Natural Wonders of Siquijor

Natural Wonders of Siquijor (Lalawigan sa Siquijor)

Natural Flowing Spring Siquijor IslandPopulation (Siquijodnuns) (2010) 91,000.

Situated in the central Visayas.
Its capital is also called Siquijor.
Northwest lies Cebu (16 m)and Negros (12 m).
Northeast is Bohol (19 m).
South is the island of Mindanao (28 m).

The Capital is Siquijor pop. around 25,000.

Approximately 102 kilometers of shoreline, most of the interior of Siquijor is made up of hills and mountains,
limestone rock and coral reefs.

Scuba Diving sites are rich in marine life. There is an abundance of Mangroves, caves, coves, bays and white sandy beaches.

The main language is Cebuano. English as well as Tagalog is also spoken. The resort staff speak many other languages also.

Spanish explorers called this, The Island of Fire (Isla del Fuego) because of the swarms of fireflies which can
be seen at night.

Also known as: The Island of Healing because of the medicinal potions produced here. Siquijor is said to be a mystical island, full of witches and other supernatural phenomena. However, the mystical traditions and the practice of witchcraft, for which the island is famed, is largely Myth and Legend.

Mount Malabahoc (known llocally as Mount Bandilaan) (628 meters high) is the highest point on the island.

The ocean depths between Siquijor, Bohol and Mindanao are as much as 700 meters.

Fossils of the giant clam (Tridacna), are found inland, suggesting the island was only recently formed.

The climate is dry from January to May and wet the rest of the year. Siquijor’s average temperature is 28 °C (82 °F)

Salamangka is stuated in San Juan (pop.around 13,525) where the best diving can be found. Recent expeditions are discovering dives of more than 90 meters. The House reef at Salamangka Resort, drops to 290 meters.

Tourist Attractions:

Hermit Crab Voodoo Beach House Reef SalamangkaPrincipal attractions are dive sites, marine life, extensive mangroves, white sandy beaches and bays.

Species: Hard Coral, Small Barracuda, Parrot Fish, Nudibranchs, Razor Fish, Clown Fish, Grouper, Sea Turtles, Ghost Pipefish, Ribbon Eel, Pegasus, Cuttlefish & The Spanish Dancer, Yellow Tail Fusilier, Devil rays, Squid.

The island has many beautiful white sand beaches and bays.

St. Isidore Church and Convent. Building commenced in 1884 using indigenous coral stones and hardwood.

Natural Attractions Include:

Caving in the Moutains of Siuqijor

  • Cambugahay and other waterfalls
  • Old Enchanted Tree at Lazi
  • Natural Flowing Spring
  • Mount Ilihan
  • Palingkod Hills
  • Bandilaan Natural Park
  • Salagdoong Man-made Forest
  • More than 40 Nature Reserves Caves around the island, with an Antique Coffin in the town of Lazi.
  • Mangrove Areas
  • There are 10 marine sanctuaries and one marine reserve, containing many species of fish, corals, seagrass and other marine life.
  • Wildlife Sanctuary/Forest Reserves
  • More than 400 hectares of Natural Parks

Festivals:

Solili (Siquijor) (September 17) is the main festival when the island celebrates “Araw ng Siquijor” The Solili Dance. Being a traditional marriage ritual, serves as one of the highlights of the week-long Siquijor celebration.

Dilaab Festival (Siquijor)
1st Week of October

Bugwas Festival
Last Week of August(San Juan)

Saging Festival (Bananas)
2nd Week of May (Lazi)

Lubi Festival
3rd Week of May

Pamukad Festival
2nd Week of July (Enrique Villanueva)

Canoan Festival
(Larena)

Folk Healing Festival
Herbalists in the island produce medicinal potions made from a variety of tree barks, roots, herbs, insects & other ingredients said to have healing powers. Preparation takes place in a large pot of coconut oil. They are also known for making love potions, said to charm and bring good luck to users.