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Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort
Mandaluyong, Philippines
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“Day Tour was awesome”
Reviewed April 22, 2012

Left Cebu at 4 AM and got to the Boncogon pier at 8 AM. Weaseled our way in to an earlier boat so we got to the island earlier than we would have been should we have waited for the 9:30 ferry boat. Lesson learned: you need to leave Cebu at 3:00 AM to make the 7 AM first ride so you can go home at 3:30 PM and be at the city by 9-ish. The good: trekking, food, pool, sandbar. The bad: jacuzzi. The ugly: for day trippers, the shower rooms leave less to be desired. If they allow day use of the facilities, they might as well have proper shower rooms for people as opposed to what they have.

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Reviewed April 20, 2012 via mobile

My fiancée and I were excited and was looking forward to a great island weekend getaway at Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort. The day started out pretty good when we were picked up by a privately chartered chauffeured car at our hotel. After the 3 hour drive, we arrived at an open air welcome lobby where a large outrigger boat was waiting for us. After registering, we hopped onto the outrigger and took a pleasant 25 min boat ride to Sumilon island.

Upon arrival, we were expecting better accommodations with the price range of the resort. While going around the resort, we noticed that it could have been maintained better. Although, the island is beautiful by itself, there were litter almost everywhere. There's a lot of bugs in our room too. We went to the restaurant to grab a bite to eat, the menu price is very high for this type of resort. The price range are the same as a five star hotel like Shangrila, etc. We ordered a burger and chicken wings with prices ranging from 350+. Upon arrival of the food, we were surprised to see they were serving a small burger like the one in fast food chains and the beef was not even pure beef while the chicken wings are 3 small pieces. It would be okay to pay for that amount for a meal but there should be value for money.

This place has potential because of the island but the resort needs to be renovated and maintained properly. Also major changes are needed for the food & beverage department.

Stayed April 2012
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed April 7, 2012

We were picked up on time at the Mactan airport by the Sumilon Bluewater staff and whisked to a waiting van which took us to Sumilon Island.

From Mactan airport, it takes 3 hours to get to the Puerto Sumilon, Oslob -the jump off point to Sumilon Island. The long 3-hour drive was uneventful but the scenery leading to Oslob was breath-taking - it was 3 hours of beautiful coastal roads. We would pass by peaceful coastal towns where the livelihood is fishing and farming yet these towns were dominated by huge centuries old churches right by the sea - Carcar, Sibonga, Argao, Dalaguete, Boljo-on and Oslob were fine examples of this baroque architecture with
frescoes on wooden ceilings.

The big event during the road trip was a stop at the historic Carcar city -
home of the famous Carcar, Cebu chicharon (pork crackling). Carcar is
a small 3rd class city in Cebu known for its local cottage industry of
making the best chicharon in the world!!!

We reached Puerto Sumilon around 1:30pm just in time for the 2pm boat (banca)
shuttle to the island. The puerto is the jump off point from the main
island of Cebu to Sumilon. It has it's own port, rooms and dining
facility complete with well trained staff. They took care of the
luggage and made sure we had plenty of ice cold water while we waited
for our banca shuttle.

The shuttle arrived on time - it was a big boat!!! I was
immediately relieved because the waves in the channel were kinda
rough. The boat was very steady under strong waves. It had a 1,500hp Yamaha outboard motor which brought us to the port of Sumilon Island in 10 minutes! The
hands of the boat were very skillful as they tied the boat to the port
so that the passenger walkway can be secured.

Upon seeing the island, I immediately knew that this was going to be a peacful and quiet vacation as I counted less than 10 cottages each with 2 rooms and its own verandah.

As I got off the boat, we were met by the island's resort officer, Evianne,
who warmly greeted us. She walked us all the way to our villa and
explained the island map, facilities available and specifics of the
accommodations. The room itself had a panoramic view of the sea and Cebu island. Right in front of our villa was an inviting hammock and a lounge chair overlooking the sea. The room was very clean and adequate. The air conditioning was new and functioned very well.
The room had 2 large beds and was well kept. The bath
had good hot and cold water ... It made me wonder where they were
getting the fresh water considering that this was an island.

I asked Evianne about this really white sandbar I saw at the western side as we were approaching the island. She said that it was a 5-minute walk from our villa.

Later in the afternoon, we headed to the sandbar. There was a bit of a climb to get
there but as we reached the top, we discovered that the view was
awesome! The sandbar was so white and the waters surrounding it was so
pristine. One side of the bar had strong waves while the other was very
calm. As we headed down the sandbar, we noted that the sand itself was
powdery white ... Very much like the Boracay sand except that beach
was lined with washed up dead corals which can be painful when not
stepped on carefully. (Upon careful examination later, we agreed that
Boracay sand is still finer!.... But mind you, this one was not far
behind... Very close in fact).

We picked up goggles and snorkels and swam on the calm side of the
bar. However, all the excitement was on the other side - we saw a sea
turtle, blow fishes, parrot fishes and even baby black tipped reef
sharks!!!! Lots of them swimming on the shore with their signature
fins clearly visible above the waterline.

We saw another large boat nearby. It had 2 huge water tanks and pumps.
This answered my earlier question where they got fresh water.
Apparently, water is brought from the mainland regularly and pumped
into the island's storage tanks.

At sunset, we enjoyed the view of the sun as it was setting on the island of Cebu. We
left the sandbar at 6 to prepare for dinner. The kids wanted room
service because they were very tired. William, the friendly waiter,
brought the food and served it on the verandah of our villa to Cap the
end of a perfect day in Sumilon.

We started the next day at 530 am because we were scheduled to take the 6am
boat trip to go to Oslob to experience the whale shark encounter. The
resort graciously packed our breakfast so we can eat it at leisure at a later time.

Watching the sun rise on the island took my breath away - it is one of
the things that one should experience in one's lifetime.

We went to do the whaleshark encounter which was 10 minutes away from the island. And 3 km farther inland, one can experience the raw beauty of Tumalog falls. I will write about these 2 in another review.

In summary, Sumilon Island is definitely one of the best of the Philippine's 7,107 islands. I will always remember the 3 perfect days I spent with my 2 daughters here in Sumilon. And I give Sumilon Bluewater Resort a big thumbs up for service excellence, outstanding facilities, great food and perfect location.

Room Tip: All the rooms are sea facing and have a panoramic view of the Bohol Sea and Cebu Island.
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Philippines
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15 reviews
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Reviewed March 30, 2012

Sumilon is all about nature, peace and quiet and bonding with the family. It's all about waking up to the sound of waves, walking on the sand full of trees and birds and looking at the blue sea (literally). Wonderful resort. We would love to go back but the 4-hour drive from Cebu is such a discouragement.

Room Tip: The 4-hour drive is tiring so pack a little snack to keep you energized.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Manila
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24 reviews
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Reviewed March 17, 2012

For those who've never tried camping before, or still want some creature comforts when camping, this is a good way to do it.
And if you want to go whale shark watching (15mins away!) but want to avoid the more basic lodging facilities in town, this is a wonderful alternative to still keep the backpacking vibe.
Package included full board buffet meals, including a barbecue dinner with bonfire, complete with a chef and server.
The resort only has 2 tents and since the other tent was unoccupied during our stay, we literally felt like we had the entire island to ourselves! And yet felt pampered and safe. Made it all worth while!
Just so you know-
- toilet and bath are communal
- no hot water in the shower
- tent leaks when it rains
It's still camping after all! And during the day, the beach can get a little crowded. But in the early morning, the beach is secluded and you get to experience the most beautiful sunrise. Gazebos on the beach great for prayer, meditation, yoga, or just time alone with the splendor of nature.
Treats included an open mini-bar.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Manila, Philippines
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129 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed March 9, 2012

Just came back from a 3D 2N stay in Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort with my sister.

Good points:
- Excellent service especially from Mitch (guest relations officer), Rodel (waiter/tour guide) and Raul (driver)
- Yummy Filipino food with generous servings; I love their pork barbeque, lechon kawali, grilled prawns and breakfast menu
- Perfect island getaway... nice view, quiet resort, great facilities
- Spacious room
- Island trek provides a good view of the area.
- Clear waters... very ideal for snorkeling

Bad points:
- The sandbar (white beach) is a public place that's open to non-resort guests. Since it's public, the sandbar is not maintained properly by the resort. There are sea grass and some trash in the middle of the sandbar that kinda spoils the experience.
- Some insects (bugs, worms, centipede) get inside the room and even crawl up the bed nearest the sliding door.
- Despite good service, the resort failed to provide pertinent information such as:
(1) The complimentary land and boat transfers adhere to a schedule. From Cebu City, the land transfer takes 3 1/2 hours then guests take a 15-min boat ride to the island. Boat trips have regular schedules (7am, 9:30am, 11am, 12:30am, 2pm, 4:30pm). If you arrive anytime later than the last regular schedule, you will have to pay additional P1,000 for a special boat trip. We weren't informed of this when we booked our stay. Had we known, we could have booked an earlier flight in order to catch the last regular boat trip schedule.
(2) For the land transfer from the port to Mactan airport, guests can pass by certain landmarks or buy pasalubong along the way. We weren't informed that there will be additional charge of P350 for every hour extended beyond the regular 3 1/2 hour trip to the city.
- DVDs available are mostly pirated. Some books in the library have termites inside.

Other tips:
- Bring aquasocks. The beach for snorkeling (different from the sandbar) has many corals and small stones.
- If you're going trekking, bring think sandals or sneakers ideal for trekking. The trek per se is not difficult but you pass through some rocks or sharp stones which may be slippery. Trek is worth it though if only for the views it provides. There are guided island treks (free of charge) scheduled at 10am and 2pm.

Room Tip: Rooms 1 and 2 have hammocks right outside the veranda. Avoid the bed nearest the sliding door.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Makati, Philippines
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Reviewed March 6, 2012

Me and my two friends stayed here last September 2011. We got the Island Hideaway package. That's an overnight stay total bill of Php 15,000.

Here are the good & bad points about the place:

GOOD:
- Place / Environment is relaxing
- Real island life (with nothing to do and just be lazy)
- Food is good with enough servings
- Room is clean
- Water is clear and good for snorkeling

BAD:
- Expensive food and no other choice but to order from their restaurant
- Beach not that good; Plastic bottles, styro are seen on the shores

I recommend this place for honeymooners and couples who are looking for privacy.
This is not Boracay so please do not expect party nights.

Water is good. Snorkeling is a highly-recommended activity. But be very careful as the current is high.

For those curious about the place and do not like to spend too much, just get the Day Tour Package. You'll be able to see the island and yet save on money.

If given a chance to go back, i'll definitely return to Sumilon.. but this time together with my significant other :)

Room Tip: Select rooms # 1 & 2 as these are nearer the pool & reception
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Property: Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort
Address: Sumilon Island, 6025, Philippines
Location: Philippines > Visayas > Cebu Island > Sumilon Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Sumilon Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 24-hectare coral island, located on the Southeastern tip of Cebu, is home to Bluewater Sumilon. Pristine white sand beaches abound. Its sandbar is known for its changing shapes and shifting locations around the island, depending on the season. There is a natural lagoon teeming with high mangroves. On the south side, a lighthouse rests on a protected tree park and a "Baluarte", a 19th century historical watchtower. It is also home to the Philippines' first marine sanctuary.At Bluewater Sumilon, let the islander's easy-going friendliness shine through and keep the pace low-key enough to let you feel pampered. ... more   less 
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