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Camotes Islands

The Camotes Islands are a group of islands that form part of the province of Cebu, in the Philippines. The island group is located east of Cebu Island, southwest of Leyte Island, and north of Bohol Island.

The Camotes is composed of the following four islands and their municipalities:

  • Poro: the municipalities of Poro and Tudela.
  • Pacijan: the sole municipality is San Francisco.
  • Ponson: the sole municipality is Pilar.
  • Tulang: is part of the barangay Esperanza, which is part of San Francisco.

The islands of Pacijan and Poro are connected by a paved road called a causeway. Ponson is separated by the Camotes Sea, lying about four kilometers northeast of Poro. Tulang is located off the northern tip of Pacijan.

The Camotes are low-lying islands. There is only one hill on Pacijan and another hill on Poro. These hills are used by a telecommunications company for relay stations. Pacijan has a fresh-water lake around two kilometers in length. Palm trees are the dominant plant on the islands. There are also numerous native varieties of fruit trees and other plants.


In 1942, the occupation from the Japanese forces took in Camotes Islands in Cebu.

In 1945, the liberation was taken by the Philippine Commonwealth Army troops landed in Camotes Islands in Cebu we fronted the battles against the Japanese forces in the Battle of Camotes Islands during World War II.


The predominant industries on the Camotes Islands are farming (including corn, rice, pigs, chicken and cattle), fishing and tourism.

A number of tourist resorts have been established, catering to both domestic and international visitors. These include Santiago Bay Garden & Resort, Mangodlong Rock Resort, Boho Rock Resort, Greenlake Park Resort and Lake Danao Park.

Also in the Camotes Islands we could find tourist spots such as Mt. Calvary (Kalbaryo), Underground Resorts such as Bukilat Cave and Timubo Cave, Lake Danao and the vast Mangrove Plantation along the sides of the road from Pacijan (San Francisco) to Poro (Poro And Tudela).


The word camotes is Mexican for sweet potatoes.


Porohanon or Camotes Visayan is spoken in the town of Poro only. The dialect is very similar to the language of Cebuano which is spoken in the rest of Camotes Islands and throughout the province of Cebu, Northern Mindanao and other parts of the Visayas. Porohanon is distinguished by the way the locals substitute the /y/ sound for /z/. Example: Maayong buntag (good morning) in Cebuano would be changed to Maazong buntag in Porohanon. Na-a diha (in cebuano), Ara dira ( in porohanon )