Sumilon Sandbar Island
Cebu,  Philippines,  Travel

DIY Budget Sumilon Island Day Tour

Sumilon Island is known as one of the major tourist spots in the province of Cebu and one of the best sandbars here in the Philippines. The sandbar island has an area of 24 hectares and isprivately owned by Bluewater Resorts. Day tour rate is PHP1,500 on weekdays and PHP2,000 on weekends and holidays per head.


  • Entrance fee
  • Buffet lunch with one round of non-alcoholic drink
  • Roundtrip boat transfers (Mainland Bancogon Sumilon Island Mainland Bancogon)
  • Island Activities (kayaking, snorkeling free use of mask and snorkel, island trekking and fish feeding)
  • Use of resort facilities including beach, infinity pool, payags and shower rooms

Visit their website for more details:

Entering the resort is really kind of pricey especially if you want to go on a budget-friendly trip. But, you don’t have to worry because the private resort has a public area outside for those tourists who would just like to access the sandbar island at a lesser cost.

Here’s how we did it.

3:30 AM Depart from Cebu City

We had a private car with us. But you have the option to ride the bus going to Oslob at South Bus Terminal. Fare is PHP165.

4:45 AM – 5:30 AM Stopover at Carcar City

Main goal was to buy lechon for our lunch at Carcar city’s public market. Since the lechons are said to be available at 5:00 AM, we had sikwate (hot cocoa + bico) for breakfast while waiting.

Sikwate for breakfast.

At exactly 5:00 AM, lechons were already starting to arrive. Free tastes are also available per stall. Gosh, fresh lechons are the best here in Carcar! Price is about PHP260 per kilo.

Freshly cooked lechon early in the morning.
7:30 AM Arrival at Oslob, Check-in at a Hostel

Port going to Sumilon Island is just next to Oslob Whale Shark Watching site. Since we will just avail the public area at Sumilon Island, it’s best check in at a Bed&Breakfast hostel in Oslob for you to leave your things and take a bath after the trip at the sandbar island. There’s a lot of budget-friendly Bed&Breakfast hostels along the way in the town of Oslob. I forgot the name where we checked in, but it was just less than PHP1000 for one room.

8:15 AM – 8:30 AM Travel to Sumilon Island

Public 2-way boat transfer going to Sumilon Island is PHP1,500for a group of 5. If you’re less than 5, wait for other tourists whom you could share with to save some cash.

8:30 AM Arrival at Sumilon Island

Upon arriving at the island, there would be an environmental fee of PHP50 to be collected by the locals. After paying the environmental fee, you may already proceed to the public area wherein you could leave your food and things there. Comfort/shower room is also available at the public area for PHP20 per use. It’s best to take a shower at your hostel in Oslob cause there’s only 2 shower rooms available.

Unfortunately, it was high tide that time that’s why the sandbar wasn’t that visible yet. However, the beach was such a beaut with its crystal clear water and powdery white sand.

The Beautiful Sumilon Island

Snorkeling at the Island's Fish Sanctuary
Snorkeling at the Island’s Fish Sanctuary
“Fish are friends, not food.”

You could also rent snorkels for PHP50 and do snorkeling at their fish sanctuary around the island. Life vests are also available for free. Just ask the locals where you could borrow.

Getting sun-kissed.
Getting sun-kissed.

At around 11:00 AM, the beach becomes crowded due to tourists arriving from time to time. Most of the tourists do whale shark watching first before going to Sumilon Island. So if you haven’t done whale shark watching yet it’s best to try it to complete your Oslob experience.

12:30 PM – 12:45 PM Travel from Sumilon Island -Bancogon Oslob

At around 12:30 PM, we decided wrap up our Sumilon Day tour already so that we could travel early back to Cebu.

2: 00 PM – 6:00 PM Travel from Oslob – Cebu City

That’s it for our Budget Sumilon Island Daytour. So great that I was already able to see the beautiful Sumilon Island without too much cost.


  • Book a room at Oslob to leave your things there.
  • Bring food and drinks with you cause there are no stores available at the island’s public area. Don’t worry cause there’s no corkage.
  • I would suggest you buying lechon and puso at Carcar city’s public market.
  • Best to buy a waterproof bag wherein you could put your valuables like cellphone and wallet.
  • Wear aqua shoes when you take a swim at the beach, just in case cause I stepped on a sea urchin. Lol.
  • Apply sunscreen/block cause it’s so freakin’ hot, not unless you really want to get tanned.
  • Visit the island in the afternoon so that the sandbar will be visible. As what the local told me, the sandbar becomes visible around 3PM in the afternoon.


Round Trip Bus Fare (Cebu – Oslob) PHP 165 x 2 = PHP 330
Food PHP 150
Round Trip Boat Transfer (Mainland Bancogon – Sumilon Island) PHP 1500/5persons = PHP 300
Environmental Fee PHP 50
Comfort Room Fee PHP 20
Hostel Room ~PHP 200
Total ~PHP 1050


Sumilon Island, Oslob, Cebu 6025
Tel: +6332 318 9098
Mobile:+63917 631 7512 or +63998 964 1879

BIA. 22 y/o Software Engineer from DVO, PH, but currently based in CEB, PH. Writes anything under the sun, but mostly travel logs and guides, food, plus product reviews.


  • Shenna

    This reminds me of my trip here in Sumilon last May but did not catch the white sand πŸ™ so unlucky, but the buffet was excellent! The whole cost of the day tour is totally worth it given the island/resort was a bomb!

  • Abby Joy

    huhu Cebu </3 i really want to visit this place soon ♥ di ako beach person (omgggg) or mahilig mag-swimming but the island looks so wonderful! that crystal clear water ♥_♥ and LECHOOOONNNN (tho di ako mahilig) nakakatakam pa rin kapag nasa picture hahahaha

  • Gretch

    Wow, the place looks heavenly! It’s really great that you can visit it even on a budget. I’ve never really seen a sandbar personally and I can only imagine the beauty. And wow, the lechon is really affordable there!

  • Isabelle


    Thank you for this!
    Ask ko lang if kaya ba magWhale Shark watching then Tumalog Falls then SUmilon Island in a day?

  • Anne

    Hi Thank you for the complete information about your stay. This is very helpful. But I would like to ask if you uses a big boat when you travel to Sumilon? Kinda Bit scared since our travel date is this June and it is a rainy season.

  • ann

    Hi, great post! I tried looking for online tour packages but mostly are very expensive and prices are per person. Do you suggest we book a tour upon arrival? Our hotel is in Mactan so I’m a bit worried to book on the spot because our hotel’s so far from Oslob, we might not be accommodated.

    Hope you reply. Thanks!

    • Bia S.

      Hi Ann,

      Apologies for the very late reply! I really suggest you just do your own itinerary because it’s a lot cheaper. Another option is to rent a car if you’re in a group. Do you mean book a hotel in oslob on the spot? I personally would suggest to book ahead, just to be sure. But I think there are a lot of lodging houses in Oslob. We actually did book on the spot when we went there. πŸ™‚

  • Ann

    Hi! Would like to ask if the tour rate you posted (1,500/5 persons) is the rate you got upon visiting Oslob? I was checking some rates online and all of them are so expensive (usually 1,500 per person). I wanted to reserve in advance because I’m worried we might not be accommodated if we go there as walk-ins. Any thoughts?

    Hope you reply. Thanks!

    • Bia S.

      Hi Ann,

      I don’t know if I get your question right, but the rate I posted is a DIY itinerary. We didn’t avail a tour package from a travel agency πŸ™‚

      Apologies for the late reply!

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