Sumilon Island – The Attractive Sand bar In Oslob, Cebu
Sumilon Island Oslob has grown to become one of Cebu’s most sought after tourist destinations. And it is mainly because of the popular whale shark encounter activities in the area which attracts almost hundreds of tourists every day. Oslob is only 3-4 hours south of Cebu City where tourists come to visit the said whale sharks or also known locally as Butandings. But aside from meeting these gentle sea creatures along the coasts of Oslob, this simple town has so much more to offer to its visiting tourists.
The whale shark encounter does not last for long though due to the flock of local and foreign tourists coming in to the municipality. So after saying hello and taking a selfie with the whale sharks, hop on a boat and head for Sumilon Island.
How To Get There?
While Sumilon Island may seem to be the second most popular tourist destination in Oslob next to the Whale Sharks, it deserves to be recognized for its pristine beaches and beautiful azure waters. The island can be reached by a 15 to 20-min boat ride from Oslob proper. You can arrange for these boat transfers through any of the sea-side resorts or guides you meet in Oslob. While on the boat, you can already see the stunning white sands of Sumilon Island ready to meet you.
Sumilon Island’s resort, which is Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort, offers overnight stays and day tour packages at reasonable rates. The resort is notable for its glamping (glamorous camping) tents that are spacious and well furnished. They also offer activities such as diving, snorkeling, kayaking, island trekking, and fish feeding.
But if you are just like many tourists who would just like to visit the famous Sumilon Sandbar, you may do so by paying the resort a minimal fee. Some boats will pass by the resort and do a small hike along the beach to get to the sandbar. Other boats are able to dock near the sandbar.
The White Sand and Crystal Clear Water at Sumilon Island
The island’s white sandbar is probably one of the most pristine sandbars in the country. This charming stretch of white sand expands out into the sea, making it the most notable feature of the island. In the afternoon, a part of the sandbar would be submerged in the crystal clear waters due to high tide. However, the waters are not too deep and the Sumilon Sandbar remains visible all the time.
Take your time sun bathing in the sandbar while enjoying the island’s panoramic view. After which, swim into the ocean and dive into the sea floor where colorful fishes and corals will greet you. If you think you’ll be spending the whole day in Sumilon, bring your own food if you don’t have plans to eat a buffet lunch at the resort.
Sumilon is definitely a place you must visit when you drop by Oslob. Its breathtaking views will surely make the trip unforgettable. For more convenient travel and tours, check out http://affordablecebutours.com/tour/whale-shark-swimming-oslob-sumilon-island-tumalog-falls/and their Affordable Cebu tours which will take you to Sumilon Island and to Oslob’s many wonderful places.
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Photos By: John Ray Aligato and Sumilon Bluewater Resort