The Island of Fire

Sunday, April 25, 2010

April 23, 2010

SIQUIJOR is a splendid island province 45 minutes away from Dumaguete. According to my updated sources, the island province can only be reached through a boat ride from Dumaguete by three shipping lines: Delta (PHP180), Jaylan (PHP100), and Ocean Jet (PHP500) which travel at 9am & 10.30am, 10.15am, and 6:45pm respectively.

I rushed Daniel and Moses for a trip on Thursday night. There was really nothing much to prepare since our plan didn't include an overnight stay. I just asked them to bring a large bottle of water, a towel, a camera, and at least PHP1,000. The next day, I took care of the tickets and the food. I went to Chowking to buy our lunch, then headed to the pier for the 10.15am trip.


Yep, those are life jackets. Jaylan instructs their passengers to put on life jackets on departure. It's actually my first time to witness such security measure since I only get to see how-to-wear-it demonstration videos on board.

At the gates of the Siquijor pier, several pedicab drivers will then ask you to take their ride for PHP1,000, which they say is the standard tourism rate set for a whole-day trip around the island. Some drivers offer cheap rates. People in Siquijor have this weird accent that is quite funny to hear. So by the time we arrived at 11am, all we could hear around seemed out-of-this-world semantics trying to buy us the best roundabout tour.



From there, we fortunately picked Manong Roel who offered us PHP900 for a tour around the island. He was definitely very nice to us throughout the trip. He dropped us off some resorts for sightseeing, and he guided us through the dive shop where we borrowed snorkeling gears. Plus, I had myself overloaded with information after he fed me with too much about the island while I was at the backseat. And he invited us to a fiesta on May 3 too!! The kindness of strangers. ^_^

There are quite a number of beach resorts in the island province. Most of it are in the capital municipality, Siquijor.

The first one of the three beach resorts Manong Roel brought us to was the Danish Lagoon.






First impression: dull and dry. The only thing that's good for an impression was the view deck.



The beach is like a hundred steps away from the chalets and is dominantly coated with algae!



The chalets looked good and cozy so far. Room rates range from 2,500 for 1-3 days to 2,900 for 7 days and above. I was wondering how come the promotional photos in their website are so nice and unlikely as to how I saw it. :P

Next, we stopped over at the Coral Cay Beach Resort. The fine white sand, the algae-free water, the tall palm trees, and the pool were great. When we got there, it felt like we owned the place since there weren't really that much of a crowd that time. Room rates range from PHP1,300 to PHP2,700. Since we weren't bound to stay there long and our return boat was to depart at 4.30, we just took some time to take photos of the place. This is also the place where I got the header of this blog.









We traveled for almost an hour to Cambugahay Falls in the municipality of Lazi. We had our lunch at the place and enjoyed the water for a while.






Manong Roel told us about the Butterfly Sanctuary and the Cave that are located afar. He suggested to us to stay for the night if we wanted to see the place, but we couldn't. Also, we skipped to drop by at the Capilay Spring Park and missed the 400 year old gigantic balete tree which were 2 of the stop overs during my last visit.

We headed straight to Salagdoong Beach Resort for a plunge. Salagdoong is a government-owned beach resort. The accommodations and commodities are cheap. Entrance fee for non-overnight stayers is PHP15. The place is clean but isn't that as wide as Coral Cay. It usually gets crowded most of the days. The cheapest accommodation is at PHP800 for a standard room while the highest rate for a superior deluxe is at PHP1500. The area was actually on renovation when we visited: slides were being constructed and a few portions of the area were being cleaned.




At 4.30pm, we rode Delta @ PHP180 back to Dumaguete. Overall, we spent PHP650 each excluding the food since we just took out meals from Chowking, Dumaguete.

Also called the Island of Fire, Siquijor is believed to contain Philippines' richest sources of supernatural phenomena. The media hasn't helped much of its promotion, and instead attempted to destroy the beauty of the island when the movie "Siquijor" was produced. Actually, records about sorcerers and quack doctors are found in the island province, but the people living in the island don't worry much about it since they are really harmless if not for their safety.

Siquijor is definitely one of the most relaxing islands set away from the stresses of the urban. It is immensely rich in underwater resources for being considered by many divers a great site to invest. The beaches are great and the rates are fair enough for vacationers. Other than that, the people are very kind and welcoming too.

If you are planning to visit Siquijor, I would consider you for a tour around Dumaguete and a few days stay at my place if you want depending on my schedule.

BTW, motorbikes for rent can be availed in Siquijor at PHP25 per hour and PHP300 for a day. You can choose between PHP1000 pedicab tour around the island or the go-alone tour at PHP25/hour motorbike. Hindi pa kasali ang gas diyan, at mahal ang gas nila don. Yun lang ^^



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48 comments:

Ghienoxs said...

the mystic island of siquijor had the most preserved resources. This is indeed the best place to unwind and to destress.


hindi ba choppy ang ferry ride nyo? I mean balod... Hope to go there before the summer ends.hmp

Anyways, ganda ng new banner picture mo.

bluedreamer27 said...

wow ang ganda naman jan... almost like a paradise na...
Siquijor is definitely one of the most relaxing islands indeed... not just here in Phil but in the world.. no wonder why a lot of tourists are including Siquijor i their summer destination here in Phil

have a great day and thanks for sharing this pics to us.. really enjoyed it...
happy blogging

bulakbolero.sg said...

ayus. nice Sendo. parang natour nadin ako sa siquijor dahil dito. \m/ Kamahal naman ng tryke ni manong roel.

Trip ko din magbulakbol dyan sa siquijor. panalo!

jenskie said...

hi! wow, sobrang ganda, sana makapunta ako dito this year. next next month Caramoan Island muna kami then Anawangin... puro Luzon muna :)

btw, ang taray ng pink trici ni Manong ha! lol

-jenskie
http://jennyescano.blogspot.com

♥U-n-N-I-e-Y♥ said...

wowowowow~~~~parang gusto kong pumunta agad sa siquijor hehehehehe,,
hala wala kay nakit an na agimat sa inyong pagsuroy suroy sa siquijor?wahahhaa,,joke lang..haysss kelan pa kaya ako makaktapak dun..

Keiyt said...

Ay ang ganda. Nakakainggit. Sana kung hindi kj yung nanay ko at kung madali lang makapag paalam yung mga friends ko, nakakapunta kami sa mga ganyang lugar. At sana rin, kung marami kaming pera, makakapunta kami. HAHA! :))

I agree with Jenskie, ang taray ng pink na trike ni Manong! :))

Sendo said...

@ghienox...exactly...bitin nga tong last visit ko dun at gusto ko pa bumalik hehe...

the ferry ride is a little choppy...pero ok lang naman kasi 40 minutes lang yung byahe...

Sendo said...

@bluedreamer - thanks,..try mo punta..dadaan ka talaga dito sa dumaguete ...kaya message moko para magala muna kita sa duma hehe...hospitable ata kasi ako ngayon eh haha

@bulakbolero---basta message ka lang..gusto ko dumaan kayo sa dumaguete muna hahaha...at super ganda talaga siquijor sir!

Sendo said...

@jenskie --- aabangan ko rin ang blog entry mo sa trip mo ha hehe...para naman masama ko sa listahan...

and yes..taray nga ang tryke ni manong pero ambilis..humaharurot ..brooom broom..kasing-ingay niya yung tryke niya eh haha

Sendo said...

@ unnie--sige ba punta ka na..ako ang magiging guide mo hehe

@keiyt - naks..problema ko rin yan dati eh ..pero nung nag college ako kahti san san nako pumupunta kahit sino sino na lang kasama haha

Fjordan Allego said...

Ive never been to Siquijor and I never imagine that the palce would look like that... its really awesome!

by the way sendo, I like your header.. summer na summer! kudos for that!

www.myfjordz.com

Arvin U. de la Peña said...

malayo ang siquijor mula sa amin,hehe..sana makapunta ako diyan na lugar..someyears..

putoseko said...

Tubig. Oh tubig.

Nakakainggit nang sobra. o_O sana makapagbeach naman ako ngayong summer...

Ang ganda pala sa siquijor, considering the fact na pugad daw ito ng mga "aswang" hahaha. :)

Ang ganda ng mga litrato... Hay nakakamiss ang dagat. :P

kikilabotz said...

hindi k nmn nangiinggit nyan? waaaaaaaahhhh. huhuhu. inggit ako.

Eymi reyes said...

Wow, ganda ng Siquijor.
Hoping hindi maging katulad na Bora - urbanized nga, naging polluted naman. Sad :(

Sendo said...

@fjordz..thanks..yeah!! happy summer bro!!! enjoy enjoy kahit super init hehe...kaya sa beach na ipalipas ang init hehe

@arvin - sige...pagplanuhan mo at mesage mo ko para matulungan kita hehe..toud pa kita sa duma hehe

Sendo said...

@kikilabotz -- sabay pang inggit na rin yan noh para maengganyo kayong pumunta sa siquijor..siyempre promotional entry na rin ito hehe...kung pupunta ka sabihin mo sakin..gagala muna kita sa dumaguete hehe

@eymi--talaga? pero gusto ko pa rin ata pumunta ng bora hehe

KESO said...

waaaaaaaaaaaaah. iniinggit mo kami. huhu.

gala ka ng gala sendo ha, hahaha.

parang gusto ko tuloy pmunta dyan, ang layo layo lng, pgpaplanuhan muna namin hihi.

Arjoie said...

sa siquijor yun?... talaga??

waa.. ang ganda, i love beaches kea ang kewl talaga dun! sana makapunta din ako :D

Marice said...

wow the place looks really nice ha :) great photos Sendo! thanks for sharing! my colleague just went there last wed.

mr.nightcrawler said...

finally, nandito na ako parekoy. grabe, ang ganda naman jan.. kaso may napanuod akong horror na ang title eh Siquijor kaya ayaw ko pa rin bumisita jan! nyahaha. ang ganda ng quality ng pics ah... halatang professional camera ang gamit, di tulad nung sa akin na phone camera lang gamit(nilaglag ang sarili? haha)napansin ko lang, minamarkahan mo pics mo ah... i should probably start doing that as well. haha. till next time parekoy :P

klomster said...

ang ganda pala ng siquijor.. at ang cuuute ng watermark mo! hahaha

Vernz said...

I think their language accent is not weird ... it's unique, just like they feelin' weird about your language also ... glad you've toured around you should have visited my birthplace .. san Juan... was there last summer ...

Hope you had a great time.

Sendo said...

@keso & arjorie.....im your contact person..kasi dadaan kayo ng dumaguete kaya...message me lang kung plano niyo pumunta haha

Sendo said...

@nightcrawler--totoo nga naman daw yang mga mangkukulams pero di naman as OA nung sa movie..hehe...tingin ko mababait rin ung mga mangkukulam eh haha...masyado lang kasing namamagnify ung kasamaan nila sa mga movies kaya ayan....hehe...sobrang ganda ng siquijor bro wag mo na isipin yang movie na yan hehehe...

I am Xprosaic said...

Ayos: Sige pagnagaw ako sa area na yan cocontakin kita... jejejejejejejejejeje

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Sendo said...

@klomster - thanks

@mam vernz--yep..i think so hehe...thanks mam...your birthplace is very nice!!!

Liz said...

Uy ang ganda nga dyan! I hope to visit it someday. :)

Koolaide said...

super nice im super inggit!!!!!!!!!!

Shimumsy said...

lovely sequijor. wish we can spend a weekend there some day.

MarcoPaolo said...

kainggit... matatapos na lang ang summer di pa ako nakapag-beach! haayyys!

JENIE=) said...

grabe namang nakakainggit...it's like a paradise! (as if nakita ko na paradise noh haha)

BTW, didn't knowna sa at-a-blink ka lang pala naka-link. i now added you to the other three
life round meNyou
HEALTHINFO@EarthyMe
heartQUAKES

please add them as well ;) thanks.

bleep said...

is that a beach and a diving site in one?!? I saw corals din kasi.

drooling...i wanna go! wanna go! wanna go!

thanks for your comments friend. replied to all of them there in my posts.

Ayie said...

Puro ka gala ah. Sama naman jan. Uys, ganda ng layout mo ha. aylayket!

Dhemz said...

agoy sa siquijor diay ni nga beauty? na mahadlok man ko adto didto kay mabarangan unya ta...nyahahhaha.....infairness I so love the photos....nice kaau....suya ko....ehehehhe!

hapit mahagbong akong panga dire sa imong layout...superb kaau....love it love it!

woi, limot diay ka when ang mother's day? agoy, magmahay jud si mader nimo...ehehehe...mother's day always falls on the 2nd Sunday of May...ehehehe!

salamat sa paglabay sa akong blogs Sendz...thanks pod sa comments....:)

eden said...

kanindot sa inyong adventure. wala pa ko ka anha sa Siguijor. nindot man diay kaayo didto. nindot kay naa sad diay fastcraft nga moadto. pwede ra sad balik inig ka hapon. Nice kaayo imong mga pics. Nindot kaayo pagkakuha. na enjoy ko ug maayo, mora sad kuno ko ug nakakauyog..hehehe.. bitaw, thanks sa pag visit sa akong payag. really appreciate it. have a nice day always

Misalyn said...

Thanks for the tour through your lens. Ang ganda ng place! A tropical paradise!

tim said...

awesome adventure.. great shots.. buti nalang walang aswang dun, hehehehe.. JK

Chiui said...

Cool shots. Oh God I want to go back to the Philippines. XD

Oh btw I think I remember who you are =/ or maybe I'm wrong about it. IDK. How long have you been blogging? :)

Sendo said...

@Liz --will see you in Dumaguete if you go to to Siquijor, hehe

@Koolaide ==oo super nice hehe...punta ka rito hehe

@Shimumsy -yes it is mumsy ^^

MarcoPaolo - go,m go, madami rin naman ata nice beaches diyan sa luzon..pero kung gusto mo ng siquijor, just contact me hehe

Sendo said...

@JENIE=) --hehe, yan na yung paradise oh, ung sa pic...portion na yan ng paradise, char haha

and ..will link your other blogs now..thanks ha . ^^

Sendo said...

@bleep..thanks then bleep..no problemo..kablogmate na tayo hehe.kapamilya hehe..sarap nga magsnorkel this summer hehe

@Ayie said. == haha..siyempre bakasyon noh..napakawalan nako sa 4-year long na bondage at kamandag ng nursing hehe..and..thank you! ^^

Sendo said...

@Dhemz -- hehe...di raman hadlok didto..siguro sa gabii ra manggawas ang mga ungo hehe...

thanks sa info mama..bitaw...usahay makalimot ko...sus nara...hehe 2nd sunday tama diay..hehe


@eden-no probs mam...bisdak blogmates na ta hehe....bitaw..chada gyud kaayo ang siquijor...adto lang niya ^^ ..cheap pa gyud hehe

@Misalyn - thanks ...happy summer ^^

@tim - kung meron man eh aakitin ko lang sila o kaya bibili ako ng gayuma haha

@Chiui - thank you...

you know me? how? hehe...i've been blogging for a long, long time...since 2004 ---since 2008 through blogger/blogspot ^^

btw, thanks for dropping by ^^

fufu said...

too bad i was not there with you guys ><