Carnaza Island, Daanbantayan is the most northerly extent of Cebu and has recently opened its resort again after its destruction during the Yolanda Hurricane. The island is an untouched paradise with white sand beaches, lagoons, caves, mangroves and a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Glossy swiftlets, white-collared kingfishers, pied trillers, black-naped orioles and Philippine mapgie robins can be seen in and around the island and the landscape is adorned with lush vegetation. Also agricultural crops such as coconuts, cassava, banana, sugarcane and breadfruit can be found on the island.
The route to and from Carnaza island taken by the islanders is via the port of Tapilon in North Cebu, this costs around ₱100-200 per person, with a “flexible” schedule between 7am and 3pm, so please account for possible delays if taking this route. By far the most popular route with holiday makers and divers is via Malapascua Island dive shops and tour boats which operate daily excursions to Carnaza. Prices vary depending on the demand – the larger the group the lower the price on a shared boat or a special trip can be arranged for between ₱3,500 and ₱4,500 for the whole boat. The journey from Malapascua takes around 90 minutes and from Tapilon around 2 hours.
The island has a small community of residents and the aforementioned resort has a selection of accommodation from ₱200 per night backpacker to ₱2,900 per night aircon deluxe.
In addition to the picturesque scenery and tranquil beaches, cliff jumping is available for the more adventurous and local boat hires are available to access some of the inaccessible hidden beaches, lagoons and the nearby La Manok Island which is connected via a sand bar at low tides. Diving and snorkeling are also very popular with visitors to Carnaza and La Manok islands
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