SIQUIJOR | San Juan’s Coco Grove Resort | Lakad Pilipinas

This is the most famous resort in Siquijor, our guide told us as he maneuvered his tricycle into the gates of Coco Grove. We’re still unsure where to book our three-day stay in the island and Kuya Joam was showing us around the various resorts circling Siquijor’s shoreline.

Passing a long cogon colonnade we were welcomed by a huge white parrot at the Coco Grove’s open-aired front desk. We did our inquiry, the cheapest room they have is priced at Php2,400.00; good for two persons, breakfast included. Not that pricey, but not cheap either. We decided to check out the resort first.

Coco Grove has an almost kilometer long beach front facing southwest. The cream-colored sand was pretty fine and the water was turquoise green. Only problem was the waves at that time were quite strong due to the southwesterly winds. It seemed we visited Siquijor at the wrong time, our guide says the beach here is the best during the early parts of the year up to the summer months.

If you feel like checking out the sights underneath its waters, the eastern part of the resort faces Tubod, a marine sanctuary where you can snorkel and even dive to your heart’s desire. They have a dive shop too where you can rent your gear. It’s just unfortunate that the waves were really too strong and visibility was bad when I tried to snorkel. I can’t even get that far as I kept being slammed back to the shore by the waves.

Open huts, hammocks and recliners litter the beach side; perfect for beach bumming. I can spend weeks here doing nothing.

The whole resort is covered by a dense canopy of trees and is even considered as a bird sanctuary. You can hear nothing but the rustling leaves against the wind, the crashing waves of the sea and the chirping of unnamed birds above.

The cottages are beautifully finished in fist-sized river stones topped with soaring cogon roofs. The architecture looks like a cross between Batanes’ stone houses and traditional Balinese architecture.

Coco Grove has two restaurants, the Sunset Restaurant located on its western side and the Salamandas Restaurant on its eastern side where you’d have to cross a fisherman’s village to get to. They also have a garden bar complete with a game room situated right in the middle of everything. Check my upcoming post regarding their food.

If you don’t feel like being rocked by waves, they also have swimming pools; two of them in fact. A beach side pool for lounging around and an Olympic-sized pool for serious business. I also found just now that they also have a natural spring tucked on a corner of their sprawling resort, too bad I wasn’t able to check this out while I was there.

Spread all over the huge property are the lodges; 64 rooms all in all; pretty impressive. For a more detailed look at their accommodations, please check my next post about this.

And if you think the resort is beautiful in the morning, wait ‘til nightfall, it transforms from beautiful to magical. Warm globes of light illuminate the trees overhead, the garden becomes a jungle and the pools appears like lighted springs surrounded by glowing trees, huts and recliners. And over the beach, the cool breeze of the sea moves with the twinkling stars overhead.

Need I say that we were totally convinced after touring the resort? We surrendered; lock, stock and two smoking barrels. We closed our eyes to their price and signed for a two-night stay.


COCO GROVE RESORT
SIQUIOR CIRCUMFERENTIAL ROAD
BRGY. TUBOD, SAN JUAN, SIQUIJOR

TELEPHONE: (0927) 362-8731 | (0939) 915-5123
EMAIL: COCOGROVERESORT@YAHOO.COM
WEBSITE:
HTTP://WWW.COCOGROVEBEACHRESORT.COM

GPS COORDINATES: 9.142435,123.510897
CLICK TO VIEW LOCATION ON GOOGLE MAPS

RECOMMENDED SIQUIJOR ISLAND TOUR GUIDE
KUYA JOAM: 0927-6932095
FEE: PHP1,000.00 INCLUSIVE TRANSPORTATION,
PORT PICK-UP, LODGING TRANSFER AND LOTS OF STORIES :)

       SIQUIJOR THREE-DAY SERIES
       TRIP ITINERARY | MANILA - DUMAGUETE CITY - SIQUIJOR | ST. FRANCIS DE ASSISI CHURCH | CAPILAY’S SPRING PARK AT SAN JUAN
       OVER AND BELOW LAZI’S CENTURY-OLD BALETE TREE | LAZI CHURCH - SAN ISIDRO LABRADOR PARISH | LAZI CONVENT
       THE CAMBUGAHAY FALLS AT LAZI | SANTA MARIA CHURCH & ITS BLACK MARIA | SUNSET ON THE ROAD
       SAN JUAN’S COCO GROVE RESORT | COCO GROVE ACCOMMODATIONS AT SAN JUAN | COCO GROVE’S SUNSET RESTAURANT
       SUNSET AND SUNRISE AT SAN JUAN’S TUBOD BEACH

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Wednesday, July 4, 2012

17 comments:

  1. beautiful! wala lang talaga kami budget but most of my friends loved to stay there. :D lovely pictures galing mo talaga tito christian! weeee!

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  2. we took a villa when we stayed there... Kuya Joam is really the best tour guide in Siquijor! :)

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  3. yeah!! sure ako nag enjoy ka! sulit naman ung bayad eh ...mahal nga lang talaga ung pagkain..pero sayong sayo ang resort...wala masyado tawo :D...ang galing mo talaga mag shoot :P awesome!!! ung mga perspectives mo ay iyong iyo lang talaga ...galing:D....i hope u enjoyed the waves kahit pano..talon talon haha :D un ginawa namin kasi last week of may rin kami andyan at dun na ung sobrang lakas na hangin.

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  4. nakapag-star trail ka pa! I love the rough edges of the architecture! I love the rustic feel! gusto ko sana pumunta dito pero takot ako sa waves. LOL!

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  5. gusto ko pumunta pero lam mo yung may notion ako na nakakatakot sa siquijor

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  6. oh my...such beautiful place! i adore your architectural photography. =)

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  7. Grazzi
    :)

    Adventurousfeet
    Ca, maganda lang talaga yung resort kaya maganda rin yung photos :)

    Pinoy Adventurista
    Haha Kuya Joam is indeed the best!

    Sendo
    When we stayed there, medyo marami rin tao, puro foreigners, kami lang ang pinoy na guests :P

    Ding
    Haha fail nga yung star trails ko, naubusan ng batt yung camera :P

    Kulatipot
    Forget about that notion, punta ka na :)

    Batang Biyahera
    Thanks! :)

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  8. Ganda!!!! Grabe natameme ako sa shots mo prang sa libro lng! Ahmazing!

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  9. Wander Shugah
    Salamat, I'm glad you find my photos beautiful :)

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  10. sure looks like a great place to say.. :)

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  11. Rian
    Great place to stay, not so great to eat out in. :P

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  12. Beautiful photos as always, Christian. Grabe, am getting convinced to stay at this resort. pipikit na rin lang ako sa presyo. kasama kasi ang parents e. hehe. kaya i want to give them the best naman. may number ka nung kuya joam?

    thanks

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  13. Tripadora
    Avoid the restaurant and you'll have a good time, nasa footer info number ni Kuya Joam :)

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  14. hello
    meron ba ibang place to eat aside from the food there in the resort?
    can we bring snacks to munch on at night ?:)
    thanks!

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    1. Yes, there are mini carinderias outside the resort :)

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