There are plenty of amazing things to explore in life that I don’t wanna just sit back, relax and waste time doing nothing. Being a wanderer always brings me happiness and fulfillment because I get to explore a different side of me – the child within me that doesn’t wanna grow up.
The progress of life is always rewarding. It does not have to be work, work, work but also life, life, life. There may be hard times but the pot of gold at the end of the tunnel always gratify oneself.
Siquijor Island is one of the places nearby that I long for and checking this item off my bucket list definitely brings an awesome gift, especially for my 22nd birthday.
Tagged as the Mystical Island because of the spooky stories of the past but the real beauty of this paradise came to witness to my four eyes. Siquijor Island is located in the Central Visayas Region. Its northwest are Cebu and Negros, to the northeast is Bohol and to the south, across the Bohol Sea is Mindanao.
I had one amazing day tour at the mystical island and I was enchanted with its rawest beauty.
Paliton Beach, San Juan, Siquijor
Paliton Beach tagged as the Little Boracay of Siquijor due to its fine white sand and crystal clear and most peaceful waters. I was stunned by its beauty, the silence was deafening and magical reflections of the heavens pleased my eyes.
What surprised me most is that there is no entrance fee so you are free to enjoy the beach.
Mini-Island, San Juan, Siquijor
I personally called this as the Mini-Island because I forgot its name. haha! It is located just a few meters away Paliton Beach and what I love about this beach is its mini-island or sandbar not too far away.
Capilay Spring Park, San Juan, Siquijor
Siquijor has plenty of spring parks. One of them is Capilay Spring Park that has turquoise waters. I wanted to swim but sign boards says No Swimming, so nah. The reflections of the trees in the water are just as stunning as watching a fantasy film.
It is said to have Environmental Fee of P20 per person, however, I was not asked to pay. Maybe I was too early in the park. Lol.
St. John The Baptist Church, San Juan, Siquijor
This church is located just right above Capilay Spring Park. The old structure brings out the holiness and vibes of history. Its bell tower is ancient and abandoned gives a weird feeling of creepiness.
Lugnason Falls, San Juan, Siquijor
The first waterfall I went during the tour. This is said to have 12 connected waterfalls that are named from the Zodiac Signs. I went few of them because the trail of some is still unestablished, said the guide.
The biggest among the 12 is at the bottom of the system and called the main Lugnason Falls lets you swim and enjoy the falls. While the other 11 is small enough to let you appreciate its raw beauty.
I was even surprised that we have to go through the middle of the several waterfalls and I had to keep my phone inside my dry bag because I have got any waterproof pouch. It was fun and fairly extreme. Quite a warm up!
Balete Tree, Lazi, Siquijor
The famous Balete Tree of Siquijor that offers a fish spa. For only P5, you get to enjoy the tickling yet healing bites of doctor fishes inside the pond. I’m really sorry for the fishes because I can’t stop to move my feet because it is very tickling. I honestly got scared for bigger fishes because they can even bite my toes but they choose not to. Haha!At the side of the spring pond, stands a souvenir shop that sells voodoo dolls, key chains, and anticipated potions, and creepy stuff.
At the side of the spring pond, stands a souvenir shop that sells voodoo dolls, key chains, and anticipated potions, and creepy stuff.
View Deck, Lazi, Siquijor
I guess this is the highest point of a cemented road in Siquijor because it can offer an awesome view of the turquoise ocean and an area for mining. The road is wide enough to have some picture perfect shots and even play along. But always be careful!
San Isidro Labrador Church, Lazi, Siquijor
It is said to be the oldest church in Lazi, Siquijor that was built in 1884. The bricks and the old stones forming the church gave me chills of the Spanish period.
Adjacent to the San Isidro Labrador Church is said to be the biggest convent in Asia, Lazi Convent. This is currently under construction so I, unfortunately, haven’t been inside the convent. Surely, if I had the chance, I will feel the epic historic times of the Philippines under the Spanish regime.
Cambugahay Falls, Lazi, Siquijor
One of the most famous tourist’s destinations of the Island, the Cambugahay Falls. The wonderful creation has three levels of alike formation. If I think of wide, stout and icy cold water formation, Cambugahay Falls is top on my list!
There are Tarzan swings that you can enjoy with the assistance of locals. You can also jump from the top of the falls and enjoy the adrenaline rush.
Filipino Tourists are only asked for donations while Foreigners had fix price of P50 per person for the guide.
Kagusuan Beach, Maria, Siquijor
UPDATE 2018: This beach is closed recently and the local from San Juan didn’t know the reason why. So you can slash this off your list when you visit.
This place would let you conclude to don’t judge the book by its cover. Getting to this place goes through some spooky thick forests and I was skeptical. Hahaha. However, the driver is too positive to impress me the thought of the mesmerizing beauty of this beach, and that did not fail me. Kagusuan Beach Resort may be like abandoned, but in a good way, have retained its raw beauty.
The wide white fine sand along the shoreline could be a playground of lost souls and jubilant adventurers, however, the sun was fiery that I chose to stay at the tree shades and just chill out.
The absolutely free beach is so peaceful that could let you contemplate life. (char!)
Salagdoong Beach Resort, Maria, Siquijor
Famously known with its 30-ft high cliff jumping, Salagdoong Beach Resort offers the feeling of free fall while knees trembling and arms flapping adding the scream of adrenaline. For only P25, you got to enjoy the paradise and the aspiring beauty of the sea.
Getting to Salagdoong will let you pass through tall and thick canopies of Mahogany trees that are too Instagrammable. I even asked my driver to stop and took me some photos. Haha! They’re that scenic!
Guiwanon Spring Park, Larena, Siquijor
Another spring park of Siquijor, Guiwanon, that offers boardwalk and a fascinating view of the tall bamboo bridges amidst thick lush of Mangrove trees to the lovely cottage standing tall in the middle of the sea.
Check out my #vlog about this awesome jaunt!
“Earthly” – that’s how I summarize my jaunt in Siquijor Island that made me so happy because it gave peace and bliss to my jubilant soul. I’m happy that most of the spots remain raw and I really hope it does NOT get destroyed and will last for the next generations.
I love how the Siquijor government regulated the island and mountain tours and is being implemented to the entire island.
I am glad and very satisfied that I chose to travel Siquijor to celebrate another year of existence in this wonderful world. 🙂
How to go around the island?
Option 1 – Hire a Trike
This is the best option if you don’t like to explore the island by yourself. You can hire an entire trike for a day and you have an instant tour guide. Island Tour (described in this blog) costs P1000 and Mountain Tour (includes Bandilaan Peak and Cantabon Cave) both good for the entire day.
Option 2 – Rent a Scooter
Upon arrival at Siquijor Island, you can find a lot of bike rentals and they only cost P350 for 24 hours. You can extend and it costs P30 per hour. You need to submit your Driver’s License upon renting and you need to leave any valid ID for the scooter. You’ll get back your ID once you return the scooter.
Best place to stay at the island?
If you want to stay where most of the travelers are, then you need to be at San Juan, Siquijor. There are a lot of local and foreign-themed restaurants and statehouses in this municipality. Beautiful yet seasonal white beaches such as Paliton beach is also located here.
However, if you want peace and you want to stay away from the crowd and recreate, you can choose to stay at Larena, Siquijor. Unlike San Juan, there’s not much of restaurant here so better buy goods from the town and cook. This is the best place to check out the SUNSET!
Bus from South Bus Terminal, Cebu City to Liloan Port, Santander, Cebu – P185 (aircon)
Fastcraft from Liloan Port to Sibulan Port – P62
Jeepney from Sibulan Port to Dumaguete Port – P20
Fastcraft from Dumaguete Port to Siquijor Port – P130 + Terminal Fee of P15
Siquijor Island Tour (Trike) – P1000
Scooter Rent – P350 for 24 hours
Diamond Resort and Restaurant – P650 (Non-Aircon/Good for 2)
Lugnason Falls Guide Donation – P50
Balete Tree Environmental Fee – P5
Cambugahay Falls Guide Donation – P50
Cambugahay Falls Swing – P25/pax unlimited
Salagdoong Beach Resort – P30
Guiwanon Spring Park Fee – P10
9:00 PM – ETD South Bus Terminal to Liloan Port, Santander, Cebu
12:45 AM – ETA Liloan Port
4:30 AM – ETA Liloan Port to Sibulan Port
4:50 AM – ETA Sibulan Port to Dumaguete Port
4:55 AM – ETA Dumaguete Port to Siquijor Island
5:45 AM – ETD to Siquijor Port
7:00 AM – ETA Siquijor Port
7:20 AM – ETA Diamond Resort and Restaurant and prepared for the whole day tour
7:45 AM – Start of Tour
8:00 AM – Paliton Beach and Mini-Island, San Juan, Siquijor
8:30 AM – Breakfast
9:00 AM – Capilay Spring Park and St. John The Baptist Church, San Juan, Siquijor
9:10 AM – ETD to Lugnason Falls
9:20 AM – ETA Lugnason Falls
10:00 AM – ETD from Lugnason Falls to Balete Tree
10:35 AM – ETA Balete Tree, Lazi, Siquijor
11:00 AM – ETD from Fish Spa
11:10 AM – ETA View Deck, Lazi Siquijor
11:15 AM – ETD from View Deck to St. Isidro Labrador Church
11:20 AM – ETA St. Isidro Labrador Church
11:30 AM – ETD to Cambugahay Falls
11:35 AM – ETA Cambugahay Falls
12:30 PM – Lunch
12:45 PM – ETD from Cambugahay Falls to Kagusuan Beach
1:15 PM – ETA Kagusuan Beach Resort, Maria, Siquijor
1:30 PM – ETD to Salagdoong Beach Resort, Maria, Siquijor
2:12 PM – ETA Salagdoong Beach Resort
3:15 PM – ETD from Salagdoong passing through Larena
4:35 PM – ETA Guiwanon Spring Park Resort
5:00 PM – Back to Diamond Resort
For Tour Guide services, contact:
Kuya Francis – 0906 685 2236