When Siquijor is mentioned, most people think of frightening stories about ghosts and ghouls. But when you first step foot on Siquijor, you will only see an island with lots of tourist attractions to offer from natural spring waters, white sand beaches and more. Below are 8 tourist spots in Siquijor every traveler should see.
Capilay’s Spring Park
Capilay is a natural spring water in San Juan. The free flowing water comes from the trees surrounded by rocks. The spring is cemented to make it look like a pool. It’s open to the public and you can swim for free. There are also tables and chairs where you can hangout or relax. Capilay Spring Park is clean and well-maintained. You can even see lots of fish swimming in the spring.
The Old Enchanted Balete Tree
The Enchanted Balete Tree is centuries old and is a source of natural spring water. The best part of visiting this place is the fish spa. It’s like one of those offered in malls but this is more relaxing because of the place and the fact that it’s natural.
The spring is also used to supply water for the rice fields.
Cambugahay Falls is like a hidden paradise since you need to go down a stair with 135 steps. This place has no entrance fee but there’s a 20 Pesos parking fee. There are also tour guides that you can pay for 20 to 50 pesos. You can decline them if you don’t need tour guides but sometimes they’re really insistent.
Lazi Church and Convent
The Lazi Church was built by the Augustinian Recollects in the 19th century.
The Lazi Convent is made of indigenous coral stones and local hard wood.
Salagdoong Beach offers a 20 ft cliff jump for those who want a scary but fun experience. It’s also a great place for snorkeling. You can see lots of different fishes swimming even in the shallow part of the sea. Make sure to bring your goggles when you visit the place!
Guiwanon Spring Park Resort
Guiwanon Spring Park Resort is also a mangrove sanctuary. Wooden foot bridges were created for the resort to be accessed. There are rooms available for those who want to stay. In the middle of the mangroves is a small spring where children sometimes swim.
The sand in Paliton Beach is really white and powdery. The water is crystal clear and the place is also very clean. The beach still looks unspoiled and not very touristy.
Solangon Beach has a long stretch of white sand which is great for walking and for viewing the sunset or sunrise. One of the best places to stay in Solangon Beach is Coral Cay Resort.
Dumanhog Beach has a really really wide stretch of white sand. It’s great for walking, jogging or just relaxing. The water here is also clean and crystal clear.
Useful Tips to Remember
1) Siquijor has fixed tariff rates. The rates are displayed on the port so be sure to check them.
2) Just like riding a taxi, get the plate number of the tricycle before hopping in.
3) If you hired a tricycle for touring, always bring your valuables with you. Don’t leave them in the tricycle to avoid theft.
If you’re looking for a trustworthy tour guide, you may contact Mang Romy at his phone number 09264509483. You can hire his tricycle for 1000 pesos.
Siquijor is just a small island an you can tour it for one day. But if you wish to stay in each tourist attraction longer, you’ll need a few more days. Be safe and have fun!