One of the trademarks of Pacijan Island not visible in Poro Island is the white-sand beach at Santiago. It is a wide area of fine grain white sand that entices locals and tourists alike to visit the awesome environment. Santiago White Beach is owned and maintained by the Camotes LGU. The cottages cost P200 per day while tables costs lesser. During low tide the beach stretches to 100 meters before reaching the sea because of it’s shallow design, during high tide it is only about 3 meters.
Santiago White Beach is located in Barangay Santiago, Camotes, Cebu in the Philippines. It is in the south of Pacijan Island, one of the 4 islands of the Camotes government jurisdiction. The Santiago White Beach is the similar beach shared by Santiago Bay, Masamayor Beach Resort and Payag Beach Resort because of its long stretch which ends in the foot of a mountain. Outrigger boats known as “bangka” are docked here and can be rented at around P500 for a half day use. Nena’s Grill and Puto’s Sutukil are the restaurants available here. They also offer a videoke at P5.00 per song.
Meters away from Santiago White Beach is a basketball court which one can enjoy a 5 versus 5 game with P5.00 bet for each player. Across it is the Santiago Catholic Chapel. One can also see an on-going development of the Tourism and Youth Information Center which is very near the Old Talisay Tree. Take note that throwing of garbage on improper places will be penalized with P200. The landscape and cleanliness of the area is maintained by a couple of caretakers but the sea weeds going to the beach is sometimes disregarded.