Sumilon is a captivating island in the south of Cebu that draws the attention of passerby whenever they are around the area of Oslob. It used to be a refuge by the fishermen whenever there is typhoon back in the days and that is where it got its name 'sumilong' meaning to take cover. In World War II some filipinos escape to this island to avoid the invading Japanese troops. It has quite a history as sanctuary for the people needing protection and now that peace prevails in the land it shifted its role to provide luxurious service for those weary of the demands in everyday life. It is one of Cebu's top island that is vying for your attention and unlike the other islands it has interesting features like the island's lagoon, cave, shifting white sandbar and a beautiful cliff cape that provides panoramic view of Bohol sea. I have waited for quite long to try their day tour and when friends from distant land gave me a visit I knew that this is the perfect timing to experience the island of Sumilon. Let us see how it fare in my in depth review.
CLEANLINESS: Need to be garbage free in the snorkeling / diving spots around the Western Dock where the shifting white sandbar is. Sometimes garbage even appears in the sandbar itself. The resort seems to have a problem in proper waste disposal.
LOCATION: Quite far from the city takes a minimum of 3 hours drive. Advisable to depart from the city as early as 4am to catch the first boat trip to the island around 7:30am. It's seclusion is one its major strength and the view is simply astonishing.
VALUE: Since I'm reviewing the day tour for the fee of P1500 *weekdays (P2000 *weekends & holidays) you'll get the most out of your money because the island has jam packed with activities to do and you won't cover all if you get stuck in enjoying one activity so much. Advisable to bring trekking shoes for trek to the lighthouse & baluarte.
FOOD: Day Tour offers three course meal. Not quite sufficient to be called as a feast but enough to suffice your hunger. The food is okay not something that will blow your taste buds away. Appetizer includes fish fillet with squash soup, 5 options for the main meal and has only a mango flan for the dessert *very disappointing* and when I look at their menu there's not a lot of variety and options.
AMENITY: Boat ride on and off the island (7:30am as the earliest and 5:30pm as the last one every hour departs in between) , necessities given: towel, snorkeling gears, life vest, map of activities in the island and free access of all activities in the island
FACILITY: Swimming (infinity) pool / Jacuzzi, Pavilion Restaurant with Wifi, Massage & Spa, 14 Deluxe rooms, 2 Glamping (Glamorous Camping) tents, Picnic area, kayaking in the lagoon, spelunking in Yamashita cave, snorkeling / diving in 5 spots, trekking to historic watchtower & lighthouse, bird watching and whaleshark & dolphin watching can be arranged too.
Hope the dive shop people could give a better orientation to snorkelers and maybe have a first aid kit at the dive shop as well. We weren't informed of which spots in the water to avoid. The strong current slammed me into a shallow coral and I got gashes on my leg. When I went to the dive shop for help, they told me I had to go all the way upstairs to get treated. I'm really not a diva and I don't mind walking, but considering the rates of the place, you would expect that they'd radio front desk for the first aid kit to be brought down. They weren't very helpful at the dive shop. Fluffier pillows please! The ones you have are super flat already. by darthkulot from Cebu
The boat arrives as scheduled and leaves when all guests are escorted in. Sky is filled with clouds with the sun nowhere in sight and the strong current rocks the boat which makes the girls really scared. Good thing there's a life vest that alleviates their fear a little.
|The beauty of stillness and symmetry.|
|It will never be complete without white shores.|
- Overprice menu with lacking in variety.