Mysterious land of magic, sorcery and the unknown
Despite the subtitle, I must say that on my visit to this mellow and exotic island I didn’t experience anything even close to witchcraft or the occult during my short stay there. I merely wanted to bring this out at the start, since to many people just the name “Siquijor” conjures up all sorts of voodoo or magical thoughts and ideas. Many Philippine people won’t visit Siquijor fearing they might fall victim to some sort of strange curses, hexes or spells. Prior to leaving on my trip there, I mentioned to a few Philippine friends that I was going to visit Siquijor, and most looked at me strangely and sort of cautioned me about the potential “evil” I may encounter. Nonsense! LOL. Nothing stopped me from exploring this unique place, and I loved every minute I stayed there. See the following maps to get a feel for where this island is located…..
The easiest way to get to Siquijor is to fly into Dumaguete and then take a ferry boat to Siquijor. From the Dumaguete port it is just a 45 minute ride and costs about 150-200 pesos each way. When you get to the port in Siquijor, you are greeted by this sign…..
I bought my airline ticket from Manila to Dumaguete a month prior to my leaving, so I got a good price. The round trip ticket cost roughly 5000 pesos using Cebu Pacific Air. I have used them for all travel from Manila to other places in the Philippines, since they offer the best prices.
Now for whatever reason, I did not book my hotel until a week before my trip, because I thought there would be an abundance of rooms available in Siquijor. Normally there are plenty of vacancies in the several hotels and resorts there, but what I didn’t know was that the week I planned to visit was the first week of Chinese New Year, and there were lots of Chinese tourists packing into the island and everywhere else in the Philippines as well.
I wanted to get a hotel on the west side of the island in San Juan, because that is where the marine sanctuary is located with good snorkeling, and I also wanted to get good sunset photos over the sea there. When I Google searched for available rooms a week before my trip, all the rooms were booked in the San Juan area except for the very expensive Cocoa Grove Beach Resort. This place is spectacular and probably the finest beach resort on Siquijor, but it was too pricey for me. So, I had to settle for any place that had an available room, so I ended up staying at the Blue Wave Inn Resort right on the beach. It wasn’t too far north of San Juan, and it was actually a really nice hotel with very beautiful, well landscaped and well maintained grounds. The outside was very nice, but the rooms were just simple and plain. Room rates were about 1400 pesos per night, and it suited me just fine for my short visit.
Here are some pics of the Blue Wave Inn Resort grounds and open gazebo restaurant and staff…..
Here’s a little video clip taken in the front of the resort…..
Here’s a photo taken very early in the morning on the beach behind the resort…..
And some pics showing the beach behind the resort…..
And a quick clip by the beach during low tide…..
I visited Siquijor with an American buddy, and the day after we arrived and got settled into the hotel, we wanted to explore the island. Through the front desk receptionist at the hotel, we got a filipino driver with a van who agreed to take us for an all day trip around Siquijor. It was up to us as to where we wanted to go and how long we wanted to drive. Since I was interested primarily in seeing the island where it borders on the sea, I told the driver to drive us around the main road that circles the entire island. See the map below to view that road…..
We drove at a leisurely pace around Siquijor, and whenever I saw something interesting or saw a nice view out into the sea, I would ask the driver to stop so I could snap some photos. Here are some of the things we saw along our journey around this magical island…..
Next we stopped at the Coco Grove Beach Resort to view a little of the grounds there along with the beach. Out in the water beyond the beach there is the beginning of the marine sanctuary that offers excellent snorkeling. The strange and bizarre things you see at the bottom of the sea along with the fish swimming around makes for an intriguing snorkeling experience well worth a visit!
Along the way we stopped at a little park area that served food and drinks. It also had a small beach area with a large water slide that led right into the sea.
And a little clip…..
Another stop we made was by a huge banyan tree that was supposed to be several hundred years old. People would stop and park their cars there to go view the tree close up. There was a tiny open concession stand and souvenir shop right next to the tree. Among the things they sold there were some tiny colorfully painted voodoo dolls, so I had to buy 4-5 of them seeing that I was visiting this land of sorcery and evil spells! LOL Here are a few pics from that stop…..
While traversing this large circular highway around the perimeter of Siquijor Island, we stopped at various points where the views were rather interesting. Here are a few pics I snapped along the way…..
And a little clip of the ocean scenery…..
Well that finishes up my short visit to this clean and largely unspoiled island of the Philippines. Having viewed the entire perimeter of the island along the sea, I would estimate that 95% 0f the beachfront property was undeveloped and virgin. It’s a really great place to hang out at a beach for a few hours, since you can go anywhere along the coast and most likely you’ll be the only one by the water. There is just an overabundance of uninhabited beachfront property framing the entire island.
Despite not having seen any ghosts, witches, demons or any of those folklore things, my experiences on Siquijor were outstanding. It is a wonderful and beautiful, clean and fresh pristine and untainted island at the southern part of the Philippines. I highly recommend giving it a visit, since it’s pretty much a virgin island with hardly any tourists or commercialization. If you have any questions about this post, or should you like to send us a message, you may do so with the form at the bottom of this page. We will gladly answer any queries you may have! Thanks.