OUr 3 day trip to Sumilon Island was truly adventure filled! We landed at Mactan airport and headed straight to our 3 hour journey to Oslob (they says its 2.5 hour only) with lots of nice old churches and towns to see on the way. Upon arriving at Sumilon Bluewater Resort, service was swift and efficient as our bags were carried to our large bedroom. Food could be better but the service was superb, the staff try their utmost best to give us what we want and that makes the difference. We scheduled our whaleshark watching the next day which surprisingly was just a 7 minute boat ride from the island. The whalesharks were artificially fed by the fishermen to make them go to the surface of the water-this could very well cause a DISTURBANCE IN THE ECOSYSTEM. I think the province of Oslob should work alongside Marine Biologists to determine, an environmentally safe method for tourists to swim with the sharks. While on the positive side it brings in the tourists, but the LONG TERM Impact of this attraction must be examined!!!
Back to the resort-the 40 minute or so trek up the hill that led up to the old lighthouse/watchtower was quite a thrill. No flipflops please, USE proper footwear.! The view going up is breathtaking. The canoe ride and fish feeding is relaxing and quite pleasant to do especially with younger children. The beach has has a strip of white sandbar with nice shells and is safe for swimming/snorkelling, use swim shoes please. Over-all i would recommend the trip only to more adventurous families/couples:)
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