The Camotes islands are located 3h by boat from Cebu city. Poro and Pacijan are the main islands and are connected by a bridge. Fishing, agriculture and tourism are the major livelihoods there. There are still quiet islands and a very worthwhile stop in the Visayas.
The usual way is to take a bus heading north of Cebu city from the north bus terminal to Danao. The bus will drop you in front of the pier for 30P after the 1h-1h30 journey.
There, take a ferry to the Camotes Islands.
Jomalia Shipping: Daily departures to Consuelo (Pacijan Island) at 5:30 am, 8:30am, 11:00am, 2:00pm, 5:30pm. A 9:00pm ferry runs on friday, saturday and sunday. Fare from 180P for the 2h journey.
Super Shuttle Ferry: Daily departures to Poro (Poro Island) at 5:00am and 1:00pm. Fare from 180P for the 3h journey.
Jeepneys: They are timed to meet the boats at the ports. So during daytime, you can catch them on the Consuelo-Santiago-San Francisco-Poro road.
Hubel-hubel: They will come to you or ask around. Fare depends on the distance.
Motorbike: This is the best way to travel around. You can rent it from resorts or also just ask around and rent it from a private person, it is cheaper and you help a local. Expect 200P-500P/day depending on your bargaining skills.
Altavista view point: (Poro Island) A 5km road in front of Poro pier heads to this lookout area. From there, gaze at beautiful views of Danao lake, Tulang Island and Leyte. Free.
Bukilat cave: (Poro Island) About 6km from Tuleda, ask for the direction to locals.
It’s a pretty big cave with seawater pools inside where you can swim. Entrance fee is 20P.
Panganuron Falls: (Poro Island) Located near Tuleda, a trail leads you there. It is a nice waterfall with fresh water to swim in. Ask locals to show you the path. Free.
Timubo cave: (Pacijan Island) Located about 3km from Esperanza village, in Calvario Park. Ask for the direction to locals. A beautiful cave with a turquoise stream that can reach 6 feet deep. Entrance fee is 25P.
Gaze at Danao lake: (Pacijan Island). Located behind the town of Union, you can find the “Carmen – Lake Danao Fishery Complex” where research on fish tilapia is carried out. You can have a swim in the lake and the views are nice.
Traditionnal bamboo wall making: (Pacijan Island) You can see many open-air family "factories" along the road from San Francisco to Danao lake. Free.
Boho rock resort: (Poro Island) It is a beautiful smimming spot, with diving platform and good snorkeling between the rocks. Entrance fee is 20P.
Soak up the sun: (Pacijan Island) The best beaches are in Santiago and Mangodlong. Free.
Sail to Tulang Island: (Pacijan Island) From Tulang Baku beach, north of Esperanza, take a boat to this lovely small island. Swim in the turquoize water and have a look at the bamboo huts village. Boat is 5P one way.
Most of the places to stay are located on Pacijan Island, around Santiago, a pretty white sand beach.
Budget: Ask around Dreadhouse, on Santiago beach. Some small family pensions rent basic fan rooms with shared shower. No fixed price so bargain... I paid 175P for a single room (Nov 2014).
Midrange to top end: You have plenty of hotels in Santiago. Hotels range from 600P for a fan double room, 800P for a aircon double room. Free wifi is mostly included. Visit several places and make your choice.
Jomalia Shipping: Daily departures from Consuelo pier (Pacijan Island) at 5:30 am, 9:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm. A 4:00am ferry runs on saturday, sunday, monday. Fare from 180P for the 2h journey.
Super Shuttle Ferry: Daily departures from Poro pier (Poro Island) at 9:00am and 5:00pm. Fare from 180P for the 3h journey.
Then you can easily catch a bus heading to Cebu city from the highway in front of Danao pier. 30P for the 1h-1h30 journey depending on the bus company.
There are also plenty of buses going north, ending in Maya, the departure pier for Malapascua Island.