A deserted beach, without banana boat or parasol. The only stranded waste is natural waste, coconut, seaweed, driftwood ... (Philippines, Sandugan Beach, Siquijor, February 2008)
A deserted beach, without banana boat or parasol. The only stranded waste is natural waste, coconut, seaweed, driftwood ... (Philippines, Sandugan Beach, Siquijor, February 2008)

Siquijor, the peaceful island

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  Philippines: Visayas - February 2008

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I did a good job of leaving for Siquijor without waiting. On arrival, I find a beach almost deserted, the beautiful Sandugan Beach.

From Alona to Siquijor in banca

Jeril embarks me so the morning since Alona, as agreed, on his banca. (Read the previous post → Why am I going to flee Alona Beach).

Rate for this crossing the peninsula of Panglao to the island of Siquijor : 1 200 pesos (18 €). Besides my little person, there is Sarah, a young German girl, and Sunny, her Filipino boyfriend, as well as the captain of the boat and another guy who is there to help with the manoeuvres.

The weather is nice. Blue sky and calm sea, the crossing presents itself well. I think I would have hesitated to do it if there had been waves.

Because a ride in bancaIt's very nice, but especially if the sea is flat. Once, at Sogod Bay (Leyte)During a dive, the weather turned and we were shaken a lot. The banca was fortunately quite comfortable, big and well equipped for divers, but this kind of boat is still limited as soon as there is swell.

On our way to Siquijor (pronounced "Siki-hor") a stopover snorkeling (or PMT in good French, that is to say palm-mask-snorkel) is planned on the island of Balicasag, in front of Panglao. An island rather, with a cute white sand beach, located about three-quarters of an hour / an hour from Alona.

Balicasag Island has beautiful coral reefs. It is a famous dive spot, but I will only do a little snorkeling during the Panglao-Siquijor crossing. (Philippines, Balicasag, February 2008)
Balicasag Island has beautiful coral reefs. It's a famous dive spot, but I'll only do a little bit of snorkeling (swimming in fins-mask-snorkel) during the crossing Panglao-Siquijor. (Philippines, Balicasag, February 2008)

At the edge of the coral reef, there is an impressive concentration of bancas: diving boats, boats transporting tourists snorkelers (swimmers with palms-mask-snorkel) like us, small boats of fishermen reconverted in floating shops of rent of fins, masks and snorkels ...

I am amused by the guys who row frantically towards a big boat that has just arrived, loaded with Koreans (presumably), recognizable by the fact that they all wear a bright orange lifejacket. In Thailand, those tourists who can not swim are similarly identifiable ...

I am the first to get into the water with fins, mask and snorkel (which takes the water), lent by Jeril, which prevents me from having to undo my diving package. Between the beach and the limit of the drop, the corals are pretty badly damaged. Underwater life is concentrated below our bancawhere the superb wall of coral descends to the blue depths.

We stay a few moments to dabble, then we head for good on Siquijor.

In front of the island of Balicasag, the captain of our banca is clever with a small dried fish. Behind, arrived in their small boats, renters of palms for the tourists. (Philippines, Balicasag, February 2008)
In front of the island of Balicasag, the captain of our banca is clever with a small dried fish. Behind, arrived in their small boats, renters of palms for the tourists. (Philippines, Balicasag, February 2008)
The reneurs-fins-masks-snorkel come in mini-banca offer their services to big bancas which transport the tourists to the day on the reef of Balicasag. (Philippines, February 2008)
The reneurs-fins-masks-snorkel come in mini-banca offer their services to big bancas which transport the tourists to the day on the reef of Balicasag. (Philippines, February 2008)

Offshore, we have the chance to see, far too far, alas, a dark mass that disappears quickly between two waves. "A whale! », says Jeril. A whale? Or a whale shark? We scan the waves where the shadows have disappeared, to no avail.

A little later, twice, we also spot dolphins, which leap gaily over the surface. Again, the show is too far away and too short for our cameras.

Sandugan Beach, Siquijor

An hour and a half later, our banca arrives at Siquijor, on the beach Sandugan.

A deserted beach, without banana boat or parasol. The only stranded waste is natural waste, coconut, seaweed, driftwood ... (Philippines, Sandugan Beach, Siquijor, February 2008)
A deserted beach without banana boat No umbrellas The only stranded waste is natural waste, coconut, seaweed, driftwood ... (Philippines, Sandugan Beach, Siquijor, February 2008)
Our banca drawn on the sand of Sandugan Beach in Siquijor: "In God we trust" ... (Philippines, February 2008)
Our banca pulled on the sand of Sandugan Beach in Siquijor: "In God we trust" (Philippines, February 2008)

There, a simple bungalow, but cute, lying on the beach, next to a few other bamboo bungalows, waiting for me ... Two ladies of a certain age on the terrace. They seem delighted to see me.

Yes, the bungalow is free, they tell me. For 600 unfortunate pesos at night (about 10 €). In Panglao, depending on the category of accommodation, prices ranged from 800 to 1,500 pesos on Alona Beach, or 3,000 pesos for a room in a resort with European standards with swimming pool ... ????

This bungalow found in Siquijor fills me. The place is called Islanders Paradise and is aptly named. Plus, there's a little dive center right next door, Kiwi Dive.

I can not believe it ... I finally found "my" bungalow facing the sea, on a peaceful beach ... (Philippines, Sandugan Beach, Siquijor, February 2008)
I can't believe it... I finally found "my" bungalow facing the sea, on a peaceful beach... (Philippines, Sandugan Beach, Siquijor, February 2008)
On Sandugan Beach, there is a small diving center, Kiwi Dive, which also offers accommodation. (Siquijor, Philippines, February 2008)
On Sandugan Beach, there is a small diving center, Kiwi Dive, which also offers accommodation. (Siquijor, Philippines, February 2008)

In a siestal mood, delighted to have found a quiet corner, I start by testing the hammock on the terrace. No other noise here than the murmur of the waves and the thrill of coconut palms ...

What happiness! 🤗 😎 🌴

  Philippines: Visayas - February 2008

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  1. The naiad,

    It's really good to hear from you at Paradise. Good wind, beautiful sea. I dive into the pictures.
    See you soon, and kisses
    Colette

  2. At the moment when I read you, it falls strings and the sky looks like a cauldron that plummets his head, then, see this beautiful sandy beach and its no less beautiful bungalow, needless to say that it would make almost a little jealous !
    Congratulations for the blog, containing and content, it is of a great elegance of layout, the photos are of quality, and the texts very interesting.

    Hasta pronto, that disfrutes a maximo, Mam

  3. 😉 To Colette: As I'm glad you left me a comment! I went motorcycling today, on the quiet roads of Siquijor. What happiness to be here! I'm preparing new pictures for tomorrow ... See you soon!

    😉 To Mam: Thank you for the compliments, it's a pleasure ... I took the time, before the departure, to refine the presentation of the blog. Siquijor I like a lot. I will tell you this in a future article ... Hasta pronto!

  4. Hello!!! Finally, here I am back, the time of a day ... (we leave after tomorrow). And it's a pleasure to read you, thank you, thank you !!!! Especially, as every time you leave, I too left, but in places all the same less foolish ... Caen, Gap, Ales ... Ah, France and its hotels IBIS! I just love it!!!!! Small salads all ready to Marie, the choice taboulé, Neapolitan pasta, or the good old camembert bread ... Yeah, hard to find a restaurant open at 23h in a small town!

    In any case, congratulations, as every time, it feels good to read you !!!!!
    Good continuation!!!! I do not know when I can read you again ... Kisses !!! And ... PROFIT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. 🙂 To Helene: thank you for this little note.

    It's always a pleasure to read you from the other side of the world ... Good luck for the rest of the tour.

    For me, who is deprived of it, a good old Camembert bread, it would almost make me envy... 😉

    See you soon !

  6. Very pleasant to read your peregrinations way lonely traveler, more rewarding than the "treks" of agency with transfers included (even if it does not exclude the chance and sometimes some delays).

    The nap in the hammock made me envy, you found a very nice place to fall!... 😉

  7. Ah ... That, I must say that I like nothing so much as to walk as I please, freely, during my little wanderings. Have the choice to stay or leave, change your mind, destination, accommodation ...

    It's very nice to manage on your own, provided, of course, to have a little time in the evening. The experience is often rich in surprises, encounters, discoveries ... It's an integral part of the journey for me. But for short stays, we must recognize that "transfers included" are still very practical.

    As for this hammock, on Sandogan Beach, in Siquijor, I spent long hours contemplating the sea, daydreaming, watching the slow dive of the sun towards the horizon ... Take the time to do nothing ... that too it's part of the trip!

  8. Taking the time to do nothing abroad, in another setting, is above all knowing how to take a step back from your daily life and allow emotions to impregnate you to better enjoy. It's called recharging also I think ...
    🙂

  9. Hello Corinne,
    I had read your notebook on Siquijor ... and since then, I went there ... a crush too!
    A big thank you for your notebooks, which gave me a good introduction before my trip! I will have the opportunity to write some sandwiches on my blog too, about this trip to the Philippines ...
    See you soon.
    Thib.
    PS: I ran into Jeril... who says hello to you 😉

  10. Hello Thib,

    I'm glad that Siquijor has left you as good memories as me! And glad that my little log book could help you prepare for the trip ... I can not believe Jeril remember me (he must see scrolls of the world)!

    I had already browsed through your blog some time ago, attracted by your Asian escapades. I really like the last post about the monitor lizards. And I have a feeling I'm going to devour the next ones you're preparing for us on the Philippines! 😉

    See you soon !

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