Cambugahay waterfall is a showcase of Siqujor Island and should not be missed. That is cascaded waterfall with several smaller ones, simply ideal place for relaxing and taking great holiday photos.
Two of the biggest falls create deep natural swimming pools and you can enjoy Tarzan jumps into the cool water. It is better to avoid this place on weekends while it is rather crowded. Weekdays are much better to experience that little piece of paradise.
Bandilaan Mountain and forest
Mt. Bandilaan is the highest point of Siquijor Island. Bandilaan peak and surrounding forests are protected nature reserve. On the top of the mountain you can climb viewing platform and enjoy outstanding views on the island and jungle below. Each year, during Folk Healing Festival there is unique opportunity to meet local healers and shamans cooking special herb mixtures and benefit healer’s service.
The easiest and the most pleasant way to get to this place is to rent a scooter, drive through Siquijor mountains taking break in mountain villages to meet smiling locals who are always eager to share time with tourists.
Bike trip down to the mountains
While discovering Mt. Bandilaan also bike trip down the mountain is worth considering. The trip and the prime quality mountain bike may be booked in Baha Bar restaurant in Maite, San Juan. It is 1,5 hours trip, 500 peso per person. First you are taken by car up to the mountain, then, with qualified guide, you ride your bike discovering amazing jungle forest paths, rice fields, view points until you get down back to San Juan.
Snorkelling in the company of sea turtles
Coming to Siquijor you were probably quite sure in this area only Apo Island gives you possibility of watching sea turtles while diving or snorkelling. Well, you were totally wrong. Every day sea turtles come to Siquijor coral reefs where they live and it is easy to spot them, if only you know where. Perfect place is Siquijor Divers Dive Center, also located in Maite, San Juan. You can rent professional snorkelling or diving equipment there. After exciting water activities you can also relax or have a drink in the beach bar called Republika Beach Bar.
Drink cocktail for your country
Baha Bar – top rated restaurant on the island, conduct very special competition related to the strongest but very tasty cocktail in their cocktail menu. That is mixture of 6 kinds of spirits and liqueurs as well as 3 kinds of juices. Just come and order “Baha Special” and say from which country you are. As for now Poland is the undisputed leader in this competition. Check www.Baha-bar.com
Lazi Beach Club
If only you dream about escaping civilization, even on the very small island, and you want to find quiet place far from main road, you can visit one of the most distant resorts on the island – Lazi Beach Club. There is private bay with amazing coral reef available. Just take (or rent in the resort) your snorkelling equipment and enjoy tranquillity of that place. Link do strony resortu. www.lazibeachclub.com
SMylen Dream Coconut Products – virgin coconut oil factory
That is beautiful example of how to invest and run business in local and eco-friendly way. Factory is located in Candaping, Maria. It is worth visiting to learn how the best virgin oil ever is made. The process is fully manual and each part of the coconut is used for further processes. For example shells are perfect inputs for bags, purses or tables production. Variety of coconut products, and “buko oil” always, you can buy in the factory at really good price, comparing to any other place, also on the Siquijor Island. Quite soon the owners are opening SMylen Dream Home Stay just behind the factory and will be offering few rooms, “nippa house” and restaurant for anybody who likes eco-balanced environment with nice sea view.
Guiwahon Spring Park
This is unique sanctuary of huge and old mangrove trees one can admire walking along man-made wooden bridges. There are few bamboo huts and platforms where you can sit and enjoy marvellous environment and views on the sea and neighbouring island. 10 pesos admission fee is fair enough for a short break in the nature on the road between Siquijor and Larena.
Discover Siquijor Beaches
There are plenty of well-known and beautiful beaches around the island recommended by many people as well as tour guides. To name few of them: picturesque and quiet Kagusuan Beach, noisy and crowded with many attractions Salagdoong Beach, Tubod Beach with close to the shore marine sanctuary or beautiful full of palm trees and offering the best sunsets Paliton Beach. There are obviously dozens of others people visit frequently, however try to find undiscovered beaches, where, if only you meet someone, that would be probably local fisherman or local family. Or even nobody but you and stunning coral reefs full of colourful fish and other marine species. Good luck!
Well, that is just guesthouse and bar, however unique one on every Friday. If you want to feel and experience real local party, it is a must. Noisy, crowded and full of music, place. You can meet everyone there, dance, sing and drink. Live band and DJ make sure you will leave the party exhausted and happy. What’s interesting – next week, and then next and next, and even next year you will get same set of songs and music, but who cares 😉