If Bruges wasn’t on your list of places to see…
The Philippines consist of about 7,641 island. That is a lot of islands to choose from when coming to the Philippines for a two or three week long vacation. The choice of beautiful islands is endless. Nevertheless I am willing to share with you one of the best kept secrets. A beautiful paradise-like island that you shouldn’t miss when coming to the Philippines: It is Sumilon Island. It is easy to reach from Cebu (approx. 3 hours by taxi to the jetty) and if you are planning on swimming with the whale sharks in Oslob, then it is really just a short boat ride away.
What awaits you there is a lush green island paradise, with a long sandbank, beaches, a lively reef and stunning landscapes. The island stretches over 24 hectares and there is a lot to explore and to do: from hiking around to the island, swimming, snorkeling, water sports, diving, tanning- you have plenty of options.
Blue Water Sumilon Island Resort is located on Sumilon Island and is in fact the only resort on the island. Something that you probably only find on the Maldives and at a way higher cost.
If you want to visit Sumilon island you can either book a stay at the resort or visit this lovely spot as part of a day trip. If you have some time to spare and aren’t on a tight budget, I would highly recommend to stay there for a night or two. It is such a relaxing place to recharge your batteries or if you are more the active type there are plenty of activities and things to do, that will keep you busy throughout your stay.
One highlight on Cebu island is to swim with the whale sharks in Oslob. We did that very early in the morning and then took a trycicle to the port in Bancogon. The ride took us less then 5 minutes. The boat from the resort to Sumilon Island departs multiple times a day, we already checked in at the port, our luggage was taken care of and we had enough time to enjoy a delicious welcome drink before we departed to the island. With us were quite a few people who booked a day trip to the island- which is a popular thing to to in the area.
After a boat ride of maybe 20 minutes we were greeted by a staff member who was already waiting for us. As we arrived quite early in the morning we couldn’t check in directly but were able to store our luggage at the reception, have breakfast and we could already make use of the beach and swimming pool.
Whether you are keen to relax or up for an adventure- this island paradise has it all. As already mentioned there are plenty of things to do on Sumilon Island and we loved to try them all out during the two days we were there.
The Philippines are the perfect tropical getaway and Sumilon Island is simply stunning. Think powdery white sand beaches, a sandbank that stretches into the ocean and clear, azure-blue water. We borrowed snorkeling equipment and looked out for fishies and corals. If you are a diver you can book diving trips at the resort that take you to their house reef, further out and you also have the chance to dive with the whale sharks in Oslob. An alternative to swimming in the ocean is their stunning infinity pool from where you can overlook the sea.
Other activities on the islands are paddle boating and kayaking in their lagoon, going hiking on one of three nature trails to choose from around the island, going on a scenic boat tour, enjoying a massage with ocean view or simply relaxing on the beach or in a bamboo gazebo.
“Anuma” in the Filipino language describes the feeling that you belong and that is also the philosophy of the resort. They want to create a home away from home for their guests.
There are Deluxe and Premier Deluxe Rooms, both spacious and modern with two comfortable queen sized beds and ocean views. We stayed in the Premier Deluxe Room for two nights. We were three girls traveling together and the room was big enough to accommodate all three of us. While we loved spending as much time outdoors enjoying the island it was also nice to return “home” in the evening, wash off the salt water and get ready for dinner and sit outside on our terrace on the swing and chatting about life.
There are also villas available if you want book a secluded getaway. I think there are perfect for honeymooners. There are one and two bedroom villas available that come with your own private dipping pool and veranda overlooking the sea and the neighboring islands.
Included in the room rate are halfboard meals (breakfast and dinner) that are served in The Pavilion- the main restaurant on the island offering panoramic views. The food that is being served there is a mix of local and international cuisine- all freshly prepared from the best ingredients. Breakfast and dinner are buffet style with the option to get some dishes prepared by a chef at a cooking station. There is also a changing theme for dinner every day that ranges from BBQ, Tex-Mex, Asian Flavors and beyond.
A lunch buffet was served on the beach or alternatively there was an a-la carte option in the restaurant.
We really enjoyed the food and were impressed by the wide selection- there was literally something to choose from for each one of us. One highlight for us was the private dinner that the resort set up for us on the beach. They set up a beautiful dining venue and a chef for preparing the food directly on the beach for us. Perfect for a romantic dinner date.
To sum it up
My stay at Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort was one of my personal highlights of this trip to the Philippines. The island is absolutely stunning with its beautiful sandbank and beaches and the perfect tropical getaway. There was plenty to do to keep us busy, but a good amount of relaxing in between and plenty of good food.
I would recommend a stay at this resort for everyone. It’s perfect for couples, families and groups of friends alike. If you are on a budget I would highly suggest to take a day trip to the resort and enjoy the island life.
Want to find out more about the resort. Check their website for more details and current rates.
A big thanks goes to Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort to hosting us for two nights and letting us explore this island paradise. My opinion remains my own.