I just felt the urge to blog about my previous travels. So I decided to write about our short but enchanting trip in Siquijor.
Never did it cross my mind to visit Siquijor. Probably because I know little about the place and it has a known reputation for witch craft and black magic. This could also be the same reason why it’s not frequented by tourist before. ( my assumption only )
Then Siquijor started to attract tourist like magnets. It’s mystical charm, pristine beaches and natural wonders were just waiting to be explored. So to Siquijor we went! I did not realize how excited I was until the day of our trip. We were all ready to uncover the island’s beautiful mystery!
From the South Bus Terminal – Cebu, we took a bus bound to Liloan, Santander. The ride lasted for 3-4 hours and the fare cost 160 – 200 Php. Though the travel time was a bit long, it was bearable. Good friends make long trips a little less boring. ( or may be a lot ).
Then from Liloan port, we got on a ferry boat to Sibulan. It cost us around 80 Php that covers terminal fee and boat fare. If you find yourself hungry after that long bus trip, Liloan port has a cafeteria that serves home-cooked meals. Travel time is more or less 30 minutes.
From Sibulan port, we rode a tricycle to Robinson’s Dumaguete to shop for some food. They say it’s wiser to buy and cook your own food while in Siquijor. After our short stop at Robinson’s, we rode a jeepney to Dumaguete port. Fare is 11-15 Php.
Our boat ride to Siquijor wasn’t a smooth one, the weather was a little moody. Drops of rain started to fall and the wind started to blow a little harder. Big waves started to hit our boat, it felt like we were on a paper boat that would tear up soon. Our head felt lighter and i wanted to puke! With no candies in our pockets to somehow relieve the feeling of throwing up what we ate for lunch, we decided to sleep for the rest of our trip. ( which was short by the way but felt like hours ).
After that short battle with nature, we finally arrived safe and without a single bruise ( yehey! ). Just steps away from the island’s port, you’ll have a peak of what to expect, unspoiled beauty of nature, pure bliss!
WELCOME TO SIQUIJOR!
The best way and the most common means of transportation in Siquijor is a tricycle. So we rented one for us to find a place to stay. Yes! You’re right. We did not booked ahead for our accommodation thinking that it’s off season. Unfortunately, we were all wrong, most of the resorts were fully booked, bummer! But we did not fret, we were confident enough that we will find a perfect place. And so it did happen! Casa De La Playa rescued us!
After we settled in our lovely little hut by the beach, we started our tour in the mystic island!
Here are some of the top tourist spots in Isla Del Feugo:
1. Salagdoong Beach – This unspoiled public beach is frequented by locals and tourist for swimming and cliff diving. The water is so clear you can see the corals and school of fish. During our visit, the place was still being developed.
2. Lazi Convent – Known as Asia’s largest and oldest convent. Across this convent is the Lazi Church. You’ll know that the place is full of history just by looking at it.
3. St. Isidore de Labrador Church or Lazi Church – This old church still holds mass on a regular basis. A church-convent tour is also possible. If you have time and want to experience the tranquility of the place, ask someone who can assist you on how to take the tour.
4. Cambuhagay Falls – It’s hard to miss this falls because of the huge sign (which is a good thing). This place is one of my fave. The cold water is so inviting. For those who knows how to swim and like a little adrenaline rush, you can try the Tarzan jump.
5. Capilay Spring Park – When we stopped at this place, I asked ” What are we doing in a park?”. Then whoah! there’s a cold spring in the middle of the park, Literally! At that time, there was less visitors, probably because the weather is already cold for a day swim. With no fee, Calipay Spring park is a favorite among locals.
6. The Old Balete Tree – A balete tree is commonly known to be a dwelling place of supernatural – mystic creature. It was a little eerie being in the place but it’s worth a visit. Try dipping your feet in the little pool, small fishes will nibble your dead skin and will tickle you.
This trip taught me that Siquijor is a beautiful place, peaceful and enchanting. Now, this island is one of my fave place. It’s definitely on my “To Return” list. — misswolf01
“You get educated by travelling” – Solange Knowles
Oh yeah! Another trip in less than a month after wandering around Manila – Tagaytay. Life is short, travel as much as you can. 🙂
Unlike my Tagaytay trip, this time I didn’t do much. No stressing over where to stay, what to do and what site to visit. My friend did all that, whew! Thank God I got a friend who’s a wanderlust! 🙂 All I needed to do was wait for our scheduled trip, sit back and relax.
( Oops, maybe I did a little stressing on “what clothes to buy for our trip”. )
So we booked a flight to Legazpi instead of getting a direct flight to Naga City. Why? Because it’s way more cheaper! ( Remember that we’re all about budget travel ). Travel time from Legazpi to Naga is approximately 3 – 4 hours. If you can’t take long hour rides and shedding some extra moolah isn’t a problem, then by all means, go book a direct flight to Naga. ( Bus Fare – 160 Php )
We stayed at Sampaguita Tourist Inn in Naga, the branch near the river banks. We got the familly room for 1,200 Php for a night. Don’t expect too much from this hotel. I can’t think of any good thing to say about this place except that it’s cheap, or maybe we can take into consideration its proximity to the van terminal, the airport and the mall.
The next morning was the most anticipated. We left the hotel around 4 in the morning and headed to the van terminal in front of SM City Naga. We took the van going to Sabang Port. Travel time from Naga to Sabang Port is approximately 2 hours and van fare is around 100-120 Php.
We arrived at Sabang Port before 7 am. I guess we were a little early as the boat was scheduled to leave at 8 am. Travel time from port to Caramoan is about 2 hours, depending on the weather. ( Boat Fare – 120 -150 Php )
Finally, we arrived at Caramoan Island! Such a beauty!! We stayed at Rex Tourist Inn and booked their 2 days 1 night package that includes full board meals and island hopping for Php 1,800.00 / head. It’s a pretty good deal, plus we got the chance to meet some of the contestants of Survivors Holland!
So let the FUN begin! Here’s our travel photo. Caramoan is indeed world-class and at par with the beaches of Phuket, Thailand. ( My blog, my say!) lol