Islands and Beaches
24-hour Tour: How the Mystical Island of Siquijor Casts a Spell on Me
Yua Dominguez | Sep 08, 2016
Siquijor is roughly four hours away from Dumaguete port via roro. All schedules going to and from the island are fixed, especially on weekends. We had to adjust to the island’s timetable so that we’ll be in Dumaguete just in time for our flight back to Manila. What else can we do? We’re already on our way to this tiny island at 3pm and we need to head back to Dumaguete by 12 noon the next day. Might as well enjoy the 19 hours we have on this oh so mysterious island.
By the time we arrived in Siquijor, it was dark and freezing. Talk about a perfect scenario for a haunted movie. It didn’t help that we received peculiar reactions when people learned that we are Siquijor-bound. Truth be told though, I was more anxious about how we can cram everything we wanted to explore and experience in the remaining 8 hours (after we’ve deducted sleeping, dinner, shower, etc., from the total 19 hours) that were available to us.
Even Manong driver of habal-habal thought we we’re crazy, but was easily persuaded to pick us up at 3:00 in the morning from our inn. The ride going to Cambuhagay Falls was pretty cold. It was a long, lonely and scary ride as the inky blackness served to fuel our imagination. Thank God for our portable speakers which made us forget our fears. Black arts and witches were no match to my throwback playlist and early morning vocalization.
Turquoise-blue clear waters, lush forest, the sound of waterfalls and this swing rope hanging from a tree welcomed us. Paradise on earth and not a single soul in sight. The place was all ours. What a treat! There was not a single second to waste. Throwing all caution to the wind, I felt as free as a bird as I grabbed hold of the rope, hanged on for dear life for a few seconds and let go! The shock of the frigid water on my body was instantaneous. What a rush! I felt so alive and can’t wait to swing again! And off I did like a monkey swinging from a tree. I could do this forever or so I thought. Just when our body temperature finally adjusted to the cold water, we realized our hour is gone. Sad we had to leave so soon but can’t help but be excited about what our next stop has in store for us.
Sunrise found us back on the road again, next stop - Salagdoong Beach. The minutes flew by so fast. Not too soon, we found ourselves in our destination. For the second time today we had the resort all to ourselves again just like in Cambuhagay Falls! We took our time exploring the area looking for a spot where we can chill and rest for a while. We found an interesting rock formation. On top of the rock formation was a diving board for cliff-diving. It was also a perfect spot to watch the sun continue its rise in the horizon . We took a moment or two to admire and appreciate its golden splendor. Then off we went to check out the depth of the water below. It was clear and wonderfully blue. There were no corals just white sand and we swam for a bit. A few minutes after, we scaled the rock formation again. Reserving the best for last, we answered the diving board’s summons. One at a time, we took a deep breath and jumped into the waiting azure ocean.
Next stop is at the pier. We have to get there before 12 or we will miss our flight in Dumaguete. Almost wish we had a broomstick so we can go faster. Just made it to roro with plenty of time to spare.
As the roro began to move away from the shore, we felt a twinge of sadness. Our trip was over so soon. Perhaps there is a little grain of truth to this beautiful island’s reputation. Surely, it had cast its spell on us.
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