In the middle of the Philippines, just south of Cebu, there is a little island province whose age-old reputation for sorcery have both attracted visitors from around the world, while keeping the superstitious away. But whether or not you believe in the legends, there is something truly bewitching about Siquijor. This tropical paradise boasts gorgeous scenery that is ideal for those looking for a bit of adventure in the outdoors, while having the creature comforts of a luxe getaway. Here are our recommendations for what to do on your visit.
Salagdoong Cliff Diving
This island’s cliffs create a perfectly exhilarating way to experience the coastline. And one of the best places to go cliff jumping in Siquijor at Salagdoong Beach on the eastern coast of the island. The highest jump is 10 meters. While there are certainly higher cliff dives in the country, few are into waters this crystalline. But don’t worry—if you’re not into heights, you can enjoy the beauty of the beach from a kayak or any other number of water activities available to visitors.Continue reading below ↓
Located on the western coast of the island, about eight kilometers from the capital city, this cute restaurant and bar (sometimes stylized as Baha Ba’r), offers a laid-back beachy atmosphere, and some of the best food and drinks in the region. The eatery has an extensive tapas menu and a wide range of cocktails to choose from, to help you replenish and unwind after a long day in the sun.Continue reading below ↓Continue reading below ↓Recommended Videos
To experience the island in all its mystical glory, be sure to explore its impressive cave system. Cantabon Cave in particular is worth visiting. Not only is it easily accessible (just ask a tricycle driver to take you there!), but you get to partake in a rugged spelunking excursion that will give you a thrill you can’t get in the city! Be prepared for up to three hours of crawling, getting dirty, and having an adventure you won’t forget.
Big Belly Burger and Breakfast
If you happen to be in the poblacion area of the namesake capital of Siquijor island, stop by Big Belly Burger and Breakfast for a hearty meal. Located just outside the seaport, this little shack offers excellent fare at reasonable prices, making it the perfect place for backpackers on a budget.Continue reading below ↓
This tourist attraction located towards the southern edge of Siquijor draws crowds—but for good reason. With multiple tiers of refreshing teal waterfalls that can be enjoyed with rope swings, rafts, rubber floats, and plenty of beautiful spots for the requisite photo shoot—these falls are some of the prettiest in the entire country. Entrance is free, but parking and use of the rope swings will cost you a minimal fee.Continue reading below ↓
If you can’t get enough of the island’s waterfalls, add Lugnason Falls to your itinerary. Located deep in the jungle, this natural playground is an ideal place for you to feel connected to Mother Earth. The water is cool, clean, and deep enough to do crazy dives into. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you’ll love jumping off the top of the falls, or using the rope swing to do backflips into the river.
Republika Beach Bar
This open-air bar is nestled among the trees and fitted with multiple hammocks, giving it a mellow vibe perfect for a long day or evening of lounging. The menu is quite not too extensive, but it does have options for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. And while they do serve craft ales on tap, this is a family-friendly establishment you can feel truly comfortable relaxing in. Note that the bar closes pretty early, between 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. each night.Continue reading below ↓
Century Old Balete Tree
Legend has it that this tree, which is the biggest in the province, and believed to be a few hundred years old, is inhabited by spirits. Whether or not this is a site of sorcery, the balete tree’s is enchanting. There is a cold spring in front of the tree, where you can dip your feet and admire this ecological wonder. Or you can explore its massive, otherworldly root system.Continue reading below ↓
Caticugan Marine Sanctuary
If you’re in dire need of some Vitamin Sea, the Caticugan Marine Sanctuary is a must-do. This biodiverse area is a gorgeous snorkeling spot. So grab a mask and some flippers, and expect to see lively, colorful coral, a wide range of fishes, and stunning sea snakes.Continue reading below ↓
This coconut tree-lined white powder beach dissolves into clear turquoise waters, making it the perfect spot to spend an afternoon of swimming before enjoying the best sunset view on the island.
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