Cebu’s Diving Heaven, Sumilon Island

Named as the diving heaven by locals, Sumilon Island is a tiny but rich island located at the southeastern tip of the Municipality of Oslob in the province of Cebu. This 24-hectare luxuriant island could be your next Philippine destination to explore!

Did you know? Sumilon in our dialect means “take refuge”

Sumilon Island

The only resort on the island is Sumilon Bluewater Resort, the sister resort of the popular Maribago Bluewater Resort in Mactan, Cebu. The resort offers 4-star accommodations with access to white sand and coral reef beaches. It is but a quiet island, perfect for relaxing if you want to get away from the hustle-bustle of the city.

Getting There

  • By Car

From Cebu City proper, you may arrange a car/van/taxi or ride a commuter bus to Bancogon, Oslob. The drive usually takes three to four hours.

  • By Boat

If you are coming from the neighboring provinces such as Bohol or Dumaguete, you may take a fast craft which would take one to two hours. If you take the normal fast craft, you would dock at Lilo-an Port in Santander. From Li-loan Port, you may take a public vehicle going to Bancogon, Oslob. You can also choose to charter a private boat that will dock at Sumilon Island.

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After arriving in Bancogon, to reach the island, you will have to take a 15-25 minute boat ride. Sumilon Bluewater Resort has its own free boat service if you avail of their day-trip or regular packages. For convenience, here is their boat schedule:

Boat Schedule

Mainland Bancogon to Sumilon Island

  • 08:00 AM
  • 09:30 AM
  • 11:00 AM
  • 12:30 PM
  • 02:00 PM
  • 04:30 PM

Sumilon Island to Mainland Bancogon

  • 09:00 AM
  • 10:30 AM
  • 12:00 NN
  • 01:30 PM
  • 03:30 PM
  • 05:00 PM

Additional fees apply to special transfer requests between the regular boat trip schedules. These special requests will be subject to boat availability and weather conditions. It is better to arrange transfer requests ahead of time.

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Island Activities

Sumilon Island has several white sand beaches, a lagoon, a hiking trail with beautiful panoramic views, a lighthouse, a historical watchtower also known as “Baluarte”, and other resort facilities like the infinity pool overlooking the island of Cebu.

Sumilon Bluewater Resort offers various activities such as organizing island tours, biking, windsurfing, trekking, scuba diving, snorkeling, and deep-sea diving. They also have fish feeding and boat rides.

If you want to lazy around, you can simply gaze at the horizon while enjoying the breeze and being serenaded by the rustling sea waters. You can also indulge in a good massage by Amuma or dine at their restaurant by the infinity pool.

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Did you know? It is the first marine protected area in the Philippines.


Although a bit pricey, Sumilon Bluewater Resort has one of the best resort-experience in the entire province of Cebu.  You’d surely have the best time of your life!

They have plenty of room options: Deluxe, Premium Deluxe, One Bedroom Villa, Family Villa, Glamping Tents. 

Bluewaters is currently hosting the COOL BLUE SUMMER trade show at Ayala Center Cebu and you’ll surely be able to snag great deals for Sumilon. The cheapest room rate starts at PHP 6,557.38 per night! Regular room rates start PHP 16,393.44, so what are you waiting for?

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If you only have limited time, you can still enjoy a taste of this island paradise for a day. Explore Sumilon island for a day trip with marine sanctuary perfect for snorkeling, caves for exploring, kayaks, lagoons, and hiking trails.

Day trip rate costs Php 2,500 nett per person. Applicable to all days of the week including Public Holidays. Resort child policy applies: 50% discount for children with ages 6-11 years old, FREE for ages 0-5 years old

Day Trip Inclusions:

  • Free roundtrip boat transfers (Puerto Sumilon to Sumilon Island and vice versa)
  • Welcome drinks and free use of parking area at the mainland
  • Lunch buffet at Pulo Restaurant with unlimited beverage during buffet
  • Complimentary use of mask and snorkel
  • Complimentary use of beach towel
  • Complimentary use of the lagoon swimming pool, beach, and shower rooms
  • Complimentary use of payag, kiddie park, and sunbeds. First come, first serve basis only
  • Complimentary Island Adventure activities (Trekking, Fishing at the lagoon Fish feeding, Kayaking and Pedal Boating)

For inquiries and reservations, please contact Sumilon Bluewater Resort at (032) 318 9098, +63998 964 1879, send an email to or simply visit their website at


I hope this will encourage you to explore more of Cebu!

If you have any questions or clarifications, feel free to reach out to me.

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