Cebu, Philippines — Our third day in Cebu was probably our busiest day during the entire trip. We visited 7 old churches in the southern coastal towns of Cebu as part of our “Cebu Visita Iglesia” Heritage tour. Our last stop was in Bancogon Oslob – our jump-off point to Sumilon Island where we stayed overnight. While enjoying the refreshing lemongrass with kalamansi juice in the resorts receiving area in Oslob, we were welcomed by the Resident Manager of Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort (check rates).
Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort
From the private port in Oslob, It only took us 20 minutes to reach the island using a private pump boat provided by the island resort. Upon arrival, we were guided to our own rooms to leave our things and to freshen up while our lunch is being prepared.
There were only 14 rooms available for occupancy in the island resort. If all the rooms are fully booked, the resort has an average of only 30 guests which will make you feel that you own the island for the entire length of your stay. I find the room spacious and very relaxing. Each room has a bougainvillea-lined private veranda with magnificent views of the seascape and mainland Cebu. Call it luxurious but I love my room’s spacious toilet and shower with hot water, mini bar, and quiet air conditioning unit. Guess what’s the best thing I’ve got? It’s the hammock in front of my room! It’s surely the simplest part but I just thought its the best:)
Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort is located on peaceful and private Sumilon Island. The area remains as one of Cebu’s finest beach destination and is located on the southeastern tip of the mainland. The island is part of Cebu but it’s much easier to reach if you will be coming from Dumaguete City. The 3-4 hour long drive can be unforgiving but seeing the panoramic view of the coastal towns is truly unforgettable.
The island is a 24-hectare coral island and is surrounded by crystal clear waters with varying aquamarine hues and vibrant colors. It is the first marine protected area in the Philippines and was made into a fish sanctuary in 1974. Sumilon Island is previously open to the public when the Island was not yet converted to a resort but the island was threatened by pollution brought by irresponsible tourists. Thanks to Almont Holdings Incorporated (developer of Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort) for developing, protecting and maintaining this beautiful island.
The owners kept their promise of nurturing the island by using materials that commune with nature. One fine example is their Pavilion with a beautiful native roof made from thatched “Nipa”. The unpaved road to the pavilion and 14 specially designed cottages made the island more rustic and untouched. To provide sustainability, the resort is also conducting coastal clean-ups and tree planting activity once in a while.
We were supposed to trek up to the lighthouse and the watchtower that has been in the island since the 19th century but since we arrived pretty much late in the resort, we just enjoyed our late lunch then prepared for our cocktail party near the sandbar.
From lunch, cocktail, and dinner, our first day on the island was nothing but a gastronomic adventure. The food is surprisingly good compared to some island resorts I’ve been to. The resort offers ala carte meals and Buffet depending on the number of guests booked in the resort. Just like in Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort, they also have a themed dinner which is highlighted by a group song and dance presentation performed by the resorts talented officers and staffs.
After dinner, we had a karaoke session in the bar right next to the Pavilion. It’s palpable enough to conclude that we all love karaoke, in fact, Ronald (Manila Bulletin), Charl (Geiser Maclang), Ka Bino (Cebu Tour Guide), Dref Edz (a Cebu based photojournalist) and myself stayed in front of the Karaoke till 3am.
We started our second day by having breakfast near the islands natural lagoon. Imagine having an alfresco breakfast in between a white sand beach and a lagoon secretly hiding around lush mangroves… That was simply the best!!!
After breakfast, we went to the sandbar area for our aqua sports activities. The Islands sandbar is well known for its changing shapes and shifting locations depending on the season and weather condition. Other group went snorkeling first while some of us had a short boat trip using the glass bottom boat which gave us a great view of the islands beautiful aquatic life.
There are so many activities that you can enjoy in Sumilon Island Resort which includes trekking, fishing in the lagoon, diving, snorkeling, and windsurfing, etc. We failed to experience some of the most exciting activities on the island but we definitely had a great time.
Indeed, we have so many islands to discover in the Philippines but at the end of each trip, Its always all about something you learned from your trip, new friends you meet and a new set of photos that you captured. Traveling for me is all about creating your own experience that is worth sharing…. worth blogging:)
There are daily flights between Manila and Cebu City. From Cebu City, guests can take a scenic drive through the southern coastal towns of mainland Cebu. The ride offers glimpses of both Filipino urban and rural life, as well as its historical past that help form the local culture. Once outside the city limits, a relaxing trip begins through a tree-canopied highway with breathtaking views of the eastern seashores.
P.S. We were supposed to fly back to Manila via Dumaguete Airport with flight number PR 294 16:00H on our fourth day in Cebu but that’s another interesting story… read Lost in Dumaguete post:)
For inquiries and reservations, you may contact:
Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort
Telefax: (63 32) 481 0801
Manila Sales Office
Room 1918 Cityland Herrera Tower
98 Herrera corner Valero Street
Salcedo Village Makati City
Telephone: (63 2) 817 5751
Fax: (63 2) 893 5391