Travel Diary: Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort Sweet Escape

Bancogon, Oslob Cebu – Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort was the ultimate paradise I wish I could wake up to every day of my life. This beautiful island is situated off the South Eastern Coast of Cebu and surrounded by the lush greeneries of the forest and big splashing waves of the cerulean sea. It was a momentary sweet escape for me, a rare chance to cheerily flee away from the chaos of life, even for a short while.

Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort Review

For a couple of weeks now, I haven’t gripped a pen nor opened a notepad to write about something. The past couple of weeks as well were very tedious and grueling, to say the least. Something that I could do for myself was to have a quick getaway to refresh the momentum, to fuel the fire to the remaining months where I’d have to struggle.

This is a travel diary, so I suppose I am allowed to get melodramatic, right? 😉

Bluewater Sumilon is the epitome of perfect paradise

Breathing in the air and gazing upon the wide, open sea and its gleaming blue green colors made me feel alive in an instant. At that moment, I’d decided to finally throw all the cautions in the wind and let myself live in the moment.

For the start of our trip, we set foot as early as 2 a.m. to catch the Ceres bus en route to Bancogon, Oslob. Though there was a bit of a delay, we were still able to catch the magnificent rays of the sunrise greeting us over the horizons.

Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort Oslob

Caught the beautiful sunrise just as we went down the pathway towards Bluewater Sumilon.

Once there, we waited for the 8 a.m. boat schedule to take us from the mainland to the island itself since we arrived at the destination two hours earlier. Here’s the boat schedule for Bluewater Sumilon.

Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort Itinerary

The dock on the mainland. It was still so early, so we maximized our time by taking pictures of one another. Hello to Lou of Wander Soul!

The place itself will make you fall in love more with the wonders of nature. Bluewater Sumilon is an island with a very vast area enough for an entire day of excursion. The day tour rate is already inclusive of lunch buffet, plus other activities like use of the swimming pool, trekking, or snorkeling.

Upon docking over the shifting sandbar, I was immediately fascinated by the blue-green waters surrounding it. One side of the sandbar faces another nearby island, and the other faces a marine sanctuary housing many colorful corals, wherein most of it were unfortunately washed away during Typhoon Yolanda and little ones were left.

Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort Marine Sanctuary

It was honestly the best view I’ve seen so far in my life. The cerulean colors of the sea make me want to plunge into the water, but then I’d be reminded that it’s actually very deep.

Imagine being stuck in a secluded island with only the whispers of the wind and the tumultuous splashes going simultaneously. It was honestly refreshing and for once, thankfully, I wasn’t succumbed to the irritating noise of traffic.

Serenity and bliss. That’s what I felt. I felt free from the obligations of the world – though just for a day, but still.

Right after lunch, we trekked unto the highest peak of the island to get a panoramic view from above. The spectacle of green and blue vistas came across our eyes, and it was breathtaking. So, so breathtaking.

what to ride to Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort

The view from the highest peak holds more grandeur than most of what I’d witnessed in the island. This one is only a small part of the island, but getting a 360-degrees view was more exhilarating and adventurous.

After we rounded up the whole island in no more than just a couple of hours, I was able to sit and appreciate the beauty that this place beholds.

Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort Amenities

Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort Beach

I’d like to think I’m like a rock (in a metamorphic sense) — no matter how forceful the waves ricochet, I’d be standing there strong and unshakable.

Sitting about brought me into different phases of introspection within myself. I thought about the endless trials I’d faced lately. The worries of what will happen in my future. The regrets and mistakes left uncorrected. The sinking hope and restlessness. If only I’d get a chance to live in this piece of earth everyday, I’d stand vigorous daily no matter what.

But, to be clear, I don’t regret living in the vicissitudes of life.

Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort Cebu Travel

The sea is alive with marine sanctuaries here. We saw schools of fish wandering around the surface, looking for a place where they could feed off themselves.

Bluewater Sumilon is a wonder of a place that’s filled with a bounty of luxurious living. People flock here to experience what I’d experienced, and I’d been privileged to do so.

Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort Day Rate

Living here must be like living in my own sorts of dream houses – perched in an island, grown trees all around, surrounded with deep, blue waters with lively sanctuaries, and faced with the view of the beautiful hues of sunrise and sunsets. For a hefty price you can actually stay in one of their villas and make that dream a reality, but just like what I’d said, it’s really quite hefty.

Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort Pool Day Tour

One of the most popular amenities in Bluewater Sumilon, the Infinity Pool.

Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort Day Tour

If I were to experience Bluewater Sumilon every day, I swear there wouldn’t be a day I’d be grumpy at all. At the end of this tour, the day ended gratifyingly better than what I’d expected, but I was left with the heartbreaking thought of leaving this very sea.


I’ll be writing a follow-up post for more details and review about Bluewater Sumilon, so stay tuned — and yes, you better do because there are a lot more exciting things I’ve got to share! This post is merely a travel diary, so you’ll only read my introspections during my travels. For check-ins, you may visit Agoda, or read more customer reviews at TripAdvisor! You may also explore the other Bluewater resorts here


Bluewater Sumilon
Sumilon Island, Bancogon, Oslob, Cebu
Phone: (63 32) 318 3129 / 318 9098
www.bluewatersumilon.com.ph

66 Comments
  1. Your pictures are absolutely breathtaking! We’ve been to Bluewater Panglao and I wasn’t exactly inlove with it – the resort wasn’t as nature-y, it just had a lot of pools. Their Sumilon resort though looks amazing! My cousin is coming home from Sweden this year and we’re planning a trip somewhere. Sumilon wasn’t on our list, but after reading your post I now want to check it out. 🙂

  2. I share the same sentiments as you about this place despite having never visited it. Its just that the pictures you’ve shot are so brilliantly life-like that one feels like actually being there… And true, you’ll never face a bad day if you’re given an opportunity to just stay there forever… it’s that kind of a place…

  3. This is such a mesmerizing place. The views are something to die for. I can imagine forgetting the world in such beautiful settings.

  4. It’s so gorgeous! The view is so lovely. Everything is so serene and breath-taking. Surely, traveling to this island is such a great getaway from all the buzz from the work and stress we get. Can’t wait for the upcoming post!

  5. Your pictures in this post all look so dreamy. I have never been to Sumilon and just by reading your story and looking at your photos makes me want to book the next trip out of Manila already. It looks so serene and relaxing. I would love to dip in the pool and just gaze into the horizon and just be away from the hustle and bustle of city living.

  6. The bluewater resort does actually look like a piece of paradise. It would be thrilling to wake up in such a paradise in the morning, amidst the chirping of birds and go for an early morning walk along the beach. It is no surprise that you had a heavenly experience here.

  7. The infinity pool from the resort looks absolutely fantastic! And those blue waters… wow! I would not think twice before jumping in the water, even if I knew it was deep. I know how to swim and I imagine how cool it would be to do it there. I think that all of us need a moment of serenity from time to time and this is the perfect place to find it.

  8. The place really suits its name. The waters are literally blue! And I must say how awesome your photography skills are! I wish I’d be able to capture things like you. I am glad you liked going there.

  9. Amazing. I love these photos ❤ definitely want to see this place. Been hearing a lot of great things about this place actually! Can’t wait to visit ❤

  10. Cebu is in my list when I can make it to The Philippines. The pink sky at sunrise looks amazing although I am very rarely up that early lol. I do love an infinity pool as well. It really does look like paradise!

  11. I need to visit Cebu so bad!! It looks so calming and peaceful — something that I know I would enjoy very much! Your photos are very stunning by the way! The sea is so BLUE!

  12. Definitely, Philippines is a wonderful country! I’m dying to see these awesome photos. It makes me realize to go back in Cebu. I wasn’t able to visit Oslob when I was there. I hope to get there when I get back.

  13. I didn’t acquire a chance to experience an escape like this cause I find it luxurious, but I would probably try when I have enough money. (Hehehe). Sumilomln is really a paradise that everyone should experience, I heard a great deal of good things about this Resort, my office mates even had tried staying here once.

  14. My friend is been telling me about this island after we visited Bantayan last year. I’ll bookmark this and send it to my friend so she can read your article too. Will definitely put this in our beach list. 🙂

    xoxo, rej | reeejoyce.com

  15. Grabe Sumilon is so pretty! One thing I regret not doing when we were in Cebu! But then again another reason to come back. Lovely photos, Mimi! <3

  16. Beautiful shots! And very apt as I just saw the feature on Sumilon Island again last night, been in my bucketlist for a good 2 years now. Amazing sandbar! Will definitely visit someday soon!

  17. Wow, this is paradise. I saw this first from the blogs of Laureen, Kryz and Camille and i fell in love with it. Actually, I have planned to go to Cebu but wanted to skip the city tours and want the island tours instead but I cannot find a decent agency that offers such trip. I planned Boracay instead since I still haven’t been there too. Next target would be Sumilon Island in Cebu 🙂

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA // New Post

  18. How breathtaking! I’m certain you had the most amazing time, just judging from the way you relayed your day there and the photos you’d taken. The photography is just SPOT ON! I loved looking at them! I had this strange feeling of calm when I looked at the photo of the water by the rocks. Stunning! I am definitely adding Sumilon to my go-to places for the summer!

  19. Thank you for sharing your experience! Oslob, Cebu is in my travel bucket list and your post just triggered the wanderlust in me. It took all my willpower to prevent myself from getting in a plane to Cebu right now. ???? But seriously, your post is so enticing, I can’t wait for your follow up post. More power to you!

  20. Oh my gosh the place is magnificent! Looking forward to the follow up post regarding Bluewater Sumilon. I might just go here when I go to Cebu this August!

  21. I’ll be looking forward for the detailed review 🙂 The photos look really great, I regret not dropping by when we went around South Cebu. Sana dyan nalang kami nagpunta. Nadisappoint ako dun sa resort na napuntahan namin sa Oslob 🙁

    1. Aww, it’s unfortunate to hear that. Oslob is a very beautiful place. 🙁 Sumilon is just a few kilometers away from Oslob. Maybe you can try going back someday 😉

  22. Oh my god! This is paradise, Mimi! I knew my friends and I should’ve gone to Sumilon when a boatman offered to take us there while we visited Oslob haha 🙂 Anyway, it’s a place we definitely need to visit soon.

    You take such lovely pictures Mimi! I love the film feel of it <3

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