In Cebu, the easiest way to get a quick break is an island escapade. But I’m not talking about island hopping or just swimming. Try something different! Spend your weekend glamping.

Glamping (glamorous camping) is the new trend in travel. It offers the beauty of adventure camping, but at the same time, people can enjoy amenities not common in traditional camping; Think big roomy tents with beds and lamps, gourmet food, and even a butler. The perfect place to experience glamping in Cebu is in Sumilon Island.

Why Sumilon Island? It has a great mix of luxury and nature. Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort offers sanctuary from the stress of daily city life, an apt definition of the island’s name (Sumilon means “take refuge”).

What to do? Or what not to do?

The vacation starts from the moment the ferry docks on the beautiful island coast. Breathe in the salty sea breeze and find yourself taking a luxurious dip in the inviting blue-green waters. The picturesque view alone will make you leave all your worries in mainland Cebu.

One of Sumilon’s highlights is its sandbar—known for changing shapes and shifting locations around the island depending on the season. The island also boasts its lagoon, teemed with tall mangroves that make a good maze when one goes kayaking. An early morning adventure trek offers breathtaking views of the island terrain skimmed by the lapping aquamarine hues of the ocean. A leisurely walk along the protected forest will reward one with lush foliage and the harmonic symphony of the birds as your personal island soundtrack. You might even discover the parola (lighthouse). For the brave, a quick climb can give a 360° aerial view of the neighbouring islands. Beside it is a baluarte, a 19th century watchtower used to guard against invading pirates.

At the end of the island tour, kick back and relax. You won’t have to worry about setting up the tent or making dinner. Sumilon glamping comes complete with resort-style luxury. What would normally be sleeping bags are replaced with soft mattresses. The tents are linked to electrical sources which allow you to enjoy good light and music. The glamping package also comes with a Camp Assistant who acts as the tour guide-cum-butler.

Throw away your canned goods. In Sumilon they serve gourmet food. For lunch you have the option to take it at the Pavilion restaurant or at the floating hut that hovers over the lagoon. In the evening, you can opt for the bonfire dinner (if the weather permits) and indulge yourself with an interesting conversation with the Resident Manager as he makes you feel at home.

How to get there?

Catch the earliest bus ride at 6 AM or 7 AM at the Cebu South Bus Terminal going to Oslob. As you arrive at Bancogon, Oslob, you may board Sumilon Island’s ferry.

Sumilon Ferry Schedule:

Arrival (Mainland to Island)

  • 7:30 AM
  • 9:30 AM
  • 11:00 AM
  • 12:30 PM
  • 2:00 PM
  • 4:30 PM

Departure (Island to Mainland)

  • 9:00 AM
  • 10:30 AM
  • 12:00 PM
  • 1:30 PM
  • 3:30 PM
  • 5:30 PM

Must-do list:

  1. Island Treks (best taken in the morning)
  2. Take the glass-bottom boat ride and swim among the fish (the underwater world is a spectacular sight to behold)
  3. Kayaking and fish feeding in the lagoon
  4. Take your lunch at the floating hut in the middle of the lagoon
  5. Bonfire dinner outside your tent

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