The Not So Great Summer Destination

As thoughts in a calm mind
A liquid sun beaming today and forever
We hoard happiness a smile at a time

Oh sweet summer stay and sleep
A liquid sun beaming today and forever
Lingering dreams and afternoons of heat

– excerpt from the poem Sweet Summer  by  Wayne Jarus

Summer officially kicks in the Pearl of the Orient Seas.   Among the best ways to enjoy this lovely season is hitting beaches!  Last holiday, April 9, we headed to the much talked about Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort in Oslob.   Enough of the talks, here are some photos that I took during the trip.

Breathtaking view from the resort

Cool infinity swimming pool

Creamy and sugary white shifting sandbar

Cottage with breezy spot

 Another  beach shot

Sleepy surrounding of the resort

My take:

RANT

I have high expectations with the resort since it is dubbed as a first class beach resort here in the Queen City of the South- Cebu however I am disappointed.  The island paradise that I thought is not a paradise at all.  It is not exceptional in some way because not to brag I have been to some world class beach resorts in other places and I was thinking that Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort is exceptional since it is located in an island where only few can go and it will take my breath away BUT I heavily sighed when we dock in the island because I am greeted with enormous seaweeds floating in the sea, trash and not so pleasant ambiance.  Landscape and structural design of the resort are  so outdated, I mean we are living in the modern society right now and even a little renovation or improvement of the resort are not been done. One staff told me that the resort’s appearance is just the same as it was 6 years ago.

Their bathroom does not have enough toiletries and it was not deodorized, hence the foul smell of the human waste after someone use it. Spell GROSS!  They do not provide a locker for their day tour guests which is supposedly a must although they have a safe deposit wherein you will pay Php100.00/pax.

One more thing, I thought I will savor delectable and overflowing array of dishes as when I inquire I was told that it will be a lunch buffet but no it foiled me again.   The food being served came in a set from appetizer to dessert, yeah it is a good thing but heck the dishes were so cold like it was cooked hours ago.   The shrimps were not fresh, their tomato based soup and chopseuy were so bland.  Tsk, instead of having a full stomach I was left even much hungrier.    I can go on with this rant but never mind, it boils down to one thing: NOT VALUE FOR WHAT YOU HAVE PAID FOR!

RAVE:

To be fair with the resort, they have accommodating and kind staff.   When the seawater is calm, the sandbar is a lovely sight and its clear turquoise waters entice you to frolic under the scorching heat of the sun.

DISCLAIMER: Photos can be so tricky.  The breathtaking capture of the subject is not what you always see in reality.  

TIP:

GOING THERE

1. Ride an Oslob bound bus via Ceres or Sunrays in Cebu South Bus Terminal.  Fare cost Php150.oo for non-airconditioned and Php155.00 for airconditioned.  It is better to depart on an earlier time as it will take you almost 3 hours ride.

*In going back to the city, much better that you depart early too as most of the times there will be few buses that has few passengers that can give you a ride to Cebu City.

2. When you reached Tan-awan Oslob, please remind the conductor that you will stop at the docking place for Sumilon Island.  Or you can look for the signs of  whale watching and few meters, is the docking place.

3.  Walk through the mainland resort of Sumilon Blueater and inform them that you would like to be accommodated in going to the island.  They will be the one who will arrange for your convenience in riding the boat service.

 BOAT SCHEDULE

Arrival and Departure (Mainland-Sumilon Island- Mainland)

7:00 AM – 9:00 AM

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

11:00AM- 12:00NN

12:30PM- 1:30PM

2:00PM-3:30PM

4:30PM-5:30PM

Note: Special trip requested by guest shall be charged Php1,000.00 net for 2 persons per trip.

WHAT TO DO (resort recreational activities that are FREE of charge)

– Kayaking

– Snorkeling

– Trekking around the island

–  Exploring numerous bats in their bat cave.

– Fishing in the lagoon (fishing rod are not free)

If you still plan to go to the island resort, you can contact them at 318-3129 / 318-9098 for reservations or inquiries.