Siquijor Tourist Spots to Visit for Your Vacation
Clueless about what to see and do in Siquijor? Let this article be your guide to the Mystic Island.
By Rhea J. Bernardino
March 27, 2017
Siquijor Tourist Spots to Check Out
Siquijor used to be feared because of its reputation for the supernatural. Now, tourists are choosing to look beyond the spooky urban legends to discover the wonders of this island. There are some who add it to their itinerary as a side trip to Dumaguete, while there are those who choose to spend a night or two. If you're curious about what to see in the so-called Mystic Island, read on and find out what are the best Siquijor tourist spots to visit for your vacation.
How to get around Siquijor
It's easy to explore Siquijor once you get there−just hire any of the tricycle drivers for an island tour. Depending on the attractions you choose, rates for tricycle tours range from PHP 1,000.00 to PHP 2,000.00.00 per day.
1. Paliton Beach in San Juan
Part of Siquijor's magical appeal are its wondrous natural attractions, particularly its beaches. One of the popular ones is Paliton Beach. It is blessed with white sand shores fringed with a line of palm trees as well as clear, blue waters perfect for swimming and snorkeling.
2. Kagusuan Beach in Maria
Kagusuan Beach's location may be secluded but the peace and calm that you will experience when you arrive makes the trip totally worth it. Like Paliton Beach, Kagusuan Beach also has white sand, but while Paliton's is fine and smooth, Kagusuan's is rocky with corals and pebbles. It also possesses clear, turquoise waters ideal for snorkeling. What makes Kagusuan Beach unique are the big limestone boulders scattered across its shores.
3. Salagdoong Beach in Maria
If you're an adrenaline junkie, then Salagdoong Beach is right up your alley. For an entrance fee of PHP 15.00, you can go cliff diving at this white sand beach. Diving platforms are attached to a coral boulder towering 50 feet, from where you can jump and plunge into the emerald waters. The beach is also good for a swim if you're not up for a thrilling dive.
4. Port of Siquijor Beach
As soon as your boat docks into the shore of this beach, you will be mesmerized by its fine white sand and its clear, azure waters that will give all the other beaches in Siquijor a run for their money. While it serves as the pier for boats coming from Dumaguete, the beach at Siquijor port is also good for swimming and snorkeling.
5. Cambugahay Falls in Lazi
Of the two waterfalls in Siquijor, Cambugahay Falls is the more popular one. It is a beautiful three-tiered waterfall with clear, blue waters that come from fresh natural springs. If you're tired of swimming in the sea, the waterfall is a good alternative. At the third tier, there's a rope which you can use to swing across the falls like Tarzan.
6. Lugnason Falls in San Juan
While Cambugahay Falls is made up of three tiers, Lugnason Falls features a limestone wall with water cascading down to a basin, where you can freely swim.
Other natural attractions
7. Centuries-old Balete Tree in Lazi
The Siquijodnon's belief in the supernatural is evident in their reverence for the 400-year old Balete tree in the town of Lazi. One of the oldest trees in the province, it is considered by the locals as enchanted. At the bottom of the tree, there is a shallow natural spring pool inhabited by a small species of fish. Tourists can dip their feet for a fish spa experience.
8. Capilay Spring Park in San Juan
There are plenty of places in Siquijor where you can freely take a dip. One of the more unusual ones is Capilay Spring Park. Everyone can freely swim in the natural pool filled with green-colored cool spring waters from a lake. Aside from swimming, there are lots of other things you can do at the park. You can hang out at the benches and have a picnic with your friends and family. There is also a playground for kids.
9. Cantabon Cave
Cantabon Cave is another Siquijor attraction that beckons thrill-seekers. This 30-meter long cave is one of the best known in Siquijor. From stalactites to stalagmites, the cave abounds with impressive rock formations. There is also a natural spring pool where you are free to take a dip. Entrance fee to Cantabon Cave costs PHP 20.00, with additional fees if you're going to be hiring a guide for your spelunking trip.
10. Guiwanon Spring Park in Siquijor town
Guiwanon Spring Park is a place that will definitely be appreciated by nature lovers. For a small fee of PHP 10.00, you will be able to witness the magnificent sight of this mangrove sanctuary which opens out to beautiful views of the open sea. There are plenty of tree houses built around the area, which travelers can rent if they want to stay the night.
11. Tulapos Marine Sanctuary in Enrique Villanueva
While it is undeniable that Siquijor has beautiful beaches, they also have a bustling underwater world just waiting to be discovered. For those who are set to explore the province's rich marine life, one of the best known dive sites is Tulapos Marine Sanctuary. This protected marine sanctuary is one of the oldest in Siquijor and boasts not only its sea creatures but also various species of flora, fauna, and wildlife in its thriving forests.
12. Mt. Bandilaan Nature Park
Mt. Bandilaan Nature Park is a haven for nature lovers. It features a lush forest filled with various flora and fauna. At this park, you will find benches where you can spend a peaceful moment in the company of nature. There is also a butterfly sanctuary. A hike up Mt. Bandilaan is also highly recommended. Rising 1,300 feet, it is the highest peak in all of Siquijor. With the series of steps that lead to the peak, it is only less than a 30-minute hike before you reach the top. Along the path are Stations of the Cross, where Siquijor's famous faith healers hold the Healing Festival during Lenten season.
Colonial churches and other historical spots
13. San Isidro Labrador Parish Church and Convent in Lazi
Siquijor has a handful of Spanish era churches worth checking out if you're a history buff. A declared National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines and National Historical Landmark by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, the church in Lazi is among the must-see colonial churches in Siquijor. Officially known as the San Isidro Labrador Parish Church, its construction started in 1882 and was finished in 1884. A belfry was added a year later. Set in the neo-classical architectural style, the church was made from coral stones and hardwood and now stands as the biggest and one of the oldest churches in Siquijor.
Meanwhile, across the road from Lazi Church is the Lazi Convent. Built in 1887, it was known as the largest convent in Asia. What used to be a resting place for friars is now being used as a classroom for the local elementary school. There is also a museum inside which showcases ancient religious artifacts and memorabilia like books and photographs. Entrance fee to the museum costs PHP 20.00.
14. Church of the Divine Providence in Maria
Unlike Lazi Church, the Church of the Divine Providence's main attraction is not its architecture and design. Also known as Sta. Maria Church, the Church of the Divine Providence's claim to fame is a chilling statue of St. Rita of Cascia. An Italian saint, she is a patroness of impossible causes, abused wives, and widows. The statue is garbed in black, which is why it has also been named Black Maria. Its eerie stare and the skull that it clutches in one hand gives it a very spooky factor. Other than its chilling appearance, there are also plenty of urban legends tied to the statue. Among the most popular claims is that the statue roams around the whole island after sunset.
15. Cang-Isok House in Enrique Villanueva
Churches are not the only heritage sites in Siquijor. The Cang-Isok House is said to be the oldest surviving house in the province. It was built in the mid-1800s, but unlike other grand Spanish era houses, this one stands on stilts made from hardwood and is constructed from local materials like bamboo and nipa. Nestled on the shoreline, it offers amazing views of the sea.
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