When we mention Siquijor, what often comes to our minds are kulam (witchcraft), black magic, mystic, sorcery, and the official name, the Island of Fire (Isla Del Fuego). So many negative notions with this town, that most people are reluctant to visit the island. But the truth is, Siquijor is a very beautiful island, and safe.
The Philippines is an archipelago, gifted with so many remote islands and Siquijor is one of them. The natural beauty of the Cambughay Falls, Salagdoong Beach, to the old balete tree (strangler fig tree) which is believed to be enchanted, captivated me! But I have to say that my favorite place in Siquijor is the gorgeous and secluded beach of Paliton.
The Paliton Beach, called the little Boracay of Siquijor, boasts a powdery white sand, blue and green waters, and giant palm trees. They say sunset is so dramatic here too, that’s why they call it the little Boracay of Siquijor. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to watch the sunset here.
A perfect description of a tropical paradise. No crowd, no rubbish, only serenity, sparkling blue sea, fishing boats and genuine smiles of the local fishermen. Their smile is so unpretentious that you have to give it back, otherwise, you’ll get Kulam (Folk Magic). I am kidding, of course!
This is one of the most beautiful beaches in Siquijor and I think my list of my favorite beaches in the Philippines is tremendously increasing! I am quite surprised though, that there are still beaches like this in the Philippines that is uncommercialized. I think this beach will become more popular soon since every people who visit Siquijor love that fact that this is a so-called “hidden Beach” and they get to taste the tranquility. Cross fingers that this will remain unexploited.
Let me leave you with some tips to visit Paliton Beach
- There is Network Signal in the area (Globe, Smart, Sun)
- There is a sign “private property” but Entrance is Free
- PHP50 Fee to get near the Sanctuary and Swim
- Sometimes, There’s a huge number of fishing boats here.
- No cottages / Accommodations here, at least, not yet! We stayed at Villa Marmarine, or find some deals here
- This is pretty much accessible from the City Centre. Contact: Romeo Lo: 09067962205 for trike rental
- Don’t make the same mistake like I did, witness the golden hour.
- Avoid going to Paliton Beach during Habagat Season. Summer is always the best time to go
- Lastly, do not forget to bring anting-anting (Amulet) for the Kulam (Folk Magic / Voodoo)! :))) In short, Enjoy Siquijor! Walang mangkukulam don, Andito na sa KL bumalik, Charot! (The witch is not there, she already flew to KL on her broom! Jk)