Sumilon Island

10 reasons why you will love Sumilon Island

Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort's infinity pool gives you great views of the sea below

Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort’s infinity pool gives you great views of the sea below

For such a compact island, Sumilon has many things to offer for the intrepid adventurer or if you’re the type who just want to relax and have a good vacation. From luxurious comforts, sumptuous food to family fun and adventure like hiking, kayaking and birdwatching to just swimming in the clear and cool waters.

This is why I just love this island. Pristine, rugged and with creature comforts. It’s an escape that is not too far from Cebu City and is a good base to check out the whale sharks in Tanawan. The resort also accepts day trippers for those who just want a brief break from routine. Below are the top 10 reasons why you will really love this island.

Glamour camping or glamping is also offered in Sumilon Island

Glamour camping or glamping is also offered in Sumilon Island

1 Try G-L-A-M-P-I-N-G

Want to try the outdoors but still be comfortable? Glamping is the buzzword. There are several big tents near the north beach side. But if you think you’ll be using uncomfortable sleeping bags, think again. The tents are spacious enough to accommodate two single beds, a desk table with lamp, some compact cabinets, an electric fan and foldable chairs. How’s that for roughing it up comfortably?

Depending on the time of the year, the shifting sandbar of Sumilon Island can be found at different parts of the southeastern area of the island

2 Beautiful shifting sand bar, pristine beaches

The main draw of Sumilon Island is the shifting sand bar. It’s a gorgeous tongue of land that, depending on the time of the year can be at different locations. The water is just so clear and clean and from a distance, very picturesque. There are also other beaches around the island, especially the north side that has an undeveloped strip.

READ MORE: Stunning sandbar, pristine beach at Sumilon Island

The spacious villa with its own dip pool and lawn overlooking the sea. It’s fenced off ensuring utmost privacy.

3 Luxurious villas perfect for a vacation

Large and spacious villas fit for the family with it’s own pool or for a couple with an equally spacious toilet and bath. Airconditioned, luxurious and safe. These villas are tucked in quiet areas of the island but still close and walking distance to The Pavilion. These have verandas as well as just close by the sea where you can lounge and listen to the waves.

MORE IMAGES: Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort Villa

The lechon kawali is one of the best I’ve tasted. Crisp and crunchy outside, tender and succulent inside!

4 Good and sumptuous food

There’s the buffet lunch and breakfast with different sections that are good tasting and sating. Ala carte dining is also available with a good selection of Filipino and international dishes prepared and cooked by talented chefs. The lechon kawali is a must and so is the Cebuano dry adobo served with adobo rice inside a bamboo container.

READ MORE: Enjoying Sumilon Bluewater Resort’s good food

Gnarled ancient trees along the trail

Gnarled ancient trees along the trail

5 Hit the trails around the island

You should hike around the island so that you can appreciate more what the island has to offer. There are three different trails catering to different fitness levels: beginners, moderate and advanced. The last one takes you around the island and is the longest of the trails. You get to see the watchtower, a lighthouse. Visit various viewpoints that has stunning vistas below. You can do this with or without a guide.

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

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 such in 1974

6 Dive and explore the marine riches

After exploring terra firma, go underwater and see what Sumilon has to offer. The island is popular with divers and snorkelers because of its rich coral gardens. From colorful fishes and beautiful corals, to nudibranches and other interesting marine denizens. Be prepared to be surprised!

The shallow Yamashita Cave is just near the grotto

The shallow Yamashita Cave is just near the grotto

7 There’s a cave and a rock shelter with a grotto

What makes Sumilon more interesting is the presence of the Yamashita Cave and a rock shelter with a statue of the Virgin Mary. It’s accessible too, just beside the main path between The Pavilion and sandbar and doesn’t entail a long trek.

A female sunbird is just one of many species of birds that can be seen in the island

A female sunbird is just one of many species of birds that can be seen in the island

8 Sumilon Island is perfect for birdwatching

Because of its thick vegetation, Sumilon Island is home to different species of birds. At the beach side, I had a great time observing several sunbirds (Cebunao: tamsi), both male and female, jumping from one branch to another. There were glossy starlings (gansiyang) with shiny black feathers and blood shot eyes noisily congregating at different trees near the lagoon. A night heron was also sighted flying into the mangroves. And many more including grown doves (tukmo).

A lagoon perfect for kayaking is surrounded by mangroves

A lagoon perfect for kayaking is surrounded by mangroves

9 Explore the mangrove area at the lagoon

The lagoon with its thick mangroves has standing water perfect for kayaking where you can explore the area. It’s quite safe for children too as the water is still unlike at the open sea where you have to contend with the waves. It’s just small but has interesting bird life too that you can observe.

The 19th century moro watchtower is part of a network of telegraphic watchtowers initiated by Fray Julian Bermejo

The 19th century moro watchtower is part of a network of telegraphic watchtowers initiated by Fray Julian Bermejo

10 Learn a piece of Spanish colonial history

In the rocky interior of the island is a quadrilateral moro watchtower built in the 19th century. This outpost was used to keep watch of muslim slave raiders and alert the townspeople of an impending incursion. This is just one of a series of telegraphic watchtowers from Carcar to Santander and was instrumental in the transfer of present day Oslob town.

READ MORE: The quadrilateral watchtower in Sumilon Island

Thanx to Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort for the staycation.

Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort
Sumilon Island, Bancogon, Oslob,
Cebu, Philippines 6025
[email protected]
+63 32 3183129/318 9098
+63 917 6317512/+63 999 8858337
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

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    July 29, 2015 @ 12:20

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  4. Adrenaline Romance
    August 12, 2015 @ 9:37

    Very nice! We are going to visit and stay in Sumilon Island, and this makes us more excited!

  5. estan
    August 12, 2015 @ 11:07

    enjoy bai! nindot ngadto 🙂