One of my Dumaguete travel buddies, Imee -- happy in Sumilon.
It was our dive master, Glen, who suggested we include Sumilon Island in our itinerary while in Dumaguete. From Dumaguete (Silliman beach, if I remember it right), our trip to Sumilon was about 45 mins by motorboat. Since we dived in four different places -- Apo, Dauin, DuCoMi, and Sumilon -- we booked Glenn to be our dive master in all dive adventures. His package included transpo from Dumaguete and back, motorized banca, air tanks, weight belts, and BCDs. It was hassle-free.
333 Real Street, Daro
Phone: +63 35 422 6715
Mobile: +63 917 7003483
Sumilon is known to be the country's first marine reserve. In 1974, it was declared a marine sanctuary under the guidance of Silliman University Marine Reserve. Large beautiful corals abound under its pristine waters. It is also home to many marine species.
Our dive in Sumilon was one of the best I had. The current was a bit strong at that time, but the visibility was very good. We saw so many colorful nudibranchs, schools of fish, and coral gardens.
There are four interesting dive spots in the island: The Garden Eel Plaza, Coral Landscape, Nikki's Wall, and Julie’s Rock.
These are not black tip sharks (they're my dive buddies! :D), but there are occasional sightings of black tip sharks in Sumilon. We were not quite lucky to see one.
Sumilon is under the administration of the municipality of Oslob and is also close to the nearby island of Dumaguete.
To Get There:
Get a bus or v-hire going to Oslob at the South Bus Terminal. The trip is about three hours by land from Cebu City. From the port of Oslob, motorized boats travel to Sumilon.
Where to Stay:
There's only one hotel in the island -- the Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort.
We stayed in Dumaguete, though, at Hotel Palwa.
Dr. V. Locsin St., Dumaguete City, 6200 Neg. Or., Philippines
Tel. Nos.: (035) 422-8995/9595 (035) 226-2775
Mobile No.: +63917-720-1081
After our dives, we stayed awhile to enjoy Sumilon's beautiful sandbar. It is said that the sandbar here shifts in location depending on the season. We had so much fun swimming because the water was so clear. I would love to visit, swim, and dive again in this beautiful island.
Other Things to do in Sumilon:
- Visit the natural lagoon and caves
- Check out the lighthouse and watchtower
- Have picnic with family or friends
- Go bird watching