SUMILON ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE!
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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The boat from Oslob to Sumilon Island
Arriving at Sumilon Island Cebu
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!
Beach & Lagoon at Sumilon Bluewater Resort
Beach cottages on Sumilon Island
Inside the beach cottage at Bluewater Sumilon
Glamping tents on Sumilon Island Cebu
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.
Chilling on Sumilon Beach
Bluewater Resort – Sumilon Island Day Trip
Bluewater Sumilon infinity pool
Sumilon Island lagoon
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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Stepping foot onto Sumilon sandbar
Crystalline waters on the Cebu sandbar
Sumilon sandbar on Sumilon Island
Sunset at Sumilon sandbar
Sumilon Island Sandbar
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!
Italian restaurant on Sumilon Island
Time to eat! – Sumilon Island Cebu
An epic sunrise – Sumilon Island Tour
Empty beaches on Sumilon Island
Drone shot of Sumilon Island Oslob
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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WHAT TO PACK FOR SUMILON ISLAND
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 year worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF SUMILON ISLAND
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