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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