Sumilon 2014

Bluewater Sumilon is one of the most beautiful luxury island resorts I’ve been to. It’s an entire island off Cebu and it takes around 3 hours from the airport to get to the docking station. Sure, those extra hours of anticipation can be a tad bit annoying but I assure you the wait will be worth it.

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I mean come on, can you imagine waking up to this every morning? #nofilter

Like what I said in a previous entry, I was horribly sick days before our early morning flight to Cebu and was strictly advised not to swim. Although I would’ve wanted to go swimming with the whale sharks and attempt snorkelling for the first time, I definitely didn’t think it would be safe to risk my health.

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I’d like to think that I wasn’t as pale as I thought I was.

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Touch down, Cebu!

My attire definitely did not look appropriate for a domestic flight – not to mention a trip to the beach! But I was cold in the airplane and drinking Paracetamol like my life depended on it, so I figured screw the shorts.

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CNT gave us a fresh pig to start with.

I booked us a private car on the way to the docking station and since we knew we’d get hungry during the 3-hour wait, we asked our driver for the best Cebu lechon in town. He brought us to CNT and I’m happy that I got to give Vergs his first taste of Cebu’s version of the pig.

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That black thing in the background is Sumilon Island. From the Cebu airport, it takes around 3 hours via car and another 15 minutes via boat.

Once we were done gaping at all the views the island offered, we were brought to our room by the extremely accommodating staff. I don’t have photos of the interiors because we were too busy getting all crazy over the fact that we had two huge beds! I think I even shouted “Sleeping time!!” and plopped myself on the bed upon seeing it.

We made one of the beds our day bed (aka the one that could hold sand and dirt) and the other our night bed. 

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Relaxation at last.

Lazily lying on a hammock was definitely one of our favorite moments while on the island. At one point, Vergs and I just felt so at peace – like everything had culminated into this one moment of serenity where everything felt right where it belonged. It was such a picturesque moment and honestly, I didn’t think I could’ve been any happier. 

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Just one of the many pools/hot tubs of the island.

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I didn’t want my no-swimming discipline to ruin the fun for me so when I saw a kayak, I urged Vergs that we give it a go! I seriously think I lucked out with how my boyfriend is such a game guy for anything mostly anything! He wanted to make sure I wouldn’t get wet though, so like in those cliche (and at times annoying) chivalrous situations, he took off his shirt and made me sit on it, just so that my seat would be a tad bit higher away from the water.

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Strolled by the beach for a bit because there’s nothing quite like squishing sand in between the toes.

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Adobo Pizza for the belly.

The morning after, we set sail for the docking station because we had a swim with the whale sharks session. Vergs hesitated at first, saying that it wouldn’t feel right leaving me on the boat while he swam, but I assured him that it was fine. This was after all the reason why I chose Sumilon in the first place. I remembered him telling me before he left for the Navy that he wanted to swim with the whale sharks, and now I gave him a chance to do it. Maybe we’ll do it again next time, and I’ll finally be able to experience it myself. :)

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Where are they? Where are they?

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I have to say, it was fun seeing the baby whale sharks get so friendly with people. I reckon they’re pretty used to them so they’re not scared to go so near.

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This little critter kept us company while we waited for the boat.

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One of the things Vergs and I like doing is ticking things off our bucket list. Since we already crossed off “swim the whale sharks” that morning, I excitedly told him about another one that we could mark off our list: Going on a trek!

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We even got sticks to help us walk the trail.

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Just one of the breathtaking views we saw along the way.

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The perfect spot.

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We came across a lighthouse in the trail we chose and took turns going up. Although we’ve had prior experience wall climbing, I don’t think we’re that ready to go too high up without a safety belt just yet. Haha!

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That’s about as far up as we went.

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Our last meal on the beautiful island was breakfast and instead of opting for the buffet version, we chose to have it ala carte and American style, which in my opinion was a great decision – everything was so delicious! If we had more time to spare, I would’ve ordered another plate of French Toast, but we were rushing and didn’t want the boat to leave without us, so whoops!

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I was so grateful to have gotten my boyfriend all to myself for 3 days and 2 night, but everything was made even more meaningful when I saw how happy I had made Vergs. Also, unbeknownst to many, Vergs usually ruins my surprises for him by thinking one step ahead and finding out before I get to tell him myself, so I feel like I deserved a pat on my back for a job well done and a secret well kept! 

‘Til the next adventure!

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