Siquijor has magic, in heaps of it.
The famed and feared island of Siquijor- known for its shamans, folk healers and sorcerers- is almost a taboo to Filipinos. Ask anyone, and you will probably get a fair chance to be warned to stay well away. They cannot be blame since this island is almost always mentioned in stories related to supernatural and black magic.
What are often missed out on stories are the natural and magical wonders that are scattered all over this island.
If you’re planning to visit this island soon, check out our list of top ten places to visit in Siquijor:
1. Salagdoong Beach – Siquijor is a coralline island blessed with stunning beaches. Salagdoong is one of them. There is big rock on its shores that’s ideal for cliff jumping for those adrenaline junkies.
2. Coco Grove – They got the best sunsets. After a day of frolicking in the turquoise waters of this island paradise, nothing beats lounging on the beach over a cold beer with the view of the setting sun over the the Bohol Sea.
3. Cambugahay Falls – Near the main road in Lazi town is this tiered waterfall. Tucked in the midst of lush forest, this secluded waterfall will surely cool down weary travelers with its clean and refreshing waters.
Photo Credits (Wikimedia Commons): Cambugahay Falls by PeterVSanchez
4. Mount Bandliaan Nature Park – It is also called Malabahoc. It has an elevation of 2,060 feet making it the highest point of the island. On a clear day, the neighboring islands of Dumaguete and Cebu can be seen from this point. From the roadside, it takes a few minutes of trek to ascend to the marker, three crosses. There is also a park complete with swings and seesaws (teeter-totter.)
5. Lazi Convent & St. Isidore de Labrador Church – One of the bigger churches in this island. Across the street is the convent that is the largest in all of Asian Region.
Photo Credits (Wikimedia Commons): St. Isidore de Labrador Church by CarmeloBayarcal
6. St. Francis De Asisi Church – A very picturesque old church in the middle of the town of Siquijor.
Photo Credits (Wikimedia Commons): St. Francis De Asisi Church by SieNash
7. Maria Church – Enshrined in this old church is an interesting statue of Santa Rita de Cascia. Her left hand holds a crucifix; a skull on her right and a grim look on her face.
8. Cantabon Cave – For the adventurers, a hike to this cave is a must. There are stalactites, stalagmites and a pool of cool water -ideal for swimming- inside the cave.
9. Capilay Spring Park – One of the better alternative to hitting the beach, incase you suffer a beach overload since there’s just so many of them, is a visit to this park in the middle of San Juan town- 25 kilometers from Siquijor town. It has a pool filled with fresh, cool and crystal clean water. It is surrounded by lush greens. And it’s free for the public.
10. Triad Café – it is located in Larena, 10 kilometers outside of Siquijor town. It sits on top of a hill and has a sweeping view of the island and, on a cloudless day, even nearby islands. It is probably the best place to catch a Siquijor sunrise. Halo-Halo is one of their specialties. Perfect way to cool down a day of sunbathing or chasing waterfalls.
Siquijor turned out to be charming and not scary at all. It had cast a spell on me that turned me to an instant believer, not of its shamans and sorcerers but of its sheer beauty. Like a devotee, I vow to return to this island next time with no more skepticism but only excitement.
Have you been to Siquijor? Feel free to share your tips and recommendations.