Sunday, 1 July 2012

Sumilon Island Getaway

It has been awhile that I and my friends went on an adventure barely to relax and get away from the bustle of city life. Our choices were moalboal and sumilon and for obvious reasons the vote was unanimous and we chose Sumilon island.

We opted to go there on a weekend and agreed to meet early in the morning. We took the 630am trip and arrived around 930am. The trip from Bancogon to Sumilon Island was quite a rough ride because I believe there was a tropical storm coming on that particular week.

Before we went to Sumilon Island we haggled if it’s ok to pay P1500/person excluding snacks instead of paying the P2000/person. And luckily our request was granted.
  • Weekdays: Php 1,500 nett per person

  • Weekends (Saturday / Sunday) & Holidays: Php 2,000 nett per person
  • Roundtrip boat transfers from Bancogon (Oslob) to Sumilon Island
  • Plated lunch per person at the Pavilion Bar
  • Island activities (snorkeling, paddle boating, kayaking) and use of picnic huts and swimming pool

Trip Schedule from Bancogon to Sumilon

*Make sure you arrive at Boncogon 20-30 minutes 
before the scheduled trip. Schedule may change 
without prior notice. 

Monday to Sunday
  • 1st trip - 7:30 am
  • 2nd trip - 9:30 am
  • 3rd trip - 11:00 am
  • 4th trip - 12:30 pm
Last trip - 4:30 pm 

Trip Schedule from Sumilon to Bancogon

Monday to Sunday
  • 1st trip - 9 am
  • 2nd trip - 10:30 am
  • 3rd trip - 12 noon
  • 4th trip - 1:30 pm
  • 5th trip - 3:30 pm
Last trip - 5:30 pm (5pm for Saturdays)

The plated lunch was actually a gastronomic display of delicious food. We were served with soups and our own choice of main course (grilled squid, pork humba and chicken bbq) plus mouth-watering desserts (macaroni fruit salad and choco pudding).

 Pavilion Bar (octagon nipa hut)

                                                                 soup with garlic bread

grilled squid 
                                                                 pork humba with egg
chicken bbq garnished with cauliflower, string beans, broccoli and carrots

Delectable Desserts

                                                                  macaroni fruit salad
                                                                      choco pudding

 When in Sumilon, you have a lot of physical activities to enjoy such as kayaking, snorkeling and swimming. You can also do trekking and go to Baluarte (historical watchtower)


How to get there:

You can either ride a bus or v-hire at the south bus terminal. Ceres buses can take you to Bancogon (Oslob) approximately 3 hours of travel from Cebu City and 15-minute travel from Oslob to Sumilon Island via a banca (motorboat) which is owned and operated by Sumilon Bluewater island Resort. 

Bus Fare: 

·         PhP 155.00 for air conditioned buses
·         PhP 145.00 for non-air conditioned bus

·         approximately 100-150 price range

TIP: Contact ahead Sumilon Blue Water Island Resort through (032) 481 0801 / 516 7236 for ease in travel. They will also assist you and tell you about the schedule of your trip and where to take a ride.