SUMILON ISLAND IN CEBU & SUMILON SANDBAR – TRAVEL GUIDE

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Sumilon Island is one of the best-kept secret paradises just 20 minutes boat ride from the popular town of Oslob in Cebu. It is the best day trip or overnight stay you can do when exploring the southern region of Cebu.

I personally spent one night on Sumilon Island at the Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort and have put together this complete guide including how to go to Sumilon Island, where to book a Sumilon Island day tour, where to stay in Sumilon Island and what to expect when you’re there!

 

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HOW TO GET TO SUMILON ISLAND

Majority of tourists that visit Sumilon Island go as a day trip after swimming with the Whale Sharks In Oslob.

The only access to Sumilon Island is by boat which departs daily from Mainland Bancogon in Oslob to Sumilon Island at 8:00 am, 9:30 am, and 11:00 am.

The return boat from Sumilon Island to Mainland Bancogo departs at 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm, and 5:00 pm.

 

SUMILON ISLAND DAY TOUR

I highly recommend purchasing the Bluewater Sumilon Day Pass online in advance with Klook which gives you access to all of the facilities at Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort such as the infinity pool, private beach area, freshwater lagoon and the restaurant.

The Bluewater Sumilon Day Pass also includes other activities on Sumilon Island such as snorkeling, Sumilon sandbar, hiking trails and return boat transfers from Oslob.

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WHERE TO STAY ON SUMILON ISLAND

There is only one accommodation on Sumilon Island and that is the Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort. This 4-star resort features its very own private beach, a freshwater lagoon, outdoor infinity pool, 2 restaurants, glamping tents, beachside cottages and private villas!

The cottages are very spacious and fitted with 2 large double beds that sleeps up to 4 people. Inside the rooms are flat-screen tv, work desk, free wifi, air conditioning, private bathroom and ocean views.

The private villas are spacious with the same facilities and features as the cottages though additionally, each villa has its own private swimming pool.

Glamping tents are also available if you wish to experience a night under the stars down on Sumilon Beach in your very own tee-pee style tent!

Some of the activities which are included when booking a stay at Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort are fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, mountain bike riding and shark feeding. A buffet breakfast is also included for all guests!

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ARRIVING ON SUMILON ISLAND

I arrived on Sumilon Island at around noon and was greeted by the friendly staff from the Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort. After checking into one of the beachside cottages they gave me a tour of the resort and provided me with a mud map of the island.

The first thing I wanted to do was jump in the ocean to cool off, so I did exactly that. It was so bliss to swim at a beach that wasn’t crowded with other tourists. The perks of staying at Bluewater Sumilon I guess!

After hanging out by the beach for a while, I went back up to the resort to go for yet another dip but this time in the infinity pool. I have swum in many infinity pools in my time and the one at Bluewater Resort Sumilon Island is up there in my top 3.

A tree with large branches sits in the middle of the pool providing much-needed shade from the blistering sun and from the edge of the pool I enjoyed extensive views of Cebu island and its coastlines.

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SUMILON SANDBAR

The Sumilon Island sandbar is one of the most iconic attractions on the island and the best spot to watch the sunset! I jumped on a mountain bike from the resort, rode across Sumilon island, which only took 5-minutes, and headed down to the beach to take some photos during the golden hour.

There was only one other couple on Sumilon sandbar when I arrived and that was it! Sumilon island really proves itself as one of Cebu’s best-kept secrets!

Sumilon Island sandbar is best visited on low tide when there is more exposed sand, though it is also just as good on high tide in my opinion. Fine white sand and crystalline waters are what makes the Sumilon sandbar so pristine!

As well as the Sumilon sandbar experience on this side of Sumilon island, you can go snorkeling around the reefs, climb up the ladders for some rock jumping and go for a short hike along the jungle trail to the lighthouse.

Definitely stick around on the Cebu sandbar for sunset because as I said earlier it’s the best location on Sumilon island to watch the last rays of the sun as it sets over the horizon.

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BLUEWATER SUMILON ISLAND RESORT

After enjoying a memorable sunset at Sumilon sandbar I headed back to Bluewater Resort Sumilon in time for dinner and wine at their Italian restaurant. It was hands down the best meal I had in the Philippines on this trip!

The following morning, and my last day on Sumilon island, I rose early to shoot photos of the sunrise which indeed was totally worth it! I sent the drone up to get some aerial shots of the resort and Sumilon island while the light was still golden. See the images below and let me know how I did. 😉

After stuffing myself at the buffet breakfast, I went down to the small cove in front of the resort to where they feed the baby black-tip reef sharks at around 9:00 am every morning. I got in the water with my GoPro to get some shots of the baby sharks but was unsuccessful as they are too fast and skittish. Even though I didn’t manage to get the shot, it was still an awesome experience that I have never tried before!]

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SUMILON ISLAND DIVING

Sumilon Island is the first marine protected area in the Philippines with a marine sanctuary that was established back in 1974. Sumilon Island became famous across the country as one of the best diving spots in the Philippines for this reason.

Sumilon Island has 4 major diving sites which are Garden Eel Plaza, Nikki’s Wall, Coral Landscape and Julie’s Rock. Each of these dive sites boast incredible visibility, colorful reefs and an abundance of marine life including black-tip sharks!

 

FINAL THOUGHTS ON SUMILON ISLAND

I thoroughly enjoyed my overnight trip to Sumilon Island Cebu and highly recommend it to all sorts of travelers! Whether you just want to do a Sumilon Island day tour or spend one night at the Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort, I guarantee you will have an incredible time on the island.

After an epic 24 hours on Sumilon island exploring the beaches and enjoying some downtime at Bluewater Sumilon Resort, it was time to head back to the mainland and continue on to my next destination, Siquijor.

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MY CAMERA GEAR

• DSLR Mirrorless Camera: Sony A7ii 

• Drone Camera: DJI Mavic Pro 2

• GoPro: GoPro Hero 8 Black

• Everyday Lens: Sony F2.8 24/70mm

• Camera Bag: Lowepro Protactic 31L

• Selfie Stick: Sandmarc Metal Edition 1.2m 

• Tripod: Joby Flexible GorillaPod

• GoPro Dome: Underwater GoPro Dome

• Power Bank: Anker Powerbank

• External Hardrive: WD Elements 4TB

 

WHAT TO PACK FOR PHILIPPINES?

• Waterproof Phone Case: Universal Waterproof Case

• Reusable Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Water Bottle

• Rain Jacket: North Face Rain Jacket

• Water Shoes: Slip-on Water Shoes

• Day Bag: Nomatic 20L Day Bag

• Power Adapter: Universal Power Adapter

• Packing Cubes: 4 Set Packing Cubes

• Microfibre Towel: Quick Dry Travel Towel

• Travel Insurance: World Nomads Travel Insurance

• Money Belt: Hidden Money Belt

 

I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions at all about Sumilon Island, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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