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SIQUIJOR TOURIST SPOTS - The Mystical and Enchanting Natural Wonders of Siquijor


Called Isla del Fuego or the "Island of Fire" during the Spanish colonial period, the mystical island of Siquijor is teeming with rich natural wonders and marvellous attractions - white-sand beaches, springs, waterfalls, caves, mountains and more. It is unexploited unlike other tourist destinations in the country as it is not as frequented by local tourists due to urban legends associating it with mystical traditions, sorcery and witchcrafts.


There are folk legends from some locals indicating the existence of witchcraft and witches in the island. They say it’s true, but for me, this atypical happening just provides added mystery and enchantment to Siquijor’s innate charm and character. I've actually got some warnings from friends to be careful in this island. I appreciate it, but that will not hinder me in exploring this island.


Just in time when we finished settling our things, our driver/tour guide arrived at Coco Grove Beach Resort. We commenced the tour at around 12:00 noon starting from the town of San Juan, circumnavigating the whole island and going back to our resort at night. Here are the natural attractions that we visited.


Located in Brgy. Campalanas in Lazi, this century-old balete tree is believed to be 400 years old. Known as the oldest and biggest tree in the province, it is a popular landmark that catches the attention of every visitor.


Legend and myths has it that trees such as this serves as a dwelling place for supernatural beings. But we didn't feel anything extraordinary. Hehehe!



At the bottom of the tree is a man-made pool with water coming directly from the tree's roots with numerous small fishes. You can dip your feet and let the fishes gather around your foot and nibble at your dead skin. Hahaha! It's quite relaxing!


Cambugahay Falls is also located in the town of Lazi which requires a short trek down a stone stair to reach the waterfalls. When you reach the falls it's all worth it and you will be awed by the beauty if this enchanting waterfalls.


It is made of a cascading 3-level waterfalls, with fresh and clean water coming from natural springs. There are small pools where one can sit, relax and just let the rushing water massage your body.


When we were there, there were local kids playing around, hanging at a vine and jumping over the falls. They are indeed having a grand time! So as we...


There's no entrance fee and it is open to public who wants to take a swim.


Early morning and late afternoon would be the best time to go here so there would be less people around and you can enjoy it to yourself.



This is one of the highlights of our tour. We really stayed here for quite some time enjoying the cool water of the falls.


Located at the town of Maria, Salagdoong Beach is one of the most famous public beaches in the island. As it is off the main highway, you will pass through a few kilometers of road with lush Mahogany trees (I think) planted on both sides.


It is in a cove with white sandy, coral littered beach. The view of the shore and the rock formations are truly awesome! There are also huts available which you can use for picnics with your family and friends. What's good about this beach is that though it is a public beach, it's not crowded.




Accommodations are available to those who want to stay overnight. You can check out the provincial government’s website for the list of accommodations and room rates.


Before we end the tour, we pass by the mangroves along the highway at the town of Enrique Villanueva.


It was already dusk when we arrived. We just made a quick stop to take photos and enjoy the cool breeze of the air.


I wasn't able to take much photos as my camera's battery already got empty at this time. Hehehe!


We also visited the churches in Siquijor, which is also part of the tour.

These are just few of the natural wonders of Siquijor. Other sites worth visiting are the Mt. Bandilaan Natural Park, Butterfly Sanctuary and Tree Park, Cantabon Cave, San Juan De Capilay Spring Park, Tagmanocan Cave, Canghunog-hunog Cave, Bulalakaw Forest Reservation, Boljo Cave, Bolos Butterfly Farm, Tulapos Fish Santuary and Tree House, Cambasia Cave and more.

Indeed Siquijor is mystical, enchanting and magical! Visit Siquijor and experience serenity at its best!


For transportation and guide, you may contact JOAM at 0927-6932095. He knows where to bring you and tells a lot of stories on the places that you go. Standard rate is PHP 850. A highly recommended guide in Siquijor!



This is part of my adventures in the provinces of Siquijor and Negros Oriental that happened last November 20-22, 2011 with my MBA friends, Clarice and Marvin. Siquijor is the 48th province on my list. Join us as we discover the majestic and enchanting “island of fire” that is distinctively Siquijor.
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35 comments :

Gabz said...

Hi mervz, how much did you pay for the whole day tour? Maganda ba yung beach sa San Juan? Thanks! :)

Pinoy Adventurista said...

oh.. sorry, di ko nailagay... hehehe! standard rate is 850 pesos... i have updated the post.. thanks Gabz! :)

Journeying Pinay said...

again & again. thanks for the tip. kiuya joam was great tour guide. i heart siQuijor! o ayan, ako naman magpost. :)

Untied Escape said...

Na intriga tuloy ako sa history ng Siquijor, sana makapasyal din..

Drew said...

Siquijor ang isa sa mga plano kong marating soon! Love the pictures Merz :D

Ritchell Thibodeaux said...

What a beautiful place! Philippines has a lot of natural resources that we should take care of and can benefit from. Plus the warm water of the beaches is really great! Here in the USA beaches are like water from the fridge.

gagay said...

you really made me wonder Siquijor! i should better visit the place the soonest!

Robi Marapao said...

Beautiful spot! Thanks for sharing.
This post is very helpful.

Berylle Kaye Hong said...

wow! the place looks far from what I thought Siquijor would look like. The balete tree looks beautiful rather than scary.

Lagalag said...

Wow the sequel I've been waiting for. Now, I got to know why Siquijor is called Mystical Island. The century old balete tree also symbolizes it. I'm sure I wouldn't dare go there at midnight. About the legends, very well explained. Thank you very much for this post.

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Noks Sosa I SiningFactory.com said...

Cool. Siquijor is something that you will go back to nature. I so love what you did because it was all eco-adventure. I love your photos. Gaganda!

enzo said...

That falls is surely is a highlight. If I'd be here oneday, I can stay here for the rest of the day. The water looks so inviting and so refreshing. This is another place to be when you're in the Philippines.

chrisair said...

wow peaceful and beautiful , a good place to relax

Kathy Ngo said...

Medyo scary for me Siquijor pero ang ganda ganda nya sa photos. Nice. Nakakatuwa sobra.

Traveling Morion said...

wow naalala q ang siquijor days q when i am still in Visayas,,,simple ang lugar at mababait ang mga tao,,,

julie ann said...

Wow! your pictures makes me want to go home to Pinas for the summer. Here is still quite cold. Beautiful place. I didn't imagine Siquijor to be that beautiful.

Chyng said...

2 tickets na ang nasasayang ko sa DGT+SQR trip, di pa din ako matuloy tuloy. i really hope i could be "mystified" with these places too, soon!

swexie said...

i want to explore siquijor! =)

chino said...

Namiss ko din ang siquijor matagal tagal din ako makakabalik sa lugar na yan.

Manong Iskrambol said...

that tree really looks creepy.. hahaha.. well I hope to go here soon.. it looks really great

Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...

paborito ko mag swim dun sa balete, dami isda!!

Micamyx|Senyorita said...

Pupunta na ako ng Siquijor on Monday! Can't wait! :D

Ichan said...

Grabe ganda tlga sa Siquijor! =)

Mitch said...

tarush! oo nga when you say Siquijor, it also follows being a mystical. Gusto ko yung feeling na nagpapatay oras while sitting at the cool waterfalls.

peachkins said...

love your header! You know, one of reasons I don't want to go to Siquijor is because of those aswang and witch stories....

Rachelle Nessia said...

Malapit lang Siquijor sa amin, and it's really a lovely place. No wonder so many foreigners like to retire there.

stacy said...

Wow yan ang natural na foot spa hindi katulad nung sa ocean park hehe. I always wanted to try to swim sa falls pero takot ako eh.

Maja Dera said...

yehey!may idea na kami who, where, and what to do in siquijor. thanks po sa info! =))

Cha said...

Super ganda talaga ng Siquijor!

techie said...

Your journey is remarkable. Thanks for sharing the wonders of Siquijor. :)

Justin said...

I can see that this island is more charming than enchanted. Siquijor is more inviting now after reading your post. This article was posted on my birthday. YEY!

ariel said...

very beautiful place and romantic nature

Michael Ignacio said...

there is actually an uninhabited white sand beach here in Siquijor, will go back here...

Michael Ignacio said...

There is actually a beautiful uninhabited white sand beach here and private resorts for lack of business permits when I was here, hopefull

Anonymous said...

Nice post about my island province. Sayang marami pa sana mapupuntahan na part sa island tour kung di lang alanganin sa oras, mayroon pa sanang Lugnason Falls, Kagusuan Beach, Guiwanon Spring Park, Paliton Beach..Hope makabalik ka ulit..

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