Philippines_Siquijor

 Siquijor Island, Negros, Philippines

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Siquijor Island is a mid-sized island, off South East Negros in the central Philippines.  It is pronounced “sikki-hor”.

I came here for a few days in January.

The entire coastline is about 70km long. It would take a year to do a full survey of all possible snorkel spots! Reports from previous visitors suggested that there are only two locations worth snorkelling – marked A and C on the map.  I looked at these two places, but didn’t investigate anywhere else.

There is no public transport in Siquijor. I rented a motorbike from a private house in the main town, Siquijor Town, for 300PHP per day.  There are several places at the jetty renting out motorbikes for a slightly higher price.

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Area A – Sandugan

Sandugan is a beachy area in the far North East of the island.  There are a few tourist resorts there, including one dive resort – Kiwi Dive Resort.
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Apparently, the best snorkelling on Siquijor is on the reef outside Kiwi Dive resort.  I looked at this area and also covered the stretch running about 300m South of it (towards the other resorts).

Underwater visibility was a disappointing 3-4 metres. My impression was that the coral was reasonably good, but it was nothing compared with Moalboal.
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Looking back at the pictures now, it looks better than I remembered it.  If you are on Siquijor – this area is the first one to look at. .

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Area B – Marine Park Area

I wasn’t aware that this spot existed when I visited, but I subsequently saw a map showing Area B as one of three possible snorkelling/diving locations on Siquijor.

I didn’t get in the water here, so I can’t tell you anything about it.   Here is a random surface-shot from the general area.
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It doesn’t look too promising!  Do let me know what you find underwater there

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Continuing around the island road, there were a few pleasant, lush scenes:
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Here’s a snap of touristic Salag-doong Beach, near the town of Maria on the East coast.
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They have a water-slide cemented into the cliff!

One travel book says that divers sometimes spot Mantas out from here.

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There were some pretty waterfalls near the town of Lazi.
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Area C – Royal Cliff Resort, near San Juan

The other place reputedly worth snorkelling is outside Royal Cliff Resort on the South West coast.   Previous reports suggested that the reef is rather deep for snorkelers.   I can confirm this.

The snorkel area itself is clearly marked-out with buoys.  It was low tide when I was there and although there are some corals and rocky crevices worth looking at, they all start at 6+ metres depth.  Surface snorkelers probably wouldn’t have much fun here.

Here are my snaps:
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Generally, I wasn’t hugely impressed with the snorkelling at Siquijor, but my short trip to the island was a pleasant diversion all the same.

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Admin:

As a card-carrying cheapskate, I stayed at the cheapest joint I could find – ‘Little Backpackers’ in Larena. Luxury it ain’t, but the owner is friendly and you can’t fault the price (200PHP for a dorm).  It sits on stilts over a paddy-field. There were plenty of mozzies around (and no nets supplied), but I found that sleeping under a sarong kept the critters at bay.

There was a good map of the island posted on the wall:
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The ferry from Dumaguete to Siquijor town was 150 PHP each way.

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Written: Feb 2012   . . . . . . . . . .          Last updated: Feb 2012

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