Most people I have talked with don’t wanna be caught dead traveling through Siquijor’s roadways after the sun sets below the liquid horizon. I understand how the island’s reputation for sorcery has somehow ingrained this bit for wary travelers who for some unknown reasons found themselves in the middle of the mystic island. But we’re no part of these groups of vacationeers.
Siquijor has charmed us the moment we alighted at its shimmering postcard-perfect port, its old stone churches, the ponds, the emerald waterfalls and even its mysterious Black Magic Maria statue. We felt completely at ease in the island, with Joam, our tour guide, chatting up stories while moving us from one place to the next without missing a single beat.
Dusk found us still on the road, circling the eastern and northern part of the island, looking for a suitable place to spend the night. Coming all the way from Manila, heading straight to Siquijor from Dumaguete and diving right into a circumferential tour of the island, our first day had been long and tiring.
Our tricycle had blasted through the wind and roared through the paved roads of Siquijor, passing farmlands, small villages, man-made forests, mangroves and the sea, always the sea.
Passing a long stretch of shoreline at Larena, we stopped for a bit to gather our thoughts and finally decide on where to bed down for the night.
We were on the wrong end of the sunset, the coast we were standing on faced east. There were shadows in the horizon as dusk negotiated a treaty with early evening. The sky was transforming into blues and purples; clouds being painted in magentas.
With our silhouettes, a few mangrove trees along the banks of Siquijor watched with us as the sky changed colors until the shades were finally pulled. The darkness of the island at last engulfed us and we again roared on the unlighted roads of Siquijor.
GPS Coordinates: 9.203104,123.595505
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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