White Beach: Pride of Camotes Island

I first visited the Camotes Islands back in 2000 to help facilitate in a seminar for Plan International beneficiaries. Back then I was already in awe of White Beach at Santiago Bay in San Francisco town of the province of Cebu. There weren't a lot of establishments around the area that time. Fast forward to 2016, I am back at the very same place to facilitate a team building program for NPAX Cebu Corporation, a software development corporation and subsidiary of Ng Khai Corporation. The group would be billeted at Santiago Bay Garden Resort right on Santiago Bay. The place has now become the most popular beach destination in Camotes.

Santiago White Beach in San Francisco Camotes Islands Cebu Philippines
White Beach on Santiago Bay in Camotes Islands, Cebu, Philippines

White Beach in Santiago Bay, Camotes Islands, Cebu

In relatively quiet Camotes islands, you will probably find the most number of tourists at the White Beach in Santiago Bay. Santiago Bay is in barangay Santiago of San Francisco town on Pacijan Island, the largest of the islands in the Camotes group.

Despite being the busiest beach in Camotes, there's actually not too much commercial activity at the White Beach. There's a major resort, the Santiago Bay Garden Resort. Then there's quite a few bed and breakfast options lining the beach as well as a host of open air restaurants and grills. There's a dive shop and a shop that offers jet ski rentals and banana boat rides.

Watching the Sunrise 

The White Beach is a great place to watch the powerful sun rise from behind a rocky cliff to start the day.

Food Trip 

Several grill places and restaurants line up the shores of the White Beach. These restaurants serve very delicious Filipino favorites such as sisig, sinigang, tinola,  calamari, and a lot of seafood dishes. Pito's Sutukil is the favorite here.


The crystal clear waters off the coast of Santiago Bay is so inviting and a visit to White Beach is not quite complete without taking a dip.

Build Sand Castles

White Beach has a long stretch of tidal flats and when the tides don't allow you to swim, the next best thing to do is probably play with the sand and build sand castles or any form of sand art. The sand at White Beach is finer than that of Boracay's.

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Beach Bumming

Enjoy the good life, bum around at the beach, and commune with nature. There's no better place to do that than at White Beach.