Dreaming of Siquijor

Whenever the day gets too hot and I’m stuck in front of my desk beating a deadline while being distracted by the heat and a blue sky devoid of clouds, begging to be enjoyed outdoors, I do either of these two simple things: I lie on the bed and imagine I’m lying on the beach (it’s hot enough in the room, anyway) or I stay seated and still imagine I’m on the beach. Among my favorite spots to revisit in my head are the many enchanting islands of Palawan, the clear, blue waters of Boracay (more than a decade ago when it wouldn’t have that long streak of green algae and seaweed during peak season), and the idyllic little island of Siquijor.

Unfortunately, when you mention Siquijor, Filipinos don’t immediately think beach destination. That goes to the likes of Boracay, Cebu, Palawan, Panglao, Pagudpud… it’s a long list before you hear Siquijor. And when you do hear its name, it’s often followed by inquiries on magic potions and shamans, witches and aswang. When we went there summer of last year for a few days to visit my sister who was spending some months in her friend’s house to finish her book, we didn’t see, hear or feel anything of the supernatural sort. We were not looking for it, anyway.

What we found was a beautiful and sleepy island, without a lot of restaurants or internet cafés. No nightlife for the partying crowd. Not a lot of cars or jeepneys on the road, not even a gasoline station (Whoops, my bad! There is one gasoline station but most people do get their gasoline in stores that sell it by the bottle.). It didn’t matter. All we were looking for was a quiet stretch of white sandy beach where the hours went idly by and we found it in Siquijor.

The clear water in different shades of blue that greeted us

The water around Siquijor’s pier was so clean that you’d want to jump in

Guiwanon Spring Park Resort

Salagdoong Beach Resort–not the best beach in the island but it will do for a little picnic

A little cove my sister found that’s not really open to the public, but we were allowed to spend the morning there to swim after we asked permission from the barangay captain of the area. We had the place all to ourselves

Sunrise in front of the house where we stayed

Coral Cay Resort, where we spent the day having lunch, lounging in the sun and having some beer during sunset

Happiness is a long stretch of white-sandy beach and turquoise water

Sunset at Siquijor

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Where to stay: While we stayed at the house of my sister’s friend, there are a number of nice resorts in the area. Coral Cay Resort at Solangon, San Juan has affordable cottages that face the beach, its swimming pool or its garden. It’s not such an attractive beach for swimming during low tide, but you can always take a swim at the pool, sit back and watch the sunset, or watch some local folks look for some shellfish on the shore. There is also Coco Grove Beach Resort, a more upscale resort (but still affordable) and their 800-meter private white beach is better maintained. It will open a dive school and shop by November of this year, so diving enthusiast guests have the chance to see the spectacular dive spots nearby.

How to get there: Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific fly to Dumaguete daily. From Dumaguete airport, take a tricycle to the Dumaguete pier, where there are a number of fast ferry trips to Siquijor, including Delta Fast Ferry, Ocean Jet Ferry and Jaylan. You can also take a ferry from Cebu or Tagbilaran (Bohol). Both Coral Cay and Coco Grove offer transfer and pick-up options.

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16 thoughts on “Dreaming of Siquijor

  1. Oh, you made me miss Siquijor again. 😦

    Ya, love that little cove we found, thanks to my network of waiters and waitresses in that little island, haha.

    Did I tell you that I was brought there “para makita ko ang kalungkutan ng karagatan,” the first thing I said was, “Huwaaaaw, anggandanamanditooooo!”

    Becky, go go go!

      • Daz rayt. Tinanong kasi kung tungkol saan yung libro. Say ko, Hmm, kasaysayan at kalungkutan. O diba. Nagpakabibo ang aking escort.

        Malungkot kasi madidisplace yung fishermen dun sa barangay na yun dahil sa magtatayo ng resort dun. So my “Huwaaaaw…” comment was really inappropriate. Buti na lang di ako tinulak sa dagat.

  2. interesting post. i am this close to booking a flight to dumaguete on my way to siquijor. but i am traveling alone, and honestly i’m really scared of ghosts. let’s see in a few minutes if i head to siquijor or somewhere else.

    • Hi Audrey, unfortunately I don’t know the name of the cove 😦 Sorry! The staff at Coral Cay resort just showed it to my sister; they said that area was going to be turned into another resort so it was no longer going to be a public beach/cove.

  3. oh thats ok.. maybe its somewhere near coral cay resort.. gotta find that place! 🙂 thank u for posting that pic here.. 🙂

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