Known for its traditional folk healing, rumored active practice of black magic, and presence of mystical beings, Siquijor is one of the smallest provinces in the Philippines with only six municipalities, namely: Enrique Villanueva, Larena, Lazi, Maria, San Juan and Siquijor. Its mystic charm, fine, white sand beaches, historical churches, and alluring waterfalls have made it a booming tourist destination in Central Visayas.

Gone are the days when tourists hesitate to explore Siquijor because of false impressions and sensationalized witchcraft stories. Today, a visit to the enchanting province is a once-in-a-lifetime vacation experience.


What To Do
Siquijor has a lot to offer tourists. Whether you find beach-bumming pleasurable or you are into trying adrenaline-pumping activities such as trekking, cliff diving or spelunking, the province will win your heart.


Feel the eeriness of the ancient Balete tree.
Visit one of the most famous Balete trees in the country. Situated in Barangay Campalanas, Lazi, Siquijor, it is more than 400 years old and is big enough that you need to literally walk around its trunk to be able to fully explore it. It is 20 meters high, with  long and huge roots draped around its gigantic trunk. Balete trees are believed to be the home of supernatural beings and a place where sorcery rituals are conducted. However, the locals of Siquijor believe that the tree brings luck to their province and that the water at the foot of tree is miraculous and can heal sicknesses.


Head to Salagdoong Beach and jump off from its cliff.
Salagdoong beach in Maria, Siquijor is one of the cleanest and most charismatic public beaches you will ever see. By just paying an entrance fee of P15, you have the privilege of enjoying its white sand beach and seeing a variety of fishes. If you are looking for a more daring activity, diving from its cliff, which is about 15 to 20-feet high, is a must-try.


Trek and experience the refreshing waters of Cambugahay Falls.
If you are up for a short trek, head to Cambugahay falls, just two kilometers outside the municipality of Lazi. Taking 150 steps down, you will be welcomed with clear waters that will certainly entice you to take a dip. A long rope attached to a tree where swimmers can swing from before jumping into the waters is a tourist favorite


Explore the interesting Lazi Church. 
Lazi Church, the old Spanish settlement in the province, was built with sea stones and wood in 1857. It gained popularity because of its historical convent, which is one of the biggest and the oldest in the country. In 2012, the church was declared by the National Museum of the Philippines as a National Cultural Treasure.


Shop for potions, charms and other concoctions.
If you're keen and curious to discover the quirky side of Siquijor, shop for charms, amulets, potions and concoctions made by the locals. Potion-making is still highly practiced in the province and locals still strongly believe in their efficacy. The concoctions make them feel better, the charms bring them luck, and the love potions arouse passionate love and attraction.  


Relax at Coco Grove Resort’s long stretch of white sand beach.
For laid-back travelers, a day spent at the Coco Grove Resort will surely be a hit. Coco Grove Beach Resort will offer you privacy, exclusivity, and complete relaxation close to nature. The resort is so calm and quiet that you can just rest all day in your hammock, read a book along the shoreline, or drink a wine while waiting for the sunset at their sunset bar in the middle of the sea. If you are looking for other activities to do, the resort offers other activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, windsurfing, speedboat rides, bird watching and spelunking among others.


How to Get There
The Island of Siquijor is accessible via Dumaguete. Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines fly regularly to Dumaguete City. From Dumaguete City Sibulan Airport, head to Dumaguete Port to take a one-hour ferry ride to Siquijor Island. Fare is P160.

Getting around the province is easy and cheap. Habal-habal and tricycles are available almost everywhere.
 
Where to stay
With the sudden influx of tourists, there is now a wide variety of accommodations in Siquijor to choose from depending on your budget. Here are some of the well-established accommodations in the province:


Coco Grove Beach Resort
Address    :    Tubod, San Juan, Siquijor Island, Philippines
Website    :    www.cocogrovebeachresort.com
Email        :    cocogroveresort@yahoo.com
Contact no.    :    (+63) 915 253 5130 / (+63) 939 915 5123

Salamangka Beach and Dive Resort
Address    :    Siquijor Circumferential Rd, San Juan, 6225 Siquijor
Website    :    www.salamangkaresort.com
Email        :    info@salamangkaresort.com
Contact no.    :    (+63) 917 588 6873

Salagdoong Beach Resort
Address    :    Siquijor Olang, Maria, Siquijor
Website    :    www.siquijor.gov.ph/salagduong
Email        :    tourismsiquijor@yahoo.com
Contact no.    :    (+63) 910 200 2552

Coral Cay Resort
Address    :    Solangon, San Juan, Siquijor
Website    :    www.coralcayresort.com
Email        :    coralcayresort@yahoo.com
Contact no.    :    (+63) 919 269 1269

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