Carnaza Island is a 173.5-hectare turtle-shaped island located north of Malapascua Island which itself is north of mainland Cebu in the Philippines. Carnaza is then the northernmost offshore part of Daanbantayan.
There are loads of things that you can do on the island. The island does not only have white sand beaches and snorkeling spots but it’s also filled with caves worth to be explored, a swamp, a lake (sort of), a pristine forest, a twin beach and a runway. These places are just a hike or a “habal-habal” away (20Php/person). You can also do cliff jumping from a hill close to the “Barrio”.
Nevertheless, the island is perfect for backpackers and those who are on a budget. Expenses aren’t too high as compared in Malapascua. Visiting the island only requires you to pray for a perfect weather or else you’ll be compelled to postpone next #TravelGoals.
You should know that *The island does not have a 24/7 power supply. Electricity is only available between 7am to 10pm. So you gotta have to bring a flashlight and of course a power bank. However, the island doesn’t go in complete darkness at night, there solar powered street lights. There are also a lot of houses that has their own generators and would have their electricity on.
*Food? There are no restaurants or “carinderias” within the island, bringing your own food supplies is very essential. There are a lot of fishermen who would sell their catch, just ask some locals where to buy them and it is very cheap! There are also loads of convenience stores or “sari-sari stores” on the island but expect for a much higher price compared to the mainland specially on cold drinks.
*There’s no adequate mobile signal within the island except if you will take a hike on top of its hills. But be informed that locals are not so aware of their proper waste disposal. I hope you get what I mean.
*If you plan to go back to the mainland, there’s only one trip going to Tapilon port at 8am. The last trip would be at 9am, still for P100
• Entrance fee: P200 per head
• Room Rates: P200 per night, good for 2pax.
– There are 20 standard rooms (woodshed) of the same size and type. You may bring your own camping tents as well. Click here.
Things to do:
Skull Cove & Kailana Beach (Island Tour)
To see the other beaches in Carnaza, we rented a habal-habal for ₱200 per head. The first place we went to is the Skull cove. It was given the name Skull cove because there are two skulls found in the area. It seems like no one knows the origin of those skulls.
Even though we rode a habal-habal, the place is really a walking distance from Eco Park.
Skull Cove is a beautiful white strip for beach bumming, a stunning aquamarine deep for snorkeling and swimming, extraordinary rock formations for cliff diving, and mysterious caverns for photo shoots blended flawlessly to give every visitor a noteworthy experience.
Kailina Beach has a wide stretch of powdery white sand and calm turquoise water look so inviting. The entrance fee to Kailina beach is ₱ 50. You can also camp here overnight for ₱ 150 per tent. The only drawback in staying here is there’s no toilet and shower room. However, some locals who live a few meters from this beach offer homestay accommodation services.
Carnaza may not be the place for you if you’re looking for a comfortable and relaxing beach vacation. But if you’re into camping and adventure, then Carnaza is one of the beaches you should visit in Cebu.
There’s still a lot of things to do in Carnaza if you’ll have someone to tour you around the island or go and explore other islands nearby. You may check this out here.