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Hit the trails of Sumilon Is., one of the best there is

Stunning view of an undeveloped beach in Sumilon

Stunning view of an undeveloped beach in Sumilon

Why not burn all those calories gained from eating at the buffet table? Sumilon Island is one of the enjoyable resorts that I’ve stayed in. For such a compact and small place, it has much to offer the visitor and hiking along its well marked trails is one. It will take you to various terrains, various elevations, stunning sea vistas and history!

There are three kinds of trails that are geared to various levels of stamina: beginners, moderate and advanced. I was confident of myself, having been trekking for a greater part of my life, I chose the advanced which is the longest of the three and brings you to the interesting parts of the island.

I walked alone, with just my cheap slippers, hiking past the villas and into the start of the rugged trail. It was hot and humid and the trails dry. Having an interest with spanish colonial era fortifications, I made a detour, which is covered by the moderate level trail to see the moro watchtower and the lighthouse. It was a trail that looks like direct from a scary movie with just the birds and movements of the branches making noises.

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I retraced my steps after seeing the two structures and one thing that greeted me was the beautiful scene of the unspoilt, undeveloped beach. It was quite dramatic! The light was low as it was early morning, the sea was moderately calm with the coming waves slowly inching to shore and it was one of the best views and memories that I have of this island.

Hiking farther, I realized that I was a bit foolish to not bring proper hiking shoes. My slippers were thinning out and as I entered the area with barren but sharp coraline rocks, the razor sharp stones were starting to cut through the rubber that I got scared I might be walking barefoot for the rest of the trail. But fortunately, that didn’t happen.

But again, the views were just stunning. There were wooden benches to stop and rest and admire the view. Some were under trees while others were just under the sun. But it was windy and the occasional sea spray reached me as waves crashed into the rocks below.

A few more meters and I entered the shaded area, walking under the canopy of branches. But what made this hike wonderful was the site of several age old and ancient trees, with gnarled roots and bent branches. Such is the condition of the inhospitable rocks, strong wind that for thousands of years, formed these beautiful looking trees.

I just followed the trail back to my villa and along the way, came up to a rock shelter that is now the grotto. A few more meters, Yamashita Cave was evident and I entered to marvel its insides. Not as deep as I thought it would be but still interesting.

Sumilon Island is just a delightful place! Hiking was one of the memorable activities there and it will make you love and appreciate nature more.

The lighthouse along the trail in Sumilon Island

The lighthouse along the trail in Sumilon Island

The 19th century moro watch tower which is part of the telegraphic watchtowers in southeastern Cebu

The 19th century moro watch tower which is part of the telegraphic watchtowers in southeastern Cebu

Ancient trees, gnarled and bowing greets hikers

Ancient trees, gnarled and bowing greets hikers

View of the lagoon and beach from the promontory

View of the lagoon and beach from the promontory

A wooden bench is a good stop to enjoy the wonderful scenery

A wooden bench is a good stop to enjoy the wonderful scenery

The grotto which is so close to the main path

The grotto which is so close to the main path

The shallow Yamashita Cave is just near the grotto

The shallow Yamashita Cave is just near the grotto

The Sumilon Island protected marine park is the first in the Philippines and was declared as such in 1974

The Sumilon Island protected marine park is the first in the Philippines and was declared as a fish sanctuary in 1974

Aquamarine waters, sharp coraline stones

Aquamarine waters, sharp coraline stones

Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort
Sumilon Island
Bancogon, Oslob,
Cebu, Philippines 6025
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www.bluewater.com.ph

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces.

I’m open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

5 Comments

  1. vard
    July 27, 2015 @ 19:24

    best for snorkeling

  2. Estan, Ang Langyaw (@LangyawMedia)
    July 28, 2015 @ 14:46

    You will love this island! #beach #adventure #cebu @BlueSumilon http://t.co/m8nd45Zgxg http://t.co/dlLG2oaBd3

  3. estan
    July 28, 2015 @ 15:03

    I agree! The surrounding waters is sa marine sanctuary.

  4. 10 reasons why you will love Sumilon Island - langyaw
    July 29, 2015 @ 16:03

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  5. Jeane Louise Mainit
    August 6, 2015 @ 16:43

    Great to note that you were able to hit on the reasons why Sumilon Island is the best island. I had noticed that the wooden bench at the edge of the island was replaced by a more rudimentary one. 🙂 And I have to agree, back in 2010 when I worked here and didn’t have the chance to chronicle this island, Hiking was one activity that you should not miss. I had led guests here every morning at the start of my shift when they needed someone to accompany them on the trekking. Years and years of hiking at the province gave me the proper footing and confidence to climb the rocky portion of the island. I remember back then, there was a guest who was so afraid to go to the promontory but I was able to convince her that it was the best spot to take a picture of the island. True enough, we were able to reach the sand bar after circling the route.

    Thanks for sharing this, Estan. I had very fond memories of this island. And I wish I can go back sometime.

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