Siquijor Island has a ton of charm. Not only is the island full of beautiful natural attractions including caves, waterfalls, and beaches, but it is also known for magic and sorcery.
Siquijor is has a number of festivals and celebrations that focus on healing. It’s a mysterious aspect of the local culture, and one that attracts many curious visitors. From natural beauty to mystery and magic, here are the things you can’t miss.
1. Visit the Enchanted Balete Tree
The Balete tree is 400 years old and is an important part of many sacred rituals conducted by the local shaman. While you won’t be taking part in any magic rituals, you can sit and put your feet in the pool at the base of the tree where you can get a ‘fish pedicure’; the fish will eat the dead skin off your feet.
2. The Siquijor Butterfly Sanctuary
In Larena town you will find a 200 square meter butterfly sanctuary that is home to more than 20 species of butterflies. Not only is it a beautiful place to visit, but your entrance fee will also go towards educating the local youth on biodiversity and preservation.
3. Cambuhagay Falls
Perhaps the best known falls in Siquijor, the Cambuhagay falls are incredibly scenic, but do involve a step hike. There are three tiered waterfalls and a Tarzan-type vine to swing and splash into the water. Though it is often monitored by local kids who will try to charge you to do this.
4. Lugnason Falls
The Philippines are known for their stunning waterfalls and Lugnason Falls definitely deserves a visit. Legend says that the falls were once dry but after being blessed by a shaman became what they are today. The falls are beautiful and the pool at the bottom is perfect for swimming.
5. Salagdoong Beach
Siquijor has some stunning beaches and even most locals agree that Salagdoon Beach is the best. Beautiful sand, warm water for swimming, and great views. Plus, you can go cliff diving or slide down one of the natural waterslides in the rocks. We also listed it as one of the top 101 best beaches in Philippines.
6. Kugusuan Beach
Another hidden beach offering stunning views and a great swimming area is Kugusuan Beach. You may need some help finding it, but once you arrive you will be rewarded with one of the most idyllic beaches in Siquijor.
7. Paliton Beach
Flickr Credit: J. P. Leo Castillo
Another great beach on Siquijor is Paliton Beach which is actually quite hidden and easy to bypass. Paliton Beach is located near San Juan town and has a soft stretch of sand and clear waters perfect for snorkeling, so bring your gear!
8. Tubod Marine Sanctuary
A great place to spend the day and kayak, swim, or snorkel. Being a marine sanctuary, there is obviously plenty of sea life to see. Just remember to be cautious; don’t touch marine life, don’t step on the corals, and don’t collect any shells. You can also check out our guide to scuba diving Siquijor.
9. Guiwanon Spring Park
Another sanctuary, Guiwahon Spring Park is made up of bamboo bridges and walkways spanning over the mangroves. You’ll get to see some local species as well as some beautiful views out over the ocean.
10. Cantabon Cave
If you are an adventure junkie, then head to Cantabon Cave for some spelunking. The cave is located 800m below ground and takes about 20 minutes to descend. From there, a guided tour will take you around this otherworldly landscape.
11. Kanheron Ranch
This wild west themed spot is a favourite for those who are interested in the cowboy culture. It’s like an old western movie come to life. You can pop in and take a look around, or join the hour long guided tour of the museum which features a number of western artefacts.
12. Marelle’s Underwater World Museum
You’ll only need about an hour to visit this ocean-themed museum, but it’s an interesting place to visit. A massive collection of shells, corals, and crabs along with exhibitions pertaining to the island’s fishing culture can all be found here.
13. Saint Isidore de Labrador Church and the Lazi Convent (Lazi Church)
One of the most elaborate churches in the Philippines, Lazi Church is a national landmark and a candidate to be named as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
14. St. Francis of Assisi Church
A historic landmark on the island, this church dates back to 1774 and is built in the old colonial style. The bell tower is actually located beside the church, rather than being attached to it, suggesting it was used as a watch tower.
15. Take a Day Trip to Apo Island
If you love marine life and snorkeling or diving, then try to arrange a day trip to the nearby Apo Island. It is a marine sanctuary and home to hundreds of friendly sea turtles. While you are not allowed to touch, they will let you get quite close to them. Apo is one of the best places to visit in Philippines, so don’t miss it.
16. Explore by Motorbike
Siquijor is a beautiful island with lots of hidden treasures (including some great beaches). One of the best things to do on this island is rent a scooter and just explore on your own. You never know what you may find!
How to Get to Siquijor
To get to Siquijor island you will have to get a ferry from either Dumaguete or Tagbilaran. The ferry will to Siquijor Port where you can hire a tricycle to take you into town.
If you are looking to discover a beautiful island in the Philippines with a little bit of mystery and maybe even some magic, then come to Siquijor.