Another island another scooter, this time a fully automatic so felt like riding my beloved scooter from back home. This scooter ride took me around Siquijor that is known for it’s witchcraft among the Philippine people. I didn't notice any of that though, instead I found another green island with white beaches… So what is there to see on the small island of Siquijor you might wonder?
I kind of mixed up my memories in my last post about touring around Bohol where I wrote that I missed the exit to the Tubod water sanctuary. As a matter of fact that didn't happen on my Bohol trip, it actually happened here on Siquijor, shame on me. So here is a copy paste of those lines… My first stop was suppose to be the Tudor water sanctuary for some what I heard should be great snorkelling but for what ever reason I missed the turn and I only realised this about half an hour to late and I wasn't in the mood to turn around so skipped that one on the list!
I had to pay a whooping 10 PHP/ USD 0.25/ EUR 0.20 in parking when I arrived, this 10 PHP is paid and then you can leave your helmet with your scooter and someone is looking after it for you. There is no choice in the matter so just had to smile and go with it. After paying your parking fee I went down some pretty steep stairs and then I was met by a turquoise blue natural pool with a small waterfall. Was also met by about 700 other people since apparently it was a bank holiday this day. Ok, maybe it wasn't 700 people but I defiantly didn’t have the waterfalls to myself. There was a total of three natural pools with waterfalls to go with them and on the top one there was also a Tarzan swing so the possibility of swinging yourself in to the water was there. I was put off by all the people being there so I never went in to the water even if it looked very inviting to cool down a bit!
My biggest reason for coming to this beach was to jump from the cliff in to the ocean as I’ve been reading about. Pictures from this beach also looked very promising so said and done, my next stop was here. The last KM or so that you ride down to the beach is through a man made forest, very pretty and makes a nice ride.
Of course it was extremely busy as I expected, I did not chose a good day to rent a scooter on Siquijor! But still it was well worth coming down to this beach. It’s a resort you arrive at, but don't expect a fancy five star resort with huge swimming pool and all. The only thing they have is a restaurant, some bathrooms or comfort rooms as they call it here and then of course the cliff jumps I came for. So first thing I did was to head up the hill to take the plunge and jump! Here comes the tricky part when you travel by yourself and you have a day where you not travelling with anyone. What to do with your bag and the stuff that you preferably don't want to have stolen??? Thats when you have to think the best of people and trust someone you don't know to look after it! So I kindly asked a local girl if she look after my bag when I do the jump and of course she would.
Got in to my bikini, walked up on the platform that stares nine meters above the ocean and then I jumped! No thats a bit of a lie, I walked on to the platform, walked to the edge, looked down and thought “this looks incredible high, not sure I can do this so didn't jump”. But then I reminded myself of my twelve meter jump from a bridge in to a river in Guatemala and told myself that I survived that so this should be fine! Also I didn't want to look like a pussy in front of all the locals that was cheering me on:) So once again I walked out to the edge, looked down and didn’t jump, failure, failure, failure everywhere… Changed my tactics and on the third try and I just took some brisk steps, didn't look down but just took the jump straight away. The butterflies I felt in my stomach in the few seconds on the way down disappeared quickly when I landed, this since I somehow managed to land slightly crocket and my left thigh took most of the impact landing. Oh it was painful, but at least I did the jump… After the jump it was time to chill on the beach and just getting to the turquoise blue water to cool down.
Guiwanon Spring Park
Now it was time to visit a nature reserve or so I thought. Like with the water reserve in the morning I also here didn't see the sign for the reserve, only drove about ten minutes to far away but I decided it was way to hot and I was way to lazy to appreciate walking around in a nature reserve late afternoon so instead I just did a stop for a well deserve fresh fruit smoothie and then I went back to the place I was staying to watch the sun set at the beach. So the picture above has nothing to do with the nature reserve!
Cost of My Day Scootering Siquijor:
Scooter: 300 PHP/ USD 6.50/ EUR 5.80
Petrol: 135 PHP/ USD 2.90/ EUR 2.60
Parking at waterfall: 10 PHP/ USD 0.25/ EUR 0.20
Salagdoong Beach: 45 PHP/ USD 1.00/ EUR 0.90
Where I Stayed In Siquijor:
JJ Backpackers Village: 600 PHP/ USD 13/ EUR 11.50
Stayed in a private with shared bathroom right on the beach, but low tide after around 10 am so no good swimming
I decided that it was time for a career break. So handed in my notice to the company who I worked with for the last ten years. It's time to pack my bag and depart from Amsterdam which been my home town for the last 4.5 years. -"Amsterdam, it's not you it's me and I need a break!". Read more
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