Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Isla Del Fuego, the Siquijor Adventure



Siquijor is known to be a mystical province famous for the mythical creatures that usually roams at night. Little does people know that it is a virgin paradise waiting to be explored.

san juan de capilay spring park

The Capilay spring is a natural spring made into a swimming pool at the center of San Juan town. Families from the vicinity and even tourists crowd the place during summer for a cool dip at the pool.
 san juan de capilay spring park

Surrounding the park are benches for people to sit on while relaxing or resting from taking a swim at the pool.

The road to mt. bandilaan is actually very steep and quite a long journey. But the trip was all worth it once you reach the top.

 
Mt. Bandilaan has its own station of the cross. With its mountainous path and thick array of forest trees, doing the way of the cross is fairly a memorable religious journey.

 one with the anito's at coco grove



It is called Island del Fuego or Island of Fire during the Spanish Colonial period. The island is covered with Molave trees which serve as a sanctuary for the swarm of fireflies. Hence, it is named Isla Del Fuego.

 Sipping the mango shake to cool off the afternoon heat at coco grove was really refreshing.

 century old balete tree


The tree is believed to be enchanted because of its eerie outline created by hundreds of roots and vines hanging down.

 
 st. isidore labrador church, lazi

  st. isidore labrador church, lazi

St. Isidore Labradore Parish Convent, Lazi

The Spaniards constructed the country's one of the reputed biggest and oldest convents in the Philippines. Declared a historical landmark by the Philippine Historical Commission, it is believed to have been the vacation house for the Diocese's priest at that time.


Cambugahay falls is the only enchanted falls in the island. It is secluded and definitely a refreshing site to see that one might want to take a dip.


Salagdoong beach resort is one of the island's most frequented beaches. Covered with powdery white sand, surrounded with high rock formations and an inviting crystal clear waters.

 Being the most famous of Siquijor's over 45 explored and unexplored caves, Cantabon cave's long, winding and difficult trek is definitely a challenge for thrill seekers and spelunkers.


inside cantabon cave

 Inside the cave runs a subterranean stream while beautiful stalactites and stalagmites abound the cave's huge chambers.
behind me is supposedly the pool in the cave where tourists can take a dip


How to get there:

There are 4 shipping companies operating in Cebu City with trips to Siquijor: WEESAM EXPRESS, Cokaliong Shipping Lines, Inc., f.j. Palacio Lines Incorporated and Ocean Jet.

WEESAM EXPRESS
WEESAM EXPRESS has trips every day
- Leaving from Cebu City Pier 4 wharf at 07:30 AM, and arriving at Siquijor wharf at 11:45 AM

Cokaliong Shipping Lines, Inc.
Cokaliong Shipping Lines, Inc. has trips on Mon at 01:00 PM
- Leaving from Cebu City Pier 1 wharf at 01:00 PM, and arriving at Larena wharf at 08:00 PM

f.j. Palacio Lines Incorporated
f.j. Palacio Lines Incorporated has trips on Mon, Wed, Fri at 02:00 PM
- Leaving from Cebu City Pier 1 wharf at 02:00 PM, and arriving at Larena wharf at 10:00 PM

Ocean jet has daily trips from Cebu to Siquijor. It departs Cebu at 3:35 PM and arrives in Siquijor at 8:25 PM. The fare for tourist class is P950and P1350 for business class.

Or you may log on to www.oceanjet.net for more information about the vessel schedule or contact them at 255-7560 or e-mail at customerservice@oceanjet.net.