Siquijor: The Mystical Island

READ: Travel Guide: Negros Occidental x Siquijor
READ: Negros Occidental: Sugarbowl of the Philippines

Most of us were hesitant to visit Siquijor Island because it is known for witchcraft, engkantos, dark beings and other mythical environmental spirits. But what they missed about the island is the beauty that it offers and adventure that awaits them.

Bodex and I, together with my bff’s sister, Hannah and her bf, Melson, left the city for 4 days and 3 nights to explore Negros Occidental and Siquijor.

DAY 3: Siquijor

We woke up as early as 1:30am to catch the first trip to Dumaguete, cutting trip kami kasi walang direct bus ng ganon kaaga. From Sipalay to Hinoba-an Terminal then Hinoba-an to Dumaguete, almost 4 hours din ang travel time. Upon arrival, we took tricycle that will bring us to the port pero nagpa-daan muna kami sa Sans Rival Bistro para mag advance order ng mga Silvanas, unfortunately, the store was still closed so, we head straight to the port and bought ferry ticket to Siquijor.

IMG_5194Map of Siquijor 

Our guide, Kuya Jun Mark, welcomed us after our disembarkation from the port. Whole day tour in Siquijor is Php1,000 and Php600 if half day tour good for 2-4 persons. Below are the lists of tourist spots that we visited.

Saint Francis of Assisi Church– One of the most photograph landmark in Siquijor. Paglabas nyo ng port, konting lakad lang makikita nyo na agad ang church na ito. So, hindi lang locals ang magwewelcome sainyo, pati na din ang Saint Francis of Assisi Church.

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Welcome to Siquijor!

 

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We ❤ Siquijor

Paliton Beach– Peace, Love and Coconut – These are the best words to describe Paliton Beach. Sarap mag chill-chill dito, panalo yung linaw ng tubig at white sand mga bes! Sobrang saya ni Hannah nung makakita sya ng white sand, first time daw kasi nya. 😀 Maganda din daw mag sunset watching dito, kaso makulimlim nung nandito kami. 😦

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Long stretch of white sand in Paliton Beach

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Daming buko! Hahah! 😀

Old Enchanted Balete Tree –  Another famous tourist spot in Siquijor is the 500 plus year-old Balete Tree na may fresh water pool. Amazing! Nakaka-aliw mag fish spa sa tabi ng Balete Tree. Sabi nung isang local, bigla nalang daw nagkaroon ng mga small fishes dun, pero yung Tilapia, sila talaga ang naglagay. Yes, may mga Tilapia dun na tutulong kainin ang dead skin ng paa mo! Hahahah! Aliw!

DSCF9782The 500plus years old Enchanted Balete Tree and it’s mini pool.

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Tilapia fish spa. 😀 😀 

Hapitanan– Where you can experience their Broom Shot Challenge. Witch na witch ang peg if you use the witch hat props nila. It’s free, donation lang ang kailangan. 😉

dscf9799-1Broom shot! Hahah! Cute! Hindi ko nasuot yung witch hat. 😀

Lazi Church– San Isidro Labrado Parish Church is commonly known as Lazi Church, one of the oldest churches in Siquijor. Also one of the unique churches that I’ve seen. Ang ganda ng flooring nya, made of kahoy. Usually, ‘di ba semento yung sahig, ito parang sa mga lumang bahay na lumalangit-ngit pa pag naglakad ka. Ang galing!

DSCF9800Facade of Lazi Church

DSCF9808Lazi church’s flooring made of hardwood. 

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Cambugahay Falls– This is a three-tiered waterfalls. In just 138 steps, makikita mo na agad ang falls na ‘to. Sa lahat yata ng falls na pinuntahan ko, isa ito sa pinaka-madaling puntahan next to Tinuy-an Falls of Surigao del Sur .  Made a promise to myself that once I set foot in Siquijor, I will try the Tarzan Jump in Cambugahay Falls and thank God, I did! Tapang-tapangan ang lola nyo. Hahaha! Medyo duwag kasi ako sa mga adventure kaya nung kinaya ko ‘to, WOW! I’m so proud of myself! Hahahah!

Yung first tier, pwede ka din mag tarzan jump pero mas malalim yung babagsakan na tubig. Pang pro na kumbaga. Haha! Second tier is mababaw, pwede dito ang mga kids and the last tier, may tarzan jump ulit pero mas mababaw na yung babagsakan, siguro mga 5-6ft. yun lalim. Fee for unlimited tarzan jump is only Php20.00. Sa mga hindi marunong mag swim, pwede kayo mag hire ng guide. Sila yung mag-aabang sayo sa tubig pag bagsak mo. Buti pa yung guide sasaluhin ka pag fall mo, hindi tulad ng boylet mo. Hahah! No fix amount ang guide fee, donation or tip lang. 🙂

DSCF9814Second tier of Cambugahay Falls 

DSCF9823-1Yaaasss! I made it! Ho ho ho!

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Our signature pose! 😀

Molave Tree– You’ll going to pass this man-made forest on your way to Salagdoong Beach. 🙂

DSCF9827This spot is also perfect for your awra moments! 😀

 

dscf9842-2.JPGJump shot! 😀

Salagdoong Beach-  I presumed, this is the most popular beach in Siquijor. Kung nabitin ka sa tarzan jump in Cambugahay Falls and you still want more adrenaline rush, Well, Salagdoong beach will quench your thirst! You can do cliff jumping in their 35ft and 20ft diving platforms. Syempre, walang gumawa nun samin. Haha! Kahit maulan, kita mo pa din yung ganda ng beach lalo na yung Bluegreen water, though hindi fine yung sand dito tulad sa Paliton Beach.

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Salagdoong Beach (edited)

DSCF9853My buwis buhay shot in the diving platform. Buwis buhay, kasi nakaka-nginig umawra dito! Hahaha! 😛

Cang Isok House-  It is said to be the oldest house located in Brgy. Libo, Siquijor. Galing ng bahay kubo na ito, ilang libong bagyo na ang dumaan, pero matibay pa din at matatag, dinaig pa yung lovelife ko. Hahaha! According  sa aming guide, yung bubong daw nito, pinapalitan naman pero yung structure ng bahay, ganito na talaga noon pa. Sarap siguro maging rest house ito, Kubo by the sea! 😀

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Bahay kubo by the sea. 

 

It has been a very tiring and fun-filled day tour experience! Ang ganda sa Siquijor at ito yung first province na pinuntahan ko na walang entrance fee halos lahat ng tourist spots! Kaya i’m encouraging everyone na makakabasa nito na bumisita kayo sa Mystical Island of Siquijor. Walang dapat katakutan, enjoy lang! 🙂 🙂 🙂
DAY 4: Back to Dumaguete / back to MNL

Very productive ang aming last day ng bakasyon! Hahaha! Wala kaming ginawa kungdi mag-foodtrip at mag-patay ng oras habang nag aantay ng flight pabalik sa Manila. We took our lunch at Sans Rival Bistro, visit St. Catherine of Alexandria Church in Dumaguete, kumain sa McDo, bumalik sa Sans Rival Bistro para kunin ang mga pasalubong na Silvanas at saka pumunta ng airport. Ito yung saddest part ng bakasyon eh, yung paguwi and face the reality na wala ka ng pera! Hahahah! 😛

IMG_5276While strolling in Rizal Boulevard, Dumaguete, we saw this Russian girl selling her crafts such as bracelet, anklet, crocheted coin purse and more. 3 years na daw sya sa Dumaguete at ito yung way of living nya. 🙂

Kaya masarap gumala eh, madami ka makikilala at matututunan. Thank you ulit kay Lord, dahil successful nanaman ang travel naming ito, thank you din sa mga bagong kasama namin, Hannah and Melson kasi naging cooperative sila, sana lang nag enjoy din sila. Hahahah! Thanks for reading! 😀

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