Sumilon Island, Cebu – Travel Guide

Sumilon Island Cebu

Sumilon Island is located just 20 minutes away from the popular town of Oslob Cebu, it gets its name from the word Sumilong, which means taking shelter in the local language. The Island used to be the refuge for the fishers from torrential typhoons that are common in the Philippines, because of which it is known as Sumilon Island.

SUMILON ISLAND: All you need to know

How to go to Sumilon Island?

Sumilon Island is located at the southeastern end of Cebu, and north of Dumaguete city. You can go here either from Dumaguete City or the common route from Oslob, Cebu.

From Dumaguete – It is a little complicated but it’s possible. If you are in Dumaguete, take a cab or a bus to the pier at Sibulan to cross the Tanon Strait to Cebu, which is 30 minutes away. Then take a bus to Oslob to head to Bancogon port. Take one of the boats at Bancogon to arrive at Sumilon. The whole trip will take about 3 hours to get from Dumaguete to Sumilon Island.
From Cebu – There are two main ways to get to Cebu City from Manila. You can either fly from Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Mactan-Cebu International Airport or go by sea which takes time of course. Check out the cheapest fare available from Manila to Cebu.

BY BUS: From the South Bus Terminal, ride a Ceres bus going to “Bato-Oslob”. All buses bound for Oslob operate 24/7. Bus fare is ~₱155 /head (one-way). Inform the driver to drop you off near the Mainland Bancogon port in Oslob.
BY CAR: Road trips are fun, especially if you’re going south. Make sure to navigate via Waze or Google Maps and set your destination to “Oslob Port”

The only access to the island is by boat which departs daily from Mainland Bancogon in Oslob to Sumilon Island at 8:00 am, 9:30 am, and 11:00 am. The return boat from the island to Mainland Bancogo departs at 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm, and 5:00 pm.
Sumilon Island Boat Price

Private boats in the port cost ₱2,500. The cheaper option is to share a boat or “banka” with others. Once you arrive, ask for a shared boat. This means that the boat transport operators get a fair, fixed price for the journey. This way, up to 10 people can share the cost of the trip to Sumilon. This will only cost you not more than ₱500 back and forth.

There is also a ₱50 peso environmental fee per person that goes to the local municipality to maintain the environmental state of Sumilon Island.

Where to stay on Sumilon Island?

The majority of tourists that visit the island choose to do a day trip after swimming with the Whale Shars in Oslob.

But if you want to consider more time consider an online day-pass for pool access + boat transfer: Bluewater Sumilon Day Tour in Cebu. The Bluewater Sumilon Day Pass includes other activities on the island, such as snorkeling, the Sumilon sandbar, hiking trails, and return boat transfers from Oslob.

The entire island has only one resort or accommodation option. For an overnight stay, you can book Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort through Agoda by clicking the picture below. You’ll have access to all their facilities, such as the infinity pool, private beach area, freshwater lagoon, and restaurant.


What I like about Sumilon Island is its beautiful sandbar during low tide. It is fully submerged in the water during high tide. The best time to check out the sandbar island is in the Dry season from December to June.

The sandbar is very pleasant but lacks shade so make sure to apply your sunblock. We enjoyed it so much swimming for hours in the swimming area part but we can’t go anywhere else on the island because we are not staying at Sumilon Bluewater Resort.

This is where we take a rest from swimming and hide from the sun – behind these rocks on the shore. Oh before I forgot, there are no restaurants to eat at on the island aside from that of the resort, so make sure you bring yours if you are planning to eat lunch in here.

This is only a side trip to our Oslob Whale Shark Adventure so we only spend 3 hours before we went back to Oslob port. Either way, we enjoyed it so much.


You might want to continue reading: CEBU ITINERARY – 3 Days Travel Guide + Expenses

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