Siquijor is a small island in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines. You can reach it via Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. The island is popular because of its strong connection to beliefs related to mysticism, rituals and fictional strange creatures.
1. Enjoy the ride of your life.
The island is small that you can circumnavigate it in 5-6 hours. Near the port, you can talk to one of the locals and rent a motorbike. You can ask the owner what are the significant sites to see in the island. Don’t worry if you run out of fuel. You can see fuel on sale along the road. Make sure you have listened to the owner of the motorbike on the colour of the fuel that you need, the fiery red or the cool green. There are no traffic jams or rules in the island, but you have to be very cautious when driving because some portions of the highway are steep and may be dangerous when taking sharp turns. Wear your helmet, please!
In Lazi, find an old balete (fig) tree that towers over a lagoon, where you can get a free fish spa. Yes, it’s free! Fish spa is considered a luxury in the city but the island of Siquijor can offer it for free! Anchor yourself at the make-shift margins of the lagoon, submerge your feet in the water and wait for the fish to nibble and eat your calluses away. After an hour of free spa, you can finally prove that the best things in life are free.
For some quality time with yourself, you can visit and pray at the St Isidore Church. The stillness of everything makes the island a perfect getaway for meditations and self-talks.
The construction of the church commenced in 1857 and finished after 27 years. It’s made up of corals and hard woods. The church, with the convent at the other side of the street, is now declared as a historical landmark.
4. Be a Tarzan!
Not far from the Lazi Church is the sparkling Cambugahay Falls. In summer, its water becomes jade, in a way that excites everyone that could witness its splendour. It has several tiers that you can walk on. Be careful, though, as some parts are slippery. On the main basin of the waterfalls, a liana hangs over and usually made as a rope, which everyone can grab and use for jumping into the water. You can do the optional Tarzan shout here!
5. Get lost, but never take the wrong turn.
On the other side of the island is Salagdoong Forest. Be mesmerised while walking in the seemingly never-ending parade of light-brown trunks and yellow-green canopy. At the end of the road, you can take the plunge and cliff-dive at Salagdoong Beach. There is a proper technique of diving. Do it for fun but avoid injuries. It’s better going home unscathed.
6. Find Ana’s Tree.
While having the time of your life driving on the road, find Ana’s Tree. It looks like it has been transported to this side of the planet from other dimension. It looks like it has been designated as the gate to somewhere.
7. Enjoy white beach.
Everything, even time, seems to stop at the presence of stress and friction in one’s life. The island heals you in an unimaginable way that you cannot expect. You might find here the serenity that you have been clamouring for. The beach in the island is at its finest in front of the JJ’s Café and Backpacker’s.