Tucked at the far end south side of Cebu nested an island with lush green surrender, carpeted with fine cream sand and deep crystal azure waters called Sumilon.
For an island, Sumilon is a haven for many who want to indulge in life’s indulgences through relaxation, fun, and adventure. It promises comfort through its visage that no one could ever imagine.
During the early times, the island served as a storm shelter for fishermen to take cover whenever they caught typhoons while amidst the ocean. That is also the very reason why atop the island is a lighthouse that guides the fishermen at night. The Cebuanos then coined the island’s name by using the local word “Sumilong” which means ‘to take refuge’, which represents the purpose of the island to the locals.
Aside from its breathtaking view, this 24-hectare island boasts nothing but pure bliss and a fun experience. The island is also the first marine reserve off the southern tip of Cebu, which is why its water is a gem sanctuary for varied species, including blacktip sharks.
There are two ways of arriving on the island. You may opt to take the longer route from Cebu City, where you have to enjoy a 4-hour bus ride and a 10-minute swift boat transfer going to the main island from Bluewater Sumilon Port, or via Dumaguete, which is quite more expensive due to limited flights but faster than the first. From Dumaguete, you may take a cab to Sibulan port and take a fast craft or a pump boat to Li-loan port for 30 minutes; from there, you may take a public vehicle to Bluewater Sumilon Port in Bancogon, Oslob, for a total of approximately one hour of land and boat travel.
But whatever route you opt to take, everything will be worth it when you arrive on the island.
Sumilon remains Cebu’s best-kept secret, where Bluewater Island Resort is situated. This resort lives up to its promise and premise of bringing a one-of-a-kind experience when you visit Sumilon. It is a captivating sanctuary for a restless heart that just wants to escape the city and feel the pure bliss of life. This is just one of the many reasons why you have to experience this vacation haven.
Bluewater Island Resort in Sumilon is also well known for its shape-changing sandbar, depending on the tides and season.
This is just a primer on our Sumilon travel, so you have to watch out for our photo-heavy entry about Bluewater Sumilon in our next post.
For now, we leave you with the great assurance that Sumilon Island is a legend of unspoiled nature that must go on your bucket list when you next visit Cebu.
All photos are courtesy of @edryanlorenzo and are subject to copyright
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