In old folklore, people believe that balete trees are dwelling places for supernatural beings like kapre, tikbalang or white ladies. The old enchanted balete tree in the town of Lazi, Siquijoe is known to be the second oldest and largest balete tree in the Philippines. The first one can be found in Aurara province which is called as “Millenium Tree”.
The special thing about this balete tree is that on its base is a cold spring that streams out into a pond which explains the tree’s longetivity and size. You can sit on the edge and dip your feet on it while curious fishes nibble on your feet. Well, that’s a free foot spa!
3. Cambughay Falls
You might think that the waters are deep for short people like me. I am 4’11 but there are parts that you can stand by your own feet. So there is nothing to worry about 🙂
3. Lazi Church and Convent
This 160 years old Lazi Church is also known as Iglesia Parroquial de San Isidro Labrado which means San Isidro Labrador Parish Church. It was established by Augustinians Priests under Patron San Isidro Labrador in 1857. The church was built with sea stones and hardwood by Filipino artisans and it was finished in 1884. The church bell was finished a year after.
The church was also known for its huge U-shaped convent was the largest convent built in the Spanish colonial era. The convent was declared a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines and was listed under the Baroque Churches of the Philippines.
4. Baha Ba’r
Baha Ba’r is situated in the heart of Maite Village which is 1km south of San Juan town and 8km from Siquijor port. This is one of the newest discoveries I had when I went back last 2016.The restaurant is designed and built to reflect the traditional island wood designs which is great for relaxation for the tourists. One of their best sellers in their menu is their home made ice cream which became my favorite.
5. Salagdoong Beach
Siquijor is also known for it’s pristine crystal clear waters and white sand beaches. One of their famous beaches is the Salogdoong Beach which appears in different shades of blue as you go deeper. It is situated in Olang, Maria, Siqiuijor which is approximately 30 kilometers away from Siquijor Port.
The last time when we had an overnight stay in Siquijor, our last destination was Salagdoong beach it was scheduled few hours before our departure. So we had to wake up at 7 am and spent the whole morning by the shore.
And of course, the cliff diving. They said your Siquijor Adventure won’t be complete if you don’t go cliff diving in Salagdoong. Unfortunately, I wasn’t gifted for that skill and I guess I am the only beach lover who doesn’t know how to swim in deep waters.
Have you been to Siquijor? What are the places you want see and experience? 🙂