IN PHOTOS: 11 Enchanting Spots of Siquijor Island


History has it that Siquijor Island gives off a strange glow from afar when the Spaniards first sighted it in 1556. The "glow" came from a great swarm of fireflies which abound in the island along with molave trees where the insects had lived. This is why the colonizers called the island Isla de Fuego (Island of Fire), the former name that the island province uses as moniker.

Siquijor has been feared long ago for its voodoo-ish reputation — those mystical traditions and stories of sorcery that has kept the province from tourists' eye. But those horror tales are already left in the past. The country's third smallest province capitalized in this supernatural characteristics and became an emerging tourist destination.

1. St. Francis of Assisi Church (Siquijor Church) | Siquijor, Siquijor

Completed around 1830s, Siquijor Church is the oldest church in the island. It stands few meters from Siquijor port, welcoming island visitors upon setting foot.
Siquijor Church
 Siquijor Church
Siquijor Church's bell tower
 Siquijor Church's bell tower stands few meters away from the church

2. Beaches of San Juan | San Juan, Siquijor

San Juan, among the towns of Siquijor, has the highest concentration of beach resorts in the island. A great stay next to fine white sands, clear and shallow waters, and palm-lined coasts — that's what San Juan has to offer.
Palm Village's rooms
 Palm Village Guesthouse at Brgy. Lala-o, San Juan, Siquijor
Palm Village's beachfront
 San Juan beach

3. Capilay Spring Park | San Juan, Siquijor

Situated at San Juan downtown, serving as the town's public plaza. It has a deep emerald green pool whose waters come from a natural flowing stream, surrounded with manicured garden amenities.
Capilay Spring Park's swimming pool
 San Juan's public plaza
Capilay Spring Park's swimming pool
 Capilay Spring Park's swimming pool

4. Lugnason Falls | San Juan, Siquijor

Part of a 1.5-kilometer nature trail that features 12 water cascades named after the signs of zodiac. Known as Aquarius Falls, it's the grandest and dive-able among the waterfalls of Zodiac Falls Adventure Eco-park.
Lugnason Falls
 Empty and barely trickle Lugnason Falls
Naturally-formed rock formation
 Naturally-formed rock formation
Cancer Falls, one of the 12 Zodiac Falls
 Cancer Falls, one of the 12 Zodiac Falls
Kiddie guides at Lugnason Falls
 Kiddie guides at Lugnason Falls
Sagittarius Falls, one of the 12 Zodiac Falls
 Sagittarius Falls, one of the 12 falls

5. Old Balete Tree | Lazi, Siquijor

Speaking of being enchanted, what's more bewitching than a huge, century-old balete tree? Under the shade of Lazi's old balete tree is a wide basin with school of fishes intended for a therapeutic spa.
Siquijor's old, "enchanted" balete tree and the fish spa basin below
 Siquijor's old and "enchanted" balete tree and the fish spa basin below 
Huge balete tree of Lazi, Siquijor
 Hugeness of the balete tree
Fish spa under the balete tree
 Tickling fish spa



6. San Isidro Labrador Church (Lazi Church) | Lazi, Siquijor

Located along a quiet, acacia-laden street in Lazi. It has rustic fa├žade and interiors, adding a charm to it's location that presents a rural feel. Built in 1857.
Lazi Church
 Lazi Church stands at an acacia-laden street in Lazi
Lazi Church's facade
 Lazi Church's facade
Lazi Church's interior
 Lazi Church's interior

7. Lazi Convent | Lazi, Siquijor

Stands across Lazi Church. Built 30 years after the church, it was the oldest and once the biggest convent in Asia.
Lazi Convent before its restoration in 2017
 Lazi Convent before its restoration in 2017
Lazi Convent's grand staircase
 Lazi Convent's grand staircase; the convent was emptied to give way for its restoration.
One of Lazi Convent's hallway
 One of Lazi Convent's hallway

8. Cambugahay Falls | Lazi, Siquijor

Three-tier waterfalls with a wide but not-that-high water curtains. In its topmost cascade, Tarzan swing enthralls every daring soul.
 Cambugahay Falls' topmost water cascade
 Cambugahay Falls' topmost water cascade
Cambugahay Falls' second cascade
 Cambugahay Falls' second cascade
Preparing to take off at Tarzan swing
 Preparing to take off
A local swinging like Tarzan at Cambugahay Falls
 A local swinging like Tarzan at Cambugahay Falls
Mini cave behind Cambugahay Falls' water curtain
 Behind Cambugahay Falls' water curtain lies a mini cave
Established stairs down to the waterfalls
 Established stairs down to the falls

9. Salagdoong Beach | Maria, Siquijor

It boasts off its creamy shores and the gigantic coral rock perched along its shoreline where anyone can take an exhilarating jump into the open sea.
Turquoise waters of Salagdoong
 Turquoise waters of Salagdoong
Huge coral rock formation of Salagdoong Beach
 Huge coral rock formation of Salagdoong Beach
Man-made slide of Salagdoong Beach
 Man-made slide directly dropping into the open sea
Salagdoong's cove-like beach
 The huge coral rock bisects the shore creating a twin beach — the shorter one resembles a mini cove.
Salagdoong Beach Resort's concrete table cottages
 Salagdoong Beach Resort's concrete table cottages

10. Cang-Isok House | Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor

Oldest surviving structure in Siquijor, said to be built more than a hundred years ago. Some stories deemed the house haunted.
Cang-isok House
 Cang-isok House
Cang-isok House along the highway
 Cang-isok is located on a piece of land between the shore and the highway.

11. Larena Triad Restaurant and Bakeshop | Larena, Siquijor

Situated at a highland in the town of Larena, the sweet shop offers a spectacular view of Siquijor's coastline and a good place to catch the sunset.
View of Siquijor coastline from Larena Triad
 Siquijor coastline viewed from Larena Triad
Larena Triad's snack bar
 Larena Triad's snack bar
Larena Triad's dome-shaped eating area
 Larena Triad's dome-shaped eating area, where everyone can savor their meal together with a calming vista

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