Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort

Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort

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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.
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Property amenities
Secured parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Yoga classes
Pool
Free breakfast
Beach
Bicycle rental
Children's playground
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Kid-friendly buffet
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Bicycles available
Diving
Hiking
Snorkeling
Evening entertainment
Fishing
Patio
Board games / puzzles
Kids pool
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Car hire
Couples massage
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Massage
Neck massage
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shops
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Umbrella
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Private beach
Desk
Dining area
Flatscreen TV
Bidet
Bath / shower
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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JAQY wrote a review Apr 2012
Mindanao, Philippines
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
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Date of stay: April 2012
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Dr_Bingcarlos wrote a review Aug 2011
Quezon City, Philippines
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our family stayed in Sumilon Bluewater for 3days and 2 nights, availing of an offer we got from an online vendor. It was our first trip to this side of Cebu but we have heard about Sumilon when we were in Dumaguete in June. After hearing stories and surfing the net for images of the resort, our expectations were set quite high. And we were not disappointed.

The resort had facilities and activities which made our stay worthwhile - an infinity pool with a great view, 3 outdoor jacuzzi strategically positioned around the pool area, billiards, darts and board games, massage services, inland trekking and boating tours, tour of neighboring towns, great snorkeling areas. Sadly, we were not able to do everything during our short stay but the snorkeling more than made up for it. The diversity of marine life around the island is amazing and even non-divers (like me) would truly enjoy it. An underwater camera is a must. Although we didn't see any sea turtles, we spotted a sting ray, many colorful fishes and live corals just a few feet away from shore.

Wifi service is available 'though the signal is quite weak from the rooms. It is so much better in the pavilion. There is no cable TV service but DVDs are available for viewing inside the rooms. However, we didn't miss TV as there was just so much to do and see and explore.

Kudos to the management of the resort for great customer service. Everyone was just helpful and even went on with scheduled activities even if they only had my 2 daughters as participants. I would however, suggest that the resort provide newspapers for guests. And yes, I agree with one review about the pillows. They were just too thin but the staff provided us with extra pillows upon request. There also was no in-room safe. Other than that, everything was just perfect - a big room with 2 queen beds, a very spacious bathroom, a hammock in front of our rooms.

If you want a relaxing and enjoyable trip, this resort is for you.
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Date of stay: August 2011
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vya01 wrote a review Jul 2010
Mandaluyong, Philippines
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My family and I stayed in Sumilon upon advice from one of our family friends who had visited the resort before.

We heard many great things about the resort, such as its being a great place for rest and relaxation. It's like having your own private island. Fortunately, these descriptions were right on the mark.

There are only a limited number of cottages (2 rooms per cottage) on the entire island. And if you're lucky, you might find yourselves the only ones on the island. I think there were about three cottages occupied while we were there. The cottages are very spacious, and our 7 member family was very comfortable staying in just one room. Definitely a 5-star accommodation.

There are tourists who visit during the day, but at night it's just perfectly calm and serene. The food and drinks on the island are great, but they are a bit pricey. I think you can bring food when you enter the resort at no additional fee.

Room rental also comes with free use of one snorkel set (with life jacket) per person. You keep the set with you for the duration of your stay in the resort.

Snorkeling was fun, especially during high tide. But there was one point in which the tide went down and some of us ended us scratching ourselves on the corals because the water was too shallow. Then we just stood up and walked back to shore.

TIP: The best place to snorkel and for little children to play in the sand is on the shoreline where the boat drops you upon reaching the island. The one beside the cottages is fun for the teenagers because it's like swimming in a wavepool when the tide's coming in.

The other shoreline, near the lagoon, is very rocky and dangerous especially for the kids.

There are also very good diving spots, but we were'n't able to try them.

The infinity pool is very nice too, and there's this lagoon where you can go kayaking. Hiking trails are also available. This is the perfect place for a romantic getaway, there are lots of spots where you can just sit and feel the cool breeze while enjoying the view of the ocean. You can hold a dream wedding with reception here too.

Mass is held every Sunday! They bring the pries over via boat. When we were there almost all the attendees were the staff of the resort. They were the ones singing and serving too. That was one of the most memorable masses I've ever attended.

If there is one thing you should do while staying in Sumilon is keep your life vest on when you are swimming - no matter how good a swimmer you are. And only swim when there are lifeguards watching, which is for most of the day.

Our family friend went snorkeling with his daughter without any life jackets one early morning (before the lifeguards went on-duty). One minute they were near the shore, and the next time they look up, they're so far away from it already. And the tide was against them.

Luckily some fishermen were nearby to rescue them. My family and I encountered no such problems though (Just follow the rules!) Would definitely come and visit again.
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Date of stay: May 2009
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agimama wrote a review Dec 2007
Seoul
+1
2.0 of 5 bubbles
This resort is: 3 hours car ride from Cebu airport to Oslob, then a ferry ride from Oslob to Sumilon island. If you don't get direct flight to Cebu, don't even imagine about going to this place. Too many stop overs. And not worth it.

The island is tiny. They said you can cover the island on foot in half hour. The resort is the only facility in the island.
My room wasn't ready, so I waited in the cafe having breakfast. The breakfast buffet had some fruits and local flair: rice and fried fish heads, etc. They didn't look too good especially with swarming flies and crawling armies of ants over the food.

They have private bunglaows, and the room looked great.

They have 2 beaches.
One of them is 3 flights of stairs from the resort and coral reef bottom beach, good for snorkeling. They had a thatched roof cabanas there.

The other beach is about 5 min walk from the rooms and a couple flights down stairs and it's white sand beach.
Looks incredible. Skyblue water, white sand and no one else. But there is no sunbed or parasol, nothing to shade you. I spent an hour and half there and got a sunburn.

The scenery is great over all.
I liked the white sand beach but couldn't stay there too long because of the blazing sun, so I moved to the other one with thached roof cababna.
Watch out for the mosquitos attacking you mercilessly in daytime. I didin't bother to put the repellent on since it was day time. What a mistake. You need both very strong sunblock and insect repellent on top of each other in that island.
The mosquitos follow you as you walk. I got bites all over swollen up and itching like hell.

The real problem came the second night.
The first night, there was sort of a typhoon, so they lay quiet perhaps, but on the 2nd night, the giant flying cockroaches came out with a full force. Whenever I opened my door, a few of them flew right in.
I freaked and freaked and freaked. I took my shoes and insect spray and put up a fight . I think it took 2, 3 hours to get them all plus a giant moth.
I mean there were some other clawling things on the floor, but I was so freaked by these super sized flying bugs I could ignore the others.
Although I got the [--], I couldn't really calm down and fall asleep, plus the mosquito bites increased to about 15.
I became neurotic. I jumped at every slight bustles and itches.

I was paying 180 USD for a room and I was a mess.
I booked the place for 5 nights but I coudln't take it anymore.
I got the first ferry out of the island.

I mean all these could be forgivable if the place was dirt cheap, like the bungalows in Bali. But 180$ would get me a decent hotel room in Tokyo or Hong Kong. Spending this much in Philippines, I expected a full force luxuary.
The island doesn't produce any fresh water or food. They import everything from mainland. That's perhaps why they are so over priced.
I've always fantasized about a private tropical island, but now I know it is not that picturesque to be actually in it.

The trip was a disaster for me, but for some people who is not too freaked about bugs, the island could be charming.
The beaches are absolutely nice.
And it is secluded, so could be quite romantic or a couple.
But for me it was like being locked in a bug prison.
My worst nightmare.
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Date of stay: August 2007
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simply_abz wrote a review Aug 2016
Sydney, Australia
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
There are seriously not enough words to describe our stay at Bluewater Sumilon.
My fiance and I had booked our stay here through Expedia and chose the 'Premier Deluxe' accommodation. (We also could have opted for 'glamping', but we are not much of the camping type). We originally wanted to swim with the whalesharks in Oslob and preferred to stay in a hotel/resort that was nearby. The only thing that got to me whilst booking our stay was that it would take at least 3-4 hours (private car) from the airport to the resort, or 5-6 hours by bus. I had arranged for private car transfer with the resort, as catching the bus seemed quite stressful.

We reached Mactan Cebu Airport 40 minutes earlier than expected and were picked up by the resort private car. Our driver, Mario was quick to get us to the resort pier (about 3.5 hours - non-stop), and he was a very safe driver too.

We managed to catch the 2pm boat to the island and were greeted with a welcome drink, which was so refreshing. More people came after us to ensure that the boat would be at least half full. The boat ride was about 10 minutes. As we were approaching the island, the water became bluer and clearer. It looked amazing and tempting enough for people to jump in.

Upon reaching the island, we were greeted by staff and Bernadette personally escorted us to our Premier Deluxe room. We felt like VIPs and the room left us speechless. It was like we had our own little hideaway. There was a wooden swing bench at the front with a small round table and 4 chairs on the side. Once she opened our door, there were 2 queen beds and a lounge chair waiting for us in the air-conditioned room. The room was very spacious and could probably accommodate 4 people. There's a mini bar, a safe, cable TV and free Wi-Fi. The bathroom was very specious as well with his and hers sinks, a clean shower and toilet, as well as a wooden 'ladder' where you can hang wet clothes.

Since the island is away from almost everything, our breakfast and dinner buffets were both included in the package (Winning!). Then Bernadette mentioned that everything in the minibar was free for us to use (Double Winning!!).

There's so much to see and do on the island:
-Pools to swim in
-Adult jacuzzis to laze around in
-Private lagoons to go snorkelling in
-Trails (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced) to go trekking in
-Fishing stations (stick, hook and fish food provided - very Filipino style)
-Kayaking
-Paddle-Boating

You can even get pampered in their massage area that can be seen by the entrance to the island. There's also Happy Hour for those who love a drink or two. It runs from 2-4pm and it's 2-for-1. Just a warning, since everything is far from the island, they can charge more for drinks and food. (I believe they also charge a pool service fee with their drinks).

There are day-tours that happen each day for those who are not staying on the island but would like to visit. The resort offers them all the activities on the island, as well as lunch for a fee. We joined in their lunch a couple of times and were not told off by anyone (Winning again!).

Having a private island lagoon to snorkel in is insane! There are literally thousands of corals about 2-3 feet underneath you and you can venture out into deeper waters and see hundreds of beautiful fishes! It is just nothing short of amazing. If you stay on the island, your snorkel and life vest are free of charge.

We decided to do the advanced Trekking Trail on our third day, and we were told that the average time to complete this is an hour. We stopped for photo ops along the way and had our breath taken while looking out into the clear blue ocean. We finished the trail in 59 minutes. If we did not stop at all, we reckon we would have finished it in 45 minutes. We then did the intermediate trail straight after so that we can see the lighthouse on the island. This took us 30 minutes.

There's a sandbar towards the backend of the island which shows up when it gets to low-tide (around 3:30pm onwards). It is actually pretty amazing, and people from different resorts also make their own way there by boat, which Bluewater Sumilon allows.

We stayed for a total of 4D/3N, but even then, we could not get enough of the island. We were very well looked after by everyone and towards the end of our stay, they knew us as the couple from 'Room 21'.

Thank you for such a memorable stay! We will definitely be back and have recommended Bluwater Sumilon to all of our friends and families.
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Date of stay: July 2016
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Julia wrote a review Jun 2016
Bantayan Island, Philippines
1.0 of 5 bubbles
My partner told me the island is more fitting for a prison. Unfortunately I had to agree.

Initially had high hopes for Sumilon - especially having enjoyed staying at Bluewater Maribago in Lapu Lapu. But this falls way below that standard - yet has much higher accommodation rates.

Problems commenced with the booking - attempting to book thru the online system. Many attempts without success. Their helpful Manila-based Reservations eventually made the booking.

Arrived at Cebu departure jetty. Met by a staff member who ran thru the island's detail in a small voice and much too quickly. None of us followed what he was saying and most of what he informed seemed to be 'don't take this to the island', 'don't do this on the island'. We felt as tho we'd arrived to a zoo or tourist attraction, not a hotel!

A quick & very nice boat ride across to the island. We were dropped at the sandbar due to the tide being unfavourable to land opposite side of the island - where the hotel was. Had to walk thru/over many sunbathing/swimming tourists, up a very high cliff to a waiting jeep. No-one explained why we were doing this or that it wasn't always this way. All in 33 degrees heat. Not a great start.

Check-in for the rooms - hmmmm, no real Reception, just a desk at the restaurant. The lady was helpful but we were then given keys and pointed in a direction to walk. Not assisted to the room.

The paths are stones and the island is very rough - not mentioned on their website. Nothing is cultivated or maintained by a gardener - or if so, not to a high standard. I'm all for enjoying the 'natural' look & feel of an island (much prefer that to a fake setting) but this island simply isn't picturesque and is grossly over flattered on their website. The page entitled 'Discover The Island' shows a photo of what must be the sandbank. ...but it's missing the hundreds of stones & shells all over it, along with the equal numbers of people (non hotel guests) drinking & swimming there in the daytime. There is nowhere to sit away from the sun, no bar or restaurant next to this and it's also a good 10 mins or more walk from the hotel area, along a stone-only path.

We followed the hotel's advice (and flattering website description - 'the island trials are truly amazing! A map in your room will help you navigate through the paths. A camera is a must.') ....don't bother. It's very dangerous - cliff-edge, rock/boulder paths & no fencing/rope barrier to the 100+ft drops. We walked 6am to the watchtower. This dangerous cliff-edge path, with vague small arrows pointing into dense tree areas, completely barren of any leaves, plants or grass. It resembled a land where fire had ripped thru it and left only the tree trunks & branches. Nothing to see, no views of note & you need to constantly look down at your feet to ensure you don't fall to your death or twist an ankle.

The evening buffet was bland and dinner finished inside 20minutes. However the 2nd evening's dinner was even worse - no buffet (as promised when we booked) but 'due to low numbers of guests' a set menu without any choice of alternative. Disgusting as the hotel know you have no other option but to accept what they give you - as no shop or alternative restaurant on the island. Breakfast has a lot to offer but lacking in flavor and the hotel seriously needs to invest in some ceiling fans for the restaurant to keep the flies off the food that is on the buffet.

Massage - me & my partner took an in-room full body massage. I stopped mine early as it was dull, my partner had aches the following morning from where she had hurt him by not massaging the correct points!

Library (website blurb: A selection of bestsellers and historical books will be available for the young and restless.). Reality - two bookcases in corner of restaurant filled mainly with german language books left behind by tourists. ...as per most hotels, but again completely over-sold on the website as something much more spectacular!

The Family Villa...

From the time we arrived to the time we left one bedroom's toilet didn't flush. Twice we complained & twice someone went to 'fix'... still not working when we departed.

To the leftside of the villa, from the pool garden area down the side of the villa you can find broken plastic chairs, some garbage, broken bits of plastic & other housing material. All this inside your villa's fence!

And for us, with 3 kids, the worst part was the promised 'included in the room cost' lagoon kayaking and fishing. This is supposedly on the opposite side to the sandbar, the hotel's private 'beach'. Down the cliff you go to a barren & very windy 'beach' area. Almost all shells, stones & broken coral. Savage nature, quite beautiful, but not a play area for kids & not the private hotel beach you imagine when seeing the cost of the rooms per night! The website states: Explore the island’s calm lagoon and steer through the high mangroves! Test your skills and fish the lagoon waters using the simple but challenging line and hook. .. the reality was 2 or 3 kayaks piled up in a broken shed, at the side of a very murky water 'pond', the air heavy with mosquitos. No-one was around the 3x we went down there to actually offer the use of the kayaks and in all probability I don't believe you could - the wooden jetty to where they are kept was almost broken and definitely not safe for children to walk on. No fish feeding mentioned or offered.

The trip to Oslob, for the whalesharks, was ok. The driver was very helpful & friendly, arranged everything quickly for the official check-in prior to us getting into the boats. I had completed the same experience last year and it was definitely quicker with the driver's assistance but it still isn't worth paying almost double for the experience thru Bluewater when you could easily use their complimentary boat over to Cebu & hire a trimotor or similar for the 5mins journey to the whaleshark experience & handle arrangements yourself.

This island is barren with no nature of note, food is bland, staff really don't seem to care much and obviously have a high turnover of guests (staying only 1 or 2 nights) thus don't see value in offering quality service.
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Date of stay: May 2016
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Faith Victor wrote a review Dec 2015
Baguio, Philippines
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Traveled from Baguio City to Sumilon Island and it was worth the travel and money spent.

HOW TO GET THERE: We took the shorter route by landing in Dumaguete Airport then we rode a van (they call them taxi) for 300 PHP, you get the service of the van all to yourself or your group, going to Sibulan Port. From Sibulan Port, we rode a pump boat for 35 PHP per person (20-25 minutes) to get to Liloan Port. From Liloan Port, we rode a tricycle for 50 php per person to get to Bancogan- Bluewater Sumilon (15-20 minutes).

ARRIVAL: We got there at 9:00 a.m., earlier than the check-time, which is 2 p.m. Upon reaching the mainland (receiving area), we were greeted with smiles and given lemon grass iced tea. A receptionist was there to accommodate us of our inquiries. We waited for the boat to take us to the island.

RESORT: The resort is beautiful. The waters are blue and pristine. There are hammocks and beach beds everywhere for everyone to just sit and relax. We were pretty early for check-in, so we took the time to eat at their restaurant/pavilion. We also got a chance to explore the island.

FOOD: The food was excellent. The price range is from 200-1200. All we ate during our stay was seafood, as we do not have so much of that in the highlands. We tried their grilled squid, baked salmon, sea bass, fried seafood with chips and every single order was good. Our order would take around 15-20 minutes to prepare, which we did not mind because the view would just take your mind off of the wait. For dinner, we would call the front desk with our orders then just go to the pavilion when the food is ready. The breakfast buffet that came with the our 3 days and 2 nights stay was filling and delicious. They had a wide selection, rice, pastries, fruits, cereals, everything; they even had chow mien and noodle soup.

ROOMS: We were in the Delux room #10. It was half way to the pavilion and half way to the sand bar. Our room had 2 beds, a wide bathroom/toilet with a sunroof. The room was set up with a closet, vanity, 2 couches and a table, TV with cable. Wifi was reliable in our room. They replenish all toiletries everyday and replace towels everyday.

STAFF: I feel like Cebuanos are the sweetest people on earth. We were well taken care of. They have all that we needed and they bring everything to your room. Great service. They took our bags to our room, the same way, they also carried the bags upon check-out. We did not have to walk to get from one place to another because they had a tram/cart to drive us around. Towels were handed to us in the pool, sand bar. Even the boatmen were very courteous.

ACTIVITIES: During our stay, we swam in the pool and the beach at the sand bar. We enjoyed snorkeling at their marine sanctuary. We went kayaking and fish feeding in the lagoon. The sand here is coarse and mostly broken corals and pebbles. You may want to bring aqua shoes to make your swimming more enjoyable. We also availed of the whaleshark watching and tanawan falls tour together with our accommodation, which added to the already awesome experience.

OVERALL, I give this resort a 10/10. Made us want to extend our stay.
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Date of stay: December 2015
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LES138 wrote a review Oct 2014
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I don't understand why the resort don't have a direct boat or ferry from somewhere near the airport to and fro. It takes us few hours by car to the pier and then we still have to take a short about 20 mins catamaran to the resort island. This is a nice peaceful beautiful romantic island resort anyway.
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Date of stay: January 2014
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clrb10 wrote a review Aug 2014
Metro Manila, Philippines
3.0 of 5 bubbles
After going through the site and checking the rates of Sumilon Island, my girlfriend and I decided to spend a weekend on the island. Even if we got promo rates, I think that it is too expensive. Their website showed beautiful pictures of the beach, amenities and rooms but the actual was nothing compared to how nice the pictures were. I'm not sure if the facilities were ever as nice as the pictures show. Their main beach is full of coral stones so the only option is to either lounge in the pool or stay on the sandbar. The sandbar was beautiful with fine white sand in some parts. The only problem is that the sandbar is open to the public so bangkas would dock on the sandbar which destroys the scenic view. On peak times of the day, the sandbar would be filled with groups of people so this ruins the exclusivity of the island. But aside from the beach, Sumilon Island offers other activities such as trekking around the island and kayaking in the lagoon but we weren't able to try these activities because we'd rather spend the day in the beach. The thing that made up for the average stay was the food. The Lechon Kawali is a must-try! By far, the most crispy Lechon Kawali i've eaten. If you're looking for first class accommodations, I would not recommend this place but if they lower their rates then maybe i'd come back.
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Date of stay: August 2014
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EllenR1983 wrote a review Jul 2014
Manila, Philippines
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in 25-27 April 2014 at Bluewater Maribago but had a day tour on the 26th at Sumilon.

We had terrible experience with the substandard service provided by the resort. We felt so shortchanged.

Before we took the boat to the resort, we had an orientation at Bluewater's reception area at Bancogon. The orientation area has an elevated portion (about 1.5 to 2 feet high). One of my friends received a call and forgot about the elevated portion. She fell off and scratched her elbows. The staff saw what happened by chose to just go in with the orientation. None of the staff bothered to help and we even have to request, and follow up, for first aid kit.

We arrived lunchtime at the resort. We went straight to have our buffet lunch. Food is ok but nothing good enough for seconds.

After we had our lunch, we decided to explore the island and snorkel. We approached the dive center for assistance. We think that because we appeared to be day tour guests, we were not given much attention. They just gave us a map. We had several questions re tips on the island and they just gave one-liners. I brought my own snorkeling gear - when I requested for life vest they gave me a torn one with some styro sticking out already. I raised this and they said it will facilitate their inventory because they will not anymore count in their inventory the life vest they gave me (apparently lifevests and snorkeling gears come together. since i brought my own gears, their inventory will be messed up. they'd rather give a torn vest rather than take note that 1 guest borrowed only 1 vest without snorkeling gears)

There is a nice beach at the back of the resort but that's it. there is nothing much to see in their sanctuary. most of the corals are dead - not the resort's fault but this should be clarified with the guests.

When we're done touring the island and needed to clean up, we realized that we will only use 2 showers (plus the 1 open shower beside the pool). As a paying day tour visitor, you will expect access to decent bathrooms at the end of your long day in the resort.

I envy those who reviewed that they received excellent service from this resort. At least they got their money's worth. If you know how long it takes to travel from bluewater maribago to sumilon and back just to be treated the way we have been, you will understand why we feel so shortchanged.
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Date of stay: April 2014
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Answer from Leah N
Lapu Lapu, Philippines169 contributions50 helpful votes
Depend on your budget. If you want a cheaper way. Ride a MyBus from airport to SM City, taxi from SM City to South Bus Terminal. Ceres bus from South Bus Terminal to Oslob (Sumilon Port)
225annettec asked a question Sep 2017
Yorba Linda, California1 contribution
Where is the nearest airport? What are the tour packages?
Answer from jeckli
Philippines795 contributions221 helpful votes
Nearest airport is Dumaguete from Manila for Domestic. For International, via Mactan. There are packages. Check their website.
saintmag asked a question Sep 2017
Singapore, Singapore11 contributions4 helpful votes
Hi, i am arriving at manila airport, can I check if there is complimentary airport pick up?
armi c wrote a tip Mar 2024
Manila, Philippines7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Plan your trip early from your drop off point (e.g. Cebu City or Dumaguete City) so you can spend more time at Sumion Island. "
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Patrick wrote a tip Dec 2023
Las Vegas, Nevada47 contributions17 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Read all the FINE PRINT and good luck trying to get to the location prior to last afternoon boat"
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Kenneth L wrote a tip Dec 2023
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Check in at 2pm no boats to take guests to the island after 4pm. They will not work with their guests on refunds. "
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Kristine R wrote a tip Dec 2023
Muntinlupa, Philippines848 contributions96 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Land in Dumaguete airport, and be prepared for the multiple van and ferry transfers to Sunilon that will take 2 hours."
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M L wrote a tip Aug 2023
Cebu City, Philippines11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay for more than 1 night and get a premier deluxe room."
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₱10,164 - ₱12,267 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
27
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