Sumilon Island: Cebu’s little paradise
Those who have been to Sumilon Island have found refuge in its white sand beaches, warm sea breeze and vibrant marine life. This small corner of paradise has indeed lived up to its name by providing a quiet and secluded hideout, far from the demands of the city life.
The 24 hectare coral island is located 125 kilometers south of Cebu City. At Bancogon in Oslob, it is just 15 minutes away via motorized bangkas or outrigger boats. From a distance, one could immediately recognize the sandbar at the western dock of the island.
There is only one resort in the island and it boasts of facilities that could be at par with luxurious getaways elsewhere – an infinity pool that overlooks the Cebu mainland and spacious rooms that have wonderful sea views, just to name a few.
It also has various adventures in store for different kinds of thrill seekers – kayaking by the natural lagoon, diving and snorkeling at the protected marine reserve and trekking to the parola or lighthouse and the balwarte (a Spanish-era watchtower) beside it. At the top of lighthouse, one could see Negros Oriental and other neighboring provinces from afar.
But for those who just would like to relax and bum around, the huts by the shore are the perfect place to watch clouds go by.
For all these activities and many more, you’ll have to spend a little bit to enjoy these at Sumilon. This could be the reason why the island is regarded as an elusive secret by most. It is even left out in some of my friends’ travel bucketlists. But when you come to think of it, for just a few pesos more, you’ll enjoy anonymity and privacy which are two qualities that are hard to find especially at the islands at the opposite end of the Cebu province.
I remember that it was my two good college friends who dragged me to that little patch of paradise almost 4 years ago. We only got a day tour package of course because we do not want to squander our month’s wages for an evening stay at the resort. But I learned that the rate now is almost the same as it was 15 lbs ago. That was also the time when I still do not have my own camera and my heart was also not yet set to explore the world outside my 4ft x 4ft cubicle.
A lot has changed since then. Looking back now, that summer of 2007 could have been the start of all my travel adventures. And it is also for this simple reason why Sumilon has rightfully earned a special place in my heart.
The Sumilon Island Resort daytour package includes lunch, boat transfers to and from Oslob, island activities (snorkeling, kayaking, hiking) and use of resort facilities (such as the infinity pool). It costs Php1500.00 and Php2000.00 for weekdays and weekends respectively.
Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort
Sumilon Island, Oslob
Telefax: +6332 481 0801