Siquijor Island is a paradise away from home. Called by the Spaniards as Isla del Fuego or Island on Fire, this mysterious island is a perfect getaway if you want to take a break from the busy streets of the city. Siquijor is a small island of 6 towns. The island is a favorite vacation spot for foreigners and beach lovers because of its fine white beaches.
I left my heart at Siquijor. Yes, despite the mysterious rumors about black magic, I fell in love with the island. I fell in love with its people, the white sand beaches, and most especially the places that I get to visit.
How to get there?
There are many ways to get to Siquijor but as for me, I prefer taking the bus to Dumaguete from Cebu South Terminal. I just love the bus ride despite the 4-5 hours of traveling compared to taking a plane to Dumaguete. From Dumaguete City, there are RORO vessels that can transport you to the island. You can also take the other option which is going there via Lite Ferries. Their sailing schedule is 1 PM every day that will dock at Larena Port in Suiquijor. The fare rates would be Php350 for economy and Php440 for tourist accommodation. The travel time would be much longer compared to taking the bus.
Where to go?
Siquijor is an island full of wonders. Here are few the places that you can visit and enjoy in the island.
Aside from the white sand beach resorts in San Juan, they also have this famous spring park located in the center of the town. This make-shift pool spring is a perfect place to unwind. You can enjoy swimming without having to pay any entrance fee. Yes, you can enjoy the cold waters for free. You can even bring food since they have tables and chairs surrounding the area.
Century Old Balete Tree
This enchanting humongous tree is known in the Philippines as the home of the not-like-us and spiritual creatures like the kapre. But this enchanted tree in Lazi, Siquijor has been one of the most visited places on the island. It is said to be the oldest tree on the island. There is a spring at the foot of the tree that flows to the man-made pool where you can dip your feet and let the little and big, and I mean BIG, fishes nibble at your toes.
The Lazi convent is known as one of the oldest convent built during the Spanish era. The convent is just along the road, across the Lazi Church. You can pass this one on your way to Cambugahay Falls which is also located in the same town.
Cambugahay falls is one of the most visited places in Siquijor. The inviting sound of the waterfall will surely make you go down the steps faster than you would think. Its multi-layered cascading falls is a beauty. The cold water comes from rain water and the spring from the mountain. Even the locals love to spend their time with their family in this place.
Salagdoong Beach Resort
Salagdoong Beach Resort is located in Maria, a town after Lazi. The resort is owned and maintained by the local government. This is also one of the beach resorts in the island that foreign and locals love to visit.
There are still places in Siquijor that I failed to visit the last time that I went there and oh! before I forget, dine at Portside Burger located near St. Francis of Assisi Church, walking distance from Siquijor Port. They have the best burgers in town at a cheap price.
I am planning on visiting again the island to explore more of the place. Let me know if you are also planning a visit, we might bump into each other.
What are you waiting for? Tara! Mangadto nata!