6 Best Things to Do in Siquijor, Philippines 2023
As a worldwide explorer, you are most likely constantly looking out for the next best places to travel to. We spent our last 2 months in Chiang Mai, working from probably The Fastest Internet Cafes in the world. Amidst our comfort zone, we wanted to adventure out and try something new. If you are like us, looking for new adventures, fun trips and cool discoveries, Siquijor, Philippines will not disappoint. Being one of our favourite places to visit, this island is known for its hidden beauty. In fact, it is famous for being the magic island of the Philippines. That being said, there is more to magic and blue water to the island. Below, you will find the 6 best things to do in Siquijor, the best Siquijor tourist spots, and more.
1. Dive with Barracudas
Have you seen a few Instagram posts showing brave and courageous nomads diving with exotic-looking fish over the past few years? Well, it’s something you can do too. One of the best things to do in Siquijor is to dive with barracudas – a saltwater fish that is famous for its ferocious behaviour. But don’t worry – at the Tulapos Marine Sanctuary, you’ll be able to dive freely and safely.
Diving with these species was a dream come true. As the marine is protected, you will require a guide to assist you to the diving spot. The sanctuary also has clams, sea turtles, jackfish, starfish, and many more sea creatures. Your guide will navigate you and help you to watch your step. It doesn't cost much, only 225 Pesos (approx $4.50 per person) for about an hour of diving, and most importantly an experience to remember for a lifetime. Definitely a tourist spot in Siquijor, Philippines which is not to be missed.
2. Cambugahay Falls
If you are not one to jump in with the fish, Siquijor still has a lot to offer. The crystal clean turquoise waters found at Cambugahay Falls are enticing and make a fantastic photo-spot for those looking for Instagram and blog content. It has been argued to be the best waterfall on the island, and the cascades are mesmerising. It’s a trip that leaves you surrounded by the rainforest which can bring the most stressed of us all a sense of deep peace and serenity. From the entrance, it is a short 10 minute downhill walk to Cambugahay Falls.
The fee to enter Cambugahay Falls is 10 Pesos PHP (approx $0.20). If you dare to try out the rope swing from 2 different heights, the fee is 50 Pesos PHP ($1) for unlimited swings. If you do take a visit to Cambugahay Falls, face your fears as this is a must-do in Siquijor!
Miho and I both tried it at least a dozen of times, after the first swing, the adrenaline rush starts to become a norm, and then the fun really kicks in.
3. Relax at Paliton Beach
If the trip to the falls was too tiring, head over to Paliton Beach. This part of the island is truly picturesque and is everything you imagine when you think of the beach, white sand, palm trees, sun and sweet cocktails. The small beach is cozy and the perfect spot to unwind.
Paliton beach is split into 2 sections. Little Paliton has hardly any visitors, and feels like you have rented out your very own private beach. There is a welcoming local whom resides on the beach, where you can buy fresh coconuts and drinks from.
4. Nakabalo Guesthouse
So, you’ve spent all day on the beach, caught a tan and swam with the fishes. Now is the time to wind down, relax, and enjoy a hearty and healthy meal. At the top of our list of the best things to do in Siquijor stands a sunset dinner at Nakabalo Guesthouse. Watch the beautiful sun set across Siquijor in front of the Vanishing Edge pool, whilst indulging in a mouthwatering homemade meal.
Located in the middle of the mystical island, the guesthouse offers a mix of cuisines; from Asian to vegetarian to Western-inspired dishes that fit everyone’s taste. We went with the Pork Pineapple Abodo, a Filipino classic dish full of sweet and salty flavours, complimented with a fresh Mango smoothie.
Taste and views aside, be sure to have bright headlights on your scooter or mode of transport, as the roads down from Nakabalo Guesthouse are not that lit up at night.
5. Cantabon Cave
We are coming back to exciting adventures! A beautiful tourist spot in Philippines, Cantabon cave gives you a completely different look at the island from within.
The adventure will take around 1 hour and 30 minutes from start to finish. The entrance fee to Cantabon Cave is 20 Pesos PHP ($0.40) per person and another 500 Pesos PHP (approx $10) for the guide and safety equipment (hard hat, light, life vest). With all the equipment prepared, you are ready to explore, just take caution for slippery surfaces and hanging sharp stalactites. There is no best way to describe Cantabon Cave – you must experience it yourself!
6. Century Old Balete Tree
The last on our list, the Century Old Balete Tree is like no other tree you have ever seen (we assume). It is a 400-years old tree that is known for its history and meaning in Filipino culture. More specifically, these kinds of trees are associated with mythical creatures, and many folk stories say that such creatures do their rituals in front of the tree. Aside from this supernatural value, the tree is extremely impressive due to its magnificent size.
It looks like a tree out of a Disney film. There is a small pool in front of the tree, if you are fond of fishes eating the dead skin of your feet. Miho gave it a try, but I was a bit to ticklish to give it a go.
This is a relaxing island with chilled vibes, sincere people and a lot to discover. Have you been to Siquijor? Let us know down in the comments below what's your favourite tourist spot in the Philippines?
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