The mystical Siquijor Island has always been on the list for travel bugs. It’s affordable, accessible, and you can buy love potions (joke!). The island has always been known for many as a place you don’t want to mess with, given that there were hearsay about witchcraft and all but hey! Siquijor is a lot more than that!
Siquijor island is the 3rd smallest province in the Philippines. It was known as Isla del fuego (land of fire) because the island always has a mystical glow at night due to hundreds of fireflies swarmingaround trees.
There were a lot of things to do and a lot of places to visit. Here’s my short list for you.
Siquijor Church, St. Francis of Assisi. Every tourist that comes off the port of Siquijor won’t miss this church. It’s the one that’s practically right outside the port and welcomes every tourist that sets foot on the island. It’s the oldest church of the island constructed in 1781, made up of coral stone and used to have a Nipa roof.
Capilay Spring Park. On our way to Salagdoong, we stopped by to Capilay Spring Park in San Juan, Siquijor. It’s a park with a public pool developed by their local government. The flowing water comes from mountain springs flowing down towards the sea. They came up with an idea of cementing the area to make it looked like a pool. It’s free for everyone who wants to have a quick dip to enjoy the natural cold spring and beat the heat in the unwinding road trip tour around the island.
Enchanted Balete Tree. Experience unlimited fish spa for only 5.00 php! Yes, you heard it right, compared to pricey fish spa sessions, you can stay as long as you like and enjoy the experience under the shades of a mystical Balete tree.
Church of Lazi. Another beautiful historical structure located in Lazi, Siquijor. Lazi church was built by Augustinian priests on 1857 and finished around 1884. Same with the Siquijor Church, it was made of coral stones and it’s the only church in Siquijor that has preserved its original wooden floors.
The Lazi Convent. Just right across the Lazi Church of Siquijor stands the Lazi convent. It has been considered at a point to be the largest convent in the archipelago. As to this day the lower grounds are used by the locals as their classrooms.
Cambugahay Falls. A very refreshing waterfall, with no entrance/environmental fee whatsoever. You’ll just have to pay for parking based on the vehicle your driving, and that’s it. You’ll be accompanied by a guide to go down to the waterfall from the highway and it’s up to you if you’ll provide a tip. (A guide though is not actually necessary).
Salagdoong Beach. This is by far the cleanest beach I’ve been to around the island! You can enjoy cliff diving if you’re on the adventurous side too. The place has rooms where you can stay overnight and small cottages if you’re planning for a day tour. There’s a restaurant too, but everyone’s allowed to bring their own food. 🙂
Bruce Resort. The place where we stayed for a night. It looks like normal bahay-kubo but wait until you see the complete amenities of the house. You can even cook! Ventilation was great, and the price was very reasonable.
Dagsa Restobar. Right across Bruce Resort is a great restaurant buzzed by a lot of tourists on the island. The place has a combination of somewhat Mexican and Filipino vibe. They’re famous for their native and seafood dishes served any time of the day.
Mark and Peck Souvenirs. I don’t want to go home without any tokens from this beautiful island for my friends in Cebu. We stop by this souvenir shop that almost have everything; from the famous Siquijor’s voodoo doll key chains up to the love potions. haha!
These are just some of the places that you can go and check out on the island, they have firefly watching, caves to check out, chill out resorts to stay, mountain tour to conquer. Countless things to do for just a day. 🙂
*You may be confused with the tourist trap connotation. I know it has been used to places luring tourist and their money, but Siquijor is a tourist trap in a sense that you may not want to go back after visiting Siquijor, the cost of living is veru manageable, the people are great, and the beach is priceless!