Dumaguete – Siquijor: It’s Okay to Travel Solo To A Place Where Paranormal Phenomena Abound – Laagsparkles

Everyone knows what Siquijor is – or so everyone says. It is known as the mystic Land of Fire – and as the popular tales say – it’s a remote island where paranormal phenomena abound. It’s also famous for magic potions, sorcerers and witches.

So, I traveled Siquijor alone for one day and spent my night in the island, considering it as one of the best gift I ever had from my parents. Knowing that I would be traveling alone, worried expressions and concerns from my loving human beings embraced me to the point that I ended up doubting of the decision I made because the thing that I will be doing is a very dangerous thing but, it is the moment that it really becomes attractive to me.

Okay, so this is my story.

After several tries of beseeching my parents – last-minute decision was made to and I was allowed to travel alone. I asked my closest travel blogger friend of mine, Marjorie of Dakilanglaagan to make a simple itinerary for me and she did. When I got to Dumaguete, I said to myself to visit Siquijor first. I thought Siquijor is just part of the island but it’s not – and it’s one and a half hour away from Dumaguete City (silly of me). Luckily, I have the itinerary to me. When I finally emplaced my feet on the threshold of Sibulan Port,  I don’t know what to do at first. I even scolded myself why did I even do this kind of unplanned trip? I wasn’t even prepared and I haven’t search anything from the internet about this island, I was very dependent to the itinerary provided by Marj. Then, I hated myself for the first time, for I was not serious of my decision.

Places you have to visit in Siquijor

DAY 1 – SIQUIJOR

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Paliton Beach
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Capilay Spring Park (San Juan)
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Old Enchanted Balete Tree
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Salagdoong Beach
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St. Isidore de Labrador Church
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Cambugahay Falls
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Tori’s Paradise

I never thought that I was able to visit all these places with additional side trip alone! The idea of visiting this superstitious island with no proper decision wasn’t bad after all. For me, I have never really considered Siquijor as superstitious or otherworldly – this island is a synergy of natures beauty and mystery. This small island is one of the most underrated destination where I love the beaches, amazing dive sites, beautiful waterfalls and their historical places.

I am very thankful to Dakilanglaagan’s itinerary. This was my first time that I traveled alone outside Cebu. This may not be that far, yet, this may be my starting point to go beyond far.

Some amazing photos from Siquijor

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Places to visit in Dumaguete

Day 2 -DUMAGUETE

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On my second day, I traveled around Dumaguete City. It was a fine day that I decided to walked around and feel what it was like to be in a place you’re not familiar with. I tried their public transportation and kept wondering around, I even took some shots which I cried over it after because I accidentally deleted some photos of my Dumaguete – Siquijor adventure in my photo gallery.

It was so good that I wanted to extend my stay to the wonderful place but I couldn’t. Yet, the  good thing I learned from traveling solo outside Cebu for the first time was that it is very fundamental to the soul, it’s like learning to survive because there will be a chance that some journeys in life, by any chance, can be traveled alone, I must accept and face it.

ITINERARY

CEBU-DUMAGUETE

*DUMA TOUR

– Sinking Bell Tower

– Siliman School Tour

– Rizal Boulebard

Twin Lake (Balinsasayaw)


DUMAGUETE-SIQUIJOR

*SIQUIJOR TOUR

– Capilay Spring

– Guiwanon Spring

– Beaches in San Juan

– Balete Tree and Fish Spa

– Cambais Falls

– Salagdoong Mangroove

– Salagdoong Beach / Cliffjump

– Churches

– Mt. Bandilaan

– Cambugahay Falls

– Star Gazing

BUDGET?

*From Cebu South Bus Terminal – Ride a bus to Liloan Port (fare P200.00). It will take 4-5hrs for the roadtrip
*Foods and other necessary expenses (P400.00)
*From Liloan Port to Sibulan Port (fare P62.00 regular). Travel time will take 45 minutes.
*From Sibulan Port to Dumaguete Port (fare P50.00)
*From Dumauete Port to Montenegro (fare P130.00). Travel time will take 1.5 hours
*Terminal Fee (P20.00)
*Tori’s Paradise- Siquijor (resort I checked-in P350.00 for one night)
*Total Entrance Fees (P100.00)
*Guide Fee – Siquijor (P800.00)
*From Siquijor to Dumaguete (P100.00). Travel time will take 1.5 hours
*Pumboat from Sibulan Port to Liloan Port (45.00). Travel time will take 45 minutes
*Liloan Port to South Bus Terminal
(P200.00)

Total Expenses: P2, 457.00

TIPS

*Know your budget very well
*Decide on your destinations
*Pack lightly
*Be patient
*Stay low-key to avoid unwanted attentions
*Smile always because it’s a way to open conversations
*Take local transit. It’s really fun!
*Be safe

RECOMMENDATIONS
*For Siquijor Tour Guide, I would like to recommend Raul Gom-os. He’s very friendly and accommodating. He will tell you the stories behind those beautiful tourist spots in his island.
–Contact: +639355965465

*For a place to stay in Siquijor, I would like to recommend Tori’s Paradise. A relaxing place – and everyone is so kind and accommodating. I also love the sunset’s view here.
–Contacts: (035) 480-9684|09122095781
torisparadise@gmail.com/torisparadise.com


“It’s a long ride home with nothing but me for company. I bore myself sometimes. Not often. Just now and again.”
― David Hewson, Macbeth

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14 Comments

  1. Great read!

    Siquijor is amazing! It is my favourite island in the Philippines. Siquijor is more than just witchcraft, love potions, and voodoo dolls! Siquijor offers great beaches, historical churches, amazing waterfalls, and of course, warm and welcoming people! I’ve been to Siquijor twice and will definitely come back.

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  2. Great photos. I really envy what you do. Before, I thought of becoming a traveller (solo) but it ever materialized. I am still hopeful though that I will be able to do that someday. Nice work! Btw, can you tell me where can I find that love potion? Haha.

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