beautiful beaches and sunset
bewitched* (rumor says)
For those looking for an easily accessible, beautiful & peaceful island far away from the tourist crowds, the traffic noise and the girly bars!
I had decided to go to Siquijor and ride round it, staying one night and then returning to Negros where I was based. Before you atempt this, please read the horror story on my transportation tip. You are much better hiring a bike on Siquijor, although I believe there are only automatic and semi-automatic scooters for hire. I was fortunate enough to...more
The Island of Siquijor offers many things, Caving, Trekking and Snorkeling to name a few. If your a Beach Bum like me then you are in the right place my friend..When you are in Cambugahay Falls... Take a dip/dive... You won't be able to resist it anyway..For more info check their own website: http://www.siquijor.gov.ph/more
If you would have to mention two things that came to your mind when you think about Philippines, one of them would likely be diving. And for a good reason. Philippines underwater is paradise and as you'dexpect there are numerous dive shops for equipment rental & courses and excellent dive spots to enjoy all around the country!Even small Siquijor...more
The forest around Siquijor's highest peak (577m) is designated a nature reserve. It hosts several species of endemic flora and fauna and is the focus of pilgrims. On the top, which is reached by a few dozen of steps from the road, is a viewing platform which offers great views all around the island.We just passed by and had a look from the platform...more
From Lazi Town, you can divert to a very scenic road that traverses Siquijor through its Central Highlands. After driving some 10 lonely minutes on the quiet countrysidal road, you will sure notice the spot where a few dozen people hang around inthe middle of nowhere. There's a little stall selling drinks and it's probably the only few square...more
This Catholic church in Lazi town was built in 1884 during the Spanish Colonial Period and declared National Cultural Treasure.Its tropical appearance of coloured coral stone and partly overgrown belltower within a large grassy compound surrounded by palm trees, is a nice sight and worth a stop.You can also have a look inside if the caretaker is...more
When you pass through the quiet town of Lazi, your eye will certainly be caught by the giant hard wooden structure that is declared a National Cultural Treasure and one of the largest of its kind in Asia. Finished in 1891, the Convent is still in a remarkbale good state. You can go upstairs in the main building facing the road to arrive in a big...more
Next stop from Tulapos Sanctuary is Salagdoong, near the town of Maria. This is a favorite weekend hangout for locals. Salagdoong has a nice beach and good swimming, and is more or less developed for family recreation. There are lovely picnic area's, nicely manicured photo settings, a decent restaurant and -maybe the biggest attraction - a karaoke...more
Tulapos Sanctuary is another fantastic and peaceful spot to snorkel. Different from the Kiwi House reef which is one big underwater garden with loads of small fish and micro organism, Tulapos has a lower density of corals but it therefore has enough space for bigger fish. Snorkelling here is really a discovery experience. At one moment you think...more
The House Reef at Kiwi is a superb place for snorkelling! You just get into the ocean from the beach, swim to deeper parts first traversing an area with sand and sea grasses, inhabited by several beautiful species of sea stars and sea urchin. Gradually the scenery changes to rocky and then there's finally the coral reef. This reef is around 30-50...more
Daily by around 5pm it's time to find yourself a good spot to enjoy sunset, preferably with your favorite drink and company.As the sun downs behind the mountains of Negros, the sky changes colors, the most amazing ones, different every day. Fishermen float slowly down the coast line. They have no eye for the magnificent scenery, but add to the...more
Libo, Enrique Villanueva Siquijor Island, Philippines 6230
At Coral Cay Resort, they have their own Restaurant. It is located at the center of the resort. They serve food from seafoods, local cuisine and international dishes.
It is a cozy place to hang-out and eat, overlooking the white-sand beach. It also has its own bar. The food tastes good as well, though they are a bit expensive.
Favorite Dish: Chicken curry with Mangoes. It tastes really good and goes well with rice.
I have included this tip in the Siquijor Island page and not the more specific San Juan page for a specific reason, and the reason is this. There is nothing in the way of nightlife on the island at all as far as I can see, even at the weekend with one notable exception which is Czar's (pronounced Ceasars and not as in Russian rulers) on a Friday...more
My impression is that not many people on the Island are still awake after 10pm. 30 minutes by foot from Kiwi Resort - at Lorena Cafe - is reputedly a Saturday night disco, and otherwise you may find some entertainment in the karaoke scene at the towns or Salagdoong Beach, popular on Siquijor as anywhere else. Nightclubs (also known as "KTV-bars")...more
OK, I was on Negros island and wanted to spend one night on the adjacent Siqujor island. How difficult can that be in a country of over 7,000 islands where ferry transport is de rigeur? Answer, more difficult than I could ever have imagined, not to mention extremely expensive by local standards. If you don't want to read through this tip, which...more
We took Delta Fast Ferry from Dumuagete ( Ocean Jet also serve this route ) to Larena Port. Upon arrival you are overwhelmed with 'offers' of transport. Always ask the price to your destination before accepting; ( for example 'how much to Siquijor town' ) and then say, 'No, it's too expensive', the price will reduce dramatically... Afterwards most...more
To reach Siquijor Island you need to go via Dumaguete, the capital of Negros. From here, fast crafts depart to Siquijor Town, the capital of Siquijor. The speed ferry will take around 1 hour and cost PHP190. Dumaguete is served by air to/from Manila. Daily ferries travel by sea between Dumaguete, Bohol and Cebu. Between Cebu and Dumaguete, I used...more
On our last night in Siquijor, we roamed around the market to look for Souvenirs or "pasalubong" (take-home give aways). We asked the locals where to buy the best ones and they told us to go to Mar and Peck. Off we went to the shop and we found nice stuff for a reasonable price. They have everything from keychains, bracelets, woodcrafts, shirts, sarong, local delicacies and more...
What to buy: Nicely-printed sarong, Shirts with the name "siquijor" in it, keychains, bracelets.
What to pay: 20-50USD... depends on the item and the quantity.
Before anyone contacts me, yes this is a cut and paste from my introduction page but I don't believe in duplicating effort just for the sake of it and I will expand slightly on the topic here.
Mention the word Siquijor to any Visayan, or indeed Philippino and the first thing they will say in return is, "Witches". There is a complete and powerful belief that there are people, generally women, on Siquijor who can do magic and curse you. I know Philippinos, intelligent people, who will still talk in slightly hushed tones about the place. The power of the myth is strong. The island's authorities are very keen to play down the notion (see the appended image) but it does add to the allure of the place. Let's be honest, any place I visit where 50 yards off the ferry I see an official poster offering a hotline to report black magic practices is good for me.
When I visited Siquijor, I visited some fairly out of the way places, spoke to numeros Siquidojnons and never heard so much as a mention of witchcraft, either black or white. Then again, I wasn't really looking for it. Strangely, a few days after I returned, a friend pointed me in the direction of a rather good article on the BBC website which explains the whole thing rather well. The link is posted below.
There appears to be some confusion about whether the witches are benign or malign or possibly both dependent upon circumstances. Certainly, I am a believer in natural remedies for certain things and I regulary take a non-pharmaceutical product for a medical problem. I have no doubt that it has assisted me without resorting to chemicals. Had this treatment been administered by one of Siquijor's islanders would it count as witchcraft or just a careful use of natural products based on many generations experience? I really don't know.
Undoubtedly, anywhere there are people practicing alternative treatments or places where people have a strong belief in the supernatural there will be charlatans, and I have no reason to think that Siquijor is any different but you never know, maybe these ladies do know something we don't. Perhaps the demonisation of the "healers" is something to do with the extremely strong influence of the Christian Church in the Philippines. I know they have a particular view on things like "pagan" practices.
Incidentally, if you want to appear a little savvy, refer to the healers as wokwoks (phonetic spelling) but I would say it pretty respectfully if I were you, just in case!
Seen 2 snakes in the space of about 20 minutes, the first one was at the side of the road alive but fairly harmless looking. This one however had been killed a few hours earlier and was a deadly species according to the local who dispatched it with a heavy object. It was only across the road from where his kids were playing.
Walk through any village around the island instead of flying past on a motorbike and you will get the celebrity treatment off the locals. These offered me a couple of coconuts to drink out of and showed me around their house. These coconuts that they were stripping apart and bagging up only fetch P11 a kilo which is bad for saying how much hard work they were putting in.