Black magic. Witches. Shamans. Incantation. Witchcraft. Voodoo dolls. Potions. Sorcerers. Rituals. The island of Siquijor has long held the infamous reputation as a lair of magic and sorcery and this is what keeps the visitors attracted to the place and terrified as well. Hushed talks and rumors from locals about the existence of witchcraft and sorcery are as old as the island itself.
Honestly, I was also one of those people who are scared to even set foot on the island because of the bone chilling and bloodcurdling folk legends. But everything was erased from my mental memory when I visited the beautiful Siquijor.
During the Spanish Colonization of the Philippines , the island was known as the “Island of Fire” because of the mystical glow the island exudes at night. This is due to the great swarms of fireflies that feast on the old Molave trees on the island. This Island of Fire is just southeast of Cebu and Negros Islands, and southwest of Bohol. Pristine white sand beaches make up 90% of the islands coastline.
This is the main reason why my four college friends and I decided to have an overnight stay in one of the island’s resort – the Coco Grove Beach Resort. One word to describe myself when I first entered the gates of the resort? SPEECHLESS. The place radiates too much beauty than my overwhelmed brain can comprehend. They have a little cozy lobby where their guest attendants and their bright red parrot, whose name is Macky, are waiting in the front desk. Welcome drinks are served for all guests while the hotel personnel make sure your rooms are ready. The resort is vast that’s why a resort map is included on your overnight package (in case you might get lost). As I checked the map, they do have lot amenities like a spa, restaurant, bar and sports lounge, diving shop, snack house, two large pools, pool bar and a whole lot more. You’ll get really excited just at looking at the legends of the resort map.
The room we had was called Frangipani Lodge with a spacious master’s bedroom and a second room on the side is more than enough for five guests. Right after leaving our bags inside the room and putting on loads and loads of sunblock, we immediately hit the turquoise blue waters. We really didn’t mind the scourging heat of the sun, in fact, we enjoyed every moment of it. The banana boat riding and kayaking are cool ways of exploring the resort from the sea’s point of view. The scenery is like a giant vibrant picture taken straight out from a travel magazine.
The next best thing in Siquijor is their underwater paradise. Just half a meter away from the shore you can already see fishes of different colorful hues, big and small. For those people who are mild hydrophobic, like me, this is the best place to be, you can snorkel just within a meter away from the shore ( so close to land that you can still stand up and run when you see something scary in the sea) and your eyes will be very busy the moment you dip your head in the water.
Two days and one night is so short a time to discover the whole area that it would make you crave for more. Too bad we had exams the next day that’s why we really need to go back right away. So if ever you want to experience the paradise which I did a few years back, you should definitely book your stay not fewer than 3 days. And that’s definitely what I did when I booked myself for my upcoming Siquijor trip this May.
May the sorcery and witchcraft be true or not, I really don’t care because for me the island of Siquijor is indeed a place of magic – not of black magic, but of the true magic of nature.