Siquijor - You don't need to be an explorer to find fire
The old explorers knew the best places to go. They sailed right to the center of the Visayas region in the Philippines, and they found heaven. They didn’t call it “heaven” though (probably wanted to keep the secret for themselves), but “Isla del Fuego,” the “Island of Fire.” That’s not because of volcanoes, by the way, but because of the thousands of fireflies that illuminate the tropical foliage all around the island. If you’re a world traveler, you know this island of fire and light as the center of mystic tradition and occult fascination, and you call it Siquijor.
Resorts in Siquijor
Siquijor resort are relaxed and native-friendly, and, while they boast no five-star amenities, they have comfortable bungalows that let you stay ocean-breeze cool as you investigate the island’s enthralling history and activities. Below is a list of some of the popular resorts in Siquijor.
Siquijor tourist attractions
Siquijor is a glorious jewel of an island, possessed of amazing limestone rock cliffs, tropical jungles, waterfalls, natural caves, a colourful butterfly sanctuary, historic sites, stunning coral reefs (offering some of the best diving in the country) and astounding white-sand beaches (all around the island), with the warm ocean surf adding a gentle and relaxing rhythm to island life.
Siquijor is the home of Philippine magic and mysticism, and its festivals are fascinating for the outsider. Consider such astounding Siquijor attractions as the Folk Healing Fest, an Easter celebration where the potion-making wizards of the island create exotic brews to heal the sick and, as is recorded in the Christian legend of Jesus, raise the dead. Or, if you arrive later in the season, try the Dilaab festival in October, which honors the patron saint of animals (especially fireflies), St. Francis; he probably would have been stunned at the sight of his well-lit minions brightening the Siquijor night sky.
And—if you’re planning a wedding, and you want something out of the way and exotic, imagine a visit during September’s Solili Festival, where marriages and their rituals are celebrated in street dancing, surely the most physical and memorable way to pledge your true love.
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How to get to Siquijor
Dumaguete (Negros) -
Delta Fast Ferries (tel 63 35) 225 3128/420 1111 Approx 45 mins, depart 7.00am/10.30am/3.00pm/5.30pm
Ocean Jet (63 32) 255-7560 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Approx 5 hours depart 3.35 pm (via Bohol and Dumaguete, you can catch this ferry from either of these cities to Siquijor as well)
You can also fly Cebu Pacific to Dumaguete and and then catch the ferry to Siquijor.
Last Updated (Saturday, 13 April 2013 13:57)