Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort: A day in Paradise


Disclaimer: Villa and boat transfer schedule photos from Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort’s website are used with permission.
Gaining popularity in the Philippines nowadays is the southern part of Cebu. This is not only because of whale shark watching and canyoneering but also because of the island paradise of Sumilon, which belongs to the municipality of Oslob, Cebu.
One not so sunny day in July of this year, I was able to experience and explore a high-end beach resort on the island – Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort.
I am from Luzon so I had to fly from Manila.
Since my itinerary for the whole trip included Mactan Island and Cebu City, I flew to Mactan International Airport via Philippine Air Asia.
From Mactan Island, where I stayed with relatives, I took a cab to Cebu South Bus Terminal.
This is the terminal to go to if you are headed to well-known tourist destinations in Southern Cebu, which inlcudes Badian, Moalboal and of course, to the gateway to paradise, Oslob. The daily bus schedule starts as early as 4:00 a.m. and buses leave the terminal every 30 minutes.
Tell the bus conductor to drop you off at Bancogon Port or simply at Bluewater Sumilon.
The bus ride to Oslob took me around 3.5 hours.
Upon arrival at Bancogon (Mainland Cebu) in Oslob, I was greeted with welcome drinks and warm smiles from their staff.
To get to the island, Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort has its own boat transfer arrangement, which can be booked privately or by sticking to their complimentary boat transfer schedule. See photo below:
They strictly follow the schedule and since I was a bit late for the 8:00 a.m. schedule, I took the next one.
15 minutes of boat ride and I arrived on the island.
A look inside their Villas
I actually came to the island for an ocular visit and Ms. Evianne, Bluwater’s Assistant Manager, was very accommodating that she even showed me the inside of one of their villas. As stated above, the photos of the accommodation belong to their website and I asked permission to grab them since I was just on day tour.
Day Tour
For a day tour of the island, there is a lot of fun-filled activities you can do to make the most out of your stay.
Here are the inclusions of the said tour:
– Lunch Buffet
– Roundtrip Boat Transfers
– Island Activities (Snorkeling -including snorkel and mask, Kayaking, Trekking and Fish Feeding)
– Use of resort facilities ( Beach, Swimming Pool, Cottages and Shower Rooms)
All these for only PHP 1,500.00 on Weekdays and PHP 2,000.00 on Weekends/Holidays.
Here are the photos I personally took that day:
The view of Sumilon Island from Mainland Oslob
Bridge to the boat taking guests to the island
Natural lagoon surrounded with mangroves
Beautiful corals fill the island’s shoreline
Trekking route to the famous sand bar
 Yamashita Cave
Kayak on the natural lagoon
The sandbar is accessible to all tourists even to non-guests of the resort.
 The only picture I was able to take of myself πŸ˜ƒ.
When I recently asked Ms. Rose of Bluewater’s Reservation Team if I can grab some of the photos from their website, she then informed me that the glamp tents are already gone. She told me that the area that used to be a glamping (Glamour Camping) site will be used for a new facility for the guests. Surely, it is something to look forward to.
The old Glamping Area
Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort
Sumilon Island, Bancogon, Oslob,
Cebu, Philippines 6025
For bookings and inquiries CLICK HERE.

Timeless Vigan: An 8-Hour Itinerary Guide

It was already 9 P.M. and I was about to go to the bus station for my planned trip – ALONE.
That was the first time that I have ever traveled alone and honestly, I even thought of not going.
Well, I am glad I did!
I have already been to Vigan in 2012 with my friends but since I was looking for a side trip near La Union, where I really planned to go and learn how to surf, I chose Vigan.
This beautifully vintage looking city with its cobblestone streets is located in the northwestern part of Luzon, Philippines and is the capital of the Ilocos Sur province. The architectural structures that this city boast of dates back from its Spanish and Asian settlers.
I was just there for roughly 8 hours but I can say I had visited most of the must- see places in this  UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It took me around 9 hours to get to Vigan from Cubao by bus. Note that choosing this type of transportation takes a bit longer because there are about 2-3 terminals, where the passengers are either being dropped off to or picked-up from.
This, for me, is good news since I always need “to go to the loo.” Also, if you suddenly get hungry, day or night, the stores are always open in these pit stops.
There are several bus lines that can take you to Vigan and all go-to destinations in the North.
I chose Partas Bus Lines for this trip.
Here is a time and fare table from the said bus line that I grabbed from for your reference: ​​
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By Car
Since I personally prefer taking public transportations for my own comfort, here is Mr. Google showing us approximately how far and long the drive is to Vigan.
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The sulit trip was made possible by a tricycle driver who introduced himself to me while I was looking at a vicinity map and planning how I could make the most out of my stay.
Kuya Raymond, who is a local in Vigan,  asked me if I would like to hire him as a tour guide for P400.00 and weighing my options – Kalesa (horse-drawn carriage) or Tricycle – I said ‘Yes!’ to the tricycle so I can maximize my time. Since I was more than satisfied with his service – he served not only as my tour guide that day but also as my photographer, which he voluntarily and patiently did – I highly recommend him for solo backpackers out there. Here is his contact number: (+63) 905 1767758.
Well without further ado, here is my 8-hour Vigan experience listed in chronological order:
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Pagburnayan is derived from the word burnay, which is an earthenware believed to be brought to Vigan by the pre-colonial Chinese settlers. You can experience the jar making first-hand for free but I gave the one who assisted me a decent tip for his service and time. Expect it to be messy but don’t worry because the clay can be washed-off easily with water.
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While asking around, I found out that they offer services like landscape design and waterfalls set-up just like in the photo below.  Apart from the plants and a big collection of bonsai inside this garden, they also have a restaurant inside where a lot of tourists stop over and have a taste of the sumptuous Vigan cuisine.
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This attraction in Vigan is not your ordinary zoo. Some of the animals roam around freely and visitors can feed and pet them too. I personally just took a picture of the one below not because of time constraint but because I just felt that the activities are more for family or group of friends to enjoy.
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The abel is a colorful woven product of Vigan, which is made from strong colorful yarns. I was able to experience the meticulous way of weaving a table runner in progress. According to the lady who assisted me, these products are still being sold in the neighboring municipalities of Vigan and even in some stores in Manila ( – pardon my unkempt hair on the photo 😜).
Donation in any amount
Museums are always on my must-go-to list when I travel.
Owned by the political clan of the assassinated Governor Floro Crisologo, this mansion turned museum exhibits their family’s well-maintained memorabilia. I highly recommend this museum to those who are curious as to how a house in the early 70s look like on the inside.
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Another museum I got to visit without shelling a dime was a former provincial jail. The collection that can be found in this museum is that of the late Philippine President Elpidio Quirino, who was said to be born on the second floor of this jail, where his father was a warden. Aside from his own collection there were other art exhibits too. During my visit, I was able to see a photo exhibit of Philippine Waterfalls.
Donation in any amount
There is no tour package to Vigan that does not include this sight. As its name suggests, it is not even in Vigan but in a municipality outside Vigan called Bantay. From the National Museum, it took me just about 5 minutes to get there and that’s all thanks to my tour guide on three wheels.
Bantay means “to guard” in Tagalog and that is exactly what this watch tower served as during the Spanish era.
CALLE CRISOLOGO – end of tour with Kuya Raymond
This picture perfect street may well be Vigan’s major attraction. With it’s Spanish-styled houses situated on a narrow cobblestone streets, every inch is a social media post worthy πŸ˜ƒ. Don’t forget to drop by the shops for some souvenirs for your loved ones.
Other Sights to see on foot
The tour with my tour guide ended after a little less than 4 hours and it was exactly time for lunch. I was not able to munch on any Vigan cuisine because I was just plain tired and was not that hungry that I only opted for bland sandwich and treated myself with a dirty ice cream (it was really not dirty though – it is just how we, Filipinos, named it πŸ˜‰).
The bus I was targeting to take bound to La Union was set to depart by 4:00 p.m. so I still had time to roam around on foot from Calle Crisologo.
Here are the other sights and impressions of Vigan that I soaked myself with while I wait for the set bus departure:
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After all the sightseeing, it was time to go. It was a short stay but I definitely was able to make the most out of it.