an incredible bay of wide white sand lapped with pristine, aqua-blue gentle water. Home for our 3 days here was Bella Vista Mare Bed & Breakfast, a cosy, family run place. Our room was small and basic but perfectly comfy for one of our most affordable options in the Philippines. You also get a beautiful garden, play area for the kids and incredible views over the bay. Rustic beachside restaurants line the bay and offer good, basic fare and the rum here is cheaper than water….what’s not to love!

At high tide you can wade out for miles in shallow, calm waters - just incredible for little ones to splash around and poke about in rockpools. The girls spent a mesmerising morning spotting starfish in the shallows.

Camotes offers an authentic slice of island life but be warned it took us a flurry of ferries and buses to get here. Life here is very slow paced; with no wifi and very limited mobile coverage it’s time to kick back and enjoy a digital detox. Well off the beaten track it’s untouched by mass tourism so you’ll find simple charm rather than five-star luxury!

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