Siquijor

Today the island remains veiled in mystique – famous for its traditions of folk healing, and whispered myths of sorcery and the supernatural. But Siquijor is bewitching in so many other ways.

Siquijor hides secret swimming spots like the turquoise waters of Kagusan and Salagdoong beaches, and the white sand-lined Tulapos Marine Sanctuary.

Cambugahay Falls features shallow multi-tiered waterfalls, perfect for an afternoon dip. And the town of San Juan has a natural spring park right at its center.

At over 1,300 feet high, Mt. Bandilaan is the highest peak in Siquijor. The Mt. Bandilaan Nature Park features natural springs, hiking trails, caves, and even a butterfly sanctuary. The more spiritual might be moved to reflecting by the Stations of the Cross. Other areas to meditate at include the St. Francis of Assisi Church and the San Isidro Labrador Church and Convent, one of the country’s oldest and largest spiritual structures.

Delve further, and quirkier attractions abound.

Entering the subterranean Cantabon Cave is difficult, but the payoff is well worth it – fascinating stalactite and stalagmite formations, and a small and tranquil pool.

Visit the centuries-old Cang-Isok House, which is made of native material like nipa (a species of palm).

If you’re still craving a taste of Siquijor’s mystical side, head over to the ancient balete tree for an eerie photo-op. Or ask a local to point you to a faith healer, as well as shops selling amulets, charms, love potions and other concoctions.