Siquijor is the third smallest province in the Philippines and is associated with mystic traditions. It was originally called Isla del Fuego or Island of Fire by the Spaniards who first sighted it in 1565 because of the eerie glow the island emitted due to the large swarms of fireflies on the island. I have heard of stories about witchcraft and sorcery that’s been said to be practiced on the island. But when I visited Siquijor, all I saw was the clear blue water and the pristine white sand that enveloped the island. There were a lot of local and foreign tourists too.
We took a ferry from Dumaguete to Siquijor. We bought tickets at the port on the day and took the 7am trip.
Dumaguete-Siquijor Ferry Schedule:
Schedule: 7am, 10am, 4pm, 6pm
Travel time: 1 hour
Upon reaching the island we met a tour guide on the port, Kuya Irvin, that offered us a day tour of the island for only 1,000php. We decided to take the Day Tour since we weren’t familiar with the island. But if you know your way around Siquijor, another option is to rent a motor cycle at the port and use that to drive around the island. The rental rate is just 350php for the whole day.
Here’s our itinerary for our day tour:
- Paliton Beach
- Capilays Spring Park
- Enchanted Balete Tree
- Crocodile Hill
- San Isidro Labrador Church
- Cambugahay Falls
- Salagdoong Beach
Enchanted Balete Tree
This 400-year old Balete tree is believed by locals to be enchanted. It’s the said to be the oldest and biggest Balete tree in Siquijor. Water flows out from the roots of this massive tree and pools around it. Aside from admiring this majestic force of nature, you can also sit on the edge of the pool and enjoy a fish spa for only 5php. It’s a huge contrast to the 250php I paid for my fish spa in Ocean Park. Initially, it feels very ticklish but then you get used to it.
From this spot on the island, you can see Crocodile Island. It’s named as such because from this vantage point, it seems to take the shape of a crocodile. At the suggestion of Kuya Irvin, we had our mandatory jump shot with Crocodile Island in the background.
San Isidro Labrador Church
This is said to be the oldest church in Siquijor. It was built in 1887 making it more than 100 years old. According to our tour guide, the stones used to build this church have never been replaced. That’s something to be said about the architecture of this edifice! 129 years and still standing. Not bad.
One of my favorite stops on the island was Cambugahay Falls. It takes you about 100 steps to reach the bottom. Coming from the City of Waterfalls – Iligan City – I’m hardly amazed by other waterfalls that I see. But I still liked this one because of the clear blue waters that seemed to beckon to me. It was a sweltering hot day and I was more than willing to oblige. There was a rope from where you could swing and then jump into the water just like Tarzan. The falls itself had 3 levels. We hung out here for about an hour, swimming around and jumping off from the waterfalls.
Salagdoong was my favorite stop in Siquijor. You can’t go to Siquijor and not drop by here. Aside from it’s gorgeous white-sand beach, it has one attraction that keeps tourists coming back. Cliff diving. There are 3 levels you can jump off from. I was able to try the first and second level. I’ll definitely come back for the third. It can be quite scary from up there but after the first jump, the adrenaline rush is like no other. You’ll keep coming back for more.
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Here’s our tour guide, Kuya Irvin, who brought us around the island. Siquijor is so small you can tour the entire island in about 2 1/2 hours. If you want to visit Siquijor, you can contact Kuya Irvin at 0915 890 3286.
Siquijor has one of the most stunning beaches I’ve ever seen. It’s definitely a go-to summer getaway, especially for beach junkies like me!
Life is too short to be spent working all the time. Enjoy your summer. Eat. Have fun. Travel! Visit Siquijor.
Go live a Truly Wealthy life!