If you are listing your best tourist spots in the Philippines the island of Siquijor may not make it to your “best list” especially if you equate “best” with “most popular”. Lots of Filipinos are afraid to venture to this Visayan Island whose reputation is closely link to stories of enchantments, kababalaghan and encounters with not like ours. I too was hesitant when a friend whose roots was from the mystic island invited me to go to Siquijor many moons ago. But last year I finally made it to Isla del Fuego and am very happy to have done so. If I have the funds, I will go there again in a heartbeat. =)
There are many ways to have a cheap tour of Siquijor, for our group we availed of a tricycle countryside tour package. If we have chosen to visit the top tourist spots of Siquijor by public commute, we would probably save money but it would be at the cost of time. Time, unfortunately we did not have much of when we went for our 2D/1N vacation in the smallest island province in Region 7.
We only stayed overnight in a white beach resort in the island, Salagdoong in Sta Maria. On our way back to the pier, we continued on with our countryside tour.
For many years, local tourists from other provinces shy away from visiting the tiny island of Siquijor. Blame the stories that for years gets pass from one person to the next which effectively shrouds this Visayan island in mystery. Who would want to plan to get to a province where everywhere you turn, your elders will caution you and tell you scary stories of witchcraft and magic? TV stations also release ‘specials’ and documentaries that bombards you with images of folk healers trooping to Siquijor’s forests in search of herbs and amulets during Holy Week.
Siquijor Tour Series: An Overnight Stay in a White Sand Beach Resort
The local government of Siquijor manages a public resort. Are you surprise? Yep they do and what’s even more awesome is that the government-owned and managed resort Salagdoong Beach Resort and Hotel Agripino sits on prime white sand beach property in the town of Maria.
To get there at Salagdoong Resort and Hotel Agripino, you will be passing through Salagdoong Forest, a large area planted with Mahogany trees. I imagine its a bit creepy if you walk the whole stretch at dusk. Hehe 😎
Salagdoong Forest at Day Time
Siquijor Tour Series: Sixth Stop, Day 2 Chasing Waterfalls
Siqujior in the Philippines is home to amazing natural wonders; no wonder Lonely Planet recommends this island in the Visayas Region to adventurers including backpackers who plan to visit the country. Visiting Isla del Fuego means you have to brace yourself and be ready to make a choice especially if you are planning a day trip or an overnight trip only. Lucky you if you are spending 3D/2N or longer for you’ll have more time to explore the entirety of the island and experience its unique character.