They say that the best things in life are free. And sometimes, that maybe just the way it is.
After swimming with the gentle giants of Oslob, we grabbed the opportunity of experiencing the beauty of Sumilon without paying any single penny. It wasn’t for free to be honest, we just need to thank the HR staff of our company who happens to be there as well. But let’s just zip our mouths, since they haven’t got any idea about it.
Sumilon got its name from being a storm shelter for fishermen – Sumilong – to take refuge. It is located 125 kilometers from Cebu City and it has been recognized as the very first fish sanctuary in the Philippines.
At first I thought it was just an ordinary island but the closer we get… Man, this is paradise. Talking about shifting sandbars, fine white sand, pristine waters with varying aquamarine hues -Sumilon should be on the top of your list.
I wasn’t able to contain my excitement that I hurriedly went to fill my stomach so I can trek the island after. Seeing the horizon and the vast sea at the top of the island made my amazement grew more. It may sound absurd, but I never seen a place as beautiful as Sumilon.
I climbed a lighthouse which was a first and the view at the top was simply breathe-taking. At that time, that was all I needed. I felt happy for no apparent reason. It was as if I long imagined myself doing what I’ve just done. Since the sun was scorching hot we went down immediately. We just took some photos and continued to trek our way back on our camp.
We spent our remaining time bumming on the beach; taking photos underwater and doing jump shots. It may just be a short two hours but the experience was oh so memorable. Now, if you are looking for an unspoiled nature experience, you already know where to go.
Sumilon is a good side trip after swimming with the whale sharks of Oslob. A day trip in this island will not rip you off your pockets contrary to what others were saying.
Getting there: Take a bus plying Oslob – Bato at Cebu’s South Bus Terminal, first trip starts at 3 am. From Oslob, take an outrigger boat to Sumilon Island. Travel takes around 10-15 minutes.
Schedule of boat transfers from Mainland Oslob to Sumilon starts at 7:00am with 4.30pm last trip. And Sumilon back to Mainland starts at 9:00am with 5.30pm last trip.
Bus from Cebu City – Oslob: 155 php
Boat transfer: 1000 php for a special trip
Sumilon entrance fee: 50 php
If you plan to stay overnight, you will have to check in at Bluewater Sumilon Resort, for details, you may check their site. You can go glamping and rate starts at around 8000 php++.
This is part of our Southern Cebu Itinerary and you can head to below locations as well:
El Cuartel: Revisiting the past at El Cuartel
Boljo-on: Boljo-on, a first of firsts!
Oslob: Oslob’s Gentle Giants