Siquijor is a tiny island province in the Philippines located in Central Visayas Region abundant in beautiful tourist spots. There are so many things to do in the island like swimming and snorkeling into its white sand beaches. Cliff jumping in its famous falls or dive into its marine sanctuary. Visit the century old tree or its heritage sites. It is possible to visit all these in a day or two.
Siquijor is also a known place of magic and sorcery. Many people believed that witchcraft and witches including healers are present in the island, it’s for you to believe it or not. This is perhaps one of the reasons why people visit or avoid the island. Nevertheless, tourism in the province is still growing making a voice that reaches most of the travelers in the Philippines and other countries.
Out of this world mysteries may be associated with Siquijor but the best things to do are be kind and respect its residents. Planning to visit the island so soon? Check this list of tourist spots in Siquijor you may want to consider visiting.
10 Best Tourist Spots in Siquijor
1. Salagdoong Beach
Salagdoong Beach is one of the best tourist spots in Siquijor. It is a white pebble beach with crystal clear waters and a favorite weekend getaway for locals and tourists in the province. The main attraction of the beach is the cliff diving. There are 2 diving platforms in the beach, the 20 feet high and the 35 feet high. Many courageous visitors really do cliff diving. There is also a slide going down to the beach, a must-try. Other things to do includes swimming, snorkeling and kayaking.
Salagdoong Beach is located in Barangay Olang, Maria, Siquijor.
2. Kagusuan Beach
Kagusuan Beach is an undeveloped, quiet and uncrowded beach in Siquijor. A beautiful white sand beach with alluring clear waters. Rock formations can also be sighted and there are no resorts, toilets, cottages just the beach, sand, rock formations and trees. People prefer to drop by here to relax and have some time swimming. You could have the entire beach yourselves. Warning signs or your guides will probably ask you to take care of your personal belongings since thieves are sometimes present in the beach.
Kagusuan Beach is located in Barangay Lilo-An, Maria, Siquijor.
3. Cambugahay Falls
Cambugahay Falls is one of the most popular tourist spots in Siquijor. It takes more than a hundred of steps from the entrance to reach this small paradise in the province. It’s a multi-layered falls with refreshing waters and a wide basin. Swing on a vine and let go of it as you are approaching near the basin of the falls, that’s the most fun thing to do. One can also just jump on a natural jumping platform. You can also find a nice spot for a waterfalls massage or enjoy swimming with families or friends.
Cambugahay Falls is located in Barangay Kinamandagan, Lazi, Siquijor.
4. Capilay Spring Park
Capilay Spring Park is probably the most popular park among the residents of Siquijor. It has a long spring pool located at the center of the park where residents love to plunge especially during summer. Beside the pool are the benches and trees that gives good shade from the blazing sun. Tourists may just visit the place to have some brief sights of the park but residents do love to go here and stroll in the afternoon.
Capilay Spring Park is located in San Juan, Siquijor.
5. Tubod Marine Sanctuary
Tubod Marines Sanctuary is a 7 hectares of teeming corals and marine biodiversity. This is one of the best snorkeling and dive sites in Siquijor situated just in front of a resort, Coco Grove Beach Resort. It is not necessary to stay on the resort just to experience this underwater world, a small fee is collected and snorkeling gears are available. Though almost everywhere in the sanctuary marine life abounds, spots near the buoys or anchored floats are the recommended spots to start with. One can reach the buoys using a kayak.
Tubod Marine Sanctuary is located in San Juan, Siquijor.
6. Paliton Beach
Paliton Beach is another secluded white sand beach in Siquijor known as the “Little Boracay” of the province. Many would say that of all the beaches in the province, this one is the best. The shore is being line with coconut trees and the sea water is crystal clear. The beach also gives a panoramic view to the nearby Negros and Apo Island and a romantic sight of sunset.
Paliton Beach is located in San Juan, Siquijor.
7. Old Balete Tree
The 400-500 Years Old Balete Tree is one of the most visited tourist spots in Siquijor. It is a very huge tree where many locals believed that it is where sorcery rituals are perform and spirits dwell but you can set that aside and appreciate the grandeur of this strong old tree. At its base, one can find a man-made spring pool and this is one of the reasons while the old tree is still lively. Submerge your feet into the spring and many small fishes will gather that will give you a quick spa.
Old Balete Tree is located in Lazi, Siquijor.
8. Lugnason Falls
Lugnason Falls is a small falls where its waters cascade from a limestone cliff that plunges into a basin of cold and refreshing waters. Nature lovers will surely love to spend more time here given the relaxing ambiance of the location. The basin is good enough for swimming or one can jump from a cliff into the basin.
Lugnason Falls is located in Barangay Napo, San Juan, Siquijor.
9. Cantabon Cave
Cantabon Cave is one of the best tourist spots in Siquijor. Tours are arranged in the Tourism Office of Cantabon that costs Php 500 for 3 people where guides will be assigned and you will be given headlamps and helmets. Cantabon Cave has low ceilings and passages so most of the time one have to bend knees or body to move forward. So many stalactites and stalagmites can be found and there are famous formations like the king’s bed and shower bell. One can also pass though some dipping pools with cold waters. People do not recommend going the when its raining, aside from its slippery, the waters inside the cave can go deep. It is a 800 meters spelunk and an average time of completion is 1 hour.
Cantabon Cave is located in Barangay Cantabon, Siquijor, Siquijor.
10. San Isidro Labrador Parish Church
San Isidro Labrador Parish Church, known as the Lazi Church, is one of the Baroque Churches of the Philippines. It is a Roman Catholic Church and one of the heritage sites of the country designated as a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines. The construction of the church was completed on 1884 and the church bell the next year. It was built with sea stones and wood with neoclassical style. Visit the church from the Spanish era and cast a prayer, it will be worth your time.
San Isidro Labrador Parish Church is located in Lazi, Siquijor.