Siquijor is an infamous place of dark magic, aswang, and witch doctors. I heard all of these stories when I was growing up. When I got the chance to travel to this tiny, secluded island I took it and booked a flight to Dumaguete. I knew very little about this place but its mystique piqued my curiosity. After arriving in Dumaguete, my friends and I went directly to the pier to book a boat ticket to Siquijor. The trip took 1 hour and 30 minutes. As soon as we arrived we hired a tricycle to go around the island.
|San Isidore Church|
|St. Francis of Assisi Church|
|St. Francis of Assisi|
Around Town in 4 Hours
Our next stop was the 400-year old Balete Tree. The Balete Tree is surrounded by mystery and stories that were told and retold. The oldest tree in Siquijor is said to be home to evil spirits and creatures that lurk in the night. But on a scientific level, the Banyan or Balete Tree preys on other trees till it's big enough to completely suck the life out of it. After snapping a few photos we were on our way to our next stop.
|Capilay Spring Park|
We took a short stop to Capilay Spring Park where locals and tourists alike can take a dip to douse the scorching heat of the sun. There is no entrance fee to this attraction.
Taking the Plunge in Cambugahay Falls
After seeing the locals and foreign tourists swinging on this vine, I decided to try it myself. It was a fun experience swinging and diving into the cool waters.
On a side note, our tricycle driver told us that there is one family of witch doctors that lives in the mountains.
Aside from these attractions there are also beautiful beaches, caves, and a mountain in Siquijor. You can easily go around the island on a tricycle or a rented motorbike for P250/day. The tricycle's price will depend on your negotiating skills.