In Philippine history, Siquijor province was known as a province to have mysterious witchcraft and home for many spirit healers. But in present time, Siquijor province is famous for the mysterious way it helps heal any visitor by just the mere beauty of the place. As impossible at it seems even problems of the heart, Siquijor help you forget them all.
This is why if ever you are looking for a way to mend your broken heart, need a break from your life, or you just want to see a new side of the Philippines, Siquijor is your next travel destination.
Here are some of the things you can do and the places you can see.
Be amazed by the White Sand Beach at the Port Area
Wouldn’t it be so relaxing to go to a beach that would make you feel like you’re in the beach-of-heaven? The White Sand Beach at the Port Area in Siquijor is one that you shouldn’t miss out on. It is completely breathtaking. Perfect for friends who want to go somewhere instagrammable and where you can play volleyball or built a campfire.
One of the most beautiful port areas I’ve ever seen because of its long and wide coast of fine-white sand beach with clear-bluish water.
Refresh in Capilay Spring of San Juan
Located in the middle of the town proper of San Juan is a man-made pool of natural spring water – just perfect for a relaxing dip anytime of the day. The spring pool with clear and cool- turquoise water is open to the public. Just expect crowdedness during weekends and summer!
Swim in Salagdoong Beach and Cliff jumping
Swimming is always a good stress reliever. The Salagdoong beach may not be the most beautiful beach in Siquijor but it is definitely a quaint and peaceful one. Plus the turquoise waters are calming. But what really makes people go here is that if you want to try something daring, you can try cliff jumping! Quench your thirst for thrill.
Stop by at Salagdoong Man-made Molave Forest
The sand and the water itself isn’t the only thing you’d love about going to Salagdoong beach, getting there you will see and love the beautiful man-made forest. The Molave trees that soar up high that sway with the wind is a beauty in itself. Take your time as you pass by it, enjoy the scene.
Relax in the Fish Spa at Old Enchanted Balete Spring
There is nothing wrong with giving yourself a little treat after all the hard work you’ve done. A simple thing you can give yourself is a relaxing day at the Fish Spa. Yes, fish spa. Let these adorable little fishes remove your worries such as your dead skin. Enjoy the little nibbles. And if you enjoyed it so much, you can actually get some souvenirs nearby. Food and drinks are also available nearby.
A Mini Zoo just beside the Old Enchanted Balete Spring
Personally, I am against of caging these beautiful creatures and I won’t recommend patronizing this kind of attraction; I just visited and took photographs of the animals in this mini-zoo to show the rich biodiversity of the island province. I believe that these beautiful creatures belong to their natural environment, the forests of Siquijor!
|A caged flying fox in a mini zoo located just beside the Old Enchanted Balete Tree Spring|
|Caged varieties of beautiful pigeons in the mini zoo located just beside the Enchanted Old Balete Tree Spring|
Marvel at the Cambugahay Falls
Its cascading waterfalls are a sight to see. The Cambugahay falls is a three-tiered waterfall that is unlike any other waterfalls you’ve seen. It is definitely different from the usual waterfalls you would see. The light green waters it has gives it an even more earthy feel to it. If fairies existed, this is where they would want to go.
Visit Lugnason Falls
If you still haven’t had your fill of seeing and getting to swim in waterfalls, Lugnason falls can be your next stop. Quite similar to the Cambugahay and you can be assured that you can enjoy the falls peacefully.
Stop by at some Heritage Churches
Old buildings always have this unique charm to them. Most especially if they are buildings built for religious purposes, such as churches or mosques. And in Siquijor, there are many heritage churches that are interesting to see. Not only because they are old and still sturdy, but also because even back then, art was already expressed so intricately in the design of churches.
|Saint Francis de Asisi Church of Siquijor|
|The San Isidro Labrador Church of Lazi|
Visit the Lazi Convent
But if you really want to visit something that some even consider it a relic, it is the Lazi Convent. The Lazi Convent is the one of the oldest in the province. Its age is just one of the many reasons why people are astounded by it. The structure and design of it is done in such a simple way but its charm is unique.
Discover the Amazing view at the Triad
Sometimes all you have to do is just appreciate a moment, a scene, or a place for you to enjoy life. And the Triad has the most breathtaking, astounding, and heartwarming view that you will ever see in Siquijor. There really are no words to explain how majestic the place is and how wonderful is the feeling it can give you.
The Stunning Mountain View at Barangay Canlambo
March 2017, 9:00AM. Finding the alternative way going to the upland Barangay of Canlambo from Larena town proper - for our usual community visits, we unexpectedly found a good spot to see one of the province’s stunning mountain ridges. We simple named the spot as “Canlambo view deck”. I am imagining a more beautiful photograph if only the shot was taken early in the morning when clouds and sunrise blends magically. My fault, I forgot to record the exact GPS!
See the Oldest house in Siquijor
A little of old in the new is always good. The oldest house in Siquijor may not be a number priority on your list, or it might be the grandest looking old house that you expect, but it still is old enough to have its own story.
Located (along the highway, facing the sea) in Barangay Libo, Enrique Viallanueva town, Cang-isok House is the oldest known surviving house in Siquijor. All historical structures have had its fair share of stories. This one definitely has.
HOW TO GET TO SIQUIJOR
There are daily flights going to Dumaguete. You can choose either PAL or Cebu Pacific. From Dumaguete, you can ride a tricycle to Dumaguete Port. Ferries can be found there that will lead you to Siquijor.
Take a trike to Dumaguete Port and ride the ferry bound to Siquijor.
You can take Uber or Grab going to South Bus Terminal. Ride the bus that is bound to Liloan, Santander Municipality. Once you’re there, you can ride the ferry headed to Sibulan port. From the Sibulan Port, you will find jeepneys and trikes going to Dumaguete City. Ride that and after arriving, take a trike going to Dumaguete Port. There will be a ferry then bound for Siquijor.
In Tagbilaran, Bohol, you will find a direct ferry that goes to Siquijor. OceanJet serves Larena- Tagbilaran (vice versa) route daily.
You may want to begin in Cebu. So you can get a flight at the Cagayan De Oro Airport headed to Cebu. Or ride a ferry in Cagayan De Oro Port headed to Cebu. Then from there, just follow the instructions from the “From Cebu” guide.
There are regular trips of RORO and Fastcraft from Zamboanga del Norte (Dipolog and Dapitan) to Dumaguete City. Travel time ranges from 4-6 hours.
Not all [interesting] spots and things to do in Siquijor are listed here, I just included all these places and activities I personally visited/experienced. Rates are correct as of the published date. Help me in updating this travel guide, please comment down below other interesting spots and things to do in Siquijor Province.