The Most Alluring Tourist Spots in Siquijor
An island wrapped in mystery, Siquijor always comes off as creepy. A lot of people will tell you, if you don’t want to deal with the witches on the island’s mountainous areas, then never set foot in Siquijor.
But behind the spine-tingling, bone-chilling image people have painted of Siquijor, there lies a paradise that looks straight out of a fairy tale. If you have not been to Squijor, let the following list convince you to add it to your travel bucket list.
9 Tourist Spots in Siquijor You Must Visit
The moment you arrive at Siquijor’s docking port, you will immediately notice the placards put up by the government in an effort to attract tourists. Fortunately, it looks like everything has paid off, if the exponential growth of Siquijor’s popularity among tourists were to be considered.
Everyone who’s visited Siquijor will agree that it’s definitely a place to be. If you want to see its beauty for yourself but can’t quite figure out where to start, here are nine of the tourist spots in Siquijor you must stop by.
1. Century-Old Balete Tree and Fish Spa
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The old, majestic Century-Old Balete Tree is definitely worth a stop, if a cool shade under the scorching sun is what you’re looking for. And if after a good rest you want a quick refreshing dip, there’s the clear spring waters flowing from it that you will surely enjoy. Or enjoy a relaxing fish spa under the shades while drinking coconut juice you can buy nearby for a relatively low price.
2. Cambugahay Falls
If you’re looking for someplace the whole family can have a memorable time, make sure to visit the Cambugahay Falls. Many tourists frequent the area to see its pristine blue water, which is always at a temperature just perfect for a refreshing plunge. Aside from that, there are activities you can try, including the rope jumping they call Tarzan Swing, which seems to be a crowd favorite.
3. Salagdoong Beach
Is it a white-sand beach you’re seeking? If yes, then head to the Salagdoong Beach. The water in the area is so refreshing that you never want to immerse from it anymore. You can also cliff-dive from the top of a rock positioned in the middle of the beach for added thrill. If you too couldn’t get enough of the place that you feel the need to stay longer, worry not as there are a lot of cheap hotels nearby.
4. Cantabon Cave
Going on a spelunking expedition is not for the feeble heart, especially if you are to do it in Cantabon Cave of Siquijor. Prepare to get sweaty and dirty as you have to bend and crawl through the cave’s dark pass. Before you set out, remember to register the whole gang first at the barangay hall of Cantabon. If you fail to do so, you cannot take part in the hour-long once-in-a-lifetime cave exploration.
5. Capilay Spring Park
Unlike most springs where you have to trek for at least an hour, Capilay Spring Park in Siquijor requires no long trips, as it is located literally by the side of the road. You can even see it en route to the Century-Old Balete Tree. It’s a lovely place for an afternoon picnic or a cool swim in the natural spring waters.
6. Mt. Bandilaan National Park
If you want to experience nature at its best, Mt. Bandilaan National Park is where you should be. In fact, it’s one of the must-visit tourist spots in Siquijor and is located at its highest point. Climb a 148-step stairway and you will get a good view of the island, its pristine waters, and the horizon.
7. Lazi Church and Convent
Siquijor is a small island where nature and history collide. Aside from the pristine beaches and cool waterfalls, it also offers a look into Philippines’s history and ancient architecture. Built in 1887, the Lazi Church and its convent remain national landmarks that can only be found in the island of Siquijor.
8. St. Francis of Assisi Church
Siquijor is one of the best places to observe the Holy Week in the Philippines. The island has plenty of churches that even upon entering Siquijor, the first thing you’ll see is an old church—the St. Francis of Assisi Church. The sacred building has been standing for over two centuries now. Beside it is a bell tower and across, a religious house. It’s one of the active churches in Siquijor that people flock to for Catholic Sunday mass.
Indeed, everything in Siquijor is lovable—even the voodoo dolls sold on the sidewalks. If you could learn to look past the nightmare-inducing stories told about it, then you will see just how alluring this island province is. With the beautiful tourist spots in Siquijor, you won’t need a love potion to fall in love with the place. It is bewitching in itself.
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