I arrived in Oslob at midday and immediately went for a lunch at a little local cafe. A few tour guides were having lunch and one offered me a glass of beer as I sat down. What a welcome! Over the next hour we shared a few more glasses and had a great conversation about the Philippines and Oslob.
Suddenly he offered to take me to Sumilon Island for free if I was ready to go right now. It was raining but I thought why not and headed off with my new friend to his boat. I was done drinking but he insisted on bringing another huge bottle of beer.
The boat ride to Sumilon island is only 15 or so minutes and I drove the boat for five or so minutes in the middle of the ocean. Music was playing on board and everyone was having a great time.
When we arrived at Sumilon Island two ladies were waIting for us and we had to pay 50 pesos or $1 USD entrance fee. A group of holidaymakers played in the water and their kids were having the time of the life. The sand was some of the whitest I had seen so far in the Philippines and contrasted beautifully against the clear water and surrounding reefs.
A ladder led us up around the side of the island, towards the western dock. A number of high-end resorts on the island are guarded by armed watchmen who weren’t too keen on me exploring the inner parts of the island so we stuck to the edges.
We explored the island for just over an hour and the weather cleared up creating beautiful reflections and scenes for some photographs. Here is the Sumilon Island Photo blog: