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Taking a plunge in Siquijor

Cambugahay Falls – going down a hundred stone steps will bring you to a 3-tiered waterfall. Another activity here aside from swimming is the rope swing. For P20 per head, you can have unlimited swing and plunge at the pool.

Salagdoong Beach – a semi-government owned resort. Another activity here aside from swimming is cliff diving. There are two diving flat forms, 20 and 35 feet high.

(you may check our budget and itinerary for this trip – Siquijor, Oslob and Dumagute)


Travel around Siquijor

St. Francis of Assisi Church – located a few meters from the port. Established in 1795 and the first parish church in the province.


Baywalk – on the way to the Balete Tree site is the baywalk where the provincial signage can be found.


Balete Tree – you can enjoy gazing at the century-old tree while having a fish foot spa. You can also buy souvenir items here.

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San Isidro Labrador Church – also called Lazi Church, was built in 1857 and the only church (that I have visited so far) that has well preserved wooden floor. This is the second best old church for me (my first is Tumauini Church in Isabela)


Lazi Convent – situated across San Isidro Labrador Church and is considered one of the biggest convents in the Philippines. The church and the convent were declared a National Historical Landmark in 1973.


(you may check our budget and itinerary for this trip – Siquijor, Oslob and Dumagute)


Siquijor province is part of Region VII or the Central Visayas Region. It is the 3rd smallest province in the Philippines and believed to be site for magic spells and enchantment.

Siquijor is accessible via Dumaguete port, an hour boat rides from Negros Oriental province. Upon arrival, there are several motorcycle, tricycle and multicab for rent. We opted to rent a tricycle that can fit up to 6 passengers for the price of P1,200 (P200 each) for a whole day tour.


(you may check our budget and itinerary for this trip – Siquijor, Oslob and Dumagute)

Completing Central Visayas Region

Region VII or Central Visayas Region is composed of 4 provinces: Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor. I have been in Cebu and Bohol twice already, in 2009 as part of our honeymoon escapade (check budget here) and in 2011 with my family and my father’s relatives. This year, together with my colleagues, I was able to visit the other 2 provinces, Negros Oriental and Siquijor with Oslob Cebu as a bonus.

Here’s our budget and itinerary for this trip:

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Burias Island, Island Hopping


Burias Masbate boasts plenty of beautiful islands. Three of the most visited are Animasola, Sombrero & Tinalisayan.


with our very generous boatman Mico

 Sombrero Island – so called because of its hat-liked shape. It is the biggest (I think) of all the three Island with blue-green water and crushed coral sand.



My least bet of all the three, probably because the place is quite crowded and there are a lot of man-made structure like cottages, stores and houses.


Tinalisayan- second best on my rating. The island features an 80-meter-long sandbar, best time to go there is before sunset to see the whole stretch.


There is also a hill where you can climb to have a 360-degree view of the island.


Animasola- my top choice! amazing rock formations, beautifully crafted through time.

Dapa- this island is not part of the tour but our very generous boatman “Mico” gave this as a bonus since it is just another 15-20mins boat ride from Sombrero Island.


It also has its own distinct rock formation, flat roof style rock with several holes and pits said to be home to a number of sea snakes during rainy season.


with Che, a solo backpacker


Burias Island is making its name in the tourist industry and there are still a lot of island to be explored. I just hope the LGU will take good care of what the Lord has blessed their community.

 (you may check our budget and itinerary for this trip – Burias Island, Masbate)