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The Island Of Fire: Siquijor

I was invited by a friend to join her on there high school batch reunion to be held in Limasawa Island the following weekend. As soon as I arrived from an official business trip to Iloilo and Bacolod, I tried to plan for our trip and accommodations on Limasawa Island. In the midst of our planning and negotiation for the accommodation, we heard from the news that martial law was declared for the whole Mindanao. This was due to the war against international terrorist groups invading Marawi City, Maguindanao.

My friend’s batchmates consider to cancel the reunion because of the possible threat in Limasawa Island being one of the possible exit points of terrorist groups from Mindanao. The island was said to be strictly guarded by the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Sadly, this is happening in the Philippines but is under control of the government. Blessed that the country is divided into islands, with this, the siege is contained in Mindanao only while Luzon and Visayas area continue to live a normal life.

Being in love to travel, I can’t just stay home on the day I was suppose to be somewhere. Well, the country has 7,107 islands so we can still go on nearby provinces.

We think of alternate destination that can be arranged immediately.

Since we’ve been wanting to go to this small but too beautiful and enchanted island named Siquijor but can’t find time, we agreed to go there instead. It seems that this is the perfect time and timing to be there.

The island was first sighted by the Spaniards in 1565 during Miguel López de Legazpi’s expedition. The Spaniards called the island Isla del Fuego or “Island of Fire”, because the island gave off an eerie glow, which came from the great swarms of fireflies that gathered in the numerous molave trees on the island.Wikipedia

How to reach this beautiful island?

There’s no airport in this island. This can be reached via ferry and fast craft from nearby provinces such as Cebu, Dumaguete, Bohol. You may check the ferry schedules and routes.

For us, since we are coming from Cebu, we took a bus in South Bus Terminal in Cebu City bound to Dumaguete City. Travel time is estimated to be three to four hours, but in actual we had five hours (from 7am to 12nn). The bus will ride a RORO in Liloan Port, Santander, Cebu to Sibulan Port, Dumaguete. Travel time is only 25 minutes. Upon arrival in Dumaguete City, we dropped-off in Dumaguete Port to purchase ticket for Siquijor. It’s already 3pm. Unfortunately, no more available tickets for 4pm ferry. Remaining tickets are for 6pm only. We suppose to have a day tour upon arrival in Siquijor but with the delay and estimated arrival time if we take the 6pm ferry, we can’t have the tour within this day anymore.

Think. Think. Think!

After few minutes of discussion on the options we could take, we decided to stay in Dumaguete City overnight and proceed to Siquijor early morning the following day. We just purchased the earliest trip in advance, 7:20am.

We are not familiar with the province, it’s our first time to be there. Usually, last trips on public vehicles in the secluded provinces are so early like before 8pm. We booked an overnight accommodation in a resort almost 1 hour travel from Siquijor pier, so it won’t be a safe to proceed that night. We stayed in Dumaguete City instead.

The following morning, we took the 7:20am ferry and arrived at around 8:30am in Siquijor.

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Siquijor Port
We negotiated for a motorcycle tour . There are tricycle, motorcycle, and multicab that you can choose to for your day tour around Siquijor depending on the number of person(s).

We went to Larena Public Market to buy food for lunch then proceed to visit tourist spots in the province. We negotiated with the motorcycle driver to start the tour on the farthest spot going to the nearthest (Larena-Maria-Lazi-San Juan-Siquijor Port). With this, we will be nearer on the port since we need to go back to Dumaguete via 4:40pm ferry.

Guiwanon Spring Park, Larena

Salagdoong Beach

Salagdoong Molave Man-made Forest

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San Isidro Labrador Church

Lazi Convent

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Cambugahay Falls

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Century-old Balete Tree and Fish Spa

Capilay Spring Park

St. Francis of Assisi Church & Triangular Landmark

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We had our last stop here then proceed to the port at around 4pm, just in time for the 4:40pm ferry bound to Dumaguete.

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Hoping for more travels and crazy adventures! 😉

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An industrial engineer by profession working on a day job, advocate of Global Financial Literacy, a gypsy soul who fearlessly wanders and explore, want to experience the life on the different places - it's nature's wonders, amazing heritage sites, food, unique cultures and tradition. I want to make the world My HOME!

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