If you are looking for that perfect white sandy beach vacation, you’ll find it here in Siquijor. The island features many developed and undeveloped white sand beaches which cater mostly to foreign and local tourists alike.
Oftentimes, Siquijor is compared to the early days of Boracay by most travelers who have been to its beaches. If fully developed, the island province could overtake Boracay as the number one tourist destination in the Philippines.
If you are the type of person who likes an adventure under the sun, here are some of Siquijor’s Beaches that you may want to explore:
A raw beach just outside Siquijor Power Plant in Candanay Sur, Siquijor.
This undeveloped public beach is a boat docking station to some local fishermen. It also serves as a picnic place for some local folks… a good place for swimming and overnight camping. You may use some of the cottages in the area, which would cost you around PHP50 to PHP100.
One night, eight months ago, I witnessed a magnificent display of lightning and thunderstorm in this beach. The island had a clear night sky while the surrounding islands of Cebu and Bohol had some lightning and thunderstorm. I was so stunned by the view that I decided to stay overnight in the area. It was just one of those rare nights wherein nature showed its wonders.
Candanay Sur and Candanay Norte Beaches.
These two Siquijor “barangays” is home to some exclusive beach resorts, private beach houses, and a public beach. It has a long stretch of fine white sand beach. Beneath its clear waters are expanses of mossy rock surfaces a few feet near the shore. Some activities you can do here include swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, camping, picnic, and strolling along the beach.
Poblacion, San Juan Beach.
San Juan has a long stretch of raw white sand beach from its Poblacion all the way to “barangay” Solangon. Some are owned by private beach resorts and some are used as a docking station by local fishermen. This coastline has the perfect view of the sunset.
Poblacion, Siquijor Beach.
It is an undeveloped white sand beach just beside Siquijor Pier. It has some cottages for picnic, food establishments and guesthouse for travelers. The shoreline is perfect for swimming during high tide and skim boarding during low tide. It has a picturesque view having emerald colored sea waters during the “habagat” (meaning west or southwest wind; south-west monsoon) season.
When I was a kid, we usually play and swim in this beach. FYI: The Siquijor Pier has also been considered as one of the cleanest piers in the Philippines by some travelers.
Coco Grove Beach Resort
It is an exclusive beach resort with 800 meters of white sandy beach surrounded by turquoise water. The resort offers complete relaxation and rejuvenation. You can enjoy and relax in surroundings of complete nature, from tropical gardens, crystal blue sea to spectacular marine life and unbelievable sunsets, all on a long white sandy beach.
It has the perfect C-shaped shoreline in all of Siquijor’s beaches with a lighthouse in one end. However, this shoreline is mostly owned by private individuals. It is also used as a docking station for local fishermen. If this shoreline is developed into an exclusive resort, this could become Siquijor’s number one beach resort.
It is noted for its picturesque seascape and rock formation. It is situated below a cliff and accessible by a concrete staircase. This secluded and undeveloped beach is perfect for swimming, snorkeling and overnight camping.
This is one of my favorite beaches in the island because of its exotic and intimate feel to it. And in some days, this beach is completely deserted.
Getting to this beach can be tricky since it doesn’t have any signboards on the road. Plus, you might also get lost so it’s better if you have a guide with you.
Salagdoong Beach Resort
According to the Siquijor Government website, Salagdoong Beach is a perfect hideaway for friends and couples in Maria. It is tucked in a cove, fine white sand and a nearby islet providing a good vantage point of the beachfront.
It is usually flooded with foreign and local tourists during weekends. You can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, camping and cliff diving in this beach resort.
Aside from the above mentioned beaches, you may also want to explore other white sand beaches in Siquijor, San Juan, Lazi, Maria, Larena and Enrique Villanueva. The island is practically surrounded by beautiful raw white sandy beaches.
Indeed, Siquijor is a beautiful place inside and out. Aside from being a home to many Siquijodnons, it has also become a booming tourist destination in the Philippines.
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Check out the following Siquijor entries:
1. The Mystical Island of Siquijor – DEMYSTIFIED!
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6. Best Diving Spots in Siquijor - soon
8. Siquijor: Facts and Figures - soon
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