A surprising long holiday was proclaimed and I was like–How come I didn’t know there’s a long weekend coming? Haha! Right then and there, I searched for touristy places and found the beautiful sandbar of Sumilon as an ideal quick getaway.
As early as 4:30am, Joemar and I headed to South Bus terminal to catch the earliest possible trip to Oslob. I normally get bored with land trips, so I was just sleeping the whole time. Joemar woke me up when we reached Dalaguete and decided to eat our only food supply (crispy chicken sandwich from Mcdo) Hi there McDonalds! Haha!=D We talked about our future trips while watching the scenic coastal towns in the south. After 4 hours and a half, we finally arrived at Sumilon docking station.
We paid the necessary island fees and waited for the next boat schedule. Before going to the island, there will be an orientation with regards to the activities as well as the amenities in the resort. Sumilon Island is a 30 minutes boat ride from Bancogon, Oslob.
Here’s a list of interesting things to do on the island:
Beachineering- First things first when in Sumilon: Beach. I was expecting a long stretch of sandbar, well, of course, that’s what you usually see on the internet but surprisingly, a round shaped sandbar welcomed us. A staff from Sumilon explained that it appears to be a seemingly endless sandbar during summer and a round shaped during rainy months.
I’m the truest beach lover, and this place really solved my beach cravings.
Swimming in the infinity pool- Go swimming with a picturesque view of the ocean and the mountains of Oslob as your backdrop. They also have 2 separate hot tubs to get that extremely cozy feeling.
Trekking and Caving- Trekking in Sumilon island doesn’t require a tour guide as it only takes 30-40 minutes. Before starting the trek, make sure to read all the safety precautions located in the area. They also have walking sticks for your untrained legs and some benches for catching your breath moments. =D Don’t worry about getting lost because markers in the trail are everywhere. Along the way, you will see sharply pointed cliffs, crystal clear waters, wild birds, an old watchtower, and the fantastic sweeping views of the island.
I don’t know if swimming here is allowed but I think it would be a wrong move. I swear the deep clear water is tempting but with the sharp rocks? Nahh-Nevermind.
What makes this trek hard is the sharp rocks but what makes it harder is our attire. We were just wearing slippers with no other trekking tools. We did not even bring bottled water. Lesson learned: When going on a trek or a quick hike, wear an appropriate attire for safety and always bring water no matter the trail distance.
After almost an hour, we reached the starting point of the trail. It was tiring yet an exciting adventure one should not miss when in Sumilon island.
Kayaking and Fish feeding- If an extreme activity is not your thing, a normal kayaking and fish feeding in the lagoon is for you. Playing badminton and volleyball can also be done near the area.
Glamping- This means glamorous camping. Price ranges from 7,000-12,000. I love to try this but it would be impractical for a shoestring traveler like me. =D You may check out Sumilon Bluewater Resort’s official website for accommodation inquiries.
Snorkeling- Experience the marine life in the coral gardens.
Now, if you’re really on a tight budget but you still want to experience the Sumilon shifting sandbar, skip Sumilon Bluewater Resort. You can hire a private boat from Bancogon, Oslob for 1500-2000 back and forth good for 10pax. Bring your own food and other island necessities. You may contact one of the boat owners at 09336279538 or 09235964918(I forgot her name though.:)) But if you want to add Sumilon Bluewater Resort on your trip, please refer to my sample breakdown of expenses and inclusions below.
How to get there?
From South Bus terminal, ride a Ceres Bus bound for Oslob. The fare is 155 per way. Travel time is 4-5 hours. Tell the driver to drop you off near Sumilon Bluewater Resort docking station or just look for a Sumilon Bluewater signage that can be found on the left part.
Where to eat?
A buffet lunch will be served at the beach area.
Other places to stay?
Down South 118 Beach Resort-FB Page: Down South
Tan-awan Cangcuay Beach- FB Page:Tan-Awan
Oslob Seafari Resort: FB Page: Seafari Beach
Other Nearby Attractions:
Tumalog falls,Whaleshark watching, Old spanish cuartel ruins and the church belfry
Bus Fare To and From Oslob- 310
Boat Fare To and From Sumilon island and Sumilon Bluewater Resort- 2000
You might want to add something on this list. Let me know in the comment section. 🙂 Happy Traveling!