Sumilon Island is just a few minutes away by boat from the Whale Shark watching site in Tan-awan, Oslob. It is usually included on the list to visit for the whale watchers in Oslob (planned or unplanned) since the island is very close to the site.
Even before we finished the orientation for the whale shark adventure at the briefing area, a boat owner already came to us and offered to bring us to Sumilon Island. Since we don’t have an itinerary, we agreed to spend a few hours on the island and rent his boat for 1,700.00 pesos. A fixed rate of 1,500.00 pesos for 1-5 persons, and 2,000.00 pesos for 6-10 persons. Since we are a group of seven (7), we were supposed to be renting the boat for 2,000.00. As usual, Filipinos are very known for our great bidding skills, so we did try to bid and got the boat 300.00 pesos less than the fixed rate for the whole afternoon. If you’re planning to go to the island, booking a boat ahead to bring you to the island is not necessary. However, for your convenience and peace of mind, you could always opt to do so. 🙂
15 minutes on the outrigger boat and we have this view in sight.
Summer and weekends here in the Philippines, always expect a big crowd of tourists – foreign and locals, on the beach and other tourist spots.
Since we did not plan to include Sumilon Island on the trip, we didn’t have the budget to stay at the resort. We also could not use the sandbar to place our things at while we go swimming because the water level is high that day, and so we did it “cowboy sytle“. We ate our lunch by the cliff and left our things there as we dipped into the clear waters.
After lunch, we took a few photos before plunging in.
Other than swimming, cliff jumping is also one of the things that you can do in the island, among many others.
After a couple of hours in the water, we started packing our bags and waited for our boat to fetch us.
All in all, it was a great experience. I have proved again to myself that having fun and exploring places doesn’t have to be costly.