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Sumilon Island
Sumilon Island

Sumilon Island

Free admission

The Basics

Some travelers visit Sumilon Island simply to dive and snorkel the marine park. Many Cebu tours combine a Sumilon trip with a whale shark encounter at Oslob, nearby, and an adventure in the Tumalog Falls or Kawasan Falls. You can visit the Bluewater resort on a Sumilon Island day pass, which includes buffet lunch, transfers, and water sports such as kayaking and snorkeling; other travelers opt to spend a night or two in the well-equipped bungalows.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Sumilon Island is a great choice for Instagrammers, divers, snorkelers, and sun worshippers.
  • The resort store offers basic essentials, such as sunblock and swimwear (in smaller sizes). As the island is uninhabited, it’s best to bring everything you need.
  • Sumilon Island is not wheelchair accessible.
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How to Get There

Sumilon Island lies just off the southern tip of Cebu Island, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) south of Cebu City. The resort operates a boat service between Puerto Sumilon and Sumilon Island several times a day: the ride takes under 10 minutes. Bluewater can also arrange private boat transfers from the airport.

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When to Get There

Sumilon Island is a popular weekend and holiday retreat for locals. For a calmer experience, plan to visit midweek and consider staying overnight to enjoy the quiet of the island. Most travelers avoid the rainy season, between June and August.

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Wildcard

What to Do in Southern Cebu Southern Cebu has plenty of things to do, besides Sumilon Island. The Kawasan Falls are perfect for canyoneering; Oslob is known for whale shark encounters, although naturalists have criticized hand-feeding these giant fish; Inambakan Falls offer a scenic 100-foot (30-meter) drop with a fascinating hike, while Tumalog Falls deliver Instagram-perfect cascades.

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