While most Filipinos have this negative image of Siquijor (because of some scary stories), Siquijor remains to be one of my favourite island provinces in the Philippines. The mystic and mystery the place is known for, has captured my interest and my senses. I first visited Siquijor in 2012, and from then on, I promised to go back.. and I did in January of 2015.
The island called Isla del Fuego or Island of Fire, to me, is so under-rated. One really should visit this place to know what I am talking about. The entire island is an embodiment of loaded natural beauty – from pristine seascape to stunning landscape.
One of the ideal natural spots to take pleasure in Siquijor is the multi-layered Cambugahay Falls. Being one of Siquijor’s main attraction drawers, Cambugahay is a frequented place. Its charming atmosphere is attributed to the cold, clear and clean cascading water that is believed to originate from natural springs, and rain water.
Going to the area may not be a walk in the park as one will have to hurdle the leg-challenging stairs leading to the waterfall. The sauntering down requires about 135 steps. Nonetheless, one will feel as if nothing strenuous happened upon seeing the falls. All three layers are a sight to behold. The shallow waters are ideal for swimming. Indeed a relaxing way to cool off after a tiring walk.
How to Cambugahay Falls:
The closest airport with commercial flights to Siquijor is the Dumaguete-Sibulan Airport. From Dumaguete City port, you can choose either a RoRo or a fast craft to the Siquijor. Fare is between ₱180 up to ₱220 depending on the vessel type.
From either the towns of Larena or Siquijor, you can rent a habal-habal to take you to Cambugahay Falls which is in the town of Lazi.
For schedule of boats/ferries/vessels going to Siquijor from Dumaguete City, check out http://www.siquijordirectory.com/ferryshipping.html
Don’t be a wasted soul, be ‘juan’derlust.