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.
HOW TO GET THERE
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.
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
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 😃.
GLAMPING NO MORE
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
Cebu, Philippines 6025
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