The most common phrase “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, we may be in most famous places or in the off the beaten tracks, but happiness is in the moment when we appreciate even the smallest things.
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I will start this blog with… Once upon a time, there was an enchanted island in the Philippines. People were scared to go in this island. They might be trapped of its magic that they can never leave anymore. But one day, there were three explorer who dared to see and experience the magic, this island posses. Okay I’m getting cheesy, I will be serious now.
– MYTH OR FACT ? –
Stories may become true to those who seek and believe. To those who choose not to, truth will be hidden, unless you are chosen. It is great to let your mind wander to the mysteries unfold, yet let no fear interferes the moment to enjoy the wonders of the island you are about to behold. Folks from the neighboring islands believed that Siquijor is the land of witches, sorcerers, and healers, supernatural powers and enchantments! It is believed that Sijuijor has the most powerful sorcerers in the country, that all sorcerers all over the world gathered in this island to strengthen their powers. The rituals were done here. From generations to generations this belief remains, that some folks will go to Siquijor for amulets and healing. But, what I am going to share to you is our adventures and the magic that we discovered from this island. That I am so confident to say it’s a fact.
– MEET THE EXPLORERS –
? Hello to the co-owner of Good Weather Travel and Tours (?? click for their whereabouts and cheap packages). She happens to be a friend of mine. A reunion and a breathtaking getaway.
? Meet my travelbuddy from the country of The Big Five ?, South Africa. Exploring and experiencing the beauty of my country, the Philippines.
? The author and owner of this domain, Me!!! Hehe. For my whereabouts, ?? The Intro.
– THE TRIP –
Is there an aiport in Siquijor? Yes, there is but NOT for commercial flights. It is for small planes, if you can charter from the other part of Philippines to Siquijor, then fly. But, the cheapest and closest route to reach Siquijor is from Dumaguete by boat, for 100php, approximately 2 hours of sailing. We boarded with Aleson Shipping, at 8:30AM and went back via Montenegro at 4:00PM. The earliest trip from Dumaguete to Siquijor is 5:45AM. The latest you can leave the island of Siquijor is 6:00PM to Dumaguete, that if you are just having a day tour.
Note: There are no pre booking, you can only buy the tickets about 5 hours before the schedule of departure. It’s either you will trust someone from the pier to book the ticket/s for you or take chances that there are still tickets to issue when you reach the pier. Oftentimes the 6:00PM trip is fully booked, there were day trippers that end up staying overnight. If you will ask me, it’s better not to rush the tour, spend a night or more.
For detailed trips and schedules check this website ?? Link.
I just did mention that you can’t leave this island anymore, it almost happened to us, well the 6:00PM trip was cancelled and we knew about it at around 2:45PM, our late lunch was just prepared and served to us! We are hungry and we have to eat first. We were about an hour and a half away from the pier. Our driver, Mang Nilo, did the magic… it was a death defying, our ride, the Tricycle, was flying, that’s how it felt. Imagine about a 120km/hr with a tricycle, in a rural area! All I did was pray, keep everyone safe.
To roam around this island, specially if you want to hop from places to places in a day, is to rent a motorbike, multicab or a tricycle. We rented a pink tricycle for 1200Php. The must see places are kinda far, a great equivalent cost to maximize your adventure.
– THE MAGIC –
These are the actual magic or enchantment of the island, the places, the beauty of nature, no doubts, no arguments. They are most visited because they are worth all the costs. In our case, our trip was shortened, so there are some places that we did not able to include, but it was an amazing trip. We did not have so much engagement with the people of Siquijor, but what I can say is they love their place, it is clean and we felt safe. For a free access to places, rarely could you have a clean and well-maintained environment. As what is written on the cover photo “Atong Lungsod, Atong Pangga-on”, it means let’s love our hometown, so yes, surroundings is a big criteria in judging its people, though it is not the only basis.
THE PLACES WE VISITED
Most of the attractions in Siquijor are free. So you don’t have to spend so much for the entrance.
? Guiwanon Spring Park
Our first stop, the water is so inviting, clean and clear. We just spent few minutes here it was to early to swim for us. So we just sat and observed. This place is a serenity.
? Lazi Church (founded in 1857)
Here it is like you are in an ancient era of Philippines, not just because of the Church but the atmosphere. There is an old school on the opposite side of the street, were you can see the kids enjoying their day with the beautiful view of the church in clear sight. Don’t miss the Roadside Icecream, it’s a must.
? Balete Tree and the Fish Spa
Balete tree is known or believed as a home of mystical creatures. This tree in Siquijor is as old as 400 years. You are not just coming here to see the tree but to have a free fish spa as well. A donation for the maintenance of this place is appreciated.
? Cambuhagay Falls
We spent so much of our time here that we almost forgot that we still have another attraction to check out. This place is beyond magnificent plus the fact that I love waterfalls the most. What is awesome about Cambuhagay Falls is that there are three zones (actually if you go further there are still other falls, but for tourists’ safety, it’s prohibited). You can choose where to dip, its depth differs, the third one is the deepest. Kids and non-swimmers can also enjoy here, on the first falls, its shallow. You can swim as much as you want without spending, but you can ask a local to lookout for your stuffs and to be your photographer at the same time. All you need is to give a donation. This is already a big thing for them.
? Salagdoong Beach (the cliff diving)
I was still convincing myself to jump or not to… 25ft folks! Before I can decide we were called that we need to go back to the pier, whew! A relief, I will just do it next time. You can also splash here, snorkel (see that fella below). We did not have enough time, as much as we want to stay we have a planned trip for as early as 5AM the next day to Oslob and all our stuffs are in Dumaguete.
– EXPENSES –
1200Php – Tricycle
300Php – Donations
400Php – Food, including nibbles
100Php – Salandoong entrace (20php/pax and 40 for the trycicle)
690Php – Boat from/to Dumaguete
75Php – Pier Fee at Dumaguete
—— Ave. of 922Php/pax ——
These were our expenses, but I believe that you can go cheaper specailly on the transportation. There are jeepneys, the fare is less than 20Php/pax, but you might only visit maximum of two attractions for a day tour. After all, exploring is not about how many places you have been in a day. It is about the experience and you can always go back.
I hope you enjoyed reading. So, when will you start planning your own getaway to Siquijor?
Our next adventure after Siquijor was Oslob, it’s here ?? Link.Tags: adventure, breakingthecomfortzone, journeytohappiness, Philippines, questtosuccess, Siquijor, Strollsandgoals, travel, Travel Tips, wanderlust