By Claire Marie Algarme
For years, many travelers have skipped the island of Siquijor because of its reputation as a mystical island where healers and sorcerers abound. But as more and more explorers discover the beaches, tourist attractions, and swimming spots of Siquijor, the veil of mystery is taken down, revealing the enchanting beauty of the island.
Blue green waters surrounding the Siquijor Island and those found inland cannot keep water lovers from taking a plunge and dipping into its clear seas and pools. No amount of potion is needed to lure travelers to Siquijor. At the Siquijor port alone, the sight of the white sand beach, with the green mountains at the backdrop and the clear water in the foreground, is magical and alluring enough to those who haven’t yet set foot on the island.
To get around the island, tourists charter a tricycle right at the Siquijor port, or you can have your resort arrange for one that will include port transfers and a tour of the island. Rates can range from P800 to P1,500 depending on the number of passengers and how many destinations you want to see. Let your bargaining skills work wonders here. Some jeepneys ply from town to town but they are quite few, and it will leave you wasting precious time just trying to get into one.
The whole island can be circumnavigated in just a day, and you can allot a few hours per stop. From Siquijor town, you can work counterclockwise to the towns of San Juan, Lazi, Maria, Enrique Villanueva, Larena, and back to Siquijor.
1. Paliton Beach, San Juan