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Siquijor: a tourist trap

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.Β  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. πŸ™‚

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Bruce Resort. The place where we stayed for a night.Β  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.

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Dagsa Restobar.Β 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. πŸ™‚

*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!

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    Adrenaline Romance
    November 27, 2016 at 1:17 am

    It’s really strange but we haven’t been to Siquijor even though it’s near Cebu. We should put this in our bucket list for 2017.

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      kris
      November 27, 2016 at 6:05 am

      I’ve been there twice and the place never failed to still amaze me! Visit Siquijor real soon na dayon..hehe

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    Jomar Lipon
    October 30, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    I love the pictures you’ve got.. PIla gasto tanan ngadto sa Siquijor? It’s make me wanna go there..

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    EG III
    October 27, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Great spin on the title at the end. That looks like one tourist trap I wouldn’t mind checking out πŸ™‚ I grew up in a place full of fireflies in the summers so to see that again would take me all the way back to my childhood.

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    sher
    October 19, 2016 at 4:36 am

    never been! it sure looks beautiful πŸ™‚ i hope to visit the phillippines someday.

    Sher
    http://www.shershegoes.com

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    Richie Bunalos
    October 18, 2016 at 9:06 am

    touring Siquijor is one of my travel plans that never materializes…. I wanna go there now

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    Rome of Basta Bisaya
    October 17, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    I’ve been to Siquijor once. Siguro if you ask me which one is my favorite, I have to answer the Cambugahay Falls. Kapoy og lakaw going there pero sulit kaayo! Nindot unta maligo but when I was there, nagdali mi. πŸ™

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      kris
      October 17, 2016 at 11:08 pm

      Kurog kaau sa legs but worth it pag abot sa falls. πŸ™‚

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    Kerri
    October 17, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Looks awesome – love love love the falls. Could quite easily hang out here for a while. Thanks for all the info on this place. Hadn’t heard of it before.

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    rowthe
    October 16, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    what resort can u recommend for overnight stay?

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      kris
      October 17, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      We stayed at Bruce Resort during our visit. πŸ™‚

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    Vyjay
    October 16, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Siquijor looks so picturesque and surreal. I have to add this to the ever increasing list of islands in the Philippines that I have got to visit some day. The island has a dreamlike quality which seems to pull me like a magnet.

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      kris
      October 17, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      I hope you can visit real soon. πŸ™‚

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    Ramzy
    October 16, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Gorgeous place and gorgeous shots! I also saw Pam of heymissadventures.com’s post about Siquijor and was just smitten with the place. Specially that magical looking fish spa pool with the giant Balete tree!

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      kris
      October 17, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      Thank you! The fish spa under the mystical Balete tree is a must try! πŸ™‚

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    hannafrej
    October 15, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Oh Siquijor! I was supposed to go there last summer but had to cancel because my friends and I were pissed off of the Dumaguete port staff. We arrived there at 5 AM but then we were still unable to get tickets at 12 NN. Hopefully, I can finally visit soon. πŸ™‚

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      kris
      October 16, 2016 at 12:59 am

      Awwe! That was not a good experience but I hope you can visit Siquijor soon! πŸ™‚

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    Rea Alducente
    October 13, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    I really want to go to Siquijor one day. I still have to drag my friends with me. Haha. That photo of the church is always a hit because everyone who has been to Siquijor has a photo there. Hehe. I heard they also have the best place for sunsets. Soon I will visit. πŸ™‚

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      Kriswanders
      October 15, 2016 at 1:21 am

      I hope you can visit real soon, ms, rea. πŸ™‚

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    Kristine Redillas
    October 13, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    WOAH THERE! That balete tree is humungous! I only know Siquijor as a province in Visayas and the land of mystical tales and wonder. I love everything you shared! My fave is the waterfalls! Is it really that blue? Mother Nature is always amazing!

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    Natalie Tanner
    October 13, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    That tree looks HUGE!! Do you have any idea how old it might be? I’ve heard of fish spas….isn’t that where the fish nibble? How was it? It sounds a little creepy but would be a fun experience!

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      Kriswanders
      October 15, 2016 at 1:22 am

      It’s a century old Balete tree. πŸ™‚

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    Teresa Dumadag
    October 13, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Nice white sand beach! I have been there yet. Would be lovely to bring my family here in the future. I like your photos, too. πŸ™‚

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      Kriswanders
      October 15, 2016 at 1:22 am

      Thanks, Teresa!

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    Diana - MVMTblog
    October 13, 2016 at 1:32 am

    Did you like the fish spa? I’ve heard all about them but never done one myself, and not sure how I’d like the feeling. Beautiful photos, and I hope I have the chance to visit one day!

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      kris
      October 17, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      The fish spa was indeed worth the try, I hope you can visit real soon. πŸ™‚

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    Carola K
    October 12, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    I love the ‘Welcome to Siquijor’ photo. It already looks so nice. I love the public pool. Would love to take swim there right now haha. The Cambugahay Falls are stunning. I definitely want to visit these. The Philippines has so many amazing places. If I can ever go, I shuld really take the time to visit lots of places!

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    Melissa Un
    October 12, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Waaaa!! Cambugahay Falls please ???? everything looks gorgeous, no wonder everyone has this place on their list. This is a very helpful guide. Thank you!

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    Wandering Soul Scamper
    October 12, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    I have been to Siquijor and this post made me wanna come back. We never had a chance to visit the Church of Lazi though. I miss the spring-filled swimming pools in San Juan too.

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    Mica
    October 12, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    I love everything you you shared in this post. The Salagdoong Beach is just beautiful, no words. And that 5 pesos fish spa? It’s like close to being free! Thanks for the lovely photos.

    Mica β₯ There’s More To Mica

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    Sam
    October 12, 2016 at 11:41 am

    I was wondering why it was called tourist trap? Haha because usually that’s a negative connotation more commonly used in Boracay, etc. Usually to place that’s passe, because of the high traffic of tourists and expensive cost of living. Still, Siquijor is my go-to place. I’ve been to Antique and loved its quiet charms!

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      Kriswanders
      October 13, 2016 at 4:17 am

      A tourist trap not in a sense that the place is luring tourist and robbed their money due to high cost of living. It’s actually the opposite, a trap in a sense that would make people stay for a long time. πŸ™‚

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    El Mundo
    October 12, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Wow! Kris! This is such an amazing place. Reading your blog feels like I am with you lurking around the island. I haven’t been here, but seeing your amazing photos made me feel that I have to go to this place SOON!.

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    Alyssa Tuangco
    October 12, 2016 at 10:47 am

    This is a great list! The Capilay Spring Park is a genius one, making it look like a pool plus it’s free! Buti pa jan 5 pesos lang fish spa, busog na busog na siguro mga fish hehe πŸ™‚

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      kris
      October 17, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      Right! Super cheap compared to fish spas s mga malls..:)

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