Sunday, January 2, 2011

Siquijor: Surrendering to Serenity

I sat to compose myself. The sweltering midday heat was infuriating my hormones. Twelve weeks into the pregnancy and there I was in Dumaguete Port battling morning sickness yet brushing off the idea of slowing down. We were waiting for our ferry to Siquijor.

A calming welcome. View of Siquijor's shore upon docking.

Shervin and I have been traveling for five days already with the route Cebu-Dumaguete-Siquijor. Quaint-quainter-quaintest was indeed how we rolled, and what I truly needed. I was jaded to bits.

It was about one in the afternoon when a guy called out to passengers heading to Siquijor. He said we needed to check in at Delta Fast Ferries' counter located in its own floating terminal. Let me tell you, the term "lumulutang na terminal" used by the port's guard (when asked where it's situated) terrified me. That's the last thing my already worsening nausea needed.

Delta Fast Ferries' floating terminal.

The waves were big that day. Even from afar as we approached, we could see that the terminal was rocking wildly, in sync with the ferry. I was too preoccupied with my worries I didn't even bid a proper goodbye to Ari and Benn, Shervin's friends from Australia who traveled with us from Cebu to Dumaguete. They were also in the port waiting for their fast craft back to Cebu.

After checking in (which basically means showing our paid tickets and writing down our names on the manifest), we only waited for about five minutes. A steward let us board with the rest of the early birds. The ferry was quickly filled and we departed on time. The trip's a breeze at forty five minutes.

Upon docking, I caught a glimpse of Siquijor's shore. I remember it being an ooh la la moment, it made me forget about my headache.

A non hectic port.

Passengers disembarked in an unhurried manner. At the port's gate, trike drivers offered their services but weren't really too pushy. We hired one for we didn't intend to spend the night in town. We longed for something more remote.

We requested to be taken to Sandugan Beach, past the town of Larena, but we were unsuccessful in scoring a room with any of the resorts in the vicinity. Thanks to our driver's recommendation, we ended up in Hotel Agripino, a short walk from Salagdoong Beach. Both places we had to ourselves that evening. An evening spent in serenity.

It was Shervin's birthday. We celebrated over cheap pizza from the hotel's resto.

Trip's Nitty Gritty:

1. Dumaguete's port is located north of Rizal Boulevard. Trikes could take you there for P8-P10, depending on which part of city proper you come from.

2. Delta Fast ferry from Dumaguete to Siquijor's P160. Their official schedule ain't really official. Last trips are either at 4:30 PM or 5:30 PM.

3. There are a handful of cheap accommodations in Siquijor town. No need to ride a trike to browse around. Hire a motorcycle or trike if you want to roam around the island.

4. If you're staying somewhere away from town like in Sandugan beach, Salagdoong Beach, or San Juan, ask for your trike driver's number so he could service you whenever you need transportation (some resorts also have vehicles for hire). Jeeps are a bit rare.

5. Our trike ride from Siquijor town to Salagdoong Beach cost a whopping P700, and that's because (me guessing) I was with a kano.

6. Air-conditioned twin room in Hotel Agripino costs P800 a night. Tissue and towels are provided. Our window had a view of Maria Bay!

[This is part of the Voyaging Visayas Series which took place February 2010. Price of goods, transportation and so forth may already be different.]


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princess_dyanie said...
January 3, 2011 at 3:31 AM

Yay! Ganyan din ang description ko when I went to Siquijor - serene, peaceful, relaxing etc. Ang sarap dun. :) Okay yung ferry ride ko from DG to SQ ko kaso na trauma ako nung pauwi na. Kalurkey ang SQ to DG ko hahaha! Chika ko sayo pag nagkita tayo para may feelings haha :D

fetus said...
January 3, 2011 at 6:08 AM

hay... kelan kaya ako makapunta dito? to think my father's family came from here.

Lawstude said...
January 3, 2011 at 8:08 AM

I have chosen Siquijor as my top travel in 2007. I just so love that island because of the beach and the old churches and of course the mystery surrounding it.

Happy new year Gay and more trips in 2011. :)

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
January 3, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Princess Dyanie, hahaha! Was it that horrifying? Thank goodness our wasn't so bad. Sige, will wait for you to make kwento personally someday.

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
January 3, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Fetus, wala nang plano plano... Just go (granting you got the dough of course). Happy New Year ulit!

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
January 3, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Oman, its mysticism lured me also. More trips for this year too dear!

Ian said...
January 4, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Beautiful beach indeed....

vin said...
January 4, 2011 at 4:15 PM

nice beach. i'll add this up to my future destinations. :)

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
January 4, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Ian and Vin, beautiful pristine beach indeed!

Ed said...
January 7, 2011 at 2:22 AM

We were at this port and we still had two hours to wait for the next trip. I was a bit upset at that time because I wasn't able to take a dip in salt water during our Siquijor adventure (we went to Cambugahay Falls, Lazi Church, Enchanted Balete, Catulayan Beach and Capilay Spring) all in one day!

Because I was itching to dive in saltwater, I used the remaining hours at the beach at the port (on your first picture) kahit ako lang mag-isa! hehe. i later realized that andami palang sea urchins! buti na lang i was able to get away from them before stepping on the water! :D

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
January 7, 2011 at 2:50 AM

Ed, Siquijor's got beautiful beaches pa naman, I understand you being a bit upset. But eeekkk! Sea urchins... Scary!

Aleah said...
January 7, 2011 at 10:22 PM

@Ed: good thing you didn't step on the sea urchins!

@Gay: nice post. I really love Siquijor. Wish I could back there someday, though I hope I won't meet that guy again ^_^

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
January 7, 2011 at 10:55 PM

Hi Aleah, yeah it would be nice to go back. Though I don't think we will in the near future. So many other destinations on my list :(

EFT Manual said...
January 10, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Siquijor looks a great place to travel. Thanks for the tips and the information about the place.

Eric said...
January 16, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Thanks for posting...Never been home in Siquijor since 1996....

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
January 17, 2011 at 12:02 AM

Wow, I would love Siquijor to be my home :)

thepinaysolobackpacker said...
January 17, 2011 at 6:43 AM

I'm seeing good reviews fr Siquijor everywhere. I should go there too this year! :) at xempre will consult this post for the getting there part! yay!

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...
January 17, 2011 at 10:45 AM

You will like Siquijor for sure Gael :)

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