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 quiet island

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  Philippines: Visayas - February 2008

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I did a great job of leaving for Siquijor without waiting. At the arrival, I find an almost deserted beach, 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 from Panglao peninsula to Siquijor island : 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 looks good. I think I would have hesitated to do it if there had been waves.

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

On our way to Siquijor (pronounced "Siki-hor") a stop snorkeling (or PMT in good French, that is to say palmes-masque-tuba) is planned at the island of Balicasag, in front of Panglao. A rather small island, with cute white sandy beach, located about three-quarters of an hour / one 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 is a famous diving spot, but I will 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 to see the guys rowing frantically towards a big boat that has just arrived, loaded with Koreans (probably), recognizable by the fact that they all wear a visible orange life jacket. In Thailand, these tourists who do not know how to swim are similarly recognizable...

I was the first one to go in the water with fins, mask and snorkel (which took the water), lent by Jeril, so I didn't have to unpack my diving gear. Between the beach and the edge of the drop-off, the corals are quite damaged. The underwater life is concentrated below our bancawhere the superb coral wall 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, from far too far, unfortunately, a dark mass which disappears quickly between two waves. "A whale! », Jeril says. A whale? Or a whale-shark? We scan the waves, where the shadow has disappeared, in vain.

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 drawn on the sand of Sandugan Beach in Siquijor: "In God we trust"... (Philippines, February 2008)

There, a very simple but cute bungalow, placed on the beach, next to some other bamboo bungalows, is waiting for me... Two old ladies on the terrace. They look happy to see me.

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

This bungalow I found in Siquijor is a real treat. 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 place, I start by testing the hammock of the terrace. No other noise, here, than the murmur of the waves and the shiver of the coconut palms...

What happiness! 🤗 😎 🌴

  Philippines: Visayas - February 2008

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  1. The naiad,

    It's so 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 on the blog, both content and content, it has a very elegant layout, the photos are of high quality, and the texts are very interesting.

    Hasta pronto, that disfrutes a maximo, Mam

  3. 😉 To Colette: I'm so glad you left me a little comment! I rode my motorcycle today, on the peaceful roads of Siquijor. What a joy 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 leaving, to refine the presentation of the blog. I really like Siquijor. I'll tell you about it in a next post... Hasta pronto!

  4. Hello!!! Finally, I'm back, for a day... (we're leaving after tomorrow). And it's a pleasure to read you, thank you, thank you !!!! All the more so, that, as every time you leave, I also left, but in places even less crazy... Caen, Gap, Alès... Ah, France and its IBIS hotels!!! I love it!!!!! Marie's little ready-made salads, tabbouleh, Neapolitan pasta, or the good old camembert bread... Yeah, it's hard to find a restaurant open at 11pm 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 next 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 as a lonely traveler, more enriching than the agency "treks" with transfers included (even if it does not exclude the chance and sometimes some delays).

    The hammock nap made me want to, you found a really nice spot!... 😉

  7. Ah... I must say that I love nothing more than to walk around as I please, in total freedom, during my little peregrinations. Having the choice to stay or to leave, to change my mind, my destination, my accommodation...

    It's very nice to do it by yourself, provided, of course, that you have some time to spare. The experience is often rich in surprises, encounters, discoveries... It is an integral part of the trip in my eyes. But for short stays, we have to admit that the "transfers included" are quite practical.

    As for this hammock, on Sandogan Beach, in Siquijor, I spent long hours contemplating the sea, daydreaming, watching the slow plunge of the sun towards the horizon... Taking the time to do nothing... that too, is 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 your emotions to permeate you to better enjoy them. It's also called to recharge your batteries, I think...
    🙂

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

  10. Hello Thib,

    I am delighted that Siquijor left you as good memories as it did to me! And I'm glad that my little road book could help you to prepare the trip... I can't believe that Jeril remembers me (he must see a lot of people)!

    I had already browsed your blog a while ago, attracted by your Asian escapades. I really like the last post about the lizards. And I feel like I'm going to devour the next ones you're preparing for us about the Philippines 😉

    See you soon !

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