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by shennamariz-

Finally! It’s summer here in the Philippines, and I can’t wait to visit some of the most beautiful beaches. I was planning this trip to Sumilon Island together with a friend for almost a year now, and this time, we made sure we did and again, I’m back to South of Cebu for a beach get-away.

Sumilon Island is known for its sandbar but what surprised me is that there are actually a lot of activities that can be enjoyed if you pay for a day tour at Sumilon Island BlueWater Resort. It is the only resort on this island and the one who manages all the activities and the accommodation.



The island is located a few minutes away from Bancogon, Oslob, a municipality in Cebu well known for its whale sharks.

So how do we get to Bancogon Oslob?

From Cebu City: Go to South Bus Terminal and choose the Ceres Bus Line that heads to Liloan. Just inform the ticketing officer toย drop you off at the crossing of Sumilon Island Bluewater Resort. It takes approximately 3 – 4 hours to arrive.

From Dumaguete City: It is easier for you to go to Sibulan Port, ride a fast craft, ride a Ceres Bus Line and it will just take about 15 minutes to get to the crossing of Sumilon Island Bluewater Resort.

Note: If you’re coming from Manila, it is much quicker for you to book the Manila-Dumaguete flight because this island is nearer to Dumaguete than the city of Cebu. Their signage (COLOR BLUE) can be seen on the highway and usually employed men from the resort wait for tourists and local visitors at the entrance.


Cebu ย – You can choose any of these hotels here for your accommodationย and get a big discount!

Dumaguete – You can choose any of these hotels here in Dumaguete for your accommodation and get a big discount!


The day trip costs P1500.00 during the weekday and P2000 during weekends. Contact the resort to book ahead for your day trip. We went there Friday, so it’s much cheaper.




Once you have paid and confirmed your booking with the resort, you will then be welcomed to their waiting area.


Road to their Lounge


Sumilon Bluewater Lounge
Bluewater Sumilon Lounge
Their receptionist and bodyguards :)))


The staff is very accommodating and very friendly! They offered us a glass of iced tea too! Might as well take a photo of them, giving their best SMILES! ๐Ÿ™‚

We arrived at the Lounge at 10:15 am so we had to wait until 11:00 am for the boat to take us to Sumilon Island. (Refer to boat schedule above)

Guest who were also waiting for the 11:00 am trip to Sumilon





Before heading to Sumilon Island, the receptionist will give you an orientation of the island and the activities you can do there. That’s all included in your P1500.00.

There were about 50 people on the boat. Amazing that it fitted 50 individuals in a small boat. The weather was cloudy, but the waves were controllable, so it was totally safe. A lot wouldn’t want to risk going there because of the rumor that safety was not assured but that’s not true. All of the passengers have lifevests, and it was compulsory to wear one.


The buffet was ready when we arrived, and to my surprise, the food was superb! Had a mix of Western and Filipino food. My favorite was their fish fillet with mango dressing. Total yum!

Served buffet
Served desserts
This is fronting the beach ๐Ÿ™‚



So this part is my favorite. We did kayaking and a little bit of trekking to explore the island. We also made use of their swimming pool and went to the sandbar but at that time, it was high tide, so we didn’t get the chance actually to see the popular spot. Yeah, sad but we still got the most of our time there.

A lot of tourists were there. It’s like only about 10% Filipino guests, and 90% were Chinese, Koreans, Americans, Latins, and others.


Kayaking in Sumilon Island
Kayaking ๐Ÿ™‚
Kayaking in Sumilon Island..
Far shot


My first time to do this and it was relatively easy to kayak. Lol! So we had to synchronize our paddles for us to have the same direction. Funny enough, we landed over that bushes there, and we were stuck for about 5 minutes. HAHA! We paddled away and away so then we saved ourselves!

I never thought I could see this here. This is the road going to the Sandbar

Fish feeding ๐Ÿ™‚




Aside from these activities, they also offer body massage and other spaย activities.Their restaurant also serves beer and delicious cuisines ย but you have to pay extra for it.

Sumilon Island Philippines, Island
Pathway to the room accommodation


The view of this spa is the beach. Perfect for those who want relaxation.


What I love about Sumilon Island and the resort is that they offer different kinds of activities that you won’t look for more places to go or hop on to another island to experience. To summarize it all, here are the activities guest can enjoy.

  1. Kayaking
  2. Fish Feeding (if you’ve never tried, you should definitely do it)
  3. Trekking
  4. Snorkeling
  5. Use of swimming pool and swimming in the sandbar


  1. Sunbathing (they have lovely spots for this)
  2. Enjoying the beautiful place ๐Ÿ™‚
  3. Photoshoots (if you’re up to this)
Sunbathing ๐Ÿ™‚


Lagoon in Sumilon Island
You know those times when you just appreciate nature as it is ๐Ÿ™‚


Lagoon in Sumilon Island Philippines





Walk with me HAHA


We wanted to try the Jacuzzi, but it was always surrounded by a lot of people.


We went back to Mainland Bancogon at 3:30 PM to catch the Ceres Bus Line back to Liloan and the fast craft back to Negros. While waiting for minutes, we got lucky that one of the employees gave us a ride going to Liloan Port. We agreed to pay the same amount the Bus Line asks from us, but when we arrived at Liloan Port, he refused to receive the fare that eventually gave us a free ride!


Generosity from people everywhere.

Leading to the boat back to Mainland Bancogon


This was pretty intense because the weather got worse, so the current and the wind was a little bit strongย making the boat shaky, It was scary, but we know we were safe because of the life jackets and the control and assurance of the men handling the boat. Nonetheless, it was by far a great experience to explore the island and come closer to nature.



Budget Breakdown

Fast craft fare from Sibulan Port to Liloan and back – Php124.00

Ceres Bus line from Liloan to Mainland Bancogon and back (but we just paid Php30.00 as we had a free ride back to Liloan) – Php60.00

Day tour package – Php1500.00

Other fares – Php50.00

Snacks – Php100.00

Total: Php1834.00

Definitely worth the money spent. ๐Ÿ™‚

I wish I inspired you to call your friends and family to book a trip here to Sumilon Island with Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort and I swear you won’t regret your time. Just make sure the weather is good, and the sun is out so you can appreciate the Sandbar. ๐Ÿ™‚

You may also want to visit Kawasan Falls: I’ve written another blog post for that. Just click on the link.


What is your experience on your trip to Sumilon Island?

Do you have any questions?

Don’t hesitate to ask. Let me know in the comments section below, I’ll gladly help ๐Ÿ™‚


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A worthy 6- hour day tour of Sumilon Island




20-something blogger and nurse. When not working as both, I search for the meaning of life ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. Leslie Lidot

    Beautiful! I suggest you should travel South and visit Tingko Beach ๐Ÿ™‚ Nindot kaayu ang bas og clear water! Proudly saying I came from there, my hometown. You will surely have a time well spent there!

    19 . Oct . 2017
  2. Becky

    It looks great! & such beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing! I’d love to go to the Philippines and if I ever will I definitely have to consider going to Summon Island! ๐Ÿ™‚

    02 . Sep . 2017
    • shennamariz

      Yes, Becky! That would be a great choice if you have the chance to come and visit the Philippines. Let me know if you would want to know more about Sumilon Island ๐Ÿ™‚

      03 . Sep . 2017
  3. dreamofadventures

    What a fun trip with friends =o) I would have loved to try some of that food =o) Any go kayaking too!

    27 . Apr . 2017
  4. Jenn

    Huhu….major envy! It already started raining and I haven’t even been to the beach yet! So sad…..

    The Pink Lemonade Girl

    19 . Apr . 2017
    • shennamariz

      You should gooo :)))) beaches are heaven HAHA

      20 . Apr . 2017
  5. Dayana

    love the smiling sun, you amaze me eveirtyme I come and look. Your web site is on my daily list of web sites to check out. What has Michelle done today, as alway I’m in awe.

    16 . Apr . 2017
  6. Elisha

    Glad you love the place! Been there like years ago already and would like to visit again! Summer is really here and I’m too excited to travel some beaches in the Philippines! Such a great post babe! Hope you could visit my blog too as well!

    Elisha |

    16 . Apr . 2017
    • shennamariz

      Hey Elisha!, True! Sun is out, and it feels like every day I want to chill and burn my skin. It doesn’t matter! Haha It’ll get back anyway. Sumilon is quite different now as what other people say and it was breathtaking. I would want to go again

      18 . Apr . 2017
  7. Kay

    I love these kinds of beautiful, exotic places! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have never been to Philippines or that part of the world in general, but I would love to visit one day! Sounds like you had an amazing, relaxing time. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing, hun! xoxo


    14 . Apr . 2017
    • shennamariz

      Hi Kay! You should definitely plan your visit here in the Philippines or Southeast Asia at least. I really did had an amazing time. Thank you Kay ๐Ÿ™‚

      15 . Apr . 2017
  8. Emily

    Sumilon island is absolutely breathtaking – how lovely to be able to soak up those beautiful sights! The buffet is a great idea too, the perfect kind of food for a day trip with varying tastes!

    Musings & More

    13 . Apr . 2017
    • shennamariz

      Yes, one thing that I really loved was the buffet. Haha Food as always ๐Ÿ™‚ I think they reached the number of visitors because of it too.

      13 . Apr . 2017
  9. Valerie

    Wow, this place looks absolutely amazing! Beautiful photos!

    12 . Apr . 2017
    • shennamariz

      It is absolutely refreshing! ๐Ÿ™‚

      13 . Apr . 2017
  10. Ritu

    Great post! Loved the shots more ๐Ÿ™‚

    10 . Apr . 2017
  11. Leta (@TheNerdyMeBlog)

    The place looks gorgeous! Thank you for this informative post. It surely sounds like it was worth the money ๐Ÿ™‚

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    08 . Apr . 2017
    • shennamariz

      Yes, it truly was worth the spent Leta ๐Ÿ™‚

      10 . Apr . 2017
  12. Eena

    How pretty! I grew up in Cebu but this was never around when I lived there – I tell ya, the cool places popped up when I moved to the States! I’m glad you had fun though ๐Ÿ˜€

    โ˜ผ cabin twenty-four

    05 . Apr . 2017
    • shennamariz

      Really? A total miss out Eena ๐Ÿ™‚ but thank you!

      06 . Apr . 2017
  13. Wandering Ella

    I’ve been to Sumilon Island pero sa sandbar lang. Haven’t been inside the Bluewater Resort. I might go on a day trip soon since 1500 is a pretty good deal na. Hopefully, soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

    05 . Apr . 2017
    • shennamariz

      Worth it talaga yung 1500 ๐Ÿ™‚ Maraming activities plus you can also meet other people ๐Ÿ™‚

      05 . Apr . 2017
  14. Miguel Gouveia

    Thanks a lot ๐Ÿ˜€

    OMG this place look absolutelly amazing ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I really want to visit now ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    NEW OUTFIT POST | Minimal Cool
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    05 . Apr . 2017
    • shennamariz

      Thank you Miguel! ๐Ÿ™‚ You should visit , it’s a lovely place

      05 . Apr . 2017
  15. Airish Abella

    Omg! Love your photos! โ™ฅ I badly want to go to Cebu ๐Ÿ™ And excited rin ako makapag beach this summer! January pa yung last. Btw, if you’re looking for a site to shop online, you may check out these links: AND Hope to hear from you soon! x

    Love, Airish
    Gorgeous Glance

    04 . Apr . 2017
    • shennamariz

      Yeah, let’s get the most out of summer ๐Ÿ™‚ Wow! Do you own these one airish?

      04 . Apr . 2017
  16. Gillan

    Wow, it looks so beautiful! I have never been to Cebu but hopefully I can visit it soon! Thanks for sharing this wonderful island, I’ll definitely try to visit it when I go to Cebu in the future! Kayaking, snorkeling and fish feeding sounds good! I also want to try trekking as I want to live a more active lifestyle.

    03 . Apr . 2017
    • shennamariz

      Thank You Gillian. Yes, we should have an active lifestyle. Lol considering that we are always on our notebooks, pens, or laptops deciding what to write next on our blog post! Haha

      04 . Apr . 2017
  17. Neha

    Wow…absolutely beautiful place, I love all the photos and you look lovely….the beach is so awesome….!! Great Post hun….Kisses, Neha

    03 . Apr . 2017
    • shennamariz

      Awhhh โ˜บ๏ธ Thanks for the compliment Neha ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you liked it.

      03 . Apr . 2017
  18. Angelica Jugueta

    One thing I regret not doing when I visited South Cebu is going here huhu. Ang gandaaaa, Ang dami din palang activities na pwedeng gawin. Akala ko beach lang talaga. Next time talaga! By the way your blog looks lovely Shenna! ๐Ÿ™‚

    03 . Apr . 2017
    • shennamariz

      Thank you Angelica. It’s just been a month and I’m trying to reach out to the world lol haha. Yes, daming gawin dito akala ko nga din swimming lang haha

      03 . Apr . 2017
  19. Ellaine Go

    Ganda ng photos ๐Ÿ™ I love looking at them especially yung colorful na beach. Haayy. ๐Ÿ™ When I went to Cebu, it was for a field trip. I enjoyed it, but I think I need to go back to Cebu to explore more of the things you shared! ๐Ÿ™‚

    02 . Apr . 2017
    • shennamariz

      Ellaine! You should definiely come over here. It’s beautiful. You can’t enjoy field trips if you want to explore more because of the limited time. Let me know when you’d come and I could show you around ๐Ÿ˜€

      02 . Apr . 2017

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